Being able to eat in a grid down or SHTF scenario is more complicated than just having your long-term food storage needs taken care of. There are quite a few other considerations preppers need to keep in mind.

How will you cook the food you have stored? How will you get rid of the trash in a disaster situation? And how will you avoid ringing the dinner bell for everyone in the neighborhood? Depending on the types of foods you have in your storage, these could all become issues.

While there are some aspects of prepping that are complicated, this can be easily remedied with a little foresight, planning and operational security. Most people would not give a second thought to firing up the BBQ in a disaster, but as preppers we know (or should know) the dangers that could bring.

SPP267 Grid Down Cooking Options and Considerations for Preppers

Today I had Ryan from on because he recently put together a fantastic review of 6 different solar ovens. As preppers, we hear about the All American Sun Oven quite often, but there are a few alternatives, one at a fraction of the cost of the All American.

We also covered some of the dangers and precautions we should take when cooking in a disaster scenario, and even some other cooking options along with the solar cooking option.

Grid Down Cooking Dangers and Precautions

When it comes to a disaster or SHTF situation, there is more to think about when it comes to food than just food storage. Everything we do from preparing that food to removing the waste (including human) created by eating need to be considered.

Depending on what we are cooking and how we are cooking it, it’s going to be difficult to mask the fact that we have food, when others may not. Cooking a juicy steak in a SHTF situation may be delicious, but firing up the propane grill may ring the dinner bell for the neighbors. 

A situation like this would also mean no running water, no sewage, and no trash removal. These days we don’t give these a second thought, but in a longer term disaster we need to have plans in place to combat these challenges. 

As preppers we should all be prepared for the dangers and precautions that come with cooking. everything listed above could be indicators to hungry people that we have food, while they are starving. 

Solar Cooking Options

Ryan recently put together a great review on 6 of the top solar ovens available, as well as a free DIY solar oven plan. In the show we talked about a few of these that stood out to me like the SunFlair, the GoSun and the UGLI solar oven.

In the preparedness community the All American Sun Oven seems to be the solar oven of choice. I have one and I love it! With that said, there are other options available that might fit your needs a little better. The SunFlair is lightweight, portable, and a fraction of the cost of the other leading solar ovens. 

Having a good food storage plan is only the first part of the story. We also need to have the fuel to cook it, and take precautions to not alert the neighbors.

Solar ovens tackle both of these problems. They give off virtually no smell while cooking, and the only fuel required is sun light. While it may not be sunny everyday, using a solar oven when it’s a option will allow you to save the propane and wood for when you really need it.  

Other Grid Down Cooking Options

Along with everything else in a disaster scenario, cooking and eating will be a challenge. While it won’t be as easy and simple as it is today, there are a few “SHTF Cooking” options. 

In the show this week we talked about options for cooking indoors, different types of fuels, and the types of food that will be easier to cook than others.

The Big Picture

As I’ve said a couple of times, there is more to food storage for preppers than just having it. We need to take into account, how we are going to cook in, who we are altering, and how we are going to hide the fact that we have food when others don’t. 


Survival and being prepared should not only be a passion, it should be a lifestyle. The definition of a prepper is "An individual or group that prepares or makes preparations in advance of, or prior to, any change in normal circumstances, without substantial resources from outside sources" Like the Government, police etc. I don't believe that the end of the world will be the "end of the world" I believe it will be the end of the world as we know it now. You can also find me on Google Plus and Twitter

    2 replies to "Grid Down Cooking Options and Considerations for Preppers"

    • Birdy

      Dale what brand of fireplace insert did you buy? Haven’t been able to find anything with a shelf for cooking off of

      • Dale

        It’s a Kodiak. Not sure the brand or model though. Just Google “Kodiak wood burning insert”

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