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The Convenience and Big Savings on Charcoal Stove

Updated on November 5, 2012
A $5 Dollar Charcoal Stove, 8 inches tall, and 6 inches in Diameter. So portable, in case you need to grill something in the beach, or when doing camping, etc.
A $5 Dollar Charcoal Stove, 8 inches tall, and 6 inches in Diameter. So portable, in case you need to grill something in the beach, or when doing camping, etc.

Charcoal in the Past up to the Present

Your savings would greatly depend on what cooking appliances you are using at home.

If you are using gas stove, then this articles tackles about how you can save on gas. If you are using electric appliances, then this is a great savings on your next bill.

However, before we start, let me take you back to the history of charcoal, as this had perform a lot of significant functions since the ancient times. Some of its many uses in the society includes: as an Art Tool (being used in charcoal painting, pencil and other painting pencils have charcoal inside),as Metallurgical Fuel (used by blacksmith in creating swords and other weapons since the medieval period), as Gunpowder (a mixture of this and sulfur produces gunpowder, and during new year celebration, firework companies use charcoal for pyrotechnic processes), as Carbon source (used in some chemical production), in Purification and Infiltration (my mom used to put a bowl of charcoal in our fridge to keep the foods fresh. The stinky smell, toxin, and moisture is absorbed by the charcoal), in Horticulture (used in bio-charcoal process - to make the soil rich), as Medicine (regardless of its validity charcoal had been proven effective in treating some gastric disturbance. Some regions in the world uses charcoal to treat food poisoning), lastly, as Cooking fuel (as a great alternative for gas and electric stove).

Among its many uses, the final item is the most directly useful to man, the very reason why this article focuses in the management of this use.

Start the fire with Newspaper or pour small amount of kerosene
Start the fire with Newspaper or pour small amount of kerosene

The Basics of Charcoal Stove

  • Buy a Charcoal stove with metal component that manages heat well. Choose and enclosed design to prevent fire from spreading. Place the charcoal stove in a safe area, away from easy-burning materials like paper and plastic cellophane.
  • Choose the bigger pieces of charcoal for long-lasting heat.
  • You can buy per kilo, but for more savings, one sack is more practical.
  • One Kilo fits one day if you don't own a restaurant.

A clamp/metal clip keeps you from burning.
A clamp/metal clip keeps you from burning.
  • Make sure to buy metals clamps or wooden clips to help keep your hands from direct heat as well as the black stains of charcoal.
  • Now is the time to make use of your newspaper stocks at the back. You can also store kerosene at home to start the fire.
  • Before you start lighting up your charcoal. prepare your cooking utensils, food ingredients, spices and seasoning, and platter. For some Asians, cook the rice after everything else. This is to prevent rice from getting scorched.

Keep a special set of utensils just for this use.
Keep a special set of utensils just for this use.

Keeping the Utensils Clean

The disadvantage of using charcoal is that black stains in your utensils after cooking. Most of the time it is hard to get off that stain and even smudge all other utensils and your utensil keeper. This is where cleverness comes in.

  • One helpful tip is to wipe oil in the outer part of the utensils, then rub a detergent into the same body parts which will be exposed to the fire. It is easier to remove black stains after use.
  • Second option is to keep special set of utensils mainly for the charcoal stove use only. Keep them in your dirty kitchen. Do not mix it with your other utensils.
  • Finally, make sure to wash the black stains off every after use especially when it is still warm. Use warm water to rinse.


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    • go-barbara-go profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago


      Yeah, nice right? This one is very portable and definitely very convenient to use.

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      Marvin Parke 

      6 years ago from Jamaica

      Charcoal stoves gives you a stronger heat which is required for cooking some dishes. I use it all the time.

    • go-barbara-go profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Yes.... I agree.

      Day to day simple solutions at its best.

      Thank you again. Visit more.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      These would be great to have for those emergencies when the power goes out. Very handy and compact to store. We have used a similar type when we went camping, it did get the food cooked in time for dinner.

    • go-barbara-go profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Hi Christine,

      In some regions across the globe, people look for better ways to make both ends meet. So small-scale inventions like this comes out. Lol!

      People are too creative to survive.

      Thank you and visit more.

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      Christine Miranda 

      6 years ago from My office.

      Never heard of one of these before. Thanks for sharing. Well written and organized. Voted up & more.

    • go-barbara-go profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago


      Thank you. I bought that for $5. Can you imagine? But it helps a lot. I can bring it to the beach, no problem. Instant solution to food problem when going on mountain trekking.

      Thank you.

    • hawaiianodysseus profile image

      Hawaiian Odysseus 

      6 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      This was the first time I'd seen a portable charcoal stove. Very interesting. Thank you for sharing your wonderful information, Barbara!

      Voted up and then some, and socially shared!


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