Do you have a plan for cooking and heating water when there is a power outage? These 6 inexpensive cooking stoves will get you started.
If and when you lose power I don’t want you to have to think about how you will cook meals, or even boil water for that matter. You will have it planned ahead. Not all of us are able to afford a generator, but everyone can make, or save for, these inexpensive cooking stoves. Your survival may depend on it.
These are listed from least expensive to most expensive, however, none of these will cost more than $50.
Homemade tin can stove and buddy burner – Cost $zero
This idea reminds me of my Girl Scout days, where we learned how to make cook while camping. All you need to complete this simple stove is a number 10 can, a tuna can, cardboard and wax. Follow the link above and download instructions to do it yourself.
How to make a rocket stove from a 6-inch log – Cost $zero
Here’s another no-cost cooking stove using a log. While this is not feasible if you are actually stranded in the wilderness, with just a little advance planning you can have a series of logs drilled and ready for use if you have no power. This also looks like a fun stove to make and use for nights by the campfire with friends.
For around $17 you can purchase this Stainless Steel Outdoor Cooking Stove (Amazon link)
I chose this camp stove because it is super compact and sturdy. This stove folds down into a small pouch and can easily be placed in a 72-hour kit backpack and it only weighs 12.2 ounces. It can use several fuel sources (wood, charcoal, alcohol, cedar pucks, etc.) and the cooking platform fits most pots and pans.
Texsport Compact Single Burner Propane Stove will run you around $20
If you are looking for a propane canister stove this seems to fit the bill. It is small and can easily be transported in emergency situations. The reviews talk about it being prone to tipping when there isn’t a pot on the stove, so be sure that you check the comments, there is a helpful post that tells how to overcome it. For the small price, you might find this is just what you need.
With $25 you can purchase a GAS ONE GS-3000 Portable Gas Stove with Carrying Case
There are several butane stoves on the market. I chose this one for a few reasons: its butane canister is contained inside a section of the stove, so it is extremely portable, plus it comes with a carrying case. That makes it easy to grab in an evacuation situation. It has an electric starter with safety shut-off system so, unlike the other options, no matches or lighters are required.
The Coleman Classic Propane Stove is the most expensive at $43.
We have had one of these stoves for over 15 years. They are sturdy and reliable. My family has used ours during many power outages to cook a hot meal and heat water. It goes with us on every camping trip. Its biggest benefit: you’ll be able to cook more than one thing at a time. This cooking stove is the biggest in size and will certainly not fit into your 72-hour kit!
We hope you’ll try one of these 6 inexpensive cooking stoves for survival. The great part, they are so inexpensive (costing between nothing and $50) that you can afford to have a few in reserve.