What to do with that Old Stove
It seems RV appliance manufacturers are catching on that they have completion from smaller, residential appliances. A few propane products are becoming for more user friendly, and I found an RV refrigerator on Dometicís site last night that runs on a compressor. Itís purely electric, no propane.
Iím quite pleased to see this stuff becoming available, and since Iíve already done business with someone who is able to order it, the old stove I was determined to keep will now be taking up residency in our backyard. I must have had a past life during the 1930s depression, because I really hate to dispose of things, especially in good working condition. Trying to decide what to do with the old stove was bothering me a bit until I realized it would make a dandy outdoor kitchen appliance.
For those of you scratching your heads, wondering why someone would consider doing something so odd, think about what resources you would have if a disaster occurred in your area. We had the joy of experiencing Hurricane Ike in 2008, and though our property damage was relatively minor, we went for 3 weeks without electricity in an all electric house. Besides a generator running a few lights and the refrigerator, the only thing that saved our bacon (and cooked it too) was our 2 burner camp stove.
Seems to me an old RV stove is a good candidate for an outdoor kitchen. Itís already designed for LP, and with the proper connections and regulators should be compatible with a bulk tank. Safety would be easier to manage since gas wouldnít be filling an interior space. The gas could also be immediately shut off at the source if there is a problem. When not in use, no tank connected. The stove would need a secure, sturdy and heat proof structure and some protection from the weather. A grill-zebo from the big box store would probably do the trick. Instead of one or two dinky burners on a gas grill, you get four, with an oven to boot!