Ten Methods of Cooking Off Grid

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Method #2:  Folding Stove / Hobo stove.
(Charcoal, biomass, sterno, paraffin wax, Esbit fuel)
Some stoves offer a variety of fuel options. Below are stoves that
accept charcoal, a sterno or biomass as fuel sources:

  • Bushbox Outdoor Pocket stove.  Very small and
    lightweight the BushBox Outdoor Stove, right, fits into any
    pocket! Comes with an ash pan for soil protection. Not only
    will this little stove fit into any pocket but it is multi-fuel,
    meaning you can use it with wood, organic matter, or fuels
    such as and Esbit. Reduce carbon footprint and fuel costs by
    using renewable resources like twigs, leaves, pinecones,
    wood shavings, feathers, cotton pads, and other organic
    matter. Wood pellets, charcoal, dried animal dung are also
    great, fast burning options.

  • Esbit folding stove. The Esbit folding stove burns on Esbit
    fuel tabs that burn about 12 minutes each, more than
    enough to handle your cooking needs, like boiling water. The
    beauty of this system is that it's a compact stove made of
    durable galvanized steel that fits in your pocket. The stove
    set, pictured below with the included fuel tabs is around $10
    and with available free shipping!

  • Tin can charcoal stove. You can configure a classic charcoal
    tin can stove from a #10 can in your preps. Also, called a
    hobo stove or a buddy burner, you'll need two sturdy wire
    screens, a roll-type can opener, a punch type can opener and
    wire for a handle, in addition to a #10 can. When you're
    done, you'll need just 3 or 4 charcoal briquettes to operate.
    Here's how to make a tin can charcoal stove.
  1. Remove the top and bottom of the can.
  2. Create circulation air holes with the punch type can
  3. Make two holes on the top at either end, then tie a wire
  4. Push one of the sturdy wire screens down the can to
    make a grate to keep charcoal near the top for cooking
  5. Place the other at the top to support pots.

    Many preppers have modified the tin can stove method:

  • Buddy Burner (noun). Also called a "Vagabond Burner," a
    buddy burner is a home made fuel source for cooking. A
    popular buddy burner is made with Paraffin wax that's melted
    and poured into a tuna can that's filled with rolled cardboard.
    The device is then placed underneath a ventilated coffee
    can, which serves as a stove to the buddy burner.

Method # 3 Sterno Stoves (see also alcohol stoves).
Sterno is a great beginning camper tool. It is best at heating
things up, or boiling water to make soup, and hot drinks like tea
and coffee. Sterno is a brand name. It has low heating power, so
you'll need more Sterno to cook a meal than with other times of
fuel. Even so, Sterno is a great way to get started in prepping.
Sterno is safer than liquid fuels and you'll find they are easy to
store and inexpensive,and fun! Sterno brand cooking fuel is non-
toxic, biodegradable and water soluble.

Can you use a sterno in an apartment in the event of an
emergency power outage?

Yes! Sterno is a similar fuel used in chafing dishes to keep
casseroles warm in buffets and keeps the fondue pot filled with
melty cheese. Sterno Smores! Pictured left, Left you'll see how
you can roast marshmallows, in the best
Smores party idea ever!

  • Sterno Cooking Kit. Sterno brand cooking fuel is non-toxic,
    biodegradable and water soluble. The Sterno Kit is a good
    entry level option for cooking  outdoors when the power is
    out or for taking your first outdoor camping adventure.

  • Coghlan's Folding Stove (sterno, paraffin wax). Coghlan's
    Folding Stove, pictured right, is convenient and easy to use.
    It burns Coghlan's Camp Heat or any other type of canned
    fuel, such as a home-made paraffin wax fuel made from a
    tuna can. Try also fuel tablets! It folds nicely and is an ideal
    emergency cooking option.
Method #4: Charcoal Stove or Box Oven.
Cooking with charcoal briquettes is the classic backyard or park
cooking option. Another cooking method for charcoal is with box
oven. A box oven combined with charcoal can help you bake
cookies, cakes and pizza.

