Alternative Cooking Fuels

Stock up on these alternative cooking methods to ensure that you and your family can survive off-grid during emergencies.

Photo by Clark and Company

Disasters happen all the time, and storms take out power. An outage could be caused by a severe ice storm, a tornado, a hurricane, or even a driver who takes out a utility pole. Whatever the reason, there’ll be times when you’ll be out of power. It could be out for an hour, or it could be out for days. Regardless, you’ll need to be prepared.

The middle of an emergency isn’t the time to worry about how you’ll cook food. I always have multiple backup plans for this reason. Within my stock of supplies are five different ways to cook: propane gas grill, portable propane camp stove, Sterno stove, charcoal, and biomass stove. In this article, I’ll expand on each of these cooking methods and list their pros and cons. All of these methods require some kind of fuel, so you’ll need to have some handy.

Propane Gas Grills

For short-term usage, I usually turn to my propane gas grill. With its large cooking surface, it’s great for preparing big quantities of food, especially when you have to cook everything that’s going bad in your freezer.

Photo by Adobe Stock/Ewa Cieszyńska

Many of us have a propane grill at home because, after all, grilling is an American pastime. With that said, how many of us have extra tanks of propane in case of an emergency? I’d bet not many. Most people don’t know the amount of propane they have in their tanks until they run out during a cookout. In an emergency situation, you won’t have the luxury of running down to the store to fill your tank. If you’re going to rely on this method to cook and boil water, you’ll need to have extra fuel on hand.

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