I've been meaning to make a billycan for a while, but I read that there's a plastic lining on the inside of a lot of tin cans, especially the ones that contained acidic food, like tomatoes. Does anyone know of any cans that don't have this lining? Or, alternatively, is there a way to remove this lining?
Hi try a large coffee tin or milo tin.
I found a large milo tin in my parents shed. It is unlined and would make a great billy. it has a click down lid so it has multiple uses i.e carrying water/equipment as it is water tight. I'm going to try and attach a handle without making any holes in it.
Thanks for your replies, I'll try them out.
As kids we used a big old peach tin, never had any problems with taste or side effects that I know of.
Thanks for the tips guys. I have been wondering about this myself. I have just bought a stainless steel large opening water bottle and it fits perfectly inside a short and wide Pineapple tin or a large Lychee tin, both from New World. Now I know how to make the tin safe for cooking and drinking. Thanks again. If interested; try Bivouac Outdoors on Queen St, Auckland. They currently have the SS bottles (which you should be able to boil water in) for $14.50.
Just make sure the SS bottle is single walled not double walled as it will get damaged in the fire. the air trapped between the two layers will expand and cause it to get damaged. also make sure its not insulated The seams can also burst when the bottle is being heated. so i would try heating it in a fire at home first before relying on it in the bush. You can get SS cups with a lid from some asian dollar stores. They come in various sizes. the only downside is that the handle is fixed so it can make it a bit difficult when packing. the handle could be removed and a wire one made for it somehow if this is an issue.