  • Basic Cardboard Box Oven:
  1. Wrap foil on inside of open box.
  2. Cut a view opening (box bottom).
  3. Place coals in the fire pit.
  4. Position four cans and a rack.
  5. Light the coals.
  6. Place your dish on the rack.
  7. Monitor cooking through window.

  • Coleman Box oven. Borrowing on the idea of the classic
    cardboard box oven is the Coleman box oven, pictured
    immediate right. Place the Coleman box oven, on top of a
    Coleman two- or three-burner stove, which provides all the
    heat you need to bake your favorite dishes. This oven would
    work also on a heat source such as charcoal, though it will
    get soot from the charcoal. The Coleman box oven looks like
    a mini safe, but it's actually a mini oven. Made of aluminized
    steel, you can bake batches of muffins, biscuits or rolls to
    enhance your outdoor cooking experience.

  • Envirofit Charcoal Stove. Envirofit makes the worlds most
    fuel efficient charcoal stove! The Envirofit Charcoal Stove has
    a 63% reduction in fuel consumption over traditional charcoal
    stoves. That's an important distinction for preppers. What's
    more, this stove is "carbon" friendly. It has the highest CO2
    reduction of any stove on the market.

  • Lodge Charcoal Grill. The Lodge Coal Grill, pictured right is
    a rugged, charcoal hibachi-style grill has two adjustable
    heights. A draft door regulates the heat. Ideal for anywhere
    you need a self contained cooking source. Coals are
    accessible behind a flip down door. It's seasoned and ready
    to use.

Method #5 Propane Stoves.
Propane is a dependable fuel at high altitudes and freezing
temperatures; however, propane tanks are thick walled, so they
are too heavy to carry in a backpack. Leave this kind of stove in
your backyard or take it car camping.

  • Coleman Two-Burner Propane Stove (propane stove).
    Pictured in green is the Coleman Two-Burner Propane Stove.
    Coleman's PerfectFlow appliances regulate the pressure of
    the propane to provide a consistent cooking performance
    without flaring or flickering. The stove also provides
    windblock side panels. It runs on Coleman Liquid Fuel
    (propane) or even unleaded gasoline.

  • Coleman PerfectFlow InstaStart Grill Stove (propane
    stove). A top seller, Coleman InstaStart requires no matches
    for starting. This stove packs 10,000 BTUs of cooking power!
    Coleman's PerfectFlow appliance regulates the pressure of
    the propane to provide a consistent cooking performance
    without flaring or flickering. It takes propane bottles. This
    steel grill offers two cooking surfaces to get that meal in
    those hungry stomachs in no time.

  • Camp Chef Outdoor Camp Oven (propane stove and
    oven). The Camp Chef Outdoor Camp Oven cooks for up to 5
    hours on high heat with one 1-pound can of propane.
    Imagine baking fresh bread and cookies, pizza, lasagna and
    so much more. Certainly, this will be a morale booster in
    uncertain times, and you can enjoy it today camping!

  • Solaire Portable Infrared Propane Gas Grill (propane
    grill). The Solaire portable Infrared Propane Gas Grill, uses 1
    pound propane cylinders (larger tank with optional adapter).
    This is luxury grill for your bugout location or backyard. The
    shipping weight is 27 pounds and it includes a carrying case,
    so technically it is a portable grill.

Method #6: Butane Stoves.
Butane does not do well in below freezing temperatures.  Like
propane, butane stoves also come in pressurized tanks, but
butane cartridges generally can't be refilled. And when the tank is
low, it looses it's efficiency. Unfortunately, butane canisters are
not always easy to find.

  • Ultralight butane stove. The ultralight Piezo igntion stove is
    gas-powered (Butane Burner) and has an unbelievable price
    at around $8! It's an unbeatable price, and best of all it gets
    1,328 4.5-Star customer reviews! It has a PIEZO ignition.
    (Does not include the gas base.)

