PrepWithMike: How to make paint can heater for heating and off-grid cooking
By Kevin Hughes // Oct 11, 2022

The Health Ranger Mike Adams recently showed his viewers how to create heat using a paint can, toilet paper and isopropyl alcohol.

"One of the benefits about this strategy is that you are storing something like alcohol that can be used for multiple purposes. On one hand, alcohol is an antiseptic that can be used for emergency first aid. And on another, it is a source of condensed heat that can be unleashed to cook food or to stay warm," Adams pointed out during an episode of "PrepWithMike." (Related: New PrepWithMike video: How to make your own emergency FIRE STARTERS for survival, preparedness and off-grid cooking.)

"The point is this is a dual use substance that serves multiple purposes and that means you can use your storage space more efficiently because instead of having to store two separate things you just store this one thing and you can use it for one or the other depending on where you need it."

Adams noted that you can use either 91 percent or 70 isopropyl alcohol, but the latter is safer to use. He removed the core or the cardboard in the middle of toilet paper and took a few rolls off to make it fit inside the can. After shoving the toilet paper inside the can, he poured 7o percent alcohol in it until its almost full.

Using a USB rechargeable lighter, Adams started a fire in the can filled with tissue paper and 70 percent isopropyl alcohol.

The Natural News and founder reminded his viewers that the paint can heater should be stored safely. He also demonstrated how to take out the fire easily just by putting a lid on top of the paint can.

Adams: Don't leave fire unattended

Throughout the episode of "PrepWithMike," Adams emphasized the importance of taking safety precautions. He told his viewers not to do it indoors to avoid accidents that could end up burning their house.

According to Adams, it is better to do it in some kind of outdoor shed or garage that is detached from the house. "And don't leave fire unattended," Adams said, adding that children and pets should never be around it.

Adams pointed out that the paint can heater can help you get warm in an enclosed outdoor area that doesn't have wind coming in. And, of course, you can boil water and cook with it.

He also noted that the paint can heater can be stored in a car or vehicle. "The lid should be tightly sealed and some matches or lighter mechanisms can be strapped into it so that it can be used in case of emergency," he said.

"You might be able to use this to save your own life especially if you were trapped in the winter or inside your car [while] stuck in a snowdrift or something similar to it. So, all of this has a very practical purpose. This system works. Just be safe in the way that you use it. Exercise common sense and safety and you'll be alright."

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Watch this episode of PrepWithMike to know how to make a paint can heater.

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