Changing a Foster’s Cook Pot Ring

This morning as I was pouring water from my DIY 8 oz Foster’s cook pot (based on Minibulldesign’s QMH cook pot) I noticed a small brown circle inside at the bottom of the can. At first, I assumed it was dirt, however, after wiping at it it still remained. After some debate, I then assumed that maybe it was the liner inside the can that was bubbling off. These beer/soda can cook pots all have the potential for the liner to do this, and while it can still be used, I decided that this was the perfect opportunity to try changing out the ring!

I only received this ring about 2 weeks ago from Tinny at Minibulldesign, and since installing it I have been curious as to how much effort would be involved in changing them out. So, now the opportunity has arisen! Except instead of simply going inside and grabbing a screwdriver and hammer, I thought I would give it a try with the items I would have with me while actually on a backpacking trip. After all, in the field is where I would rely on it more, so I needed to see if it could be done while in the field.

So, I went in and grabbed my Ka-bar Mini Dozier, another Foster’s can (which finding another Foster’s could be an obstacle while on the trail) and my camera. And this is what I got…

So, as can be seen, swapping out the ring is a fairly simple process. Even while on the trail. I will be the first to admit that it is not the prettiest repair, but it is an effective repair. As well, cutting through the can is not only bad for the blade, but also can result in serious harm. but, luckily enough, I survived in this episode!

So thanks for watching and if you have any comments or questions, please post them below.


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 Changing a Foster’s Cook Pot Ring

  1. Steve Whittingham says:

    Hi Stick, Nice posting. I’ve spent a good part of my life at sea, and we always used to say ‘Never cut towards yourself, cut towards your shipmate. It doesn’t matter if you cut him’. Keep them coming, and see my channel (try ‘Mulhacen in winter’). Stay safe.


    • Stick says:

      Thanks Steve….and you weren’t the first to tell me that…however, you were the first to share the saying! 🙂 I am learning though…

      Thanks for stopping by!



  2. Brian Green says:

    I always enjoy your videos, but found myself cringing at the sight of you cutting the the new can with your knife. It wasn’t so much that you were using your knife, it was that you were doing it right between your legs – right where some of the largest veins run through your body. I’m not going to rant, but please be careful “where” you are doing the cutting in case you slip – please.

    I’ve been curious about the different rings that are available for the Fosters cans,so this really helped me get a better idea of how they work and attach. You’ve had your Ka-Bar Dozier for some time now if I recall, how are you liking it for a camping knife? I’d love to hear a long-term Dozier knife update.

    Thanks for the video, please be careful cutting things! – Brian


    • Stick says:


      To be honest, I was waiting on someone to bring that up. Sorry for making you nervous. But I promise, I tried my best to be careful… Thanks for checking out the video and commenting though!

      As far as the knife, this project is probably the “toughest” job it has seen. Other than this it has onl been used for cutting food packages open, rope or the Micropur packages. This is part of the reason that I decided to go with such a small knife though, because these are the only things I really ever do with it, so I don’t figure I need to keep carrying my Mora.

      As far as the knife itself, it seems to be a sturdy little knife and I have no doubts for using it for the type of things I mentioned above. I would hesitate to use it to split wood or baton with it though. The plastic handle is the weakest point of the knife for sure, but again for these tasks I am not too concerned. The locking mechanism seems to be sturdy enough and I am not afraid that it may close unexpectedly.

      I gotta admit though, as some have pointed out, the scissors in a multitool would have been perfect for this situation…

      Thanks again,



  3. Gizmo Joe says:

    Good job glad you still have all your fingers haha……………by the way what jacket do you have on in this video?


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