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Cooking in a Grid Down Event

Postby Cadit » Mon Jun 19, 2017 4:59 pm

Greetings All: I read an article not long ago that addressed the issues with cooking in a grid down event, with hungry people all around. Two things were brought out; one the smoke and the other smell. Smoke I know you can smell miles away, but because of working in a chemical plant, I have no sense of smell.

It was stated that these two things will draw people and give away your position. So; I'm asking how do you plan to address these two seemly dangerous event that can turn deadly.
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Re: Cooking in a Grid Down Event

Postby rebnavy1862 » Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:55 pm

Not worried. I have a propane stove in the kitchen and about 500 gals of propane. I can cook for years and years. No food smell, no vents to the outside. I could always burn old tires in the wood heat stove to mask any food odor, unless you like the aroma of burning rubber.
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Re: Cooking in a Grid Down Event

Postby Illini Warrior » Mon Jun 19, 2017 8:47 pm

will be setting up a portable kitchen in the basement whether the natural gas and electric are still working and the regular kitchen would be a go - a food crisis is a food crisis - won't be showing any signs of food or cooking ....

have a overhead stove hood ready with a 110V/12V powered fan and feeding into either my chimney or soil pipe - both will feed out 25+ feet above the ground - no way to detect any cooking smells locally and trace it back ....

ready to cook with natural gas/propane/electric/white gas - won't be using any wood until well into a serious SHTF - signs of heat during the winter will be almost as bad as cooking ....
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Re: Cooking in a Grid Down Event

Postby Cadit » Tue Jun 20, 2017 9:10 am

Thanks for the post, some good Ideas, masking the smell and diverting them. I think the masking may be more versatile. Could be used anywhere, and I think old tires and such will be in good supply. So; even moving around, you can still use them. What other items could someone use to mask the smell of a cook fire and food?

This has gotten me to wondering now. Using tire rubber ever time can also alert someone who notices that the smell happens a couple times a day and moves around? But still a very good idea that I hadn't thought of. But all in all; very good post from the both of you.

My uncle had a still in his basement and did pretty much as you said Illini Warrior, He ran his piping out to a pine tree, but the fumes killed it. Only dead Pine out there.LOL
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Re: Cooking in a Grid Down Event

Postby Gunns » Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:04 am

Like Reb we converted to LP. Stove vents to the attic.

Plus I have my LP BBQ and plenty of tanks. Plus I have my solar oven. Plus I have my white gas stove. Plus I have my LP camping stove. Plus I have my single burner LP stove. Plus I have my Rocket Stove.

Dang I got lots a stoves.
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Re: Cooking in a Grid Down Event

Postby Illini Warrior » Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:25 am

Cadit wrote:Thanks for the post, some good Ideas, masking the smell and diverting them. I think the masking may be more versatile. Could be used anywhere, and I think old tires and such will be in good supply. So; even moving around, you can still use them. What other items could someone use to mask the smell of a cook fire and food?

This has gotten me to wondering now. Using tire rubber ever time can also alert someone who notices that the smell happens a couple times a day and moves around? But still a very good idea that I hadn't thought of. But all in all; very good post from the both of you.

My uncle had a still in his basement and did pretty much as you said Illini Warrior, He ran his piping out to a pine tree, but the fumes killed it. Only dead Pine out there.LOL



masking smells is one thing - sending up a black smug pot signal with tire tread material is another - don't think you'll be wanting that attention no matter what the situation would be ....
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Re: Cooking in a Grid Down Event

Postby rebnavy1862 » Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:26 am

Cadit wrote:Thanks for the post, some good Ideas, masking the smell and diverting them. I think the masking may be more versatile. Could be used anywhere, and I think old tires and such will be in good supply. So; even moving around, you can still use them. What other items could someone use to mask the smell of a cook fire and food?

This has gotten me to wondering now. Using tire rubber ever time can also alert someone who notices that the smell happens a couple times a day and moves around? But still a very good idea that I hadn't thought of. But all in all; very good post from the both of you.

My uncle had a still in his basement and did pretty much as you said Illini Warrior, He ran his piping out to a pine tree, but the fumes killed it. Only dead Pine out there.LOL

At least the pine died happy :D
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Re: Cooking in a Grid Down Event

Postby NJMike » Tue Jun 20, 2017 12:24 pm

Lots of options for low to no smoke for basic cooking- alcohol stoves, butane hiker stoves or single range burners, propane camp stoves, solid fuel stoves (hexamine or trioxane), and solar for example.

Otherwise, I'm not expecting to cook early into a situation. There's plenty of canned and dried items that can be eaten room temperature. Boiling water, yes. But that's not going to create an odor.

Flavorful aromatic dishes that are simmered half a day will wait until there's security. I won't be frying bacon until then too.
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Re: Cooking in a Grid Down Event

Postby kappydell » Sun Jun 25, 2017 4:17 am

propane to boil up my covered pots of food for 10 min or so, then into a thermal wrap to finish cooking. saves fuel plus masks odors, no smoke, it works well with dehydrated and common storage foods. no burning the food, and doesn't require tending in case you have other more critical stuff to attend to.
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Re: Cooking in a Grid Down Event

Postby farmer_dude48 » Sun Jun 25, 2017 7:15 am

Just bought a folding Sterno Stove at a second hand store and the wife and I are starting to put together dehydrated soup and sealing it in jars ..
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