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Old 08-12-2012, 06:23 PM
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Is there any safe emergency stoves to use indoors? I am reading a lot of conflicting statements if it is good or bad to use a propane stove indoors.
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I use a propane stove all the time, I live in the country, we don't get Natrual gas out here, we pipe it in to you city folk. We have propane trucks deliver it to our 500 gallon tank. And cook,heat, heat our water with it.

And I use a Coleman propane stove every winter when the electricity goes out.
I bought a stove last winter that has a oven built into it as well. They sell them on E-bay for about $175.00. But if you are really concerned or your house is really small, or it is more than imaginably sealed off, Then go for the STERNO stoves and use alcohol to cook it has no fumes by what I am told.

As far as propane being bad? It's no more harmful than the natrual gas you get in town. Our LP, or propane is just "L"iquified "P"etroleum gas. If a person could liquify that NG in a cost effective way They would be a billionare and then more cars would use it.
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I live in a 4 room apartment with my Wife. We have big windows for ventilation if it is needed, but if there is a safer stove than propane then that would be preferred.
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Yeah same here. I used a coleman stove for 10 years before I gave in and let a buddy give me his electric stove. I just purchased another coleman for emergencies as mine was pretty nasty after so much use. But my camp stews on the woodstove are forever. Some of my best all time meals were prepared on top of my woodstove in winter.
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If you don't mind the labor and slow process of cooking on it. You could go with alcohol camping stoves. There are many camping stoves on the market, I just prefer the Sterno, because they are big enough to take wood If I prefer. But most stoves use either a MAP gas, butane, or propane, or alcohol. Any of the burning gas stoves will give about the same btu to heat and roughly the same carbon monoxide. I hac ve used those one burner colemans in a 2 person tent, double thick and covered with 6 inches of snow. I just unzipped both tents about 6 inches. Never fell asleep and alive today.
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OH.....The smell of a wood stove still takes me back to my childhood!

Thank you for those memories.
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Get you a carbon monoxide tester like a smoke tester / alarm.
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Any fuel being burnt in a closed space consumes the oxygen and may or may not produce carbon monoxide. A CO detector would be good. Ventilation is your friend. Never sleep with an unvented oxygen consumer running; you might not wake up!

A used coleman fuel two burner converted to use propane will work a -20 F. A bbq bottle with the correct hose will run both burners on high a hour a day for about 40 days. A propane lantern put out a lot of heat too.
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Any fuel being burnt in a closed space consumes the oxygen and may or may not produce carbon monoxide.
The less oxygen on the flame the more CO being produced.
So the more oxygen the stove eats out of the room the more CO the flame will produce.
So ALWAYS vent the room.

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I always use a Coleman propane camp stove when I lose power. Just crack a window open if worried about CO. My house is drafty so not too worried. Also you could look into sterno (gelled alcohol) they make a folding stove for it. About the safest thing to use that I can think of.
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Ditto coleman, i use their 2 burner camp or the single burner multi fuel backbacking stove...

i also suggest a pressure cooker too, makes quick work and reduces the cooking odors....
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Is the stove going to be a permanent fixture - is this going to be your sole method of food production, or are you looking at something to boil water on during a power failure?

I have a gas hob(2 x 19kg bottles that last up to 2 years) and electric oven as my primary cooking source, installed by a pro and with an extractor flue that draws air even when the fan is not running.

For emergency cooking I can still use the gas hob, or I use a camping stove on the covered veranda.

The main issue is the environment that you are in.
Are you worried about someone finding out you are cooking?
Are you experienced using the stove - an inexperienced person can do serious damage with a charcoal burning barbeque on the porch, where an experienced "professional" can cook a meal for 200 on the same barbeque.

A little more info on what exactly you are going to be using the stove for and the environment will help to get further comment.
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I bought a folding stove that uses gel canisters the other day. It mentions it can be used as a buffet warmer, so I believe it is safe to use inside.

I rent and have an electric stove that I hate, so needed something as a backup in case of power loss. I wanted a way to heat water for coffee, etc. and to add hot water to quick cook things like cup a soup, etc.

If things ever get really bad, I don't want to be outside firing up a grill, or doing anything that gives off the smell of food cooking. For this reason, and in case the "heating" stove is a flop, I have been focused on foods that can be eaten without cooking for the bulk of my storage thus far.
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I once lived in a cabin with no heat and I used a coleman stove to knock the edge off cold mornings and cook. A couple of times on very cold mornings the propane came out looking like baby powder.....it only took once to learn not to light the powder.
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If you lose power in the winter I have used the same stove to boil a pot of water, helps warm the room up plus have water for coffee or shaving
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When we loose power here in the winter time and I need some additional heating or cooking, I have a Coleman 535 I think it is single burner dual fuel burner that I use. It holds about a pint of gasoline or white gas and will burn for several hours on a single fill. It was about 20-25 bucks to buy it, its very compact but works very well. Puts out a suprising amount of heat for such a small stove. If I run it for more than long enough to heat some water, I will crack a window for a few for ventilation.
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you can use one of these in doors. I do.
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Northern Tool is selling a window mounted pellet stove, it might be a viable option for you. Though the price of pellets goes through the roof in the winter time, so you'll have to stock up.

http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...6397_200446397
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Northern Tool is selling a window mounted pellet stove, it might be a viable option for you. Though the price of pellets goes through the roof in the winter time, so you'll have to stock up.

http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...6397_200446397
Don't these need electricity to work? My brother's has a fan and I think there's a little motor that keeps the pellets moving. Maybe there's a battery backup for those?
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You can easily rig a battery backup to run a small fan, couple car battery's is all that is really needed with a converter.
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