The electricity is out, but the refrigerator is full. Does that mean that the only way you can cook your food is on a stick over a fire? No.
Even in a desperate grid-down situation, you don’t have to limit yourself to what you can eat. In fact, you can actually create your own survival kitchen outdoors, complete with a sink, a dishwashing system, cabinets and a cooking stove. For right now, we’re going to explore how you can make the stove part of your new survival kitchen, and it’s called a rocket stove.
The rocket stove is an efficient option that can be built at a cost of only a few dollars and assembled in a short amount of time. You will still be able to use all of your other normal kitchen equipment with this stove, so you can at least feel like you were cooking and preparing food in your normal kitchen. The other beauty of the rocket stove is that it doesn’t just have to be used in a survival situation; it can also be used as a temporary backup on normal days when your regular kitchen stove breaks down.
For this project, you’ll need about two dozen bricks (for this one, avoid cement bricks). At least two of the bricks will need to be significantly larger and flatter than the others, and another two of them will need to be about half the size of the regular ones. For the small ones, you can either find small bricks on your own, or you can take a regular sized one and break it in half with a hammer and chisel.