The Solo Stove, A Great Choice for Your Bug Out Bag

Solos Stove

The Solo Stove with it’s cup and  windscreen

It is not often, I write a second post about a product, but in this case, I am making an exception.  I love the Solo Stove  it is small compact and very efficient.  For many years, I worked as an arson investigator and I understand the science of combustion.  This is a stove that is well designed and makes very efficient use of the available fuel.

It is very easy to gather up the small sticks and twigs you need to cook with the Solo Stove.  One of its big advantages is that it is not a fuel hog. …

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10 Steps to Improve Your Personal Economy

economyThese last few days I have been giving some thoughts to the economy.  First, let’s get something straight, I am no economist and have no real expertise in this area other than my personal experiences.  Being a bit on the older side, I have seen the economy go through many different stages, from good to bad.  But what I am watching today is quite strange.

Now I am judging the economy by the way it affects our family and friends.  Because we as a family are fairly conservative in our spending, our family is not doing badly and everybody is working or retired. …

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Maintaining Lead Acid Batteries to Get the Most Life Out of Them

maintaining lead acid batteries

Here are two of my homemade battery packs being charged.

A friend Ed sent me a lot of information on maintaining lead acid batteries.  It is good information, but a bit technical for many people so I am going to split this post into two parts.  First, some simple guidelines to keep you from making the biggest mistakes and then the part that he sent me.  I suggest that you take the time to read both.

For an example, I will use the two types of lead acid that I store.  My homemade battery packs  contain the 12 volt sealed lead acid batteries.…

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36 Common Household Survival Items you have in your home

commoncommon household survival items

A kitchen knife can serve many purposes

In talking with people about preparedness, I find that many people think that you have to spend a ton of money to get started.  They forget about the common household survival items that they already have in their homes that can be used.

For instance someone was complaining about how much it cost to get a good knife, until I pointed out that he already had several that he had not considered.  It took a quick raid on his wife’s kitchen to find a knife that while not the first choice would serve his purposes.…

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Turn Your Homemade Battery Packs into a Solar Generator

A couple of days ago I showed how to make a simple 12 volt battery pack Homemade Battery Packs Are Inexpensive and Easy to MakeToday I am showing how simple it is to charge the battery packs. Now this is the same thing that you pay a lot of money for if you purchase a commercial solar generator.  I use these packs for running lights, charging batteries and running my ham radios.  There uses are only limited by your imagination.

The one weakness in them is that the batteries are sealed lead acid and need to be replaced every few years. …

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Zika, A Mosquito Spread Potential Pandemic

ZikaCurrently we hear a lot about Zika and the possibility of it becoming a pandemic.  Just today, I saw the following statement on Drudge “With health authorities warning the disease could infect up to four million people in the Americas, ministers from 14 countries held talks in Uruguay to plot their response to the growing crisis, with fears the virus could spread worldwide.

The meeting focused on ways to control the mosquito population spreading the virus, though reports of a US patient catching the disease by having sex fueled fears that it will not be easy to contain.”

The disease is spread by mosquitoes and is now believed to also be spread by sexual contact. …

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Homemade Battery Packs Are Inexpensive and Easy to Make

A few years back I made some 12-volt battery packs following a design made by a friend.  Since then I have used these batteries on different occasion with great success.  So today, I am going to post the original article with some additional suggestions that I have learned from practically experience.

Here is the first article on battery packs

A Simple 12 Volt Battery Pack.

You can make your own

battery packs

50 cal ammo can, notice cigarette charger

A friend of mine made some battery boxes using 50 cal ammo cans and 12-volt burglar alarm batteries.  They are very nice compact units that will provide 14 amp hours of power. …

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Wartime Recipes can Help You to Survive TEOTWAWKI

wartime recipesI was born in England during WW2.  As such, I do not remember the war although I have heard many stories about it from my parents and grandparents.  Some of the events after the war still stick in my mind, like the fact my mother cried when she first arrived in Canada and saw a full butcher shop.  In England, food choices were very limited and many foods were rationed until the early 1950’s.  This made for some interesting wartime recipes.

The interesting thing is that even with food in short supply, people were healthier than before or after the war particularly the children. …

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We Need Some Ideas for Our Blog

blogI just realized that last month was the 5th anniversary of this blog.  My wife and I have posted over 1865 articles with probably about 1600 of them written by us.  We have a large number of dedicated readers and rank well on Google.

Up to this point, we have loved writing this blog.  But it is gradually getting harder and we are getting older.  Ideas for new subjects are becoming hard to find and sometimes we have to repeat subjects.  Although this is not always bad, there are many new readers, we learn more and sometimes our opinions change.…

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Cotton Ball Vaseline Fire Starters, How to Make and Carry Them

cotton ball VaselineHere is an article written by my friend Ed showing how to make a good fire starter from cotton balls Vaseline.  You will notice that he refers to them as PJCB (petroleum jelly and cotton balls).  Here is his post

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I may have posted this before, if so, just repost the link, but for people who have never prepared cotton balls Vaseline tinder before in quantity, this tutorial we use for SAR and CERT may be helpful:

Cotton balls infused with petroleum jelly are reliable wet-weather tinder which has been used by ski patrol and search & rescue units for many years.…

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