Archive for February, 2012

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Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Have you every wondered how circuits work?  Now there is a new online tool that you can use to experiment and play with them, its pretty sweet;

8 home remedies, you probably saw the link on SB.  I know the salt water one works, I have used it

9 Days without power:  Lesson I learned from this, is that people will grow to expect help.  MUCH better to keep your head down and go unnoticed.

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Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

A nice BBC tv series, the Victorian garden;

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Monday, February 27th, 2012

God Hates Thief’s

Water proof matches

Here is a source of Pioneer books, I can see I will be doing some printing this week :)


Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Power is always a concern.  I was looking around the web,a nd I ran across a really great link all about Generators;


Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

So you are going to need heat?  I have been researching this issue now for quite some time, and I have some bad news.  Just about any source of heat that will not require electricity, is going to cost 2 important things, 1) oxygen, and 2) give off CO2.  The point here, is if you are living in an apartment (probably why you are reading this site at all) that you are going to have to have some type of ventilation.  But there is some good news, it is possible.

Firstly lets look at the most obvious, your windows.  These are an obvious choice, but also present some serious drawbacks.  Opening a window breaks down your OPSEC, and this may not be acceptable.  Also, the opening can be so large, or long that controlling the flow of air will be difficult.  At the very least this may need an ‘adapter’ to fit on the window.

The truth is though, that just about everything I could think of would require an adapter of some form.  Recall, that when in the city, your OPSEC is critical.  You should do everything in your power to NOT draw attention to your self; so smoke, light, open windows, are all bad things.  As for ventilation, there are two other options that you may not have considered.  There is a stove vent in the kitchen, and likely a bathroom vent as well.

Here you can be creative.  I would say every situation will be different, and you will have to adapt to your apartment accordingly.  I have had some of these thoughts as far as ventilation (These are all ideas, and NOT vetted, use these at YOUR OWN RISK);

First is to run small piping to one of the vents as an in and out, to bring in air, and exhaust air and connect it as closely as you can to your heat source, perhaps a metal box. Benefits are no construction or damaging your unit.  Drawbacks, this could be complicated, you will have to circulate the air with one way valves, and account for the hot pipe going out to not burn your place down.

Second is using both vents.  Use say the kitchen vent to exhaust, and the bathroom for inlet.  Again, no construction, but you will have to find out how to circulate the air without power.  Then you don’t have to worry about where you place you power source.  This would probably work great with a alcohol stove.

Third is a Toyo heater.  You would have to drill a hole in the outer wall, but this would be a small 6inch hole.  You may be able to prep for this, and then only do the drilling after STHF, or better is to get your apartment landlords permission to added the small outer vent.  See Toyo.  For the money, this is the best option I am considering.  But there is still an issue of what to do with the fuel.

So, now there are some ideas about ventilation, what are you going to use for fuel?  This will impact the ventilation, and all these tie together, so you will again have to analyze your own situation, and adjust.  I will say a few things about fuels though.

Natural gas or propane are some of the more obvious choices.  They will both need ventilation, but also need special storage.  You will not want to store it in your unit, so you will have to find out how to put a tank outside, and get the fuel into the house and to the heater.

Fuel oil may be able to be stored inside in small amounts, but it is still fuel, and caution will need to be taken.  I would store the majority outside some how, and then have a small tank inside (for the Toyo) and refill it daily or nightly.

There is also alcohol.  This will server very small needs, but is probably the safest option, and may be the best way to go if you are only needing heat to last for a day or two.

Outside of ventilation and fuel type, you will also have to choose your heater.  I am not so concerned about that, because there are so many options.  I would answer the first two, ventilation and fuel, and then choose a heater that will fit your situation.  I would also make a fire detector, CO2 detector, and low O2 detector a priority in the choice, possibly bought separately.

One more separate note is a heat sink.  Surrounding you heater by sand, or some other heat absorbing material, can make your heat last much longer, as it will absorb the very hot heat, and release it over a long period.  This will probably require so innovative thinking though.  Add to this some heat shielding, and you can better control your limited heat to heat the unit, and not the walls or useless space.

Anyway, these are my thoughts on this, as heat can be pretty important.  Safety is the primary concern, you don’t want to burn down the building, or die of CO2 poisoning, so you have to be very careful.  Note, I am no expert, so you are taking your own risks, I assume no responsibility.  I couldn’t, as every situation is different.  This article is more to get you thinking about your own heat situation, and give you some ideas to move in the right direction.  If you want an experts advise, seek the fire marshal, they should be able to help you point out any dangers in your specific plans.

Be safe!

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Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Another SurvivalBlog post, I like to keep them for myself, for quick referance, this one is about food preservation

Emm, Mushrooms :)


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Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

I love these kinda links, howto use your natural resources.  today, Survival mom has an article on using Willow bark as a pain killer;

but more important, look at the source.  A little html deciphering and you will find this.  very nice;

Add to my wish list this, equipment review

Some good info and tips specifically for AD’s and warehouse stores

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Monday, February 20th, 2012

Sorry, been out sick, will get back tomorrow


Thursday, February 16th, 2012

So, I have been considering lately again about our garden that we have worked to grow for the last 3 years, and I think I have come to a conclusion that may surprise some of you. While I will continue to garden for the experience and skills that it brings, I am going to change my recommendation that it be a focus for an apartment dweller. An apartment dweller should still garden and expand that skill set, and do what they can, a larger priority should be put in food, storage and a bug out vehicular/trailor.
Why? I would consider my garden extensive for an apartment dweller, with over 300square feet of space. Last year we were very successful as well, lots of green, and produce. But the fact is that it did not come close, not even CLOSE, to meeting our needs. I would say that best case, we got enough Vegas for maybe 6-8 weeks, nothing near our goal of all winter. For that amount of time, four five gallon buckets could store all that food, longer, more and for less time and effort, and only marginally more money.
So while I still recommend apartment dwellers place a significant effort into learning to garden, as a skill you can bring to your community when the time comes, limit your efforts here, and place more emphasis on your other needs.

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Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Gasogene wood fuel

Nothing more really today, but an interesting 150$ greenhouse idea.  I watched it through and found mostly that there is a fencing product call cattle panel, which is thick wire fencing.  I can image a thousand uses for this stuff.