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
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.”
There is a “spirited” debate (pun intended) about whether or not prepping is commanded by God or an affront to Him. My last post, “Misinformation and Prepping” really brought out some responses and name callers (apparently I’m a caveman among other things) that are convinced that prepping is a slap in the Almighty’s face. They almost exclusively use Matthew 6:25; “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear” completely ignoring the dozens of supportive verses like 1 Timothy 5:8, “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.”
Proverbs 6:5-9, “Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand of the hunter, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler. Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler. Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?
Proverbs 23:3, “A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.”
I do not for one second imply that I am a Bible scholar, but certain things are fairly obvious. I have read the entire Good Book twice and have regularly listened to the Word in my shop for over 20 years now, I have first hand knowledge. However, I believe that Matthew is relating to worry, period. One reader wrote that any prepping was unscriptural and my response was; is one can of beans in your cupboard doubting Gods ability to provide? Why do churches have soup kitchens, shouldn’t the pastor just have people show up and pray to be fed? No, they need to have food on hand and prepare it for the guests. The meal is the answer to the prayer.
The one scripture that admonishes us to prepare is so overwhelming one simply cannot overlook it is; 1 Timothy 5:8 and simply says “provide” as in ongoing. If one sees a dearth of “provisions” in the future, does that let us off the hook to provide? Absolutely not. Just as God arraigned for Joseph to save countless lives by prepping for seven years or Noah to save humanity Genesis 6:21 (NIV) “You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them.” The Bible is full of other well known examples, Noah and Joseph who were probably the greatest preppers in history, the three wise men providing for the Holy Family while in exile and many more.
The Bible is rich with stories of Gods deliverance, but it didn’t involve people sitting around waiting for their three hots and a cot.
“For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.” 2 Thessalonians 3:10 (KJV). We are called to work so we can eat,
I bet you that even the critics of prepping don’t just sit around in the morning praying for breakfast, if they were honest, they would remove everything from their cupboards and not worry about what they would eat.
The key to anything is balance, not to be overwhelmed with prepping and forget that God holds our every single heartbeat in his hand. The pre trib and post trib discussion is a moot point, because like my savior said in Matthew; But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
I believe that “A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.” Proverbs 22:3,
My duty is to take care of my “house” lest I become worse that an infidel. Think about it, pray about it and takes the Good Books advice in Matthew when he says
“Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof”, and wow is there enough evil.