Powerless Cooking

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Powerless cooking is something that can be intimidating for many people. However, with a little practice and the right tools it can actually be quite enjoyable. Learning techniques such as dutch oven cooking or cooking with a solar oven can introduce you to a whole new world of delicious foods.

Key Points

  • When it comes to cooking without power, you have to have a fuel source. That fuel source may be in the form of the sun, propane, butane, Insta-fire, charcoal or a variety of other fuels.
  • We recommend working on building, and using a food storage in cases where you have power, then gradually start learning about, and implementing powerless cooking tools.
  • There are a variety of make-you-own cooking tools out there. They are good for short term emergencies, or to practice and get your feet wet if you have a smaller budget. As your able to allocate more of your budget to powerless cooking tools, we recommend getting more durable tools.
  • One thing to consider is that while there are many options for cooking outdoors, it may not always be feasible to do so (i.e. a huge snow storm). So make sure you have some back-up plans in place to cook indoors or have some meals that do not require cooking at all.

Powerless Cooking Class

Welcome to our Online Powerless Cooking Class. Make sure you watch the class now, print out the handouts, and add them to your Food Storage Made Easy Binder … (while you still have power)


There are a variety of fuels you can use and store. Knowing about the shelf-life and purposes of each of these fuels can help you make a plan for your storage needs.

Download our class handout on Emergency Cooking Fuels
Places to purchase some of the fuels mentioned in the video:
Insta-fire: Food Storage Made Easy
Butane: Amazon.com
Canned fuel: Emergency Essentials


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


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.

All-American Sun Oven

To learn more about All-American Sun Ovens and purchase one online with free shipping click here

Volcano Collapsible Grill

To learn more about the Volcano Collapsible Grill and purchase one online with free shipping click here

HERC Tea-Light Candle Oven

To learn more about the HERC Tea-Light Candle Ovens and get an exclusive coupon code click here

Wonder Box Oven

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

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