I have heard about induction cooking and hear that it is pretty energy efficient. Haven't tried it myself yet. But for a short-term power outage, and assuming that one has a generator or solar panels, an induction cooking plate or stove would be great. The general principal is that instead of using heat, an induction plate generates a magnetic field that is transferred to the cooking pot. As a requirement, the cooking container must have a magnetic bottom. As I understand, this means an iron or stainless steel bottom (but could include others). According to Wikipedia, "If a magnet sticks well to the sole of the pan, it will work on an induction cooking surface." As another benefit, energy is not lost as heat. An induction element that is on would be cool to the touch (except if heat energy is transferred back to it through contact with your cookware). I do see that at least a couple people have used it as shown in this thread (post 359871 "Going Solar) [Won't let me post the full link do to being a new member] www. survivalmonkey. com/threads/going-solar-help.51950/page-2#post-359871 [remove spaces] Opinions?