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What do you all think about keeping some charcoal on hand for SHTF scenarios? If it comes down to a power grid out of service, while I have some wood on my land, I do not have enough to last a long time. I have been thinking about trying to put back a reserve of charcoal for use in my smoker/grill for cooking, pasteurizing water, etc. I know that charcoal must be kept dry, and it is a space hog, but what do you all think about its use for SHTF? I have a few 20 lb. canisters of propane put back, but I plan on using it for emergency heat for the house, and if I can come up with a different solution for cooking, the propane will last that much longer.

I also have the plans to build a solar oven, and hopefully I will have it done this week. I will post results and pics when I get it finished.
 

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If you have the space a few bags of charcoal wouldnt be a bad idea. It will cook/heat just as well during SHTF as it does/did before it.
 

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I keep 200 pounds or so of charcoal on hands at all times.

If I had more space for it (away from the house) I'd probably keep a ton. Food, water and ammo are all nice, but don't do you much good if you are freezing to death.
 

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Food, water and ammo are all nice, but don't do you much good if you are freezing to death.
True story. And you can't drink water when it's a block of ice.
 
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