  • GasOne GS-3000 Portable Gas Stove. Unlike gas stoves
    from other manufacturers, GS-3000 is CSA approved for
    safety and uses quality materials to meet higher standards.
    This stove uses standard 8oz butane canisters and features
    a piezo type electric starter with safety shut off system, so
    it does not require matches or lighters! Best of all, the
    GasOne stove, pictured immediate right, is around $28 with
    free available shipping.

  • Etekcity Collapsible Butane Stove: Designed with travel in
    mind, the Portable Windproof Butane Outdoor Stove by
    Etekcity is constructed of water-resistant materials and
    intended to be used outdoors on camping trips or other
    outdoor activities. The Etekcity Collapsible Butane Stove was
    built to take a beating and to travel everywhere you do. Safe
    and easy to connect to a butane canister, the outdoor stove
    has a built-in electric spark ignition system and includes
    flame control. Flame control allows operators to change
    between a powerful flame and a lower intensity flame for
    ultimate control.

Method #7: Blended Fuels (Butane/Propane Mixed
Fuel Stoves).
Blended fuel stoves offer the capability of improved cooking in
below-freezing conditions. Butane/Propane mix canisters, like the
Coleman, pictured immediate right, are lightweight, resealable,
and easily connect to stoves and lanterns. Most canister
appliances are lightweight and simple to use, so if you are a
backpacker who counts ounces and appreciates convenience this
fuel is for you. Downsides are that canisters can't be recycled,
and in subfreezing temperatures, the fuel does not perform well.
Or at all. Cold temperatures affect the pressure in the canister,
so performance is best in mild to moderate conditions, Main
advantages: convenience and light weight.

Method #8: Kerosene stoves.
On the positive side, fuel for a kerosene stove costs just a few
cents an hour to burn and this fuel does not evaporate quickly.
The bad part is that it smells, and because it doesn't evaporate
quickly, you'll have a residue if you spill.

  • Kerosene Cook and Canning Stove. Pictured in red, the
    Kerosene Cook and Canning Stove holds more than 5 quarts
    of fuel, and burns up to 11 hours per tank. With adjustable
    heat output, this cook stove is great for cooking large meals
    and will even hold large canners.

Method # 9: Alcohol Stove (liquid).
With an alcohol stove, unlike the petroleum fuel options, you can
easily put out a fire with water! Alcohol stoves also have the
benefit of being lightweight. Unfortunately, fuels aren't as easy
to find as other fuels.

  • The Esbit Alcohol Stove & Trekking Cookset. Pictured right,
    the Esbit Alcohol Stove and Trekking Cookset is made of
    extremely light, hard-anodized aluminum. While aluminum
    has its dangers, the lightweight and compact nature of this
    set makes it hard to pass. It will be a great addition to a
    bugout bag. You can't beat the deal. The set of cookware
    and stove is just $40!

Method #10: Solar ovens.
A solar oven (also sometimes called solar cooker) is made with
aluminum reflectors to bake foods using the sun's energy. Used
to either heat food or sterilize water, this outdoor cooking
method concentrates sunlight thereby converting light to heat,
and trapping heat. Solar cooking has been around for centuries,
but up to now, not many people have had the opportunity to try
cooking with the sun.

  • Global Sun Oven solar cooker. The Global Sun Oven cooker
    is according to the manufacturer the world's most widely
    used solar oven. Using the most advanced materials, the Sun
    Oven takes all the hassles out of solar cooking to create the
    ultimate solar appliance. The sun oven can be used in the
    winter as well as summer. It has been used very successfully
    at below zero conditions at a base camp on Mt. Everest.
    Measures 19" x 19" with an average depth of 11". The total
    weight is only 21 pounds. You can bake bread, make cookies,
    pizza, muffins, or anything you could prepare using a
    conventional oven.

