Living off grid is a great goal for those who want to reduce their carbon footprint and for those who prefer to be self-sufficient. It comes with challenges, of course, including finding a good location, getting set up, and acquiring supplies.
While many people who live off grid eat a quantity of raw food, there are still things that need to be cooked, and some that just taste better when cooked. These include meat, tubers like potatoes, and some other items.
There are a variety of places where these items can be obtained. Some have brick-and-mortar stores, but nearly all of them are accessible online.
Off-grid Cooking Warehouse is a good source of affordable products, which come with manufacturer’s warranties. They offer things as they get them, making deals with manufacturers to offer discounted prices. They have limited stock but deal primarily with things that are made in the USA. At the time of this writing, they are offering solar ovens at very affordable prices.
The Cabin Depot has a variety of off-grid equipment. Cooking is just like at home with their propane cooktops which range from 24” to 36” and are also available in tempered glass.
Lehman’s has products “for a simpler life.” This includes both wood stoves and gas stoves. Wood stoves are good for off grid locations that are surrounded by wooded property. They allow use of available resources and limit the monetary outgo needed to both heat the house and prepare food. Gas stoves can be hooked up to a propane tank, which can be refilled as needed, but must be prepared ahead to prevent running out. Since different people will prefer different ways of handling off-grid cooking, this site offers solutions for both.
The Off Grid General Store has a wide variety of supplies for living off-grid. Their cooking supplies include off grid solar cooking ovens and combination ovens as well as books to explain cooking off-grid and give recipes.
There has been a lot of chatter about the Wilson solar grill for outdoor cooking and how much a Wilson solar grill costs; unfortunately, the answer is that it is not yet available for the general public. It is under development, with prototypes being designed.
Amazon, as with most things, is also a source for cooking supplies for off-grid living. Some of the items available include the following:
This camp oven is powered by propane and offers a nonstick cooking surface that is enamel coated and a stainless-steel insulated oven. The oven and two burners allow for cooking several items at once.
A 4-quartstainless steel Dutch oven with a lid of tempered glass works like a crock pot in this solar cooker. It adjusts to achieve the desired level of heat from full or partial sunlight. It comes with instructions, snaps together, and is lightweight, portable, and easy to store.
This off grid solar cooking oven has reflectorsmade of anodized aluminum which is rust-proof and highly polished. An American made solar appliance, it is lightweight and can be carried with the included handle. It is easy to set up and uses solar power to reach temperatures of 360-400 degrees Fahrenheit.
This focus results in a temperature up to 1000 degrees Celsius; adjusting the reflectors adjusts the heat level, allowing a perfect grill temperature when adjusted properly. Unlike grills, there is no smoke or ash to deal with. It can be used whenever there is sun, whether summer or winter. Easy to move to get good sunlight, this solar cooker only weighs 37 pounds. High quality carbon steel plates are easy to clean with a cloth and a bit of soap, followed by a soft towel.
This portable solar grill cooks food that is placed into the center tube. Parabolic reflectors focus heat on the cooking area for quick cooking. The tube is surrounded by a chamber that allows the outer surface to remain cool to the touch even when the inside is hot. In full sunlight, the tube’s temperature can reach up to 550 Fahrenheit. Low maintenance and fuel free.
;;Made of cast iron, this single burner runs on propane and is sturdy for holding pots and skillets of any size. Adjustable flame cooks any type of food. The detachable legs make it easy to move and carry. Use camping, picnicking, traveling, or off-grid.
Two propane-fueled cast aluminum burners are shielded by a windscreen on three sides on this 32” tall cooking stove. The legs are adjustable in case the ground is uneven, and detachable to use on a tabletop. The cooking surface is large – 14” x 32”. Dials on the front allow users to adjust the heat level for each burner separately. Three-foot hose connects to a propane tank (sold separately).
The locking lid of this portable grill allows transport without worry. Up to six hamburgers can be cooked at one time on this grill, which is powered by charcoal. The plated steel legs – which double as the lid-lock – keep the grill up off the ground or table on which it is being used.
Three adjustable burners provide plenty of cooking space in this portable propane grill. The legs – one set of which have wheels for easy transport – fold up when not in use for storage. Side shelves are convenient for setting spices and tools when not in use. Matchless lighting mechanism lights the propane; a 16.4-ounce propane cylinder is sufficient to cook a meal with this grill.
Those who are looking for sources for off grid solar cooking or trying to find an excellent off-grid cooking warehouse, can find the items for which they are searching at one or more of the sites listed. Happy off-grid cooking!