Friday, August 12, 2011

Buddy Burner as Back-Up Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness
Think Outside of the Burner
I am amazed at all of the different cooking devises I see on the web.  There are lots of great ways people have devised to cook off the grid, but the reality for most of us is that we may never really need to do so.  As I survey all the different types of solar ovens and camp stoves I am increasingly amazed at the simple technique I learned in Girl Scouts.  I give you, the Buddy Burner.  The Buddy Burner is so simple and as long as you know how to assemble it you will always have a back up plan for cooking off the grid should you ever need to do so.

The Buddy Burner is very simple.  To make one you need a tuna can, a tea lite, and something a little archaic, but you can find one or improvise, an aluminum coffee can (the bigger the better). Coffee doesn't always come in aluminum cans but powdered milk still does or you can buy a supersize can of refried beans next time you feed a crowd and save the can.

Assembly is just as simple.  Empty your cans, place the tea lite in the tuna can and lite, cut an air duct in the coffee can and put it over the tuna can and wait for it to get hot.  When I was in Girl Scouts we cooked our entire breakfast of bacon and eggs on a Buddy Burner!

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How I became Considering frugal

Fueled by the growing list of pollution related allergies my family suffered from each day and inspired by my 97 year old grandmother who could recycle ANYTHING before recycling was cool, back in 2011, I decided (in the spirit of the Julie/Julia Project...) to embark on a journey to see just how much one family could do to change our planet. I did not consult any other parties before I launched this idea. Thankfully my husband, daughter and son are usually my biggest supporters. Here is the catch; as I am normally very thrifty (you can note from early blog posts), I was looking for ways that I could reduce our carbon footprint and make socially responsible purchases without increasing our spending. Mmmmmm. I did succeed in changing our habits a bit and finding ways to reduce our footprint. There were lots of fun epic fails alone the way too! But the biggest change we have made over the course of the last six years, was to move from the mega city of Phoenix to Wyoming where we are about to take an even bigger step and move out on a dirt road in the country where we can expand our hobby bees and more! You can read my full bio on my About Me page.

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"...for your Father knows what you need before you ask." Matthew 6:8

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