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Get Outdoors: Campfire in a Can

As promised…the "How To" video for Campfire in a Can. I visited my friend Tim Ralston at Gear Up for the step-by-step instructions on how to make one of these.

I can't think of a more useful item for camping, hunting, beach bonfires, trail riding, fishing or hiking. It's light, compact and stays cool.

I made two of these over the weekend. It was a fun craft to do with the kids. See what I did there? Score some points with the wife and kids while building something for me! I was amazed at how easy it was from start to finish.

Couple of tips:

- Ask your wife before chopping up her candles. If she says no… Michaels sells blocks for $14.

- Finished can does not get hot while lit but the can will be very hot during the pour. Have oven mits handy.

- It will take a while for the wax to cool. Even if the top of the cardboard is cool…doesn't mean the bottom wax has cooled. Be patient and give it time.

- Wax stays liquefied longer than you might expect…don't rush your pour.

- Stick it in the freezer to cool faster. Should be good after two hours or so. Yes, just to be sure.

If you take your time and show some patience with the cooling process…you will have one of the most handy tools at your disposal.


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Mike Russell is KTAR's resident outdoorsman. His passion for the outdoors is the engine behind KTAR's hit show Get Outdoors with Mike Russell. Get Outdoors focuses on the world of hunting, fishing, camping and conservation. Mike's special features, The Outdoor Minute and the KTAR Timeline, can be heard each weekday on two of Arizona's highest rated shows, Arizona's Morning News and Arizona's Evening News. Mike hurries home each night to his amazing wife of 11 years, Jodi, and their two children Jillian (9) and John (7). His 95 pound puppy, Champ, is always there to greet him as well. The thought of loading up the truck for some fishing, hunting and camping keeps Mike motivated throughout the week. When he can't hit the lake or get out on a hunt, well, let's just say that none of us want to see that.


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