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According to german news, Berlin Police HQ is getting prepared to be ready in case of a blackout. I want to be prepared for a blackout as well. Even though specialists say that a potential blackout me last up to a maximum of 72 hours (how do they know?) I want to be prepared.

At the moment I am prepping for kitchen/cooking and I would like to hear your opinions. As I don't know the english names of all those items, I will post some photos for you.

We do have a wood fired oven that I can use for cooking/heating food as well:

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I also have one of those camping gas cooker

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I have something we call "Hobo Kocher" (hobo oven??) Its a small oven made of titanium and you can fire it up with almost everything. As its outside in my car at the moment, I will just show a product photo from the internet. But its the same kind.

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I also have one of these to place inside the hobo. Its burning petroleum.

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I ordered another gas powered cooker that will arrive tomorrow. Its called the "Camp'Bistro DLX Stopgaz". As it hasn't arrived yet, I will again post a product photo from the internet.

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Last but not least my emergency cooker from the german army. Its called "Esbit Kocher"

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I have gas for both gas cooker and besides those tools here I have 3 different bbq grills I could use as well, together with like 30kg of coal.

What are your thoughts on this? Thank you very much.
 

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I see lots of stove options, but not much listed in the way of fuel.
I have 4 (5 with the included one) cans of gas. I will get gas for the new stove tomorrow and it will be my main stove. I got a good offer for 24 cans of gas and I think I will take them. For the Esbit Cooker I do have 10 boxes each (small and big fuel blocks).

I will also get a lot of those here for the wood fired oven:

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Don't know how you call them. Maybe coal briquettes? I will get a minimum of 100kg of these, which will be around 90-100 of those. Each has a calorific value of 5,5 kwh/kg (sorry, I don't know how to calculate it into your unit system).
 

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Your new stove is a good idea. We've had two that the wife used to cook things on the back deck. Have had them for years
 

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That stove that uses propane is one that a lot of youtubers cook on. I bought one myself. It is safe for indoor use, which is why I got mine.

I have not used it yet, so I have no idea of how long a canister lasts.
 

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I'd say you've got a lot of alternatives available.
Depending on the task you are presented with, you may struggle to choose which to use.
Whichever requires the least fuel to accomplish the task would be the way I'd go.
Just need some water for a coffee/tea? The small Esbit or alcohol/petroleum stove would be a great option.
Need to heat the house AND prepare dinner? Wood fire stove.
The one that uses gas canisters is a popular option. You get a lot of control and very little wasted fuel, as you don't have to burn through it or find a way to extinguish it. Just turn the dial.
I requested one of those as a gift a few years back, and love it.
 

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Hi all

According to german news, Berlin Police HQ is getting prepared to be ready in case of a blackout. I want to be prepared for a blackout as well. Even though specialists say that a potential blackout me last up to a maximum of 72 hours (how do they know?) I want to be prepared.

At the moment I am prepping for kitchen/cooking and I would like to hear your opinions. As I don't know the english names of all those items, I will post some photos for you.

We do have a wood fired oven that I can use for cooking/heating food as well:

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I also have one of those camping gas cooker

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I have something we call "Hobo Kocher" (hobo oven??) Its a small oven made of titanium and you can fire it up with almost everything. As its outside in my car at the moment, I will just show a product photo from the internet. But its the same kind.

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I also have one of these to place inside the hobo. Its burning petroleum.

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I ordered another gas powered cooker that will arrive tomorrow. Its called the "Camp'Bistro DLX Stopgaz". As it hasn't arrived yet, I will again post a product photo from the internet.

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Last but not least my emergency cooker from the german army. Its called "Esbit Kocher"

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I have gas for both gas cooker and besides those tools here I have 3 different bbq grills I could use as well, together with like 30kg of coal.

What are your thoughts on this? Thank you very much.
Practice using them now. Just to make sure they work, and get used to them - that there'll be no hassle when the time comes.
 

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Looks like you are squared away nicely. Are you using a large stock pot full of fresh water top of the first stove to insure a constant supply of hot water?

If I may ask what are you using for lighting options? Oil lamps, campfuel / propane?

Godspeed
 

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Thank you for posting I have been thinking about other options to cook with besides a small stove that uses Sterno cans.
Next month I'll be ordering a butane burner and fuel cells.
The Esbit stove looks like a good idea for heating a small can of soup and heating water for coffee/tea.
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Looks like you are squared away nicely. Are you using a large stock pot full of fresh water top of the first stove to insure a constant supply of hot water?

If I may ask what are you using for lighting options? Oil lamps, campfuel / propane?

Godspeed
I do have a mix of different candles, LED flashlights and LED light-bulbs. The olight obulb for example. Some or AA or AAA powered and I have a lot of batteries in stock. The others come with a USB connector and I can recharge them with a powerbank. I do have 2x 20000mAh, 2x 5000mAh and like 5 with an unknown capacity that I bought out of a NOS. I made sure they are all working and I am already looking for a good USB solar panel to recharge them during day times. Probably the Anker 21 watts one, but not sure yet.

Thank you for posting I have been thinking about other options to cook with besides a small stove that uses Sterno cans.
Next month I'll be ordering a butane burner and fuel cells.
The Esbit stove looks like a good idea for heating a small can of soup and heating water for coffee/tea.
:)
I always have that Esbit stove in my EDC backpack cause I like to make myself some coffee or tea in the woods. Its a small and kind of controllable flame but good enough for heating up a cup or even warming up a smaller meal. Would be a waste of Esbit and time to heat up a real meal, but thats not what its supposed to. At least not outside of an emergency situation. Good thing is that the Esbit are sealed and therefor don't smell. Also they are waterproof. I do have them in 2 sizes, depending on the task.
 
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