|Wood Burning Camp Stove
An excellent choice for cooking off the
grid is a wood burning camp stove, sometimes referred to
as a rocket stove. A rocket stove creates efficient
combustion by burning wood at a high temperature and its
design ensures a good air draft. There are rocket stoves
that are solar powered and the BioLite stove shown below
has a thermoelectric generator to generate electricity
suitable for powering USB devices. This particular stove
is portable, weighing only 2 lbs, and is capable of
boiling a liter of water in under 5 minutes.
The Hobo Stove
The homeless, formerly
known as hobos prior to the days of political
correctness, are some of modern society's greatest
survivalists. If I were a bettin' man, I'd put my money
on a homeless guy to survive TEOTWAWKI over the local
bank branch manager. how about you?
In its basic form, a
hobo stove is made from a tin can with its top removed.
Then punch several small holes near the upper edge and a
larger opening on the side of the near the bottom to
provide fuel and air. Here is the true hobo version:
Then there is the modern day version:
Sterno Portable Stoves
For cooking off the
grid, there is nothing better than having a portable
sterno stove in your bug out gear. Easy to store and
pack, Sterno burns clean and provides little potential
for comprising your location.
The classic backyard
option. One of the preps that we always recommend is
several bags of charcoal briquettes and lighter fluid.
We also highly recommend a cast iron grill as it is more
durable long term. In a future article, we will discuss
how to make your own charcoal once the Kingsford runs
out. Here is our choice for a Cast Iron charcoal grill:
Even if you don't have
propane fueled fireplaces, we suggest having multiple
propane tanks to be used as an alternative fuel source
post TEOTWAWKI. Propane fuel comes in cylinders as small
as 16 ounces to as large as 500 pounds for residential
use. If you heat your home with propane, always keep
your tanks full. Also, install a propane grill
attached to the tank. This is an excellent method of off
grid cooking until, of course, the propane runs out. For
bugging out, consider a one burner stove and
corresponding propane fuel canisters. This is our
One of the downsides
to Butane Fuel cooking is the fact that near freezing
conditions, the butane may not burn efficiently.
However, a company called Primus has developed a blended
four season mix called "Power Gas". These blended fuel
stove include propane, butane and isobutane. They are
efficient, safe and easy to transport.
A solar oven or solar
cooker harnesses the power of the sun to create an off
the grid fuel source to power an oven. Using aluminum
reflectors to bake foods, a solar oven concentrates the
suns rays which converts sunlight to heat, and thus
energy. It is a year round method of cooking as it is
not effected by falling temperatures.
There are DIY methods
of creating a solar oven which will be discussed at
length in a future article. Here are our
recommendations for a solar oven:
The method you choose for cooking off grid will be
location driven. In my opinion this is yet another
factor which should encourage you to move to your
Bug Out Location now.
These articles will help.