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Solar ovens are great, as long as the sun is shining brightly they compare well to your oven. But what about when you want to fry eggs or use the stove top. There is another type of solar cooker that acts very much like the burners on the top of your stove. That is the parabolic reflector.
It is a parabolic dish that concentrates light on a specific location. This will heat a pan up quickly and allow you to fry foods. It has some definite advantages and some downsides. The advantages include the following.
- It is very quick to heat up.
Many of us who plan to bug in have alternate lighting systems. Now after a major disaster or TEOTWAWKI a light will be a beacon that will draw attention to you. If you have light, people will come to your location and expect or demand help. So what good are your lights?
Our natural reaction is that we will blackout our windows and hide the fact that we have light. Now I done a bit of research on this and it is not as easy as it seems. One idea that always comes up is boarding up all your windows with plywood or something similar. …Read More...
Getting good painkillers is a problem, due to the misuse of narcotics. In the United States, we are pretty much limited to aspirin, Tylenol and similar medications. Now I am not putting these down they are useful medications and have a place in our kits.
But what can we do if we need something stronger and a doctor is not available. If you live in Canada, you can get aspirin with codeine and Tylenol with codeine over the counter without a prescription. Just ask for aspirin with codeine or Tylenol with codeine at any pharmacy.
If you are traveling in Canada, you can purchase them. …Read More...
Preparedness is something that should apply in all areas of our lives. This should include preparing for “the end of the world, as we know it” or TEOTWAWKI, but it should also include our everyday lives.
The list of things we should prepare for include the following.
We should help our children prepare to be self-supporting by teaching them to get an education, learn a skill or a trade.
We should have fire, car and life insurance to protect our families. During my time in the fire service, I saw many people lose everything because they had no insurance. There is an old saying the less you can afford insurance, the more you need it.…Read More...
My wife is always working on ways to utilize the foods we preserve and making it taste good. One method that she is currently having good success with as well as saving money is making our own spice mixes and rubs. She takes various dried spices and vegetables that we grow and grind them into various mixes. She then stores them in shakers of various sizes to add to her cooking. Because they are made from dried foods they will keep for years.
Because we like hot foods and try to stay on a low salt diet, we use a lot of peppers and very little salt in our mixes. …Read More...
As a result of last Saturday’s Solar Cook Off, I spent some time this morning talking to Paul Munsen of Global Sun Ovens. My initial reason for talking to him was that I wanted to find out the difference between the older Global Sun ovens and the new All American Global Sun oven. There was one at the cook off and it reached a bit higher temperatures than the older models. However, we ended up talking about all types of solar cooking and this led to some good tips on how to best utilize a solar oven.
Paul said that the glass used in the new All American Global Sun Oven is a low iron glass that blocks less of the sun’s rays and is 25% thicker than on the older models. …Read More...
Here is a list of First Aid supplies for your home or BOL. Remember the best first aid kit is only as good as the person using it. Take at least the red Cross Advanced First Aid and CPR courses, but get all the training you can.
Find a good box or bag in which to store the supplies. Keep your supplies cool and dry. Inspect your kit yearly, things like adhesive tape have a shelf life as well as the over the counter medicines. That does not mean that when the shelf life dates shows up you automatically throw out an item, just evaluate it.…Read More...
At the solar cook off there were successes and near failures. I want to write about one of the near failures. This was something I have heard about in the past and have been told that it worked. Now this improsed oven was not a complete failure, I can see some possible uses for it.
A young lady brought a tire and window and attempted to make a solar oven with them. She set the tire on concrete and put an open topped aluminum dish in it filled with potatoes and zucchini. She then placed the window over the top to contain the heat.…Read More...
This last Saturday I had the opportunity to attend a Solar Cook off. The event lasted most of the day. We started cooking at about 10 am and ate a great potluck meal about 4 pm. There was wide variety of foods cooked, roasted chicken, pot roast, vegetables, corn bread, beans and cakes.
This is the third year we have done it and you can notice changes and improvements in the types of ovens. This year about a third of the ovens were Global Sun ovens, the rest were various other commercial and improvised ovens.
While all seemed to work well, the Global Sun Oven outperformed all of the others. …Read More...