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Old 09-07-2016   #11
River City, Oregon
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A block of wood with your dead blow hammer?

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Old 09-07-2016   #12
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Call me crazy, but I'll stick with my foot. Occasionally switch it up to the twist and crush by hand.

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Old 09-07-2016   #13
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Rocks and sweat. Smash em flat, no gizmos needed.

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Old 09-08-2016   #14
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Our crew uses a rubber mallet on a rock, works beautifully!
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Old 09-08-2016   #15
Canon City, Colorado
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The judo chop is nice for keeping cans point-free, so they don't poke your boat, but it sure does leave them pretty tall- an inch or more, I'd say.

Rocks work, but I've personally seen mangled fingers from an errant blow- not cool.

Stomping hurts after about the 30th can.

I am also a fan of the smelting method. We once cast our own custom christmas tree ornaments in the sand someplace below Lava- Duffy's maybe? It can be fun, but it turns into a job if you have to smelt all of your cans for a whole trip.

Best method I've ever used was a 2 lb sledge, with a 4"x4"x1/4" piece of plate steel welded to it, along with a loose 6"x6" plate for the sand. Gets the cans FLAT. Completely flat.
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Old 09-08-2016   #16
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2lbs sledge with a 6" disc of 3/8 steel welded to it. Picked up the disc at the local steel yard for $4. Took about 2 minutes to make a couple of passes with the welder. Works great for setting my sand stake, tent stakes, as well as smashing cans. I don't worry about bringing a plate for the bottom. A flat rock works fine. Even if your rock less you can usually get them pretty flat just smashing them on the ground.
Tip 2. Buy a small sledge with the plastic handle vs wood. That way the head is never loose. Drill a small hole at the base of the handle and run some 550 cord thru it. When you hit the beach set your sand stake and then clip the hammer to the carabiner. That way whenever the rest of the group wants to use your hammer "and they will" they know were it is and don't have to keep asking you.
Tip 3. Seems obvious but make sure your cans are empty. It smashes them so flat, that any contents will be upon your person if they are left in the can!
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Old 09-08-2016   #17
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Originally Posted by Oc1paddler View Post
2lbs sledge with a 6" disc of 3/8 steel welded to it. Picked up the disc at the local steel yard for $4.
"It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard... is what makes it great."
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Old 09-08-2016   #18
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Used something similar when I was down in the Big Ditch. Lot of cans on a 21 day trip and it was good to smash them flat as could be.

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Old 09-08-2016   #19
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Ben's (AZRA) Ultimate Can Crush Tool. Plate of steel on the ground.
No bending required.
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Old 09-08-2016   #20
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Was going to say --- that looks like an AZRA mug!

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