How To Bake Without Power

on June 17, 2016
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How I Bake Without An Electric or Gas Oven


Living in a cabin with no power, running water, or plumbing has had its challenges. We’ve enjoyed most of them. Life is boring without a challenge, right? Cooking on a wood heater has been fun, but I will say I missed having an oven. Baked Macaroni and Cheese is just better than stove top! So how do I bake without power? Enter the HERC Oven (Home Emergency Radiant Cooking).

My husband was looking up some information on line and said, “Hey, you might want to look at this.” He was right, I did. An oven that is heated by tea light candles! The possibilities began running through my mind.

There are two sizes of the oven, HERC XXL & ECO HERC. They are made in Newberg, Oregon by Titan Ready USA, a family owned and operated business. When you visit their site, you’ll find various products for those living off grid, living a simple lifestyle, or those who are of the mindset to be prepared. Their products range from water storage to off grid cooking appliances. I’m reviewing the ECO HERC, which is the smallest.


With the power grid failing so often, it’s only a matter of time until you’re wondering how to bake without power. Most modern gas ovens are fitted with electric ignition systems so even with gas appliances you could be without an oven. If you enjoy camping, you would find this oven lightweight and easy to setup and use. This makes it the perfect camping accessory. If you’re like me and are without an oven all together, it’s a viable solution.

So, how does it work. When your stove arrives, you’ll find the setup pretty straight forward and easy to do. We had it set up and in use within an hour.

Once you have the tea lights lit and under the stove, it takes 30-40 minutes for it to reach 400 degrees F. After preheating, place your dish of food to be baked in the oven and close the “door”. Try to not peek. You lose heat that way, trust me, I tried it.

Baking times are about double a standard oven for the Eco HERC so be sure to allow yourself the time you need when preparing your meals. I timed the oven with biscuits, fish, macaroni and cheese, and potatoes. Consistently, the baking times were close to doubled. When you don’t have an oven, like me, it just doesn’t matter. I’m thrilled to be able to bake at all!

The baking times of the HERC XXL are not doubled, so I’ve read and been told by users of that size. I would recommend the larger Herc XXL oven if this is to be your main baking apparatus.


I leave my Eco HERC set up all the time. I pick it up and set it on the counter when I’m ready to use it. It’s that light weight and portable. When I’m done, I allow it to cool and return it to its spot.

You want to be sure you set the oven on a surface which won’t be harmed if the candle wax drips onto it. Sometimes candles can overflow and drip down.

You don’t have to leave the oven set up when you’re not using it. It’s easily disassembled and reassembled when needed. This makes it perfect for those times you find yourself in need of a way to bake without power for a short period of time.

When I find a baking tray just the right size, I’m going to try my hand at cookies! Can’t wait. I can give this product my full vote of confidence and my highest recommendation. You know me, if it works well I share it with you, if it doesn’t I’ll tell you why I feel it doesn’t.

With a  90 day, 100% money back guarantee you can’t lose! Be sure to check it out and let the helpful people over at Titan Ready USA know you heard about them on The Farmer’s Lamp.



Do you have a way to bake without power? Do you own a HERC oven? Share your experience with us.



Safe and Happy Journey,





  • Tami Lewis

    I too live off grid and I have been baking in my propane grill….cookies,cakes, casseroles…the works, even a Thanksgiving turkey!

    June 17, 2016 at 11:58 pm Reply
    • Rhonda Crank

      Oh wow! That’s an interesting option. Thanks so much for sharing your experience, Tami.

      June 19, 2016 at 10:11 am Reply
  • Margy

    In the winter the woodstove is going pretty much all day. I saw woodstove ovens but they were pretty costly. I got a $5 old metal toaster oven at the thrift shop and gutted its electrical components (except for the wind up timer which continued to work). I placed it on top of the stove and put several metal bars underneath to help bring the heat up into the oven box. Like your oven, it takes longer and can’t be used to bake everything, but it was nice to have. I’ve also baked in a flat bottomed cast iron dutch oven on top of the woodstove and even things like bread and potatoes inside the firebox when it has cooled a bit (kind of like a woodfired pizza oven). Now that I have a propane stove and oven I don’t do this as much. Those early days of experimenting were fun though. – Margy

    July 31, 2016 at 10:29 am Reply
    • Rhonda Crank

      Margy, How ingenious you are to create your own oven! I too like to bake in my flat bottom cast iron on the wood stove. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your wisdom and experience with us.

      July 31, 2016 at 4:45 pm Reply
  • Carol

    The downfall for this stove IMO is the tea light heat source. They throw off toxic fumes unless you spend a lot and get the higher grade candles. This could get quite expensive to run for an extended period of time.

    September 28, 2016 at 6:57 am Reply
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