The ability to start a fire and generate heat is important both for keeping yourself warm and for cooking. Many preppers see being able to start a fire as the only option for heat after the apocalypse. That is important, but there’s more to it than that. Our prepper’s list of fire, heat and cooking includes multiple options. You don’t need everything on the list, but having more than one option for heating and cooking gives you much better chances of survival.
Alternative Heating At Home
In many major disaster scenarios, sheltering at home is the safest option. If your only heating is gas or electrically powered, it may not be available after a disaster. A wood burning stove is a great option that you will still be able to use to heat at least one room.
Fitting a wood burning stove is a significant up front cost, but they are cheap to run. Make sure you have a good store of wood too, so that it’s always ready in an emergency.
Fire Starting Kit
A prepper’s list of fire, heat and cooking wouldn’t be complete without a fire starting kit. The ability to start a fire is extremely important. If you can start a fire, you can provide heat for yourself and for cooking. See our article on How To Make A Complete Fire Starting Kit, or buy a pre-made fire starting kit.
Camping Gas Stove
A camping stove such as the Firemaple Camping Stove uses a small gas cylinder for fuel, and has a built in spark for lighting. This gives you another option for cooking instead of having to build and light a fire. This stove also comes with a pan that latches safely to the stove for cooking, but can also be used with other pans.
Make sure you also have a fuel supply for your stove. The 230 gram gas canisters fit nicely inside the pan of the Firemaple stove for storage.
Electricity Generating Stove
The BioLite Camp Stove burns wood and can be used for cooking and heat. The added benefit of this stove is that it uses heat from the stove to generate electricity. The electricity is stored in a built in power bank. The power bank has a USB connection so you can charge phones or other electronic devices. It also has a built in that circulates air into the fire for improved combustion.
Starting a fire, or having a camp stove is not much use if you don’t have anything to cook your food in. Choose a cookware set that packs into a small space, but includes everything you need to cook and eat with.
A solar oven, sometimes called a solar grill, uses the sun to cook food. The solar oven has a tube at the centre in which you place the food. The oven has a large reflective surface, curved to focus the suns rays onto the tube in the centre. This generates lots of heat and cooks the food.
Check out our prepper’s lists covering everything that you need.