Cooking Stoves Overview

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Description: We're ending off Fuel The Fire February with a quick overview of some stoves you may be able to use with the different fuels we have talked about. While this is only scratching the surface on cooking stoves, we thought you may be interested in a few options. Make Your Own #10 Can Stove: A cheap and easy way to build a portable stove is by using a #10 can, cutting out holes for ventilation and placing wires in to hold various sizes of pots. We did a fun tutorial on how to make #10 can stoves, packed with fuels as a gift. PRO: FREE to make CON: Not all that efficient or sturdy (you will end up using more fuel) CLICK HERE TO SEE A TUTORIAL Cube Stove:…
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Sun Oven Overview

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Description: While the Sun Oven isn't a FUEL, the SUN is! We couldn't talk about fuels, without mentioning the Sun. We love our Sun Ovens. Often times people ask us how we would cook our food if there were no power. Our answer is: We would use the Sun Oven as much as possible, then fill in the rest with a variety of fuels and stoves. Benefits: - Uses the Sun as a source of fuel for cooking - Can be used in the year round as long as there is enough sun to cast a shadow - Functions just like a home oven - Preserves your other fuel stores Drawbacks: - Can't be used on rainy days - Isn't as fast and effective to boil water as some other…
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InstaFire Overview

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Description: InstaFire is a great product to use as a fire starter or even as a stand-alone fuel. It can be stored inside in convenient buckets, it burns in any kind of weather, and will even burn wet wood. It is handy to use in any kind of portable stove or even just on the ground. Benefits: - Lights and burns in wind, rain, sleet or snow. - Burns wet firewood — at almost 1000°, and quickly dries out wet wood. - Compact and lightweight, easily fits and carries anywhere - Convenient storage, stores inside and outside, even near food - Great compliment to other fuels - Easy to extinguish and re-use Drawbacks: - Leaves more ash than other options - Hard to get a flame started in high wind…
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ReadyFuel Overview

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Description: ReadyFuel is a gel that can be used indoors or outdoors, and won’t freeze, evaporate, or melt. It’s very light and each packet contains a little metal sheet that can be turned into a holder for your pot. It’s a great little fuel for camping or small cooking needs like boiling water. Benefits: - Safe to use indoors - Stores inside and outside - Convenient storage - Includes a stand for use without a separate stove Drawbacks: - Not as cost effective as other options - Not easy to use for extended cook times (can't easily add more gel) Burn Time: One gel pack burns for approximately 20 minutes (boils 4 cups of water) 30 Day Supply: One box (120 packets) will boil 30 gallons of water ReadyFuel 120…
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SUN OVENS: Winter Cooking, February Special and GIVEAWAY WINNER

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As we mentioned in our giveaway post last week the weather has been beyond awful in Utah for the past few weeks. We posted the giveaway to celebrate the sunny day, and then it got smoggy again right after. Boo! However, this weekend it was GORGEOUS and we took advantage. Saturday I pulled out my Sun Oven and made this Chocolate Swirled Banana Bread recipe from Our Best Bites (you might have heard us mention them before, lol) Julie thought I should make quinoa instead .... Well my oven did not even get up to 200 degrees, my bread did not cook at all, and I had to bring it inside to finish it in the oven. I was so sad since we have been told by numerous people that…
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How to Deep Fry a Turkey – Part Two

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Last week we posted some basic instructions on how to fry a turkey using a propane turkey fryer. We got some feedback from one of our awesome readers that gives a LOT more information (THANKS KENT!). We love hearing from people who have more experience than us in these things and we thought you would like to hear his tips too. (To see our "basic" instructions and pics visit this post.) Tips on Deep Frying a Turkey (or other meat) First, you can actually do this with any piece of meat (cooking times will vary--I recommend using a probe thermometer to determine when your food is done). The key is to make sure your oil is at the right temperature. If it's not 350-375, oil will seep into your food.…
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Outdoor Cooking aka How to Deep Fry a Turkey

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My church does an annual Dutch Oven Cooking night where the men get to cook us dinner and we get to learn all their secrets ;) If you don't have a church group that does this sort of thing, you may be surprised at where you can find something similar. Several years ago we attended a Dutch Oven Cooking demonstration at my local Rec Center that was really informative (and yummy!) This year we were told we would be learning how to deep fry a turkey and I was very curious wondering how that would be possible in a Dutch Oven. Well, turns out it wasn't done on a Dutch Oven but in a propane turkey fryer (so it's still great for outdoor powerless cooking) How to Deep Fry a…
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Powerless Cooking Event – LIVE RECORDING

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We had so many readers ask if we could record our Powerless Cooking Event that we held earlier this month. We did a recording but weren't sure how the quality would work out. We've done a bit of editing and think that it is at least watchable and you can hear everyone, so we decided to post it, even though the quality isn't totally professional. We actually forgot to hit the record button so the beginning is a little funny because you miss half of the intro. Hope this is helpful if you have a spare hour to check it out. You can also download the FREE HANDOUTS we distributed at the class with tutorials on how to make your own inexpensive stoves and ovens. For more details on all…
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Powerless Cooking Recipe: Energy Bites

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In honor of our Powerless Cooking class tonight I wanted to share a recipe with you I tried this weekend that required no power to make. If you've followed our blog for long, you know that Jodi is the one that likes recipes, and I flat out get anxiety when someone asks me how I made something. I rarely measure, or write things down, and don't KNOW the actual recipe. This kind of cooking style, is what I blame for my dislike of baking. Baking cookies and desserts are the type of thing you actually NEED to measure for - AND turn on the oven for. For some reason I'm ok making bread (maybe because I have the recipe memorized) but all other baking kind of irritates me. How's that…
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