There is a gas stove in my kitchen. It runs on propane. If the power goes off, a match can light the burners. The oven is a different matter. It has something called a glow plug that uses electricity (and a lot of it!) to maintain the temperature in the oven. It doesn’t light with a match and cannot be used in a power failure. I’m not fond of it.
The first thing that came to mind was the dutch oven. I have a few of them and I don’t need the range to use them. Often I put them inside the wood brning stove. If we’re just heating something, putting the small dutch oven on top of the wood stove works just fine. But what about summer? We are in Arizona, after all.
Trying Pit Baking
Firing Up The Solar Oven
I have a huge plastic flower pot that will hold up to 2 dutch ovens (stacked) and a lot of insulation (towels, bathmats). I fold a bathmat in the bottom. Then I overlap two bath towels on the sides. Then I heat up whatever I’m cooking on top of the stove. I get it going to a good boil and then set the dutch oven down in the flower pot and wrap towels around it. I insulate it further with another couple of towels and a bathmat on top and leave it for about 5 hours. Everything cooks. I usually use this for things like rice, tapioca, and vegetables that take a long time to cook like potatoes. I tried it for beans, but that experiment didn’t work. Lentils and blackeyed peas work fine, though.The flower pot method takes no power after the food’s packed into the pot, and you can leave it and go to town without worry that the house might burn down.