Many moons ago I came across a web page that discussed portrayals of propulsion in sf stories and the science (or lack of it). One story mentioned in passing was about a man trapped on a moon and using a beer keg (or beer cans) to generate sufficient thrust to get off the planet.
I'm thinking this one is more on the "lack of science" scale but it sounds entertaining.
Unfortunately all I know is that it was published in the 20th century. Shot in the dark but does this ring any bells?