Skip to comments.A couple of DIY projects for Preppers
Posted on 10/25/2013 10:10:59 AM PDT by Kartographer
Here's a couple of good DIY projects for preppers.
The Ammo Can I used was for 20mm rounds.
Remove the rubber seal from the cans lid.
Then using the 6 black stove pipe that I had brought as a template I drew a circle about a 1 1/2 from the bottom of the can. I placed a piece of broken tile to mark the distance from the bottom. (I then later used the broken piece as a spacer and pipe support on the inside of the can)
I then drilled hole large enough to fit a metal cutting jigsaw blade on the inside edge of the circle and used my hand held jigsaw to cut out the circle in the front of the can.
I then repeated this procedure and cut the same size circle 6 from the back edge of the cans lid.
I then measured the distance from the can front to where the 6 black stove pipe elbow to the front of the can and the top of the lid and cut the pieces about a inch longer. Place the spacer/support (Note the piece of tile I used as a spacer/support allows you to make sure when you add the insulation the it completely surrounds the firebox. It is the insulation which makes the Rocket Stove efficient.)and assemble the pipe and then mark the pipe off to fit snuggly with tin snips.
I picked up two 8 quart bags of Perlite (http://www.perlite.net/)from the garden center and filled the can. Tamping the can a couple times to make sure all the space was full.
I found the silver face plates) duct connectors in the duck works section of the Home Depot. And used them to connect the pipe. They also helped seal the area around the cut to make sure no Perlite leaks out.
I used some scrap threaded rod pieces to make a grill over the top hole. You may want to look around for a used grill from a old junk gas stove.
You can read about my test run of this stove here:
Heres another good easy project for Freepers. I got the filters and the spigots on EBay.
*Home Made Berkey Water Filter*
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What is Perlite and it’s purpose in this application?
What is the function of the hole in the side and the grate sitting there?
What is the fuel and how do you light it?
Note that if galvanized pipe is used, it will give off very toxic gas when heated sufficiently.
What is Perlite and its purpose in this application?
That’s you Fire box.
You light it in the same way you light any wood stove.
The grate, I used what’s called a mending plate (4”X6”) raise the fuel up and allows air to flow around it making for a more complete burn.
If you go to the links provided you will get a better idea of how it works.
Great stuff Karty ! Thank you SO much !!
The Bride and I have started a new project here at The Bunker: a greenhouse!
The Bride found a PVC greenhouse at Big Lots on clearance. It’s a simple 8’x10’ structure but now that it’s up, we can start taking advantage of the cooler weather to do more outdoor work.
Brainiac has also taken a shine to the new greenhouse. She is already drawing up seed lists, soil content and figuring out space available for vertical plants as well. Florida has unique soil, and we want to take advantage of it.
Perlite is a mineral so it has a very high ignition point. It is mainly used in horticulture as an aggregate in soil to provide aeration...same as vermiculite.
Yes. Blued stove pipe...or if your budget allows, black enameled...should be used. Not galvanized.
Of course, if you can find or afford stainless steel...
Galvanized will burn off, just don’t breath it while it does.
If you do breath it do what welders do, drink some milk.
I bought a “Big Berkey” a few years ago over the net. Many on line companies sell them, just look for the cheapest price based on how many black filters you want in it, two or four.
I would not attempt to make a Berkey - purified water keeps you alive. Frankly, I believe, a homemade Berkey is not possible to eliminate the dangers a professional Berkey does. There is a reason they are No. 1 in the world to purify water. My son is a director of documentary film and has been in the African jungle many times plus the Amazon wading water with Piranha in it, and on the ice cap heading to the north pole and in Siberia in Russia several times, and he has used a Berkey for his film crew in these arm pit countries and none ever got sick from the filthy water in these places.
As backups, I have three Katadyn siphon filters for large amounts of water, not the small bottle Katadyn filter.
Do you want greeneyes to put you on the gardening thread ping list? She starts a new one every Friday. It is a congenial group and we all learn from each other.
Already on it, and taking furious notes, too!
Swiss Man Installs Wood Burning Stove In A Car
Maybe unusually cold winter led Pascal Prokop, a 38-year-old Swiss man, to install a wood burning stove in his 1990 Volvo 240 station wagon.
What exactly is this contraption used for?
Very efficiently burn twigs & small sticks and heat/cook on top of the “chimney”.
Very little smoke or smell.
There are pictures of my garden on the one that started last Friday. Johnny put them on there for me. I think maybe now I can post pictures myself.
If you have read much on there, you know I only started trying to grow plants about last March. Freaking squirrels and birds and insects/crap in the ground killed everything I planted, so I studied and now have a producing container garden and a “net room” in the garden with containers in it so freaking squirrels and birds are out of luck. I have been hoping the squirrels would commit suicide since they can’t get in the net room to destroy my food plants.
Sand is less toxic and gives better insulation than perlite.
Generally cheaper, too.
Don’t cook or breathe over galvanized pipes, either.
Ammo cans can also have lead content that isn’t fit for cooking. Simple discarded tin cans from food items like corn are cheaper and safer to use for building rocket stoves.
If you are welding a rocket stove for cooking, then you must use food safe welds.