    Cook for free! Bakes, boils or steams any kind of food with
    the power of the sun. Absolutely no fuel needed, and there's
    no learning curve. Create your favorite recipes as you feast
    upon natural sun baked treats! Just like your home oven
    reaches temperatures of 360° to 400° F! A sun oven is
    totally safe. There's absolutely no danger of fire, and you'll
    never burn dinner again!

    Versatile, Easy-to-use, Portable as a Small Suitcase! Cooking
    in a SUN OVEN® is easy, fun, natural, and nutritious, while
    helping the environment.  Ideal for everyday use in your back
    yard, at picnics, while camping, or in the event of a power

    Even though it is called an oven, food can be baked, boiled,
    and steamed at cooking temperatures of 360° F to 400° F.
    There is no movement of air in a SUN OVEN®, allowing food
    to stay moist and tender and flavorful. Sun-baked roasts are
    tastier and more succulent, and sun-baked bread has
    unparalleled taste and texture. The aroma of food sunning
    itself in a SUN OVEN® is sure to please your senses.
    Temperatures in a SUN OVEN® rise slowly and evenly,
    allowing complex carbohydrates time to break down into
    simple sugars, emanating subtle natural flavors. The even
    temperature of the SUN OVEN® prevents burning, so you do
    not need to stir your food while it is cooking.

    There are two ways to cook in a SUN OVEN®. If you refocus
    the oven to follow the sun every 25 to 30 minutes, cooking
    times and methods will be very similar to cooking with a
    conventional stove or oven. Or a SUN OVEN® can be used
    for slow cooking, much like a crock-pot. You can prepare your
    dinner, put it in the SUN OVEN®, point the oven where the
    sun will be approximately halfway through the time you will
    be gone. Leave, and come home to a tasty, slow-cooked
    dinner. If you run late, there is no need to worry; the SUN
    OVEN® will keep your food warm, moist, and fresh for hours.

Cooking off Grid Prepper style!
You don't need an off-grid homestead, to cook off grid. Preppers
have several options for how to cook their food off grid whether it
be a fire pit,a  
solar oven; a wood / biomass stove (such as a
rocket stove or volcano oven); a hybrid wood biomass stove a
propane or gas stove; a
wood fired cast iron cookstove, or a pot
cooker fueled by a
generator. Your cookstove may also provide
heat for your abode! The Camp Chef Alpine Heavy Duty Cylinder
Stove, pictured in the bottom right hand corner of the page runs
on wood and will provide the comfort of heat.

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Cooking in crisis: ten methods for cooking off the grid

How will you cook in crisis?
Whether cooking indoors or outdoors, preppers must consider
available fuel sources. Preppers always have a contingency plan!
This article focuses on how to cook in an off-grid world.

There are several prepper methods for cooking off the grid.
Discover cooking with no power using a dutch oven, solar oven,
rocket stove, or propane and gas stoves. Here are the various
cooking methods and kitchen ovens for preppers

Ten Methods of Cooking in an Off-grid

Method #1: Wood/Biomass ovens and rocket stoves.
Rocket stoves today are amazing. With a few twigs you can fuel
your cellphone, heat your meal, purify water or warm up! With a
rocket stove, you'll use wood, biomass and charcoal, and there's
no gas or propane necessary.

  • Fire pit with a dutch oven. At the most basic level, preppers
    can dig a shallow trench for a fire to shelter the flames from
    wind. This is the pioneer method with which to cook foods.
    Fuel sources in a fire pit can be charcoal, wood or even dung!

  • Dutch Oven: Essential for this method of off-grid
    cooking is a dutch oven (a cast iron pot with a lid
    pictured left) to place on the fire pit. Use a dutch oven
    to cook pie, bread, cobblers, casseroles, baked beans,
    stew, cakes and more. Learn more about cast iron
    cookware by Lodge.

  • Reflector Oven: With a campfire reflector oven, you can
    bake using an open fire. It bakes by capturing radiant
    heat from an open fire and then reflects the heat
    towards your food. Pictured in green at the bottom of
    the page, pioneers baked breads in this way.

