Butterfly Cooking Stove Directions For Use

Tips For Cooking Without Electricity

Buy a sturdy little camp stove that runs on a canister of kerosene for as little as $30, but if you spend a bit more than that, you can get a heavy duty rope wick kerosene stove to get you through a long power outage quite nicely.  If you throw a couple of kerosene lanterns into the bargain, you will have to light to be ready for the evenings, too.

Stock a Well-Planned Emergency Pantry

Stock your pantry with canned and/or dry-packaged foods that can be opened and heated or reconstituted with water and heat.  Some examples include canned beans, canned soups and stews, dry and canned milk, canned fruits and vegetables, granola bars, pastas, pasta sauces, canned meats like tuna or chicken, dry mashed potatoes, nuts and chocolate (of course chocolate).

Cook Freezer Contents in the Order of Perishability

An unopened refrigerator will keep foods cold for a couple of hours.  An unopened freezer will keep foods cold for about 24 hours or 48 hours if the freezer is packed full and you are keeping it shut off.  If it looks like your power is going to be out for  longer than 24 hours, move refrigerator foods into a cooler packed with ice.  Perishable food should be kept at 40 degrees or less in order to be safe to eat.  If meat or milk has been held at room temperature for more than an hour, throw it away.  It will make  you sick.  If you have access to a large block of dry ice, it will keep your freezer cold for up to four days.

Cook in Foil Packets

Almost anything can be tucked into a foil packet and cooked on the side of an open fire or over a grill.  Good survival cooking will involve getting creative with the ingredients that you have available to you.  Some examples of good combinations include:

  • Potatoes, onions, butter and cheese
  • Apples, walnuts, brown sugar and butter
  • Slices of canned ham with canned sweet potatoes, brown sugar, and butter


To make the packet, layer the contents in the center of a 12 by 12 inch square of foil, fold the sides up and down to form and envelope, then roll the ends up tight to seal it all in.  Cook right in the fire.

Invest in a Small Generator

If you live in an area in which power goes out frequently, a small gasoline-powered generator will allow you to use small electrical appliances like plug in crock pots, casseroles, frying pans, and coffee pots when you want to cook.  You don't have to leave the generator running constantly, just turn it on at meat time and use these as you normally would.

Observe Fire Safety Rules

  • Do not bring a gas grill or stove inside, as this can cause toxic fumes and vapors to build up in your home, and is also a fire hazard. 
  • Do not build a fire or light a grill close to your home or garage.
  • Leave plenty of space so sparks don't fly off and ignite something you want to keep.
  • If you cook on a wood stove, keep small children clear of it all times.
  • Never use gasoline to start a wood or charcoal firer; it can explode and burn anyone nearby severely.


Keep a Solar Cooker on Hand

Solar cookers are inexpensive and a surprisingly effective way to cook without electricity.  Most use reflective surfaces to concentrate the heat of the sun onto a cook surface in the center of the reflection area.  Solar cookers are so inexpensive and easy to carry that you can keep one in your car and one in your pantry for emergency use without breaking the bank.  They're fun for the kids too, and quite safe.


Survival cooking and emergency preparedness don't have to be scary and ominous prospects.  A well stocked pantry and an emergency cooking source (or better yet, two or three) can make all the difference.  Kids love to cook outdoors, and most people enjoy a challenge now and then.  Common sense food safety and fire safety, combined with your best camping skills and pioneer ingenuity, will get you through even an extended power outage feeling competent and fed.