When I was first getting into bushcraft it was commonplace to see people with kit that they had made themselves. One of the commonest items was a billy can made from a catering sized baked bean can with either some bent coat hanger or similar such wire as a handle. They worked perfectly well and were very inexpensive.
Nowadays there is a plethora of cooking pots on the market and a whole lot less greasy spoons to approach for their used bean cans and so like many people I’ve succumbed to buying a billy can. I quite like the Zebra billy can (Jack Raven Bushcraft doesn’t have any connection with the manufacturer by the way.
They’re a solid pot and can be used in lots of different ways. But I’ve always found the handle to be poor when it comes to using the pot with a traditional pot hanger, sometimes called a wagon stick.
They don’t sit well in the beak of a pot hanger so recently I put a new handle on a Zebra billy can with some bike brake cable and electrical connectors. There’s enough room between the handle and the pot to get a junior hacksaw in and cut away the rivet. You might need to knock out a piece of the rivet from the hole in the bracket.
Then I passed the brake cable through a pair of electrical connectors, through the hole in the bracket and back through the electrical connectors. Lastly I tightened the screws on the connectors.
And then repeat on the other side. Now the handle sits nicely in a pot hanger and I think it also makes the pot easier to pack away.
It works really well and so I then did the same thing on another 7!