"WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OFF IN GEORGIA" or
THINGS YOU NEED FOR THE MELTDOWN
If Vesuvius blows and LA becomes POMPEII, or Yellowstone blows and VEGAS is under ten feet of black sand,, or the BIG ONE (Quake) comes be absolutely certain of THIS: THE GAS AND LIGHT source you use for turning rice and beans and meat into edible FOOD will be OFF!
If California is floating off near Avalon, not near any BIG CITY GENERATORS, who ya gonna call? NOBODY because the fones will be out too. So you gotta start now getting your rowboat and oars or your root cellar up and running and making a list and checking it twice about what things you take for granted now that you will have to micky mouse THEN. And PARAMOUNT among things you won't have and will need are COOKING DEVICES!
You need a MICKY MOUSE system to cook your family's dinner. We can't eat raw rice, raw meat. Rats and tigers can, we cannot. Now, we all have seen homeless men in the park eat Top Ramen packages raw but that's an artform I do not plan on mastering. You and I need FIRE, that first invention of the human mind. The wheel was a distant second fer shure.
So we should be very glad to hear that the day the lights go out in Georgia, we can build our own stove out of a PEANUT OIL CAN (called the ROCKET STOVE). The salient feature of the rocket stove is that you can cook a whole meal with a handful of twigs. The body of the stove is a big square heavy duty oil can from a chinese restaurant, easy to get out of the dumpster behind FUNG YU, or you slip the waiter a fat tip and ask him to save one for you.
Then you need a stove pipe. Now, maybe you have to buy tin snips but they are useful in case of a meltdown for other things. Or you can buy a finished stove, 30-60$ depending where but then you'd be missing that patriarchal pride of having given birth to your own. Watch one being built at:
COB OVENS: http://ilovecob.com/gallery/main.php
ROCKET STOVES: http://weblife.org/capturing_heat/
HOMESTEADING in the city : http://urbanhomestead.org/journal/2009/02/02/green-fair/
HE BUDDY BURNER-
In Girl Scouts and Brownies we made little camp out stoves. We took a pound coffee can, and made little
holes around the top edge with a church key...(away from the edge a bit) turned it upside down, built a little
fire and put it over it....and we used to cook hamburgers etc....worked great... Very easy and you can throw the can away if you want afterwards... Of course nowadays with coffee 7$ for the big two lb. can, and that price on sale, you would NOT throw away the can.
HOW TO MAKE COOKING EQUIPMENT YOURSELF
If you buy tons of coffee and stack up empty containers then you can do your burgers with can of sterno under the grill or, in Brownies we used to pour paraffin wax onto tightly rolled up spiral of that olive colored rippled cardboard FIT tightly into a tuna can only slightly larger than a STERNO can. Then, one pours wax on top. Once LIT it burns for the space of one meal being cooked.
We must all concentrate on amplifying our can collection.
that next tuna can isn't going to get away from me so easily!
and Folgers with its plastic container has to
be foresworn for seeking Yuban or Maxwell House
which still offers its Colombian beans in tin cans
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