Alternative cooking options

  • JerseyGiantChick

    Member
    November 2, 2022 at 7:01 pm

    Trying to buy one, but the European dealer is niet responding. So now I have to ask USA again, could have been so easy.

  • Summerhat-n-Chicks

    Member
    November 2, 2022 at 7:44 pm

    There are several designs available, but they’re all kinda expensive. I have a book with instructions to build your own. I might go that rout.

  • MartHale7

    Member
    November 2, 2022 at 10:48 pm

    I run a solar cooking group on MeWe. I own the Sun Oven, and vacuum solar cooker. I recently came across a video by Desert Sun 02 on Youtube that looks to be a good design.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzoL-Rjjg6A

    This one I thought was very well made.

    This one very cheap to make, but looks like it would work well.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJGpADYoeTM

    • Wiz161

      Member
      November 6, 2022 at 3:25 pm

      That looks really amazing!

      • MartHale7

        Member
        November 7, 2022 at 5:02 am

        I don’t have this design, but I follow his channel and he has good ideas. The easy access to the pans is what I like about his design.

  • culdesacgrocerygarden

    Member
    November 5, 2022 at 4:53 pm

    Now that the drought is over I feel more comfortable breaking out my son oven. I was really worried about starting a fire with it this summer.

    • MartHale7

      Member
      November 7, 2022 at 5:01 am

      I melted the side of my home with mine, One does have to be careful about the reflection it can emmit.

  • JerseyGiantChick

    Member
    November 5, 2022 at 5:08 pm

    Would love to finally be able to buy 1, so I can cook on the Gärtnerei. Work till our son come from Grundschule and have supper as soon as my husband comes from work. Mutch saver than the rocket stove, were I can not leave and must keep a eye on.

    Also thinking about the future, cooking for the children and families in need. The are already having problems with the meals in Kindergarten en schools. And also going to get in contact with the Feuerwehr, because they must supply the food in emergency. Maybe I can help out, we will see.

  • gods-child

    Member
    February 2, 2023 at 12:39 am

    some ideas from personal use

    1. alcohol stove
    2. paraffin/oil stove
    3. camping gas stoves
    4. gassifier stove
    5. hobo stove
    6. dakota fire pit
    • Bee

      Community Leader
      February 5, 2023 at 4:07 pm

      I had to Google a couple of these, didn’t know what they were. Good options👍

      • gods-child

        Member
        February 5, 2023 at 5:17 pm

        there are a few that many folk have non heard of in all fairness

    • NewDayFarm

      Member
      February 5, 2023 at 7:44 pm

      I use this in my outdoor cooking area. Runs off a 20gallon propane bottle.

      https://www.overtons.com/koblenz-4-burner-propane-stove-bronze-79821.html

      • Bee

        Community Leader
        February 16, 2023 at 5:42 am

        I love the 4 burner. I only have 3 on mine.

    • Hippiemimi

      Member
      February 13, 2023 at 2:28 pm

      You forgot wood cook stove. It’s my ultimate favorite. I have no other oven. It works so beautifully

      • BiggKidd

        Member
        February 13, 2023 at 2:32 pm

        Nice looking older stove!

      • Hippiemimi

        Member
        February 28, 2023 at 6:23 pm

        Thanks

      • Bee

        Community Leader
        February 16, 2023 at 5:39 am

        Love your stove!! How long have you been using it as your main cooking needs?

      • Hippiemimi

        Member
        February 28, 2023 at 6:24 pm

        I have had it for 21 years now. Got it from an old antique shop. Works so beautifully.

      • HeidiRainCountry

        Member
        February 16, 2023 at 3:09 pm

        That is beautiful! I love green! I would love to have a wood COOK stove some day but that will likely be something we use in our off grid location, for now I use our regular wood stove in the living room to cook and bake most things during the 8-9 months of the year we keep fires burning.

      • Redcap

        Member
        February 16, 2023 at 4:50 pm

        That is so gorgeous!

      • Hippiemimi

        Member
        February 28, 2023 at 6:29 pm

        Thank you

  • TeeDee

    Member
    February 2, 2023 at 4:23 am

    I have a Sun Oven but haven’t put it through it’s paces yet. I need to get it out and start getting proficient with it.
    My other alternate sources include
    Charcoal grill
    Camp Chef propane stove w/grill and griddle accessories and large burners that can be used for canning
    Standard size camp stoves – propane and white gas options
    Fire pit with grill grate
    Bricks for quick assemble rocket stove
    Small folding hiker stove – fueled with small twigs and branches
    Chafing fuel cans

    • Bee

      Community Leader
      February 5, 2023 at 4:12 pm

      At least you have it on hand in the event that you need it. But I would suggest trying it out. It’s fun and encouraging knowing you can do it.

    • gods-child

      Member
      February 5, 2023 at 5:15 pm

      i would add to @Bee post whereby it be best to practice with all equipment at least till you could do it without having to work put how each work

      then regular practice on a monthly or semi-monthly basis so you keep up with the process

      nothing worse than when you need them and forgotten how to use

      i use the same principle with map and compass reading and all other aspects of life’s journey

  • Redcap

    Member
    February 6, 2023 at 1:19 am

    Thermal slow cooking: My husband is building me a haybox, but in the past I have just taken a pot of stew or soup or rice and cooked it about 5 minutes, then set it on the bed and wrapped the pot up in quilts to finish cooking.

