JUNE “Get it Done” Challenge: Cook that food!

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Summer is a busy time of year, but it’s also a great time to practice preparedness skills since we are often naturally doing things like camping, cooking outdoors, etc. This month’s challenge is going to help you really hash out your powerless cooking plans and start practicing! Remember: It doesn’t do you any good to have a Sun Oven, Volcano Grill, or any other cooking tool in your storage if you don’t know how to use it.



You’re task this month should you “Accept” the challenge is to do the following:

1. Inventory all of your powerless cooking tools (stoves, ovens, etc.) – WRITE THEM DOWN
2. Inventory your fuel supplies – WRITE THEM DOWN
3. Cook at least one item using each powerless cooking tool you own and using each type of fuel you are storing, practice practice practice!
4. Post a picture of your cooking adventures on our Facebook page.

If you don’t have many (or any) powerless cooking options in your emergency supplies yet, don’t worry, we’ll help you get started. For some fun ideas check out our 10 Ways to Practice Powerless Cooking This Summer or keep reading for a summary of the entire powerless cooking class we did to help you learn about fuels, do-it-yourself stoves, and more about the larger ovens/stoves available.

Powerless Cooking Class


Download our class handout on Emergency Cooking Fuels

Places to purchase some of the fuels mentioned in the video:
INSTA-FIRE: Purchase from Food Storage Made Easy
BUTANE: Purchase at Amazon.com
CANNED FUEL: Purchase at Emergency Essentials or Thrive Life
FUEL PELLETS: Purchase at Thrive Life


These are the kinds of tools that you can make yourself, or purchase for little cost. These are tools that would probably help you get through a short-term powerless emergency, but may not be all that fun to use long term.

#10 Can Stove or Charcoal Starter

For a tutorial on how to make a #10 can stove, click here.
To purchase a charcoal chimney starter, click here

Cardboard Box Oven

For a tutorial on how to make a Cardboard Box Oven, click here.

Other Stove Options




While these tools will also work for short-term situations, they are useful in situations where you may go without power for longer amounts of times. Some of these tools require more of an investment, however they can be used in everyday cooking, camping, and powerless situations.

Global Sun Oven

The global sun oven has now been replaced with the All-American Sun Oven. To learn more about the upgrades and/or buy one now click here

Volcano Collapsible Grill

To learn more about the Volcano Collapsible Grill and purchase one online with FREE SHIPPING, click here

Wonder Box Oven

For a tutorial on how to make your own Wonder Oven, click here.

  • Lea

    I was a Girl Scout Leader for a number of years and we used the box oven a LOT!! I saw a box oven on another site that had a cut out in the top. You cut out a window on the top of the oven and covered it with a clear roasting bag. I thought that was interesting but my concern would be that it would not hold the heat for any length of time. I thought also that I could just cut the window on 3 sides, covering the flap with foil and close it but have a handle of some sort so that I could briefly open it to look inside. Any thoughts on this technique?

    • I’ve seen that but I didn’t really feel like taking the extra steps for it 🙂

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