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Video DIY Fuel Tabs
Posted by: David - 07-11-2015, 03:04 PM - Forum: DIY - Replies (4)

Another father/son project [Image: smile.gif]

I have an esbit stove. Good piece of gear and useful. The fuel tabs are all over the place in price, I've seen 12 for $6 and I've seen 24 for $4.95 not counting S&H. So figure a single fuel tab is anywhere from 20 cents each up to maybe 50 cents or higher. And the little round ones, the ones we tested today, you'd need several of them to really get the job done i.e. boil water/cook food.

So a little trip through YT land brought up a new project: DIY fuel tabs.

All this entails is;

An empty cartoon of eggs (the paper/cardboard ones)
Melted candle wax
Cotton rounds (or dryer lint or cotton balls etc)

I simply cut the top off the cartoon, put a single cotton round in the bottom of each egg slot, ripped the top into small pieces and put them on top of the cotton rounds, poured melted wax into each slot and then used the little wicks that I got from the tea candles I melted and put one wick in each slot.

We tested it against one fuel tab. The fuel tab burned for 9 minutes, but I think at LEAST two would have been needed and probably three.

The DIY version burned big and bright for 10 minutes. I figure the DIY version is about 3 cents each. I think one would have brought water to a boil.

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Question What have you done this week to forward your 2015 prepping goals?
Posted by: David - 07-11-2015, 02:54 PM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (61)

This week I began prepping two of the earth boxes in my garden.  First I prepped them with Miracle Grow which does a very good job in my garden.  Then I made up a big batch of worm tea from the worm castings I harvested out of my Worm Factory 360

I purchased 100 Federal Low Recoil 00 buck.

Checked all the flashlights (I do this regularly).

Bought a solar powered lantern and a little 2XAAA lantern.

Upgraded to this forum Tongue

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Lightbulb All Bleach is NOT Created Equal!
Posted by: David - 07-11-2015, 02:49 PM - Forum: Resources and reviews - Replies (4)

Good info to know and pass on Smile

All Bleach is NOT Created Equal!

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Question What would we do if the lights went out?
Posted by: David - 07-11-2015, 02:41 PM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (31)

Judge Jeanine: What would we do if the lights went out?

And it really doesn't matter if it was an EMP or a cyber attack on the grid (or a combination), the result is the same. And here's the thing, thanks to the lame-stream media the majority of people don't have a clue about what is going on in their own country. That, and the sheeple/entitlement mentality.

People go, 'an attack on the power grid...what's the power grid? Oh, that could never happen'. And they don't realize that it already has happened on a limited/testing scale. The link I have in my post above is a good example. Only Fox and the Christian stations are picking up on this and trying to get the word out. Think about it, in California last year a group of still unidentified individuals penetrated a power station's security. Then knew exactly where the underground relays were housed. The knew exactly which systems to cut. They knew exactly where to be in the tree line so they would not be on camera. They knew exactly what to fire on and where to cause a failure. They didn't leave boot prints or vehicle prints. Either Bubba and the boys really got lucky on their Friday night bender (no cows to tip over) or this was a concerted probe of the defenses and capabilities of specific power stations and the feasibility to crash them in a very short amount of time.

[/url]NSA Director: Yes, China Can Shut Down Our Power Grids[url=http://www.businessinsider.com/nsa-director-yes-china-can-shut-down-our-power-grids-2014-11#ixzz3Jea4mc9c%3C/a%3E]

It would take a complete idiot with his/her head in the sand to not realize that there are cells in this country waiting for the 'go-order'. I know, I've had breakfast with a former member of one of those cells who is now a good guy.

Funny thing is that the information that directly affects them is available to people if they could just pull themselves away for Dancing with the Stars and the Oscars and the Soap Operas long enough to look....

I've seen other sources/networks picking up on this story. Even the lame-stream media has started to take a little notice. That is encouraging from the stand point of maybe more people waking up to the danger this may poise.

