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Old 09-22-2009, 03:56 PM
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Taught my lad the "emergency can of tuna in oil" lamp/cooker trick this evening, thought I'd share the results for anyone interested...

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1 X 185g can of cheap Lidl's tuna - more oil, less tuna Lol
1 X Sharp metal object (knife/dart/nail/whatever, improvise)
1 X Short length of natural fibre twine/cord or dried grass/reeds
1 X Flame/match/lighter/etc

Step one...

Punch hole in middle of tuna can top/base

Step two...

Wiggle about a bit to make a decent hole/tunnel for wick

Step three...

Insert twine/cord wick and leave 1/8th - 1/4qtr inch sticking out

Step four...

Light with matches/lighter/whatever

This is what you then get, a nice oil lamp...

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Placed in a standard mess tin the height difference allows a hob of sorts and will allow cooking, although I stress this is survival cooking and very slow!
Whistling kettle on hob pictured below:

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The "cooker" tonight took a full 2 and a quarter hours to boil 1.25 Litres of water, bear in mind this would probably be far longer if the water wasn't covered!

The Lamp burned for a total time of 3.5 hrs

...and all the lovely cooked Tuna in the tin was eaten afterwards, lovely!

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The boiled water could have been used for any dried foods obviously, but also as an emergency "hot-water bottle" if need be - which could well be the case if all you had was the tin of tuna, it was getting dark, and you were cold?

Anyway, thats the stats for a 185g can of "Nixe Tuna Steaks" from Lidl's, hope its useful,

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Nice one, thanks for taking the time to post it.
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*added to bag of tricks*
could be useful someday, thanks!
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Good Idea!! But is the can lined with plastic and what does the heat do to the lining and the taste of the tuna. Just a thought. Will have to try this.. NiteFly22LR
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Good Idea!! But is the can lined with plastic and what does the heat do to the lining and the taste of the tuna. Just a thought. Will have to try this.. NiteFly22LR
Never seen or heard of "plastic lined cans" mate, and I've done this for years, maybe a UK canning thing, dont know? ...all I can say is that while the Tuna is cooking away by itself (*edit* plus lighting the area or cooking something else) you can be busy doing whatever, and 3 hrs later that "cooked fish in a can" tastes absolutely gorgeous!!

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Ive never seen that, tuna oil burns like that.
Does the tin have to be room temperature first?
Nice technique, now I hate tuna but as a candle thats great!!

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Thats a cool idea,thanks.

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Does the tin have to be room temperature first?
...I've done it straight from the fridge before but it took a little longer to light, if I knew I was gonna use and very cold temp's outside though, I'd prob keep the tin somewhere under my clothes to keep it warm
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Sardine lamp next?
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Thats a cool idea,thanks.

I can see you are going to be useful to have around on this site
Cheers mate, I can also see this site is useful for me to be around!
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Love that idea
Will always have a few cans of tuna in oil in my camping supplies
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That's cool. It reminds me of another type project like that.

As a kid in the Boy Scouts, we used to cut strips of cardboard as wide as a tuna can is deep. We made a tight roll of the cardboard and fit it into the tuna can. Then we poured melted wax over the top, letting it soak in. Home made Sterno.

Many a can of soup was heated on one of those stoves. Thanks for the flashback
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Sardine lamp next?
...that was a challenge I couldn't refuse, lit the "lamp" at 6:30pm, which died at 10:58pm (4 and a half hours total flame time - with a 1/2" wick that was longer than the tuna-tin's and had a larger flame!)
Total respect from a 125g can of Sardine's in sunflower oil!! Longer burn time than the 185g can of tuna! ...and they tasted gorgeous from being cooked slowly and eaten from the tin after the experiment!
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...whatever, thats the results, and I'd recommend a tin of sardines lamp over a tin of cheap tuna in oil anyday!
**EDIT** Including taste-wise as well! Lol

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Hi Mate,

I want to try this but just how long a length of cord would you use? How much stuffed into the can when you do put it in and do you have to manually keep pulling some of it out?

Also (the girlf will want to know) do's it make the place smell of fish?!?!

Thanks in advance!


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Hi Mate,

I want to try this but just how long a length of cord would you use? How much stuffed into the can when you do put it in and do you have to manually keep pulling some of it out?

Also (the girlf will want to know) do's it make the place smell of fish?!?!
...just enough to reach the bottom of the tin is needed, too much won't matter as it just increases the inside-can area for the cord to soak up the oil. You don't need to pull the wick/string up either as its only actually the oil that burns, which travels up from the tin as its soaked up by the wick - only once the oil is gone does the wick/twine/string start burning.

And (ROFLMAO!), no it's never smelled of fish at all, only after you open the tin for the feast!
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I'm going to try this tonight.Now I have some tuna in my preps but in brineGoing to get a few oil tuna packs tonight,thanks for the info,very useful.
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Huh, I learned something today. lol.
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This is a great post and another ingenious multi-use item.
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...and I've been buying tuna packed in water or veggie juice...CRAP!!
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