How To Use A Coffee Can As A Last-Minute Grill

Grilling is a true love affair for at least one-fifth of Americans who find themselves firing up the grill several times a month during summer months, whether that's for flipping burgers, hot dogs, steaks, or whatever food their stomachs are craving, per Statista. Of course, the only people who love grilling more are the 17% who confessed that they use their grill several times a week. But not everyone has the space or can afford the luxury of grilling out. Or can they? 

While 70% of Americans own a grill, per Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association, that means 30% do not. But never fear, you do not need to own a grill to join in on the fun of cooking outdoors. People who brew coffee at home may be surprised to learn that those tin coffee cans have a purpose well after the grounds have been used. According to National Geographic Kids, if there was a zombie apocalypse, there are a lot of everyday items you can use to help yourself survive including this grill hack with your coffee can that takes advantage of a simple chemical process that was used during World War II to power cars.

This coffee can grill is perfect for camping

With a little bit of thought, you can create a grill out of a coffee can fairly easily, per Mother Jones. Just cut a few holes in the bottom of the can, then make a triangle opening in the top of the can that is big enough to place kindling or something to start the fire. The site suggests going simple and using newspapers, but hey, this is 2022, who still gets a newspaper? Logwise Firewood suggests sticking to natural substances like pinecones or tree bark. If you choose to use pinecones, the site recommends skipping the green ones because they have too much moisture. 

Once you figure out the kindling, light it up. As the can heats up, the top is ready to cook a single burger, possibly two, along with your favorite veggies. This trick can come in handy if you are camping or looking for a fun activity to do with the kiddos. However, if you are planning on feeding a large group, this option may be a little more tedious and require a few more coffee cans to do so efficiently.