Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Cooking in an emergency! My sterno stove

Bring on the windstorms of 2008! I am more prepared for a power outage!
In honor of Verde and her 21 Day Challenge, And rememebring Melinda and her Buy sustainably challenge, I had a great day thrift shopping- I found a lamp with a table attached to it for 5.99, and I found a sterno folding stove for 4.99. The sterno stove was a great find- it was a box set, came with four cans of sterno. Usually, I use my 1970's fondue set in emergencies like power outages, to save on using the generator. I plan on building a solar generator, but until that day, this will work fine.
The thing I like about it is it folds compact for easy storage. Add this to my emergency supplies!

And the four cans of sterno are still good! It came in this cool carrying case too.
While I will still probably use the fondue set to warm up food and such, This stove is a great way to heat water, warm up soup and such. For meat and high heat cooking I use the propane grill, And I can construct a Rocket Stove or make a solar oven to supplement my emergency cooking.
Now I just need to get some gas and some propane! I found the sterno stove at the thrift store for $4.99, and that is much cheaper than I found it online! The best price I found online is at Buffalo Gap Outfitters and that is 6.95 plus 6.95 shipping to my house and that adds up to 13.90! And that doesn't include any sterno fuel! Apparently these have been around for awhile- I have never seen them, not being a back packer or major camper!
Anyway this was a way cool find for me! And I was happier than a pig in shit walking home with my stove in one hand and my lamp in the other!


ib mommy said...

Pink jelly fire in a can..... you just can't beat it.

Now you need a popcorn tin can oven:)

Robj98168 said...

IB - I found a video on making a popcorn popper from a soda can- does that count?

Robj98168 said...

Here's that video

ib mommy said...

That is funny ...... I'll have to try that one out next time I go camping!

Connie said...

He, he a table with a lamp attached to it - nice of it to bring its own table.

Wow, I need to thrift store in more interesting area - we don't get good stuff at all! I do better at yard sales.

Glad you found the 21 day challenge helpful - though I suspect you were pretty ready already.

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Wolfen aka "Ravenwolf31" said...

I have that stove too, it is really nice.

Unknown said...

I love the big stove specially because i like to cook all kind of recipe, how ever i prefer to have a reasonable place. Actually i saw a beautiful stove in a house that was published in costa rica homes for sale it was big and beautiful, i think i will go there because it catched my attention.