Comment from one person interviewed caught my attention. He said basically that people thing a grid-down event (be it a terrorist attack like an EMP or a natural EMP like what happened back in the 1800's) wouldn't put us back in the 1800's...it would put us back into the 1500's. His reasoning was that they had an infrastructure in the 1800's that worked well for the time, better than earlier in history. But if we suddenly went black, we don't have the same infrastructure in place to deal with it at the level of the 1800's.

Sobering thought.

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Posted by: ghost - 07-11-2015, 02:23 PM - Forum: Camping, hiking, fishing, hunting & trapping - Replies (45)

Any one eles hunt with sling shots

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  Prepping for weather
Posted by: JRSC - 07-11-2015, 01:44 AM - Forum: Camping, hiking, fishing, hunting & trapping - Replies (6)

I've been trying to do some research on how to personally tell the weather. In the scenario where we may be camping, hiking or even be in a survival situation we should be prepped to know some things to look for so that we aren't caught off guard by inclement weather. It could be life saving.

Here's some good sites to learn from 





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  A collection of PDF files and Firearms Manuals
Posted by: Wolfman - 07-11-2015, 12:53 AM - Forum: Manuals - Replies (15)

The webhost i used to host the files on has been sold to another hosting company with the promise to honour previous hosting agreements. Dispite this promise the new hosting company has suspended my account for non payment of fees, dispite the fact with the original host i had payed upto the 12/4/2020.

Anyone got suggestions for a new host? Be bugger if i will pay these lieing thieves.

A collection of PDF files on a wide range of subjects collected from the net and 1900 firearm manuals to kick start the new board.


I am hosting these off my personnal domain so you do not have to deal with those annoying auth boxes and 1 file an hour from the free file hosts. So please no hot linking.

I will add more files as i find them

All credit the original scanner / capper /poster

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Video Worm farms
Posted by: David - 07-10-2015, 09:02 PM - Forum: Gardening & Homesteading - Replies (8)

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  What are you harvesting?
Posted by: Author Raymond Dean White - 07-10-2015, 07:11 PM - Forum: Gardening & Homesteading - Replies (54)

I'm an heirloom, open pollinated gardener striving for sustainability.

I just finished harvesting onions and garlic. I've been harvesting Sweet 100, Black Cherry and Rutger tomatoes, Golden Improved wax beans, Burpless cucumbers, Black Beauty Bush zucchini and two varieties of patty pan squash for weeks, but I'm in NW AZ at an elevation nearing 3700' where we can grow food outdoors year round (though last year I had to put up hoop houses over my raised beds).

My second crop of De Ciccio broccoli looks like it may form heads before the heat causes it to bolt. My second crop of Iceberg head lettuce is beginning to bolt as are my scarlett nantes carrots and Red Russian Kale.

I'm learning how to save seed so I allow different varieties to go to seed and harvest it. Funny how steep the learning curve can be for seed saving and how each type of plant requires a different process. Good stuff to learn though.

Though I'm not harvesting any yet my Blacktail Mountain watermelon, Golden Bantam sweet corn and Charantais cantaloupe are all doing well. Tomorrow or the next day I'll start harvesting New Zealand spinach.

Let us know how your garden is doing and any tips you use to increase productivity. Help us all learn by including, if possible, the specific varieties you are growing.

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  Bottled water?
Posted by: Ronin.45 - 07-10-2015, 07:07 PM - Forum: Water - Replies (12)

My limited preps are geared towards hunkering down during a natural disaster or civil unrest. Either to ride it out or hide from the initial violence. I figure my best bet is to lay low with my ammo food and water. 

My current water setup is pretty simple. I keep a rotating stack of 4-5 cases of bottled water. Each case is 40 16.9oz bottles so just at 5 gallons. If I'm laying low I think 4 bottles a day would do and 2 a day would suffice If I had to stretch it out. 

I think if I decided to bail from my home the bottles would be a good way to transport it as well. 

What do you guys think about this? Any better methods or additional things I should look into?

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