|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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