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Posted on 03/24/2012 7:59:33 PM PDT by Kartographer
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Ok, I am a total Nooob when it comes to this, what is this for?
Sorry for being so ignorant as to have to ask..... :/
It’s a cook stove that burns just about anything (leaves, scraps of wood, twigs even dried grass) and works very efficiently on very little fuel:
I’m planning a ten day solo backpacking trip this summer and decided to buy a PowerFilm USB AA Solar Panel Charger from Amazon.com.
I received my “Pathfinder Hunting System” (read: slingbow) this week.
Kinda spendy, but I put together the DIY version and it never lived up to its potential.
It's an excellent use for an old ammo can.
General short and long term survival tips, self-sufficiency and preparedness. It’s like the discussion board on survivalblog.com or thesurvivalmom.com if they had discussion boards.
It’s an excellent use for an old ammo can.
I know this sounds weird but you would have had to know my beloved husband to understand. He died 2 years ago and I use a new ammo can for his urn. I know he would approve. No flowery vases for him.
We were given several boxes of 1200 calorie emergency food bars similar to these. http://www.amazon.com/Mainstay-Emergency-Food-Rations-Calorie/dp/B003SDZD80
They expired this month, but we’re storing them in a cool dark and dry place. I think they still have useful life ahead of them. They are vacuum foil packed. If nothing else, they could be used for barter.
Now THAT is an outstanding idea !!
They are the grill ,for setting the pot on
But I'll settle for an old beat up one with a seal that still works. ;)
Something I wanted to bring up in case some of you have forgotten to do this: shred any old no-longer-important or investment/money related documents you might have around the house.
You may know they’re no longer pertinent, but you shouldn’t leave them around as a magnet for thieves.
Waiting for my fire brick press from amazon. me n the kids are going to put all those stacked newspapers to work. free fuel.
Kind of grill to keep the pot/skillet from completely blocking the heat exhaust.
Kart, aren’t you the handy man! That’s cool!
Thanks to NTHockey, I’ve been researching the opposite end of cooking - keeping our foods cooled. The Zeer is basically two clay pots placed one inside the other with wet sand sandwiched between and the inner pot covered. The wet sand evaporates keeping the inner pot cool. It works in Africa so it should work here.
I then ran across another evaporation unit originating from Australia called a Coolgardie Safe that uses burlap (they call it hessian cloth) to draw water up and as the wind blows keeps the inside of your container cool.
The Zeer is very simple but there’s not much info out there on the Coolgardie Safe. I’m still wondering why they recommend putting the Zeer on the rooftop. Sure, it’d be windier there but the sun’s heat would be horenous. Surely setting the Zeer in the shade would be better? Any thoughts?
What is the "Prelite" material you used to insulate?
I checked the original instructions at "Bear Ridge Ammo Can Rocket Stove" and Googled "Prelite" but didn't come up with an answer.
Nice job, Kartographer.
Does anyone know of a good place to buy food-grade plastic one gallon or 5 gallon containers for storing water?
Thanks in advance for any help.
We’ve purchased containers through this company and were very happy with their products.
They are out of Lima Ohio and are a Christian company.
Hope you find what you’re looking for!
As for our preps this week. We bought more peanut butter (can’t have enough!!) and some other items for our food stores. We bought large bags of shredded cheese and are drying them in our dehydrator in order to make powdered cheese. Taking a lot longer than we anticipated. Still tweaking our method. Had to add paper toweling to absorb some of the oil.
Nice! Even a little grill on top!
Darn ammo cans are getting hard to find. I went through a large gun show recently and not a single one out for sale. Couldn’t hardly give them away five years ago.
>> “We bought more peanut butter (cant have enough!!)” <<
Do you realize that peanut butter can go rancid very quickly?
It should be wrapped in foil, and stored in a basement, or in the crawlspace under your floor to keep it cool and away from light.
>>Im still wondering why they recommend putting the Zeer on the rooftop. Sure, itd be windier there but the suns heat would be horenous. Surely setting the Zeer in the shade would be better? Any thoughts?<<
Everything I’ve read says to put the zeer in a cool, dry area, preferably the shade. Of course, finding shade in the Sahara is a fool’s errand. And they are used there, so it must work.
Too Cool! It looks like it is built out of an old ammo box!
What kind of paint do they use on those ammo cans? Does it smoke or peel? If so, is it safe to breathe or to make contact with your food?
I purchased a couple of the Swiss Army Volcano stoves. I wasn’t very impressed. They’d billed it as “use anything to start and continue a fire. Will boil water in under 5 minutes.”
It took quite a bit of tinkering to get a fire started. I couldn’t get it started with leaves and small twigs (the draft burned the leaves out too fast to catch the twigs) and had to cheat and use newspaper.
Once I had it going, it still took between 10-15 minutes to boil a small pot of water.
That's a novel use for an ammo can. If you keep it in a dry place, it'll last forever though.
Do you use the smaller ammo’s cans or the larger ones?I will keep a look out for you..I might know some places..then we can barter..etc...saw a portable Ham radio for $100..looks like 2 meter is the place to be for us beginners..
Nice work there K.
Thank you! We do keep our stores in our fruit cellar in the basement, coolest spot in the house. It has solid cinderblock walls with no windows. Only shortcoming is the lack of a good sturdy door!
We stored up previously for Y2K and then hubby lost his job. That peanut butter got us through 2.5 years of unemployment.
Perlite is an amorphous volcanic glass that has a relatively high water content, typically formed by the hydration of obsidian. It occurs naturally and has the unusual property of greatly expanding when heated sufficiently. It is an industrial mineral and a commercial product useful for its light weight after processing.
You can find it in most garden departments. Almost seems like small pieces of foam like a cooler is made of.
It’s built out of a 20mm ammo can.
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Boy, I don’t know. I’ve only seen one size so didn’t know there are others. I’ll measure it tomorrow and you can tell me if they’re large or small. So are you getting that Ham radio??
Shred ‘em and then use them in the rocket stove!
Thanks, ODC-GIRL! Much appreciated.
Wow, if true I need to stock up on Crisco not candles. One can is suppose to last 45 days!
“...Just pull out a tub of shortening, put a piece of string in the middle, and light it up. Not only will it burn, it'll last for 45 daysenough to get you through a zombie apocalypse or two...”
PING! Post #41
Folks, the scary part was that Crisco’s ORIGINAL INTENT was to be lamp/candle fuel, and not for eating.
Colonists used Betty Lamps to burn lard or other animal fat. There is no reason vegetable oil or shortening would not work as well. Some had lids; some were double called nested Betty Lamps which put the oil in the top part and caught the drippings in the bottom. You can sometimes find these at antique shows.
Take one metal button (do not use plastic for obvious reasons) one square of fabric (cotton works best) one small bowl or plate and one mirror.
Fill the bowl with grease of your choice, even Vaseline will do but don't use Vick's vapor rub :) rub square of fabric with grease, tie fabric around button, sink cloth wrapped button into grease, light. You have a small portable light. Put the mirror behind it to enhance the light.
I’m thinking a tuna can or cat food can would sub for a Betty Lamp. Crimp one side for the wick and cover with the lid. Not substantial like cast iron but might work in an emergency.
Interesting. Please, update us on your tweaks.
I probably already have all the candles I'll ever use. But, I do have Crisco in my prepper supplies too.
My mother used to make the best tasting buttermilk biscuits in the world using Crisco shortening.
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