How To Cook A Hot Dog In A Pringles Can

hot dog solarWould you cook a hot dog in a Pringles can?  We love this “Camp­ing Hack” and can’t wait to give it a shot.  Tell us if you’ve tried this solar oven method of cook­ing your hot dogs, and let us know how it worked.

Step 1: Materials

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  1. Pringles can or other cylin­dri­cal container.
  2. Sharp knife, make sure you can han­dle a sharp object or ask for help. Kids — ask a respon­si­ble adult for help.
  3. Straight edge, we used a cut piece of alu­minum lay­ing around but a ruler would be good.
  4. Sharpie marker or other mark­ing pen.
  5. Skewer
  6. Hot Glue
  7. Drill / Drill Bit


Mag­net, Plas­tic Wrap, Tape

Step 2: Procedure

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Empty con­tents. Fat Cat had no prob­lem eat­ing the chips in our cans to “help” us out.

Using a straight edge draw a rec­tan­gle on the side of the can. We used this side because there were lines already.

Use your knife to cut the rec­tan­gle out. Save this piece for later.

Using your skewer, poke a hole through the plas­tic lid.

Take skewer out and put plas­tic lid on to bot­tom of can.

Mark can where hole should go on the bot­tom of the can.

Drill hole with drill in bot­tom of can.

Put skewer through the lid, the cen­ter of can, and the bot­tom hole.

Step 3: Stand

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Use the rec­tan­gle piece we cut out to make a stand. This will help keep the oven from flip­ping over.

Take the scrap piece and run a bead of hot glue along the cen­ter of the piece. Do not put on the shiny side.

Place the scap piece to the can. Try to make sure that when the solar oven is set down that it will be angled at the sun and not straight up or straight for­ward. We eye­balled it.

If you want to be exact, use a pro­trac­tor to deter­mine angle. Dif­fer­ent parts of the world get dif­fer­ent angles of sun­light and an oven angled prop­erly will get more direct sun­light into the oven caus­ing higher temps.

The stand also allows for dif­fer­ent angles. Just rotate the can on its side. Exper­i­ment with it and you will see.


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