Smokeeater908 Beer Can Ring and Lid

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: Smokeeater908
Manufacturer’s Website: Smokeeater908 Outdoor Concepts
Item: Beer Can Ring & Lid
Date of Manufacture: November 2011
MSRP:
~Ring: (US)$16.00
~Lid: (US)$4.00
Listed Weight: Not listed for either item
Measured Weight:
~Ring: 0.5 oz (15 gm)
~Lid: 0.4 oz (9 gm)
Materials:
~Ring: Aluminum
~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.

  1. 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.)
  2. 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.)
  3. 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!)
  4. 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…

~Stick~

About Stick

My blog is essentially a record of my hiking career. Through it, I, and others, can see how I have evolved from a heavy weight backpacker, to a smarter, more efficient, lightweight backpacker. Through the use of video, still photos, and of course writing, one can see my progression, as well as check out some of the places I hike, and not to mention some cool, lightweight gear options. For me, my blog is a journal, but for others, I hope that it is an interactive learning tool to aid them in their own progression towards lightweight backpacking.
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6 Responses to Smokeeater908 Beer Can Ring and Lid

  1. Tim says:

    Update: I just got my ring installed. When it finally seated, it was almost {{{orgasmic}}}, lol. (Thumbs up if you are reading this and you felt the same way.)

    I think the initial tapping around is just another way of using the bevel of the ring to flare out the rim until you can finally get a good bite upon centering it, then seating it. If you iteratively do all the flaring with a round cylindrical object at an angle (flare, center, attempt to seat, repeat) instead of tapping, you can get it to the point it taps right in with the rubber handle grip end of your hammer.

    I can see myself having a 25 oz beer on a thru-hike, cutting the can with my light medical scissors and flaring the rim out with 4 inches of 1/4″ flag pole wood and using a solid fallen tree branch to provide the final seating taps.

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  2. Tim says:

    I sing the praises of the Smokeater908 pot ring. People can worry to the point of denying themselves the pleasure of owning one of these rings. Let’s get real, most people aren’t thru-hikers. Of course it would be difficult to re-install this in the field, but no one here is saying you have to. On a thru-hike, if your pot becomes useless, what you do is hitch to an outfitter/store and replace it with something ready made, then mail the ring back home and re-install it later. You’d do that for any of your other gear–what’s the big deal? Most ultralight gear is perilous. It’s just the nature of the beast. Saving weight means compromising durability. I figure you can armor yourself up with a 45 lb pack and make yourself virtually bullet proof, or lighten yourself up with a 22 lb pack, exercise a little care and actually enjoy being out there without the familiar suffering, lol.

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  3. Sebastien Gagnon says:

    As a millwright I play with oxy-acetalene torches and liquid nitrogen to shrink shaft and expand bearings. At home you could try to put the ring in ice cold water for few hours or in the freezer, which would shrink the ring or you could try to put a few inches of the pot in hot water to expend it. One of the too should help to fit parts together.
    This might help.
    Sebastien

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    • Stick says:

      Sebastien,

      Thanks for checking out my blog and leaving a comment. As well, thanks for the tips. Concerning the fit, I will admit it is a close fit, but I don’t think that I would want it any other way. Once I did get it lined up and not get hammer happy with it I was pleased with the way it went together. It is a nice and tight fit which means it shouldn’t just fall right out…

      ~Stick~

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  4. The constant struggle to get a ring on is exactly what is wrong with these cans. When you are out on a thru-hike and your can gets squished, do you really want to go through all that effort to put a ring lip back onto a new can you buy. For another 8 bucks a person can buy a snowpeak 450 or 600 or titan kettle and have a pot that will never get crushed and never have to worry about replacing while you are out in the middle of the USA trying to complete a thru-hike. It might weigh a smidgen more but provides a much more reliable solution to long distance hikers.

    btw, that is probably the nicest job of making a coosie I have never seen. excellent job!

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    • Stick says:

      John,

      I love your comments. 🙂

      I do agree with you that a SP or other actual pot would be a great recommendation. But I still think that this ring is a great alternative. I may have made it look a little harder than it actually is in the video, but even still I was not displeased in how I finally did get it together. As far as on a long trail I guess that all depends on the person. I would like to get plenty of use out of something like this before deciding on completely relying on it for something of that nature…however, I don’t think it would be any different from someone carrying a DIY Pepsi can stove, or something similar. The Pepsi stoves I have made are just as fragile and IMO would require as much work, or possibly more, to replace on the trail. (Granted, it may be easier to happen across a regular 12 oz soda can than a 25 oz Foster’s can…but that isn’t my point here… 🙂 )

      And I happen to be quite proud of the cozies. Thanks for the approval. I have plenty of that stuff left over so I will probably be making them for everything…hahaha…

      ~Stick~

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