|My Redneck emergency k1 cooking kit|
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
This pic is easier to see and adjust the flames. In emergencies, a liter of lamp oil or kerosene can cook beens and rice for a week on just three wicks, but your results will be different.
If you must use inside, always keep a window open. The safest place is inside the oven. Place burner on a cookie tray of wet sand or gravel, use upper rack to position pot.
Check constantly! Never let flames get high enough to smoke. If used in oven, leave door open. Keep food covered (aluminum foil is better than nothing) to speed cooking. Also, use foil to concentrate the heat under the pot. This is easy, just wrap around pot sides, fold as needed, and affix foil 'cylinder' to thr rack under pot. When a coffee can holds up the pot, it traps the heat for you (and actually works better)
But what if you dont have kerosene or lamp oil?
Cooking oil (corn, veg, etc. Even used) will also work, but youll need more wicks for the same heat and it smells worse when it burns. Dont have that? Vasoline works too, but with it you soak the string in it, put a glob of vasoline in a tuna can, and arrange like wicks in a candle.
NEVER use gasoline!!
Monday, February 27, 2012
These redneck coke can cookers can be made with simple scissors, a stappler,and some cotton string. Four burners is more than hot enough to boil water in an hour (hey, it aint a coleman)
Cut the end off, slit it down the sides, and fold over the excess. This is important, you want a lot of metal behind the piece behind the wicks. This keeps the kerosene from getting too hot (trust me, you dont want that).
Stapple the wicks in. Use aluminum from another can to make the damper bands. Thats just a piece that raps around the wick tight enough to stay up, but not so tight it doesnt move easily. Slide it closer to, the flame until it stops smoking.
A coffee can makes an excelent stand for pots.
Remember the obvious. Fire burns down houses, redneck cookers are way more dangerous, but if you are careful and desperate, they will work just fine... but check your fire extinguisher first!!!!
A better solution to emergency cooking is those little cooker cans, or a cheap oil lamp ($10 at walmart) an ideal place to cook is inside the stove under its builtin racks (always have a window open!!!)