Your Traditional Campfire
The most common way to cook without electricity is just over a regular campfire. Here is some advice from no one better than Smokey the Bear with how to build a fire. When you get a fire hot enough there are a few ways to cook on it. You can use a flat rock to lay over the fire propped up on two other rocks so you are not crushing your fire, and the fire will heat the rock and you can cook on it like a cook stove. You can use a cast iron grill/grate over the fire to cook on or use logs such as the one in the picture. You can also wait for your fire to burn down a bit and use the hot coals to set your cast iron or steel pots and pans down in to cook with. It is the same idea as Briquette cooking your just using the hot coals from your fire. You can cook just about anything over a fire. Take your favorite recipe and make it with the right equipment and with some practice you will be a pro in no time with campfire cooking.
Fire Dough is recycled material that is easy to make. You can use products like Sawdust, oil and rubbing alcohol to make the dough. Go to these instructional videos here and you can click on the picture for another one as well. Want to build a briquette Press, this video will show you how.
There are great instructions all over on line on how to make a pop can alcohol stove but this one I found had a simpler design that seemed pretty easy to build and use. These would be great for backpacking because of the lightweight of this design.
Using the suns energy to heat is a great way to do many things but cooking is a great one. Here are some great instructions on how to build one. The Family Ark also has great info on solar ovens and has many other ways of cooking without electricity. I think I will be doing a post just on solar sometime in the near future because there is so much great info out there.
A Rocket Stove
Explained on Ask.com A rocket stove is an efficient cooking stove using small diameter wood fuel which is burned in a simple high-temperature combustion chamber containing a vertical chimney and a secondary air supply which ensures almost complete combustion prior to the flames reaching the cooking surface.
I went to here and got the instructions to build the stove.
Then I found someone who sells them here but it looks like a simple enough design to make your own.
A Sweedish flame
This is called a Swedish flame. There is a great instructional video here on how to make one and the uses for it. It is great for camping or for the patio. You can use it for cooking on top of because of the flat log on top or for a evening hanging out with friends by firelight. The instructions are as follows... Make your cuts like you're cutting pie. So you want 4-6 logs. Then you use bailing wire to hold them together toward the bottom. Probably about 4 inches from the bottom then throw some fuel oil (about a cap full) or sticks in there to create your fire. It then burns up to two to three hours.
Unique DIY Briquette Grills
Here is the website that has some really ingenious ways to make briquette stoves out of stuff you have at home. She helps to make it FUN. You got to check out some of the things she used. One way was with a #10 can , cut down the sides to make it fan out, add tin foil and briquettes, throw a little grill on top and you have a DIY BBQ that is cheap and easy to make.
Cooking on your Engine Block
Call it red neck or whatever you want to call it, but it works. This site here goes into an explanation on how you do it and recipes to go along with it. We had some good friends who used to do it on their trucks. It is a great way to eat when you have your car with you when you go to work or while your working. It just cooks as you go. Just pick a hot spot on your engine, make sure it is wrapped up well, tie it securely on with some bailing wire and viola....Lunch is served after some driving around of course.
Dutch Oven and Cast Iron Cooking
This is probably one of the most common ways to cook good food in the outdoors. You can use your campfire coals or you can use briquettes. You can also get propane burners specifically made for dutch oven cooking. Here is a Website that has some good information on this subject. You can also use them indoors in your oven and on the stove top. The Scouting Magazine also has step by step instructions and How to's when it comes to Dutch oven cooking for the beginner.
You can go to Lodge for USA made products for outdoor cooking from skillets to grills to dutch ovens. There are many other sites that carry cast iron cook wear as well.
The Biolite Wood Burning campstove
The nice thing about this is that it gets really hot fast with just using sticks, pine needles and other small stuff from around your campsite and while it cooks your food (with a pot or skillet you stick on top of the flames) you can charge anything with a USB cord. I like things that have multiple uses and function. These are running for about $129 at REI and Amazon.
Propane Camp Stoves and Ovens
Camp Chef Camp Stove and Oven.... You can bake and cook up a meal while camping with this cool gadget. So bring the casseroles, the roles, the pies when camping because you can now cook in style with one of these. They use the smaller propane bottles too.
This is selling at Target for about $168.99.
Or you can look at the many camp stoves on Amazon.
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