How to Make a #10 Can Grill

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A few weeks ago we sent an email out about 8 Ways to Practice Preparedness This Summer. If you didn’t get the email make sure you are signed up for our Babystep Checklists which includes our newsletters too! One of the ideas was to do some powerless cooking activities with the kids. We’ve made #10 Can Stoves before but I thought it would be fun to try the #10 Can Grill which I’ve seen floating around on Facebook and Pinterest. It was so easy and would make a great little portable grill or a temporary one if you don’t have a big barbecue at your house. Here’s how I did it!


You need an empty #10 can. No shortage of these around your house I bet 🙂


Cut the can into 1 1/2 – 2 inch strips using “tin snips”. I didn’t know what these were but my mom had some that I borrowed. They can cut through the metal but it was still a little tricky. Keep kids away for this part and watch out for sharp edges.


Cover the entire thing with foil and place charcoal briquets in the bottom.


Light your charcoal (mine was old so I sprinkled some InstaFire on top to help get things going).


Place some sort of grill on top. This one came from my Volcano Grill and worked perfectly. You could use any wire rack that you have hanging around the kitchen. Cook that food. Yummmm hot dogs!


Let us know if you try to make this grill and share a picture over on our Facebook page if you do! I’d love to see how everyone else’s turned out 🙂

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