Saturday, November 5, 2016

DIY Outdoor Cooking - Propane Stove

30 Days of DIY Projects 2 Make Us Thankful

Project 5

This is the fifth post of our series of projects to make us thankful for DIY.  Be sure to check back everyday during the month of November for new simple and easy DIY projects.

It's our way of saying Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at
Simply Easy DIY!

Today's project is a simple propane grill set up.

When Hurricane Matthew rolled through our area, our power was knocked out.  While other people were eating cold meals, we were able to fry some hotdogs and sausages on this grill.

What a boost to morale. Believe me, it makes a huge difference.

What we have is pretty simple. We bought a propane tank and an outdoor iron burner. We already had several cast iron frying pans that we could use.

Exercise caution when working with propane. Make sure all valves are closed during set up to ensure your safety. Always follow the manufacturer's directions when working with propane.

Step 1:
Purchase an outdoor iron burner from dealer of your choice.
*You need a propane hose and regulator. The regulator should have a connection that affixes to the propane tank.

Step 2 :
Purchase propane tank from dealer of your choice.

Step 3:
Connect hose to burner.

Step 4:
Connect the hose to the tank (make sure the tank is off during set up)

Step 5:
Optional - place protection between burner and your table (we used a concrete paver)

Step 6:
Set down iron frying pan (use optional handle potholder!)

Step 7:
Light under the fry pan (then open propane). We use these lighters.

Why would we even be interested in doing this?

Isn't it easier to just cook in your house?

Sure if you like a hot smelly house!!!

Here's what I'm talking about. Bacon smells....good. However, bacon cooked in a house...smells up the house...for the rest of the evening.

It splatters onto your counter,  overhead to the oven, that crevice you didn't know was there and any passer byer...OUCH!!

Now when I cook bacon, I cook it outside. Messes, those stay outside.

It also saves on the energy bill.  No more heating up the house during the Florida summers and forcing the a/c to pull overtime.

Then, I learned something.

Cooking over propane is way quicker and better.  My electric oven just can't compete.

The bacon turns out crispy each time!

Even if you're not interested in cooking with propane, you can always go the wood route.

Several people have done great setting up wood burning stoves using some on hand and salvaged materials. Even though outside, cooking with wood can be fun and convenient too.

John, aka: Jnull0 has loads of experience cooking outside on his wood burning stove.

Don't forget to stop by his channel for all sorts of homestead projects and ideas as well as grab a cup of coffee with him.

Outdoor kitchen - Wood Burning:

Final Thoughts

We find our tank of propane lasts a long time and is indispensable after a hurricane.

It's a must for us.

John's set up is great because he is using his own reclaimed wood pieces from his property and having fun while doing so.

I hope you enjoyed today's featured project and don't forget to stop by "JNull0" YouTube channel to check out even more great videos from John.

We hope you will return to Simply Easy DIY everyday through the month of November for more projects that make us thankful 4 DIY.

Until then!