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Grid Down Cooking Using A Propane Stove

Grid down cooking, when the electricity goes off, can be as easy as lighting a propane camp stove.

When power to your home has been knocked out due to a summer thunderstorm or a winter ice storm, cooking becomes an issue. Even a simple cup of coffee isn't easy anymore without driving down to your local McDonald's or other restaurant to retrieve a cup.

Coleman single burner propane stove Grid Down Cooking

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The easiest method I have been able to devise for being prepared to cook during power outages is a simple propane camp stove. For a short-term power loss, it is very quick, very clean and will boil 8 cups of water in less than seven minutes. Whether you are cooking breakfast, lunch, supper or making a pot of coffee, a camp stove fills the bill.

stovetop coffee percolator Grid Down Cooking

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In the following YouTube video I make 8 cups of coffee in an older type stovetop percolator. The percolator I am using, I've had for many years. It is an aluminum percolator. The flame from the propane stove does wear on the bottom of the aluminum coffee pot. It would be better to purchase a stainless steel percolator for use on a propane stove.

Grid Down Cooking

For those of you who use electricity to cook with, using natural or propane gas is a little bit different. The learning curve isn't terribly sharp, but there is a learning curve. The flame from a gas stove actually, in my opinion, cook's far better than electricity. When using gas to cook with, use a small flame. Most people who are not used to cooking with gas, inevitably turn the flame up too high.

I cook with electricity myself only because of the danger of an earthquake fracturing a gas line under my home. Due to this possible danger, I do not use gas inside my home although my central heat and air unit does heat with natural gas. I can tap that gas line and use it to cook with in an emergency but under most circumstances I would certainly choose to not do that.

Be sure to place the propane bottle, stand and burner on a stable surface. At the height the burner and stand is, there is a danger of tipping so keep children away from the area when cooking.


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