Cooking in comfort while riding out a typhoon

A super-typhoon is a typhoon that reaches a maximum sustained 1-minute wind of at least 150 mph. This is comparable to a strong category 4 hurricane.

In October 2015, Typhoon Lando hit Luzon, Philippines. Luzon is the largest and most populous island in the country.

The typhoon had ten-minute sustained winds of 115 mph and one-minute sustained winds of 150 mph.

The storm damaged thousands of structures causing over $300 million in damage and more than 100,000 people were forced out of their homes.

Daniel C. was living with his family in the Philippines when the storm hit.

On the second day after the storm, Daniel found his survival stove, which he needed to cook food for his family.

Looting was happening everywhere. Pharmacies, grocery stores, gas stations, and restaurants were targeted.

Hospitals were unable to treat patients because of a lack of medicine.

Daniel salvaged what he could from his refrigerator, and used his survival stove to cook rice, boil water, and make coffee.

He used the stove so much that the tubing eventually fell apart from saltwater and soot, because the fuel that Daniel had been using was watered down.

So, he had to resort to using firewood and debris to fuel the stove.

In the following week, Daniel was able to get his family a flight off the island.

When they left the island there were major health issues in the devastated areas. Dead bodies were being burned in the streets because morgues were unable to keep up.

Law and order vanished. It was chaos.

Daniel was grateful for his MSR WhisperLite stove. It served its purpose when his family needed it most.

Now, regardless of where you live, a survival stove should always be part of your gear.

Warming up food and boiling water for sanitation is vital during an emergency.

And when it comes to survival stoves there, is an option that can serve two purposes.

The option I’m talking about is a tent stove.

As the name implies, a tent stove is a stove that can work safely inside a tent.

Aside from cooking, a tent stove will emit heat that can be contained inside the tent, providing a heat source.

Here is how a tent stove works…


Airflow is what makes a tent stove work. Air enters the stove through the door to feed the fire.

Then, the smoke rises out of the stove up the flue pipe to be forced outside the tent.


The main purpose of tent stoves is to provide heat.

The stoves capture and radiate heat for distribution. By radiating heat back into the fire, it increases the combustion to make the fire more efficient.

Tent stoves are designed to force heat back into the tent, which means less heat is wasted being pushed outside and more stays inside the tent.


Smoke is a mixture of particles and gases. This includes carbon monoxide, which is odorless and deadly.

Ash and soot are the product of unburned minerals.

The flue pipe of a tent stove is designed to force the smoke and other gases out of the tent, which is what makes them safe to use inside a tent.

Benefits of tent stove:

A tent stove is similar to an open fire. But a tent stove concentrates air, fuel, and heat so it can be used to push more heat inside the tent.

The heat isn’t lost as it would be with an open fire. And a tent stove can be about 20 times more efficient than an open fire.

The biggest reason to consider a tent stove is that it transfers the heat inside the tent while forcing toxic gases and particulars to escape through the flue pipe.

Also, depending on the specific tent stove they can have a cooktop for preparing food, which is a bonus.

Drawbacks to tent stoves:

The biggest drawback to a tent stove is that they are usually larger than a small survival stove. So, it might not fit in your bug-out gear.

Yet, it could be a valuable addition if you are bugging out in your vehicle and have more room.

Also, tent stoves’ primary purpose is heat. Being able to use them for cooking is a great feature but it’s not the main purpose.

If you spend time camping in cold weather a tent stove can be a great piece of gear to have.

Considering this, here are a few tent stoves to consider adding to your gear.

Camp Chef Alpine Heavy Duty Cylinder Stove:

This is a cylinder-shaped stove with a 5-inch diameter chimney pipe. This is a big pipe, which means plenty of air will flow out.

The stove also has adjustable legs so it will work well if the ground is uneven.

It has a shelf and a drying rack, so you can hang hats, socks, and gloves to dry if needed.

The biggest benefit of this stove is that it has a flat top that can be used for cooking.

The Camp Chef sells for about $300.

Dachel Outdoor Tent Wood Stove:

The Dachel is a lightweight stove at 22 pounds. It’s portable and can easily be carried around.

It has racks for drying out clothes and is perfect for cooking. You can cook on the top plate or remove it for access to the flames, so it gives you more than one way to cook.

The flue pipe has a 2.3-inch diameter, so it’s on the smaller side.

But if you are looking for a tent stove that is great for heat and cooking, this is a solid choice. The Dachel sells for $350 new.

Adding a tent stove to your survival gear can be beneficial in the winter or when you simply need to cook.

During the cold months, a tent is likely not going to keep you warm without a heat source, and a tent stove can make a big difference in a survival situation.

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