Published: Thursday, Feb. 21 2008 12:00 a.m. MST
I salute the work of Kylene and Jon, cooking without electricity. Instructions
for the Solar Funnel Cooker which I developed are freely available on-line
(google Steven Jones research). They are rather easy to make, using a reflector
for a car windshield and other items available in the USA.I have
retired from BYU and the remaining aluminized mylar solar-funnels I have (about
150 of them) will be given to refugees; arrangements are now being made. My
sons Seth, David and Nathan helped in making these solar funnels. Hundreds have
already been given to families in developing countries, Haiti, Mozambique,
Kenya, etc.Thank you for your work, Kylene and Jon!
I prefer to use a blowtorch. Now were cooking! Beats more brandy any day!
We once went through 10 days without electricity due to a hurricane. We cooked
everything on our charcoal grill and used the residual heat to heat water to
bathe. It really is possible to cook good meals. I just put my saucepans on
the grill and cooked rice etc. every night. I know other families that lived
on sandwiches because they were unable to adapt. We cooked Thanksgiving dinner
in an imu (underground oven) that year. It was great.
All of these items work--we've been trying them. The point is: get started and
experiment to see what works best for different foods. Kylene and Jon have shown
us that keeping a long-term supply of cooking fuel is possible, and have also
shown some great ideas for home heat in a prolonged emergency. I really wish
there were a regular column by them. Their ideas are very specific and they have
experimented with each suggestion so that they know what they are talking about.
Because of them, we can stop worrying and do something!
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