When I went out to do a quarterly run up on my genset, I was a little concerned when it blew thick blue smoke out the exhaust and literally obscured the entire area. After figuring out the gas had been left on, and the float leaked raw fuel into the carb and down into the crankcase, I changed the oil, and decided to see if it was a good time to attempt to convert it to propane. The benefits of propane are manifold. It has no shelf life, burns clean and doubles or triples the life of the engine, and doesn’t need to be poured and on and on.
I had been saving scrounged parts for years and pulled them altogether for this project and was really pleased with how well it went together. The end result was far better than I had imagined, and all bout 2 1/2 hours. I want to add this caveat: I am only showing you how I did mine. If you google gas to LPG conversion kit, you can buy an easy to install kit online.
After reading a preparedness blogger talk about the need to stock up with tons of batteries, It got me thinking about how most preppers are in the same boat, and the answer was really simple, get rechargeable batteries, and have an off grid charger. WTSHTF, everyone will need batteries for lanterns, flashlights, electronics and on and on. I had an AIMS 30 Watt panel from another project, as well as a 3 amp charge controller, 50 cal. ammo box, and a good 7AH battery. I had a new NIMH charger from Energizer and when I looked at the power supply on the charger, was pleasantly surprised that it was 12VDC. To see a short video on the finished product, go HERE. After installing the battery in the .50 cal ammo can, I did the wiring. (simply follow the directions on the controller) MORE
Technology has really been good for Preppers. In addition to super Bright, long lasting LED lights and lanterns to motion detectors and other electronic gadgets, Preppers should really take advantage of what technology has to offer them, and rechargeable batteries are no different. NIMH or Nickel Metal Hydride batteries are fantastic for prepping, they can be recharged hundreds of times, and don’t have any memory issues. In addition, with a few tricks of the trade, you can use affordable AA batteries in devices that require C and D sizes. See how easy it is to make an AA to C adapter, and Charge your batteries with the sun, HERE
Most serious preppers can see the value in certain items that many people can’t. Take the mrbeams wireless motion sensing LED floodlights. After spending a Saturday evening and $35.00 making a battery operated motion sensing security light as a prototype for several I needed around here, I was surfing for some parts and stumbled upon the ultimate prepper OPSEC light. The mrbeams uses “D” batteries, lasting up to a year, and only stays on for 20 seconds unless it detects motion which will cause another 20 second cycle. Imagine being able to put motion sensitive lighting on your house and property, that allows you to see whether it is friend or foe that is setting it off. Bad guys hate light, and will usually scatter like cockroaches when they are exposed to it. Please take a few minutes and see why I am so excited about this product. It is one of the best OPSEC items to come along. Plus, they are giving preppers a whopping 33% discount off already reasonable prices. To watch the video go HERE, or go to mrbeams.com and use the code GODFATHERPREP for some really fantastic prices on some amazing motion activated security lights. Please put the word out as well, the code is for ALL preppers.
We burn wood, and as such do a lot of splitting. One way I’ve found to increase the life of my handles is a simple and free trick that only takes a few minutes. Here’s a short video on how to get the most out of your wood splitting equipment. HERE
I was at the local hardware store today, just wandering around looking for off-the-shelf preps, when a pair of interior/exterior LED motion sensing lights for 16 bucks and change caught my eye. The Mr. Beams MB723 Battery-Powered Motion-Sensing LED Stick-Anywhere Nightlight won’t burn your retinas, but they do put out an amazing amount of light, enough for security and safety purposes. The surface mount LED puts out 10 lumens, runs 40 hours of four AA batteries, and the motion sensor has a light sensor that only turns it on when it is dark and only when motion is detected. The motion sensor detects up to 15 feet and turns off after 30 seconds of no motion. After buying four of them, I put them up and am really pleased with them, what’s not to like? for a short video, go HERE
Mr. Beams also has some great LED motion spots that run off four “D” batteries and are also a terrific security/safety addition to any preppers arsenal.
Rocket stoves are impressive. Now while mine aren’t insulated, they still put out a tremendous amount of heat, more than enough to cook some serious meals. My son-in-law liked the big stove so much, we decided to make him a smaller version out of 3″ square tubing and it works like a dream. Watch the video HERE to see it in action.