cooked pot roast in bush box : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread

If Scotty can brag about his solar bread machine, I guess I can brag about my "bush box". Yesterday I browned a pot roast on stove, tossed in carrots, onions, potatos, mushrooms and some liquid and a package of dry onion soup. Brought it all to a rolling boil and put into my preheated "bush box". I keep two bricks in the solar oven at all times when not using and I preheat my bush box with those. I put it in the box a 9:30 am and checked it a 3:30 pm. It was almost done...meat was cooked but veggies were still a little on the crisp side. Put it back on stove and it instantly came to rolling boil. Put back in box and we ate at 6pm. So I didn't use more than 20 minutes of electricity, max. I now use my bush box rather than a crock pot. Its fun, its almost free and you don't have to worry about it and can go off to town, etc with it cooking and no power on. If anyone needs directions on how to make one, let me know.


-- Taz (Tassie, April 22, 1999



Please send directions. My e-mail address is real.

Thanks Bunches!

-- SCOTTY (, April 22, 1999.

Me too, please

-- duffyo (, April 22, 1999.


Please send instructions for making a bush box this way too. Or fax it to 1.703.573.2398.

Thank you for your kindness.

Sincerely, Stan Faryna

-- Stan Faryna (, April 22, 1999.

Yes, include me also!

-- BParker (, April 22, 1999.

Sounds like a lot of us are interested, how about posting the details here?

-- Shimrod (, April 22, 1999.

It is a hollow styrofoam box. Styro is 6 inches thick all sides of the cube. Make your hollow just the size of your chosen pot. I found with use that a 1 and 1/2 gal Visions casserole with cover does the best job of cooking and is big enuff for a family meal. Hubby then enclosed the styrofoam in plywood. Plywood lid has 6 inch styrofoam that sets down inside the cube. The hollow in our box is 12 inches cubed and in the bottom we set a 12 " sq ceramic tile. Then he put it all on castors and I just roll it back under the table on our screen porch. Its really great. I will try and take some photos of it and scan them and send them to you. Give me a week but don't hesitate to remind me. I call it a bush box as friends who live in the bush of Australia told us how to make it. Don't hesitate to ask me questions if my description doesn't make sense. We got the styro at Home Depot and the sheets are 4 to a pkg and one inch thick. He just cut them and stood them in next to each other. This would also allow you to expand the cube/hollow by just pulling out one or two sheets.


-- Taz (Tassie, April 22, 1999.


I've honestly enjoyed your wit and wisdom here for the last few days. You seem to very very intelligent and level headed...which makes me wonder what it was about my previous posting that sent you off on such a tangent.

Respectfully wondering,


-- Daniel Buchner (, April 22, 1999.

Perhaps it is not what you said in the text but your title of text. "why worry" that just really rubbed me wrong. And apparently it rubbed a lot of others wrong too. There is a lot more to this y2k thing than just hunkering down and feeding your family. Whats that about it takes a "village to raise a child". Your message is is one of smugness and smallness. Perhaps you didn't mean it that way, but it comes across that way. My family is well prepared. We have the skills, the equipment and the money. But what about the elderly in the nursing home down the road? The ones I go visit and bake for each week? What about all the little kids in the cities, or anywhere, who are not getting a square meal/deal now, let alone when the welfare check doesn't come. I am sorry about being offensive and I think that you are sorry too for having given the impression of caring for no one but yourself and family. Truce?

-- Taz (Tassie, April 22, 1999.

Absolutely! It's sort of funny - before I had written anything here, I had considered myself "one of you" based on the preparations that we're (my neighborhood) making. Then after I did write something, my point of view - which is probably very similar to yours - was attacked.

Here is my message: Do what you can to help yourselves, but be open to helping those others WHO CAN'T HELP THEMSLEVES.



-- Daniel Buchner (, April 22, 1999.


A few questions, if you will forgive me!

What sort of solar oven are you using to heat the bricks, a 'box' type or a panel type? How come you don't just cook the the pot roast in the solar oven? Have you done bread in the solar? We have in ours with great results.

Are you from Tassie?, it's my favourite State of Australia, I would live there if I could find work but I don't know much else but mainframe computing and there are barely any there!

I really like your posts and I'm sure that I'd like you too!


-- Ron (, April 22, 1999.

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