    Solar cookers: I’ve had a SunOven in the past but I don’t have enough sun where I live now. Too many trees.

    Kelly Kettle: A few little sticks from our yard and we can make hot water for his coffee and my tea or place a pan on top and cook up a little something or heat up some food for one person.

    Sun tea: I drink a lot of tea so in summer I just make a half gallon jar of tea and use it throughout the week.

    On the wood stove: we use it for heat and it’s not a cook stove but we dehydrate a lot of our food next to it and can heat water and cook food on it in winter.

    Dutch oven: if you have a fireplace or wood stove, you can bake bread in a dutch oven instead of running the regular oven.

  • HeidiRainCountry

    Member
    February 16, 2023 at 3:27 pm

    I can see a lot of great replies but not enough time to read through them all so I apologize for that.
    We have a solar oven and have used it for a good number of years. The tricky part for us is, well, Rain Country means very little sun and even on a nice day in late fall through early spring, it can still not be strong enough to thoroughly cook a chicken but is fine for cooking steelhead or salmon. So it is all about planning and it really only gets used during the three months of summer. Our wood stove is our main cook in the 8-9 months we have to keep fires burning and in the summer it is often just easier to bake in the toaster oven connected to our solar power. We also have a Winnerwell stove top oven for baking breads, pies, and biscuits and a gas run Camp Chef oven, We have a Winnerwell camp stove we plan to buy the stove pipe oven for as well. I think we have a total of three camp stoves we picked up at garage sales, I know we paid only $1 for one and it works great. Though we do not do this much, there is also outdoor open fire cooking and then of course the BBQ.. I am sure I am forgetting something!

    • Redcap

      Member
      February 16, 2023 at 4:48 pm

      Heidi, are you still on-grid as well as use solar? If so, when you say you’re using solar, are you able to disconnect from grid when you don’t want to use it? Or is there some way to connect solar to just some things? In the end, though, I’m thinking we’d still get a bill just for having grid power even if we didn’t use it. I’m curious how you’re working that.

      • HeidiRainCountry

        Member
        February 16, 2023 at 5:55 pm

        We use both public power and solar but our solar set up we put in place ourselves and is totally independent from public power. We are not grid tied at all. Patrick installed separate solar outlets in our house close to the public power outlets so we can switch over anytime we need to but simply unplugging from one and plugging into the other. This has worked great for us especially here in rain country where we have near constant cloud cover through the winter months so we can run very little off solar during that time of year. This is also why we have so many back up options. Power outages are common here but for now we still like the luxury of having the public power when need be.

      • Redcap

        Member
        February 16, 2023 at 6:45 pm

        What a great system. I have thought about putting some solar in just to power the most important (to us anyway) items we’d like to have in a long outage. Thanks for the explanation.

      • HeidiRainCountry

        Member
        February 16, 2023 at 7:28 pm

        😊

      • gods-child

        Member
        February 16, 2023 at 7:40 pm

        have you looked into water-power or wind power…??

        as you live in rain-country i am sure Mr Rain could make a water-mill style power generator and start a trend in rain-country

        there is a channel on youtube that experiments with various ways for power including an earth-battery and much more and he has playlists for different types thereof see; https://www.youtube.com/@RobertMurraySmith

        bona-fide

      • HeidiRainCountry

        Member
        February 16, 2023 at 7:43 pm

        Yep, we have. Wind is not a good option for where we are right now and even water but water would be doable on either of our other two pieces of property.

      • gods-child

        Member
        February 16, 2023 at 7:46 pm

        @HeidiRainCountry thank you for the quick reply

        methinks a viable project to watch out for on your channel in the not too distant future 😉😉

        bona-fide

      • gods-child

        Member
        February 16, 2023 at 8:15 pm

        here is a nineteen zero one 1901 water motor made some eleven months ago

        it was originally made to power a singer sewing machine

        very simple to make yet very effective to apply for what size motor suits your needs

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jveOZ4a5Y0&list=PLbQqm4rNo626ocyMJv83s-Na-V_McMYb4&index=3

        bona-fide

      • kitchenhag

        Member
        February 16, 2023 at 11:23 pm

        Thank you for this.

        Recently moved to a piece of land with a stream and several water falls.

        Converting water to energy is the next step in this journey. ☺

      • gods-child

        Member
        February 17, 2023 at 12:43 am

        you are welcome 😃

        check out his playlists on various different ways to harvest energy with air water and so-on

        here is another one a combination of both wind and water…??

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRQGa9XOTOI&list=PLbQqm4rNo626ocyMJv83s-Na-V_McMYb4&index=20

  • gods-child

    Member
    February 19, 2023 at 7:10 pm

    how about elevated cooking

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJ6wZwDwEBw

  • Hippiemimi

    Member
    February 28, 2023 at 6:28 pm

    It actually is in our off grid location. We are there every weekend. We drive 3 hours there and back just to be without electricity and people. Lol. We love the quiet and the beautiful property we are so blessed to have. It was my great grandfathers place and we have been working so hard on improvements and additions to the property. Also we are in rain country to being in way way northern Cali😀 so I know how that is.

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