Indoor Powerless Cooking – Butane Stoves

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We did a powerless cooking “class” a while back and over the summer we really practiced using a lot of the different options for powerless cooking. The only problem was that we never really came up with a good solution for INDOOR powerless cooking. While it is still possible to cook outdoors in the middle of the winter, I can’t say that I’d be super thrilled to do it for any extended period.

We’ve been looking into what options are available for cooking indoors and how you would store the fuel for those options. Some of things things we’ve been reading about are wood-burning stoves, fireplaces, alcohol stoves, butane stoves, and also just getting a generator that will allow you to use some regular electric cooking tools.


Today I did a little video showing a Butane Stove that I recently got. I’ve been nervous to use it but it was very easy and now I feel like it is a really great option for me. You can get these at most camping stores or online.

The food packet I used was from Wise Food Storage. It tasted good and had a good consistency. They cook their pasta and then dehydrate it before packaging it. That way you can just add boiling water and let it sit and it will rehydrate. This is great if you are concerned about fuel conservation. Lindon Farms is also another great option for just add water meals. Most of their meals need to be boiled in order to cook them so you would use a little more fuel but the price per serving is fantastic. We store a combination of both those products along with some #10 can entree items as well. It’s great to have some quick and easy meals on hand that use very little fuel if you are just having a short term disaster type situation.

  • Mirah Riben

    Is butane SAFE indoors or is they risk of carbon monoxide?

  • Susan

    I bought one of these stoves (came in a case) years ago at a home and garden show and it is so easy to use.  We have used ours in all sorts of situations.  We love it and have never had a problem with it.

  • The Prudent Homemaker

    That’s a great looking butane stove!

  • osgood

    Our power went out on Christmas day, and I was happy to have my butane stove handy.  It’s so easy to use.  I took it outside, since I was using the grill, too.  But I’m glad to see you survived using it inside.  I’ll remember that!

  • Anonymous

    My butane cooker said not to use it indoors, but I see the Asian and Indian ladies using their butanes indoors, however how am I to know if their windows are open or not LOL.

    Well anyways, perhaps these could also be found in large Asian grocery stores, where I found mine, and recently bought another one for my brother. I’m SO glad there’s one nearby, because shipping is kind of costly because of fuel safety rules.

    • Findish

      My butane kitchen stove has no exterior venting. Never caused a problem. Hubby works in the food processing industry. He said the fork lifts used to move product inside the freezer facilities are fueled by propane. No exhaust problems.

      • Everything I have ever read said to definitely NOT cook with propane indoors. The fork lifts may be different, or maybe they are being used in much larger areas? But people die from trying to use propane stoves in their homes. Butane is a safe fuel to burn indoors, as is alcohol. But good venting is always recommend just in case!

        • Kael

          Um, propane is used indoors all the time. Many homes have full sized gas stoves that use propane, especially in rural areas where there are no gas lines installed. Haven’t you ever seen the big propane tanks next to or behind a house? It is also what rv’s use typically. I don’t know what the difference between a small camp stove or a full size stove/oven would be but I wouldn’t think it would be too much different really.

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