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#103016 - 08/19/07 09:21 PM Re: Cooking during a long term emergency [Re: Russ]
Eugene Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 12/26/02
Posts: 2840
I have a grill2go Its similar to the road trip mentioned above, bought it a few years ago. I can do at least half dozen meals from a 1lb tank and have a few of those then I have the adapter to connect to 20lb tanks and have two of those. I filled up a 20lb tank a couple years ago and cook out several weekends in the summer and do at least one or two family reunions and that one 20lb tank is still going. I could probably last a year if it was my only means to cook.

#103021 - 08/19/07 10:32 PM Re: Cooking during a long term emergency [Re: Eugene]
JohnnyUpton Offline

Registered: 05/03/07
Posts: 60
Loc: USA
Campfire for long term

Short term

Propane - Mr Heater/Mr Cooker

White Gas - Coleman or MSR whisper.

Cast Iron Dutch Over & Skillett

#103026 - 08/19/07 11:18 PM Re: Cooking during a long term emergency [Re: NightHiker]
Chris Kavanaugh Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 02/09/01
Posts: 3824
My grandmother's Northridge Ca home had two brick fireplaces. One was unique in having a reproduction spit for cooking. Sadly, the earthquake toppled both chimneys and the house was redtagged. My two burner Coleman became the dedicated coffee station with my 2 huge blue speckle enameled coffee pots. There was a small one room 'cottage' among the fruit trees with a half forgotten wood burning stove. I watched nieghbors I grew up around gather seasoned fruitwood, home canned foods and strike anywhere matches. If you have any relatives who went through the Depression pay attention!

#103030 - 08/20/07 12:40 AM Re: Cooking during a long term emergency [Re: Chris Kavanaugh]
frediver Offline

Registered: 05/17/04
Posts: 213
Loc: N.Cal.
Short term I have both a GAZ with re-sealable canisters and a Primus with 6 canisters on hand for ea.
For real long term I have a SEVA 123 that burns about 4 oz. per hour and I stock 2 gal of fuel. I figure we are set for 4-6 months.

#103044 - 08/20/07 03:22 AM Re: Cooking during a long term emergency [Re: OldBaldGuy]
frostbite Offline

Registered: 07/22/07
Posts: 148
Loc: TN
Yes, pop rivets. I had researched alcohol stoves and was all set to try my hand at it then happened to read someone's comment that if the stove was stepped on it would be cold meals for the rest of the trip (a Leave No Trace hiker i think). The stove feels like it could take a beating and still hold up, but is still small and lightweight.

#103052 - 08/20/07 11:32 AM Re: Cooking during a long term emergency [Re: frostbite]
Sventek Offline

Registered: 06/23/07
Posts: 26
Loc: Kailua, Hawai'i
Short term: I have a couple boxes of stirke anywhere matches that i'll just keep lighting and hold close to the meat until it cooks.

Long term: I'll rig a bicycle powered generator and have the kids pedal enough to power my George Forman grill.


#103062 - 08/20/07 12:52 PM Re: Cooking during a long term emergency [Re: Sventek]
el_diabl0 Offline

Registered: 12/31/06
Posts: 301
Loc: NE Ohio
- Coleman camp stove with 2 cans of gas
- Propane grill
- fireplace/open fire
Improvise, adapt, and overcome

#103063 - 08/20/07 01:06 PM Re: Cooking during a long term emergency [Re: Spiritwalker]
Brangdon Offline

Registered: 12/12/04
Posts: 1204
Loc: Nottingham, UK
I have a variety of esbit-style stoves and solid fuel. Also some alcohol stoves with some meths.

Also a petrol stove, which I no longer use for camping because it scares me. I'd probably have to syphon petrol from neighbors' cars (after they've turned into zombies and been decapitated, or whatever).

For the medium term, my main hopes are pinned on an open fireplace. I have a stock-pile of coal which should provide warmth and cooking for a few months.

Long-term I'm probably stuffed regardless. I live on the edge of the countryside so hopefully could find enough wood. A lot depends on the situation, eg whether there were other people trying to collect the same wood.
Quality is addictive.

#103131 - 08/21/07 12:06 AM Re: Cooking during a long term emergency [Re: Spiritwalker]
LED Offline

Registered: 09/01/05
Posts: 1474
Alcohol burners for me. Fuel is everywhere and with methanol like HEET (yellow bottle) costing about about $1 per bottle, operation is very cheap.

#103233 - 08/22/07 02:18 AM Re: Cooking during a long term emergency [Re: Spiritwalker]
hercdoc Offline

Registered: 07/19/05
Posts: 75
Loc: L.A. (Lower Alabama)
After all of my propane, butane, alcohol, and heet and Sterno is consumed , I still have a lot of seasoned, blown-down timber left over from Ivan and Katrina. Not going hungry here in L.A.!

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