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Something I've seen a ton of people doing is using a box to create their own bootleg oven. Here's a quick guide to do that.
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If you're like me, you need to heat things up inside your workshop now the cheap way that i do, that is with a heat gun or the expensive way, is by using this 3 000 smoker. But there's also another way in between those two that i'll show you inside. That's right, i'm talking about your home oven! If you don't want to spend a ton of money on a big giant, smoker oven or you don't want to buy a used home oven, i'm going to show you how you can make your own oven here in your workshop. So i'm going to take this old cardboard box, i actually cut it down to size, so it's not too big.

Also going to take our heat gun, an empty 12-ounce can and a little cardboard tube. You might not have a cardboard tube like this, but you could go to any shipping supply store like ups store or something like that. So here's the idea we are going to pop the little cap off of this, because it's the exact size that we need it to be and we're going to trace a little hole here in our box, which happens to be an old toilet box. We're going to take a heat gun, an aluminum can to join with this tube that will go inside of the box and then we're going to heat up whatever we want in here.

We're going to put a couple blocks of wood down and the air is going to circulate through this whole thing with it closed up and it's going to be a little oven. All right, i'm gon na make a crude line with my sharpie here now. I'm sure. There's a smarter, safer way to do this, but for me i am gon na work with the razor blade.

All right, john had a way better idea. We're gon na use the ultrasonic cutter. Oh, like butter, all right, there's our hole, push this guy in to test fit, make sure it fits now. We're gon na make the aluminum can we're just gon na make like a little cone so that it has a reducer to go from this diameter to the size of our heat gun all right.

Last time i did this. I didn't use an ultrasonic cutter, so i'm sorry! If this messes up your ears, oh yeah, we can't do that so break out your handy little uh razor blade and carefully, i'm just gon na cut the top and the bottom off of this cam. Let me just clip this guy off, so we've got this little aluminum can here and i'm just gon na cut it lengthwise. The point of this is just going to be to kind of make like a like a poor band's funnel when you're changing your oil, we're just going to wrap it around it's going to get smaller at one side and bigger on the other janky, as that may Be we are going to make a little funnel now so right here, the diameter is too big and we want it to shrink way down to that.

So i'm just going to twist it into place and then i'm going to cut off the excess and wrap it with some ducting tape. Some aluminum tape all right, so we've got our kind of phallic looking little dude there, and now it will fit nice and snug around that. What i don't want is for the tip of this thing. That's super hot to be touching this cardboard and i want it to be somewhat centered in there.


So now we should have a little heat gun extension tube there. We go all right next thing: i'm going to shorten this thing down to about 10 inches too thick yeah. She said all right, and now we got our little silencer and check us out all right next up, i'm gon na take these two by fours. Out of my main oven and stick them in here, i'm just gon na stick this guy in here and we are gon na close it up.

I don't really need these guys, so i'm just gon na go ahead and take them off now. Let's tape this guy, i'm gon na set my timer for five minutes turn this thing on and i hope nothing light's on fire we'll see that's 300 degrees. That's too hot! All right! Oh boy! Well, no smoke coming out! That much is good. Oh, i could feel the heat pouring out: whoa dude, that's pretty dope nothing's on fire headlights, pretty hot.

It's not super hot, it's more like! It's warm smells bad! Here's the truth, though this thing's already been open. So this should be pretty easy. I would probably do this honestly with like the garage door open or something like that. It's probably not something you'd have to do very often, but in this case i was able to separate that.

That's not something that i can do, even if it's really warm in the garage it has to be heated up. I will say that i'm really glad i have a big dope oven, because this just seems a little bit sketchy to me, but this is how a lot of people do it. So, if you didn't know now, you know all right. I'm gon na stick these back.

In my oven, where they belong, if you want i've got a free online course that teaches you how to open up lights the right way if you got ta, make your own oven. At least you know how to do it now, but i'm gon na put a link in the description below. I hope to see you inside of the online course, and let me know what did you think about this crazy cardboard box. Oven thing.

Let me know by dropping a comment inside of that free online course see you. There.

By Chris

10 thoughts on “Is Building a CARDBOARD Oven worth it?”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Vincent King says:

    Fun fact: combustion point of paper/cardboard is 427C. You can put a leftover box of pizza in the oven at 450F to reheat it.

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Josh Marko says:

    If I was in a bind and the kitchen oven was in use then I would go a head and try this out fo sure 🙂

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Aurora R6 says:

    Lol, watch the videos but afraid to comment. Now I have to!

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Luigi Butoi says:

    Ive been doing this for 2 years now perfect setup for butyl sealed headlights but permaseal not a chance lol 😆 u also need a small "exhaust" hole at the top of the box to let the hot air come out otherwise you will be buying a heatgun after each job lol I've been there.

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars jokerscape says:

    Only think that’s ever put me off doing my own lights is that Mrs wouldn’t let me use the oven and I didn’t wanna buy a second lol this is a great idea

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars 307Driftwood says:

    Paper/cardboard/wood don't reach ignition temperature until 451°F…. thus the title of Ray Bradbury's book.

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Chris kao says:

    So I did this exact thing with some cheap ebay headlights for an acura TSX. and jt was IMPOSSIBLE no matter how long i let it cook. The cheap headlights used really hard glue that was nearly impossible to pull apart. watching this video inspired me to try finishing the project😂

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Brian Dougherty says:

    Chris, try sitting it (head lamp) on a piece of peg board cut to fit the box with the heat entering the box below the peg board. You would have to prop it (peg board) up a few inches with wood.. This should diffuse your heat somewhat, mitigating risk of over heating one spot.
    *Edit: coat the inside of the box with aluminum hvac tape

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Terran Eligon says:

    The guy(s) at AZC Car Style use this method 100%. Never seems to fail.

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars 2DOOR S says:

    Well story time. I am 16, and i did somethong similar to open some broken headlights to extract the projectors, and it took on fire, big fire, in the basement, home alone, no fire extinguisher, but I managed to put down the fire 🤝

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