Nice clean project.
A few years back I tried a proof of concept model using coffee cans and a yard sale metal bread box. Found some junked computer cases and used the case fan grills for my stove. You can find 200mm (6”) or large ones. Heck of a lot easier install with just 4 sheet metal screws and fewer snag points when moving it.
After having written that, might use one of the heavier steel computer cases for the stove body on the next project.
Found that a pop-rivet tool to be quick and handy for sheet metal work.
Used to be that the recycling center had a computer stack that one could scrounge in. Now that scrounge is a no-no. Some young fellas offered five bucks for case or office size printer. They got chased off. I here I thought that “re-cycling” actually meant that.
You might want to read the article and look at the link, before you ask questions.
Are the pictures showing up? Can you see the pictures I posted? Are the links working? From some of the post I am being to think now of it is working.
Squirrel and Dumplings
2 Bay leaves
1 c Sliced onion
1 c Chopped celery
10 md Carrots; quartered
2 ts Salt
1/2 ts Pepper
1 1/2 c Hot water
2 c Flour
1/2 ts Salt
4 ts Baking powder
3/4 c Milk
Cut 2 squirrels into serving pieces. Place in a kettle and cover with 1 inch of water. Add 2 bay leaves and simmer for 1-1/4 hours, skimming as necessary. Add onions, celery and carrots. Season with salt and pepper. Add 1-1/2 cups hot water and cook 15 minutes longer. Add dumplings. To make dumplings, mix dry ingredients and gradually add milk. Turn dough onto a floured board, roll to 1/2 inch thickness and cut in 3 inch squares. Place on top of ingredients in kettle, cover tightly, and cook 15 minutes. Yield: 4 servings.
Thanks for the squirrel recipe, I’ll copy it as when the SHTF, the squirrels coming into my garden will be no more.
Step 1: Remove all ammo from can.
:-) Just saying.
The advanage of perlite over sand is two fold perlite is much less abbrasive and weights a lot less.
Thanks for the thread.
My preps this week are focused on the local food specials. We had good deals on Canned vegetables, beans, tomatoes-so I bought one or two cases of each all good till sometime in 2015.
Also had good deal on sugar, so I got 24 more lbs.Got some aspirin, olive oil, coffe filters, and hot cocoa - all were on sale.
After that the focus was on bringing in the walnuts, butternuts, and hickory nuts, and persimmons to process for future use. Have a bunch of roasted peanuts that I grew just ready to snack on too. Also found out that the Native American Indians used to boil the hickory nuts to make the oil come to the top, and then skimmed it off for oil.
Just wanted to say I found the info on thermos cooking really great. I had even forgotten you could do this, and had never tried it for much other than instact rice or oatmeal etc.
So I experimented with a macaroni dish that I used to make kinda like the hamburger helper with a dash of chili flavor. It really did cook the macaroni. So fast, and such a quick clean up.
Now I’ll be hunting up all our old thermos jugs too-just to have them handy when the electric goes out-it will greatly expand the choices.
Thanks for the heads up.
I started researching/making medieval hand weapons.
Nasty but affordable to make.
Latest one is a 2 foot long dowel with 6, 6 inch wood screws through it on the end.
imagine the possibilities.
The grate, I used whats called a mending plate (4X6) raise the fuel up and allows air to flow around it making for a more complete burn, but it could easely be cut from a scrap piece of steel mesh.
As noted by other FReepers make sure you do what I did and use black stove pipe, you should ever use gavinized pipe.
“Just wanted to say I found the info on thermos cooking really great.”
I was looking for something in a lower kitchen cabinet yesterday and there were thermoses with wide mouths I bought for thermos cooking. I need to read up on that again. I have the material to read in a folder I made for that and other info.
I had only used it for stuff like oatmeal. Today I made hamburger helper type goulash out of some leftovers I had in the fridge. Left over chili and stewed tomatoes with some macaroni and seasonings.
I really didn’t expect it to work, but it did-quicker than I thought it would.
Basically, you boil water and add it to the thermos to heat it up. Pour out the water and bring to boiling again-maybe even including your other ingredients.
Add back to thermos with the ingredients, put on the lid, shake it to mix it up, and go about your business. I wrapped my thermos in a bath towel, because it was a cheapo, and I figured the insulation wouldn’t be good enough. They advise to lay it on it’s side to cook better.
Very interesting. I looked up the process. I would imagine it would work well for grits, perhaps potatoes if they were cut small. Squash maybe, again cutting it small.
I might have to dig my old traps out so I can try that recipe.
Yes, I think you would definitely cut you veggies and whatever into small uniform pieces. I am going to develop a basic hambgurger helper, chicken and/or Tuna helper seasoning mix to put into a jar.
Then I can work out the amount of veggies and meat etc. for 1 serving as a quick fix for times when it’s just me.
I did this for a couple of muffin mixes. Now when I get an insaitiable craving for muffins, I just mix one up in a measuring cup, and cool it in the microwave for 60 seconds.
No need to heat up the oven for 30 or more minutes. No leftovers to deal with either. Course I do make the stuff other people like from time to time in bigger batches too.
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