  • BioLite Wood Burning Campstove. The BioLite camp stove
    powers most USB-chargeable devices including smartphones
    using twigs! About 20 minutes of charging with a strong fire
    gives you about 60 minutes of talk time on most
    smartphones. During a full burn, the CampStove can boil 1
    liter of water in as little as 4 miutes. 30 seconds This
    CampStove weighs about 2 lbs. and is about the same size
    as a 1-liter Nalgene water bottle.  Best of all, an internal
    starter battery helps kick-start the fire before the stove
    begins generating its own power. It's that easy!

  • EcoZoom Versa Rocket Stove. EcoZoom's Versa rocket
    stove offers the flexibility to cook with wood, charcoal, or
    solid biomass fuel in a rugged and durable design. A super-
    high efficiency portable cook stove, it has a fully insulated
    vertical combustion chamber forces gases to mix with flames
    when in use, decreasing harmful emissions while boasting
    tremendous fuel efficiency. The EcoZoom Versa rocket stove,
    pictured right is highly rated.

  • Grover Heavy Duty Rocket Stove. The ultimate prepper
    rocket stove is the Grover heavy duty rocket stove.  It solves
    the problem of cooking when your propane runs out, and you
    don't have large quantities of wood to devote to cooking. Of
    course you need some alternate source of combustible
    material. Wood works great but in conventional wood burning
    stoves you will waste a great deal of wood in heat energy
    that didn't go towards cooking the food. This Heavy Duty
    Grover Rocket Stove eliminated that problem entirely by
    allowing you to use small twigs, leaves, and pretty much any
    dry plant matter will do, such as weeds, dry sage brush, etc.

  • Kelly Kettle. If you are camping and want a convenient quick
    way to heat up your water for hydrating food, a cup of coffee
    or for personal use, the large Kelly Kettle (Base Camp) is an
    ideal solution. It will deliver about 7 cups of ho water in just
    a few minutes.  Backpackers and hikers love the Kelly Kettle
    for its light weight and natural fuel burning ability. Never
    worry about carrying heavy fuel in your backpack again. An
    essential element of any emergency preparedness plan is
    being able to obtain pure water, which the Kelly Kettle does
    brilliantly and effectively! Without access to other types of
    fuel such as gas or propane, it may be difficult to get pure
    water. Since the Kelly Kettle uses only natural fuels, in a
    disaster you most likely will still have access to ample
    natural fuel in order to boil and purify water for drinking,
    cooking and personal hygiene.

  • Solo Stove. Pictured right and at the bottom of the page,
    the Solo Stove is the #1 wood-burning camping stove
    recommended by Backpacker Magazine and serious
    survivalists including Discovery Channel's Matt Graham. The
    Solo stove usses twigs, leaves, pinecones and wood as fuel,
    which eliminates the need to carry heavy, polluting and
    expensive canister fuels. Plus it boils water in as little as
    two minutes.

  • Volcano Collapsible Cook Stove. An unbelievably cool cook
    stove, pictured right, the Volcano Collapsible Cook Stove
    takes either propane, charcoal, or wood! How's that for
    versatility? Designed in the USA, it's the tri-fuel capability
    which sets it apart from all other outdoor cooking options.
    This portable cook stove collapses to 5” and includes a
    storage bag. This is a highly popular cookstove with preppers.

    The Volcano Collapsible Cook Stove is hands down the  most
    popular camping stove of HappyPreppers.com readers judging
    by sales.

  • VitalGrill Survival Stove. Want a stove fueled by nature?
    Pictured below, the VitalGrill Survival Stove is eco-friendly!
    Use any Solid Biological Material Available as fuel: wood,
    paper, cardboard, twigs, straw, natural fibers, animal dung,
    or any combustible waste, plus you can use charcoal! Best of
    all, the VitaGrill Survival stove will deliver life-saving heat in
    extreme situations. The VitalGril has powerful turbine fans
    the flame quickly and evently. It generates up to 20,000 Btu
    of heat.
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