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The Survivor Rocket Stove is the Greatest.

Survivor Rocket stove

The new stove

Earlier this year while I attended the Utah Prepare Conference and Expo, put on by the Utah State University Extension programs.  While there, I had to look at many new developments in new preparedness products.  One thing that particularly drew my attention was the Survivor Rocket Stove made by Silverfire.  Now I have encounter Silverfore’s product in the past and have found them to be excellent.  Here is a review I did of The SilverFire Scout Biomass Stove is very Efficient

Todd Albi the owner of Silverfire has several different cooking and heating products on the market.…

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Propane-Powered Motors from Gasoline, an Easy Conversion.

propane-powered motors

Here is a tri fuel convertion

In the past, I have posted several articles on running propane-powered generators.  I have converted two of mine to run on tri fuel (gasoline, propane or natural gas).  The conversions were easy to accomplish and I am by no stretch of imagination a mechanic.  They could be converted with a minimum of tools. The same thing applies to many different types of small motors.  Propane-powered motors are almost as efficient as gasoline and propane is much easier to store.

The generators that I converted used two different systems, both of which worked well.  Here are links to blogs I wrote about the conversions Tri Fuel Generator Conversions from Central Maine Diesel and Century Fuel Products Tri Fuel Generator Conversions.

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Off Grid Cooking for Long Term Emergencies

off grid cooking

A single burner Butterfly Stove

A few days ago, I wrote about our kitchen being flooded out.  As a result, we have not been able to do much cooking in the house.  So we figured this was a good time to experiment with off grid cooking.  Now my last trip to Utah I had brought back a new solar oven made by Gosun (See the ad on the right side of this page) and a new rocket stove made by Silverfire.  This was a great time to test them.  In a few days, I will write a more detailed review of both of these products.…

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Century Fuel Products Tri Fuel Generator Conversions.

tri fuel generator

Here is the generator with the air cleaner removed, ready for the new gas valve to be installed.

The other day I converted a Honda Eu2000 into a tri fuel generator.  Now this is the second time, I have converted one and I am no mechanic, if I can do it anyone can.  Now a tri fuel generator runs on gasoline, propane and natural gas. Natural gas may be available for a period of time after electricity fails. Propane stores indefinitely and gasoline may be available at times.  With the ability to run on all three fuels you have a better chance of finding fuel in an emergency.…

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Gasoline Usage and Bug Out Routes

gasoline usage

Dont be caught like this

Recently we went on a trip that included travels through Montana, Idaho, Washington and Oregon.  It was great trip and we enjoyed it greatly.  Everyday we posted the blog from whereever we were located.  These trips always give us time to talk and come up with new ideas to share with you such as keeping track of gasoline usage.

For some time we have been keeping track of how many gallons of gasoline it takes to reach different locations.  For instance, I know that with a full tank of gas in my vehicle I need an extra three five-gallon cans of gasoline to reach my daughters house. …

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Siphoning Gasoline from Newer Vehicles without Damaging Them

siphoningThe other day I received this e-mail on siphoning gas from cars.  “While doing some maintenance work on my gasoline powered electrical generator the thought struck me that back in the old days, and  in case of an emergency, one could always siphon gasoline out of their car’s gasoline tank and use it to run things like generators.  However, that seems to be not the case nowadays.  I tried inserting a conventional siphon hose into my tank but it “bottomed-out” on some obstruction before it touched any gasoline. I looked under the hood of my car (2001 Toyota Highlander) for a place where I could tie into my fuel line.…

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Fuel Stabilizer for Small Motors.

fuel stabilizerSince we have been on the subject of mothballing and maintaining small engines. I decided that now was a good time to talk about fuel stabilizers.  Yesterday I started a mothballed motor that had been in storage for several years without any major problems.  However, I am sure that somewhere somebody is having a problem with their motor and old fuels.

If you use fuel stabilizers in your stored fuels on a routine basis, you will greatly reduce your changes of a problem.  What has happened to me in the past is that I buy some fuel with the intentions of using it right away. …

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Backpacking Stoves that are Good for Your Bug Out Bag

backpacking stoves

The SilverFire Scout

Spring and summer are just around the corner and many of us will do some camping.  This is a great time to try out some of the equipment that we have been accumulating. This last few summers I have been able to try a number of different backpacking stoves. 

I have had the chance to try out quite a few different types of backpacking stoves and have narrowed it down to the styles that I like.  Personally, I like ones that use available biomass for fuel.  I have avoided the ones that use various camp fuels and butane or propane. …

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BYU’s Storage Fuel Comparison Chart

Today I was on the Brigham Young University Website doing some research on the shelf life of various products and I came across the following chart.  It is a storage fuel comparison that shows the shelf life of different fuels, as well as the recommended method of storage.

storage fuel comparison

As you can see the above storage fuel comparison chart shows some of the hazards of storing the various fuels.  Almost any fuel has some level of hazard.  Made sure you store your fuels in the safest manner possible. Here are some links that may help you. Propane Storage for Preppers and Its Advantages  The Safe Storage of Gasoline  Bulk Storage of Gasoline and Diesel.  

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How to tell if your propane tank is full

propane tank

The Tare Weight (TW) is shown on the guard at the top of the tank. This tank shows a weight of 17.5 lbs

I have a number of five-gallon propane tanks and it seems like I can never keep straight which ones are full and which are empty.  Now you can tell a completely full one from a completely empty propane tank just by feeling the weight.  It is the partly empty ones that you really want to know how much they contain.  So how do you tell exactly how much propane they contain?

If you look at the ring that protects the valve from damage, you will find two weights, an empty and a full one. …

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