Rocket stoves are in my opinion, the absolute best prepper stove available today. They use multiple fuels, and if you use wood, they use about 5% (or less) of the wood it would take on an open fire. When properly stoked, they boil water rapidly, and can cook big meals. A single 2×4 could cook many meals, Because the concentrated flame hits the bottom of the pan they cook fast, (over 500 degrees F) yet the flame can be adjusted with the fuel size and quantity. They are beginning to get popular, and there a several stoves now available. The biggest problem I have heard of has been is addressed in this video.
When a snowstorm took out our power last week, I needed to come up with some simple but effective lights for a neighbor. After scrounging through my shop I ended up with a simple light that took just a few minutes to make, even without power, and ended up liking them so much I’ve since made several more just to have around. With the parts available on EBay for a little over $10.00 (or most of them easily scrounged) you can have a really nice light that will offer enough light to do chores and even read, and with a simple LED bulb change will act as a night light, providing sufficient light until dawn. Watch a short video to see how to make this lantern HERE
Whether you have 100 acres in the country or a small corner lot in the city, WTSHTF, you will still need to know when someone is trespassing or taking your property. The Mini Sentry trip wire .22 blank alarm can be used on multiple items and large areas, pastures, fences, gates, vehicles, trailers and small items like saws, tools, cabinets and even several items with one Mini Sentry. When you are sound asleep and hear the crack of the high powered load, the bad guys will know that you know. No more element of surprise.
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Murphy’s Law is simple, if something’s going to break, it will do so at the most inopportune place and time. If you live in the country, you probably have things like mowers, tractors, and other equipment that requires an occasional weld. You might also need to do some light fabrication or field repair as well. Imagine an inexpensive easy to build stick welder that works in all positions and welds light gage sheet metal and with multiple passes, thicker stock. A battery operated welder is easy to build from scrounged parts, and I used small computer backup batteries, but with car batteries, it would have enough power to do some serious projects. Take a minute and check out the video HERE
After doing the video on my homemade rocket stove, I received numerous calls asking where people could buy one. Unfortunately at that time, it was just not available. However, now it is. This is a large stove that will do all the cooking you will need to at camp, picnics, during power outages or WTSHTF. It is affordable, all steel and comes with a lifetime warranty. Check out the video HERE
Preppers should take advantage of technology. One example is in the lighting arena. LED’s are constantly being improved to the point that some flashlights put out 10 times what an incandescent bulb does and runs longer as well.
Right up there with the big one’s; Water, Food, Shelter is lighting. People neglect this incredibly important prep, and if the SHTF, there will be a lot of preppers (and citizens) that will regret not having enough light.
I have dozens of LED flashlight and each new one is usually an improvement so I am hard to impress. Color me impressed, Ryobi just put a 20 Watt hybrid super bright LED lantern on the market and it is a preppers dream. This beast is a retina searing, high output rechargeable flood lamp that looks like stadium lighting. Check it out HERE
It’s hard not to get dispirited when you look at how far downhill this great country has gone. We are seeing not just the unraveling of societal fabric, but the very shredding of it, much like a flag in a hurricane. The family unit is no longer, the God given institution of marriage has been redefined by godless judges, removing the very necessary cornerstone of a civil society.
Right now, things are quiet, so to speak, perhaps because we have been lulled into a false sense of passivity. Gas prices are down, Ebola hasn’t taken off, the government says the economy is looking up and the Dow is setting record after record. But while it might look like things are settling down, I firmly believe it is simply the eye of the storm.
Now I have no insight into what will happen tomorrow any more than I know what will happen in 3 years. In fact I wrote an article two years ago about how time was growing short, and the need to prep was critical. Well, here it is two years later and TSHasn’tHTF. We need to remember that the powers that are in charge of this slow motion train wreck have a lot of creative manipulations and “fixes” as well as trillions of our dollars to create the illusion of improvement when in fact, things have never been more volatile.
Things that would have had us up in arms as a nation are now so commonplace that we are jaded and desensitized. Imagine what Reagan’s response to the beheading of an American would have been? How about to the mass slaughter of Christians? We tolerate things we can’t change like the government and companies spying, a clear violation of our rights, yet what can we do?
Well, I believe we are about to enter the eyewall of this hurricane we have been riding out for years, and here is why: This past election was staggering in terms of turnover, yet the old guard republicans will more than likely squander this great opportunity to change things for the better. John Boehner and his cohorts are feckless politicians, lacking the courage, integrity and grit to do the right thing.
Does anyone honestly think they will reign in the spying, taxes, inflation, Obamacare, the abuse of power or decimation of our constitutional rights? Once a government implements a program, it is almost impossible to rescind it. They like the money and the power.
There is light at the end of the tunnel, however, and it isn’t another train. Americans are waking up. Preppers used to be considered fringe and a sort of pariah, yet the recent wave of storms, civil unrest, fires, droughts and countless other catastrophes have shown even the skeptics that a little prepping could go a long way.
As to what tomorrow, or next week or next year brings, I can say with almost absolute certainty that the people in power will not willingly give it up. The greedy will continue in their avarice, the voyeurs will continue to spy and those that abuse power will continue to abuse it. Ecclesiastes sums it up; “there is nothing new under the sun”.
However as we all know, it will reach “critical mass” at some point, whether it is in the form of a market meltdown, hyperinflation, Global rioting, famine, egregious abuse of power or a political scandal that calls for pitchforks and torches, possibly all of the above.
Until it hits the tipping point, you have time to continue to prep, physically, mentally and spiritually, and when we do enter the other side of the hurricane, remember Matthew 7:25 and be like the wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 “The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.”