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Can I cook a frozen turkey on a standard clay brick rocket stove?

 
Laying awake @ night
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Can I cook a frozen turkey on a standard clay brick rocket stove?
Ok.
If there ever is... an EMP.... and my freezer stops working, can I cook the 19lb. thing (in a huge pot) on a rocket stove?
I made a decent sized rocket stove out on the patio and it works. I used a plan from a YouTube video to make it using real clay bricks so it gets really hot.

Anyway.

If I boil the turkey in a big pot it would take hours and hours on a rocket stove and I'd have to tend it all the live-long day. But it seems do-able.

So, I was also thinking of using my firepit as another source of cooking. Could I wrap the frozen turkey in about half a roll of aluminum foil and just throw in the fire or on top of some rocks... and just keep the fire going all day and night to make sure its cooked?

How would you do it?

I'm serious!
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03/20/2014 01:07 AM
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Re: Can I cook a frozen turkey on a standard clay brick rocket stove?
No, thaw the dead bird first.
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03/20/2014 01:09 AM
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Re: Can I cook a frozen turkey on a standard clay brick rocket stove?
You'll need the turkey to keep the rest of your food frozen. Why take out a 19 pound chunk of ice?
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03/20/2014 01:11 AM
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Re: Can I cook a frozen turkey on a standard clay brick rocket stove?
Problem is with rocket stoves, or any kind've "open air" burn will be fairly inefficient with its fuel to heat ratio.

Why not just bury it with hot rocks? I've literally cooked frozen 20 lbs. birds with this technique, and I couldn't be happier. The meat was "fall off the bone" quality.

Aside from being fuel efficient, I really enjoy that most cooking pits also damper scent, and smoke as well.
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03/20/2014 01:13 AM
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Re: Can I cook a frozen turkey on a standard clay brick rocket stove?
So, I was also thinking of using my firepit as another source of cooking.
 Quoting: Laying awake @ night 7734838


If there's an EMP event or other societal disruption, then do you really want to attract attention by all the smoke you're going to make from the firepit????

After a week or so, people will be looking for food, and if you bring attention to yourself by a big cooking session.. it's not good, OP.
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03/20/2014 01:14 AM
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Re: Can I cook a frozen turkey on a standard clay brick rocket stove?
So if I BURY the *defrosted* turkey surrounded by the firepit rocks.. it will cook?
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03/20/2014 01:16 AM
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Re: Can I cook a frozen turkey on a standard clay brick rocket stove?
Sure, why not? I reckon its do-able in a big cast iron Dutch oven. Yeh it'd probably take about 12 hours at least. Same with other method in firepit ... would likely take many hours but would be lush when done.
Personally I wouldn't bother leaving it whole, but would more likely break it up into pieces once defrosted, to help it cook thru faster. And obviously a rocket stove cassarole is a viable solution .... well I've actually done that, so yeh it works.
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03/20/2014 01:23 AM
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Re: Can I cook a frozen turkey on a standard clay brick rocket stove?
I have lots of lava rocks, granite and quartz.

Am I right that granite would be the best cooking rock to maintain heat?
So I heat the rocks first, set the cast iron pot on them and them bury the rest of the rocks on top... that's it?

I am going to experiment this weekend using some old freezer burned meat that I don't even know what it is.
The dogs will be eating it, I expect.
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03/20/2014 01:28 AM
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Re: Can I cook a frozen turkey on a standard clay brick rocket stove?
LOL! Yes that's fine OP. Thaw it first. And the cooking pit in the ground here in Hawaii, is called an IMU. It works well. Get the rocks red hot in a fire, then put them in the bottom of the dug out pit, and cover with banana stalks, or whatever you have that's not poisonous there and has water in it, and bury for several hours. Or wet burlap works. It has to be buried a few feet or covered well, with soil or clay, for a few hours at least. And wah-lah yum!
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Re: Can I cook a frozen turkey on a standard clay brick rocket stove?
If TSHTF, you won't have frozen turkey, raise em!
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03/20/2014 01:31 AM
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Re: Can I cook a frozen turkey on a standard clay brick rocket stove?
It'll cook faster and more efficiently in pieces. You aren't after presentation. Quarter it up or better yet into 8 pieces.
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03/20/2014 01:45 AM
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Re: Can I cook a frozen turkey on a standard clay brick rocket stove?
cook it in a trashcan. works great.

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03/20/2014 01:49 AM
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Re: Can I cook a frozen turkey on a standard clay brick rocket stove?
no it must be thawed
or will not cook in middle
signed tried it
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03/20/2014 01:59 AM
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Re: Can I cook a frozen turkey on a standard clay brick rocket stove?
So if I BURY the *defrosted* turkey surrounded by the firepit rocks.. it will cook?
 Quoting: op 7734838


It will cook buryed in the ground. Thats just like you do when you do a whole hog cooked in the ground like that. Its a bit messier because there's no pot though chuckle
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03/20/2014 02:19 AM
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Re: Can I cook a frozen turkey on a standard clay brick rocket stove?
A frozen turkey has a plastic bag in it that contains the gizzard, heart, and liver. And it has the plastic thing that soaks up juice. If you were to cook it frozen, all that plastic crap cooks with it. Yuk.





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