As a prepper, you want to be ready for any emergencies that may ensue, whether you are mobile or stationary, you must have the means to cook you and your family your stored food supply. It is very important to have disaster planning and to set up an emergency preparedness kit so you are ready to act. An important emergency essential “must have” is a portable survivalist stove.
In local emergencies such as man-made shortages or natural disasters, such as earthquakes, tornados, etc, cooking gas failure may occur and propane supplies or the gas supply lines may explode or are cut off. Unless you have a backup emergency preparedness kit ready, it may take weeks to restore the means for cooking (electric, gas, etc.). That means you and your family will have to go out and make a cooking/campfire, but this is not realistic in the cities. If there is civil unrest and you and your family disappear into the woods, the last thing you want to make is campfires as it will draw attention to your location. Well-armed scavengers, thieves and roving gangs are looking to loot/harm you. Propane stoves don’t have a smoke trail.
Here’s a how-to guide to adding and creating a portable survivalist stove in your emergency preparedness kit for disaster planning/preparedness.
Step 1: You can buy a gas/propane tabletop stove (usually found online and possibly in some of your local hardware stores). It can be 2 to 4 burners. They are usually very lightweight.
Step 2: Buy a propane tank. In this example, I am using a propane tank that is (3 gallons or 10 pounds). You may have multiple propane tanks if your storage allows it. Try to keep propane tank(s) outside your house for safety or a well ventilated area in case of structural failure or leakage.
*It is wise to turn off propane tank off after each usage for extreme safety by turning shut off valve on top of the tank to the closed position. If cooking in basement, you should have a means of removing the propane, which settles to the lowest point in the basement. It can be a fire/explosion hazard if the propane collects in low unventilated places. You can source such propane blowers from marine vendors and stores (it requires 12 Volts and can be costly).
For example, the 10 lbs propane tank lasts approximately 3 months , cooking 2 meals a day and a 20 pound tank lasts approximately 4-6 months (if there are no or minimal leaks from the assembly).
Step 3: Buy a 3/8in PVC gas hose (you want at least 7-10 feet), 2 hose clamps, and a regulator (found at any barbecue and hardware stores).
You will attach the PVC gas hose to two ends: one to the regular and one to the gas stove, securing them with 2 hose clamps.
Then you will attach/screw the regulator to the propane tank in a counter-clockwise (left) motion. Turn the knob on the propane bottle to the “on” position (counter-clockwise or left) and adjust your regulator, you’ll ready to cook with a match/lighter. Just turn the burner knob “on” and ignite the stove to catch a flame.
It’s the perfect portable survivalist stove to have for your emergency preparedness kit as an emergency essential for disasters as everyone has to eat to survive. Disaster preparedness and planning doesn’t have to be so hard with the right resources and tools. MRE (meals ready to eat), after a few days is not such a pleasurable experience and a hot “home cooked” meal will be the thing you will crave.
In many third world countries, propane burning stoves are the main means to cook. We had to buy this 2 burning stove for our apartment as it didn’t come with any kitchen appliances. A word of caution, if you are cooking on temperature sensitive counter tops, you may want to put a Stainless Steel sheet under your burner to prevent damage. A propane burning stove is also a prevalent way to cook on sailing boats as this is what we have in our boat. This is a very reliable, affordable method of cooking.