Category Archives: fuels

Cutting Firewood Without Power Tools

The grid is down and you are out of fuel for your chainsaw and it is time for cutting firewood.  Hopefully you have stocked a few simple hand tools that will make your life a lot easier. Anyway you look … Continue reading

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Why You Need to have a Shammy in Your Preps and Car Kits

Chamois leather commonly known as a “Shammy” is a type of porous leather that has almost no abrasive properties, and can be used as a absorbent drying material for almost any surface. Now I am talking about a real shammy made of … Continue reading

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How to Turn Off Large Propane Tanks

Here you can see the dome that covers the shutoff valve on a propane tank. In case of a disaster, you should understand the dangers posed by your propane tanks and how to turn them off.  Now this article is … Continue reading

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Propane-Powered Generators, are They the Best Choice?

Recently I was asked the following question by someone who wants to install a 5000-watt generator to run their home in case of a power failure.  What is the best choice for fuel, propane, gasoline or diesel? They are leaning … Continue reading

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Fourteen Uses for a 55-Gallon Barrel

I like things that can be used for multiply purposes and a 55-gallon barrel is a good example.  Both plastic and metal ones have their uses, some of which overlap.  Now these are by no means all the possible uses, I am … Continue reading

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An Example of Using Old Gasoline

Sometimes the mistakes of others create situations from which we can all learn.  A friend of mine who is in the process of moving out of state had two fifty five gallon barrels of old gasoline that he had never … Continue reading

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Propane Storage for Preppers and Its Advantages.

Propane is a by-product of natural gas processing and petroleum refining; it is commonly used as a fuel for engines, barbecues, portable stoves, residential heating and can be used for lighting.  I consider propane the best fuel to store in bulk.  It is the safest, easiest to store … Continue reading

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What Type of Diesel Fuels Can You Run in Your Diesel Engines?

There are three types of fuel that we will discuss for the purposes of this article.  They are on road diesel, off road diesel and home heating oil.  First, I will define what I am including in each category. On … Continue reading

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Pressure Cookers can Save Preppers Time and Fuel

For years, my wife has used a pressure cooker for many things, including canning.  They are efficient and cook your food quickly.  In any disaster situation, fuel is in short supply.  If you are cooking over an open fire, you … Continue reading

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Converting a Coleman Stove to Use 5 Gallon Tanks of Propane.

If you have a Coleman stove that works on the small propane canisters, you can readily adapt it to work off a five- gallon propane tank.  This lets you run your stove almost 20 times longer without refueling.  It takes … Continue reading

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