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Published: Thursday, Feb. 21 2008 12:22 a.m. MST

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Dr. Steven E. Jones

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!

Julia Child

I prefer to use a blowtorch. Now were cooking! Beats more brandy any day!

mom

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.

Mary

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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