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Old 12-31-2010, 09:41 PM
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I dont have a way to cook my food independent of electricity. What is the best indoor (i live in apartments, no land) way of cooking. Is there a particular brand or device you like best, or do you have a favorite form of fuel - propane, kerosine, gas, etc.
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I dont have a way to cook my food independent of electricity. What is the best indoor (i live in apartments, no land) way of cooking. Is there a particular brand or device you like best, or do you have a favorite form of fuel - propane, kerosine, gas, etc.
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IMHO propane burns the cleanest and most efficient for indoor use.
I would suggest a good propane camp stove, I have two.
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A lot of topics get posted in the 'Urban' sub-forum; which automatically constrains 'survival' discussions.

Since you did not say that it must be restricted to urban living then I suggest wood.

We use wood fuel to heat our home; and we use wood to cook on.
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FBK, I don't think his apartment manager would appreciate him cutting a hole in the roof and stockpiling a couple cord of wood in his front yard.
That being said, I heated my lunch today (chicken noodle soup) and hot water for tea and cocoa today on my woodstove.

In fact, it is -7 degrees outside right now, and it's 82 degrees in here. Just about burning me up.

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If you live in an apartment, you can't put a wood stove in, probably, unless you vented the pipe out a window. Propane works well, but you might want to stock up mostly on foods that don't require a lot of cooking, because propane tanks won't last that long. A larger tank (20 pounds or more) requires the tank to be outside for safety, but the small canisters are okay inside.

If you stocked up on freeze dried or dehydrated foods, you could heat water on the grill from the patio and bring it in, then mix it with your food inside. This would prevent food smells from attracting others. Otherwise, the less cooking you do, the better, even inside.

You can boil water using very little fuel, propane inside or hobo stove or something outside. You can also boil water in a solar cooker using no fuel at all outside the sun. But actually cooking outside beyond boiling water brings that unwanted attention. On the other hand, if you are on a top floor and had a patio, the cooking smells would mostly rise up and might not be noticed. Others would notice smoke but maybe not smells.

Apartment living will be more complicated in SHTF for a lot of reasons, including this.
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Propane is probably the most popular. But I've had an Alpaca kerosene cooker for many years and I have come to prefer it. Kerosene is a more dense source of fuel, so you get many more hours of cooking for the same volume. Either way is a good choice though.
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Look at lehmans.com They have several options. I like the looks of the Australia built Baker's Oven Wood Heat/Cook Stove. I don't think that would work well with an apartment though.
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Great point lanahi, I have one of these http://www.sunoven.com/video_how_sun_ovens_work.php works pretty well as long as you have enough sun. Go to the site and watch the video, pretty cool, er I mean hot.
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We have a propane Camp Chef oven/stove. Not sure about using it indoors.
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Can anyone recommend a particular brand or link to their favorite burner? thank you!
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We have a propane Camp Chef oven/stove. Not sure about using it indoors.
Propane burns clean, as does kerosene. As long as they have plenty of O2, they don't form dangerous levels of carbon monoxide. So ventilation is a must, but they're safe to use indoors.
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I keep Sterno on hand. Sam's Club sells a 12-pak of the chafing dish burners, which are the same thing. (Alcohol.) Stood me in good stead after Katrina.
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Best bang for your bucks.


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heres a link for the camp chef oven/stove

http://www.campchef.com/outdoor-camp...and-stove.html

Got mine for under $200

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Check out one of these. http://www.stpaulmercantile.com/inde...gleBurnerStove They burn kerosene. The fuel is very stable and stores for a long, long time. They are efficient and safe to use. Ive ordered the three burner version. Ill post a revirew after I get it.
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Houdini I have one similar very useful



so many questions ..
-how long can you hold out in an apartment ?
-what are you cooking?

At some point in a SHTF you might need to bug out with that in mind i'd consider
a backpack stove just some food for though

I have the MSR multi-fuel stove (expedition) it burns almost anything but it's kind of messy and not suited for indoor cooking the MSR canister stoves are nice

http://cascadedesigns.com/msr/stoves/category
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I dont have a way to cook my food independent of electricity. What is the best indoor (i live in apartments, no land) way of cooking. Is there a particular brand or device you like best, or do you have a favorite form of fuel - propane, kerosine, gas, etc.
if you have a fire place a real one id say get a wood stove we have two in our house for when the power sometimes goes out in the winter and they heat a good bit and you can cook on and in them have a lil magnetic thermomiter got from tractor supply helps with cooking a ton

if you dont have a fire place id say get a coleman propane stove
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I have this one.

http://www.cabelas.com/product/Camp-...Ntt=camp+stove
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