Yesterday, 4 business days after ordering, my beer can ring and lid that I ordered from Smokeeater908 arrived! And why did I order something for yet ANOTHER cook kit, might you ask? Well, I will tell you… The beautiful thing about these rings is that they are reusable. How so you ask? Well, I will tell you about that too…but first…
Manufacturer’s Website: Smokeeater908 Outdoor Concepts
Item: Beer Can Ring & Lid
Date of Manufacture: November 2011
Listed Weight: Not listed for either item
~Ring: 0.5 oz (15 gm)
~Lid: 0.4 oz (9 gm)
~Lid: Aluminum with Wooden Knob
*This ring & lid is made to fit 25 oz Foster’s or Molsen Beer Cans
Smokeeater908 sells beer can cook pots which are essentially cut down beer cans with one of these rings in the top, but as an alternative he now sells these rings on their own. The beauty of this is that once you have the ring (whether you buy it separately or in one of his pre-made cook pots) it can be used time and time again! Just simply pick up either a Foster’s or Molsen 25 oz beer can, cut the can to the desired height, and insert the ring in the new lid. Bam…there’s your new cook pot!
Other than the fact that this ring can be used over and over again to make new cook pots as needed, there are a couple of other great things about this ring.
- This ring provides a huge amount of added strength to the cut down beer can, granted the added strength is (for the most part) at the top of the can. However, this pot will probably be used by people who are either a) “UL’ers” that already practice safe handling with their gear, or b) experienced hikers that may not be “UL” but still understand how to use and store their gear. (This is part of the reason that I choose to use a hard sided container to carry the cook pot in.)
- When using this ring, you have the option of making whatever size cook pot that is preferred (that is, within the limits of the can being used). So, you can make an 8 oz cook pot, or a 20 oz cook pot, and naturally, anything in between. (Also keep in mind that the larger the cook pot is, there is more of the flimsy side wall which means the pot is weaker.)
- As well, these items are pretty dang light-weight…of course though, in the end this will come down to who you ask. IMO though, at less than 1 oz for the pair (0.5 oz for the ring and 0.4 oz for the lid), these pieces hardly raise the weight of the already light-weight beer can. (The total weight of my cut-down Foster’s can, ring and lid weighs in at 1.4 oz!)
- And did I mention that the ring is reusable?! Well, of course I have… Cause it is… So, if the cook pot ever gets damaged, just simply remove the ring, grab another can, cut down and insert the ring. Simple and done!
So, at $16, in my opinion this ring is well worth the price. And not to mention that from now until December 25th Smokeeater908 is throwing in the lid that fits the ring for free. I gotta add too that he only charges $1.50 for shipping, which is sweet. I must admit that it is a bit frustrating when I by such an inexpensive item and then pay the same amount as I did for the item just to ship it. So, if you are interested, go and check out Smokeeater908’s store! And until then, you can check out this video I made in which I mumble on for a while and then install the ring into my very own Foster’s can!
Thanks for watching. If you have any questions or comments just leave them below…