Energy, Fire, and Electricity

This category covers all energy, fire and electricity.

  • The Dakota Firepit: Concentrated And Efficient

    When I saw the first Hunger Games movie I was fascinated by the role campfires play in your success or demise in a survival situation. At the end of the movie one girl gets killed because the career tributes find her by the light of her night time fire. You also see the main character, Katniss Everdeen, quickly make a small daytime fire and extinguishing it quickly, using leaves to cover any tracks she might have left. It left me with one big question: Why didn't she build a concealed...
  • Storing Solar Power on the Go

    The world we live in today is very dependent upon wireless devices. Even if you yourself are hesitant to rely on such things, their prevalence in society cannot be disputed. Nearly everyone you see on the street will have a cell phone and many of the vehicles on the road today have some sort of GPS device. These are just a couple of the tools upon which we have to come to depend, but something we need even more than the devices themselves is the power to, well, power them. It is convenient...
  • Off Grid Electricity: Not as Cheap as You May Think...

    Paying that electricity bill every month sure is the pits. As summer looms and the temperatures rise, it is going to get even higher if you are one to enjoy the benefits of air conditioning as many of us are. With temperatures already hovering in or near to the 80's in the southern states, it is only a matter of time before the rest of the country joins us in warmth and we watch together as temperatures soar. It is, of course, possible to live without air conditioning. Growing up as a kid...
  • Save Your Ash: Survival Uses for Charcoal

    Like many of the modern conveniences that will be left behind after the SHTF, the ability to cook on gas or electric stove top or in an oven it something that will likely be missed. Depending on your set up, you may have continued operation of a gas stove for quite some time provided you have a full propane tank to fuel it. Electric stoves, however, will be a thing of the past when the power grid goes, forcing you to move on to alternative means of food preparation. Although certain foods...
  • Portable DIY Rocket Stove

    Ahhhhhh, the Rocket Stove. What more can I say, well actually quite a bit. The key elements of the rocket stove are the L-shape design, insulation of the main chamber, and the Fire Triangle . That is it. With the hundreds of plans, video's, websites, etc. out there talking about rocket stoves, I decided to give it a go and build one, or actually 3. The first two were prototypes or to be honest, what I like to call my trial and error attempts. I have seen several designs both large and...
  1. Storing Solar Power on the Go

    The world we live in today is very dependent upon wireless devices. Even if you yourself are hesitant to rely on such things, their prevalence in society cannot be disputed. Nearly everyone you see on the street will have a cell phone and many of the vehicles on the road today have some sort of GPS device. These are just a couple of the tools upon which we have to come to depend, but something we need even more than the devices themselves is the power to, well, power them. It is convenient...
  2. Save Your Ash: Survival Uses for Charcoal

    Like many of the modern conveniences that will be left behind after the SHTF, the ability to cook on gas or electric stove top or in an oven it something that will likely be missed. Depending on your set up, you may have continued operation of a gas stove for quite some time provided you have a full propane tank to fuel it. Electric stoves, however, will be a thing of the past when the power grid goes, forcing you to move on to alternative means of food preparation. Although certain foods...
  3. Turning Paper Waste Into Firebricks

    In this current day and age, we live in a very consumer driven society. Items you buy often come in multiple layers of excessive packaging that goes on to clutter up landfills. We buy, use, and throw away, with limited numbers of people who think in terms of reusing, recycling, or repurposing. As much of a problem as waste is in our modern world, it seems logical that more effort be made to control it or, even better, to embrace its survival advantages. Photo: Lonestar Farmstead Take paper...
  4. Portable DIY Rocket Stove

    Ahhhhhh, the Rocket Stove. What more can I say, well actually quite a bit. The key elements of the rocket stove are the L-shape design, insulation of the main chamber, and the Fire Triangle . That is it. With the hundreds of plans, video's, websites, etc. out there talking about rocket stoves, I decided to give it a go and build one, or actually 3. The first two were prototypes or to be honest, what I like to call my trial and error attempts. I have seen several designs both large and...
  5. Off Grid Electricity: Not as Cheap as You May Think...

    Paying that electricity bill every month sure is the pits. As summer looms and the temperatures rise, it is going to get even higher if you are one to enjoy the benefits of air conditioning as many of us are. With temperatures already hovering in or near to the 80's in the southern states, it is only a matter of time before the rest of the country joins us in warmth and we watch together as temperatures soar. It is, of course, possible to live without air conditioning. Growing up as a kid...
  6. A Closer Look at Wetfire Tinder Cubes

    Many times over we have discussed the importance of being able to build a reliable fire. Be it for warmth or food preparation, having a heat source will at many times prove invaluable to you. While there are a lot of ways to start a fire and keep it going, there will come a time when rain is present and you will be faced with challenges in starting and maintaining a fire. Since rain naturally douses fires, it is an obstacle in the burning of one in most cases. However, there is an exception...
  7. The Dakota Firepit: Concentrated And Efficient

    When I saw the first Hunger Games movie I was fascinated by the role campfires play in your success or demise in a survival situation. At the end of the movie one girl gets killed because the career tributes find her by the light of her night time fire. You also see the main character, Katniss Everdeen, quickly make a small daytime fire and extinguishing it quickly, using leaves to cover any tracks she might have left. It left me with one big question: Why didn't she build a concealed...
  8. Making Charcoal

    I used to make and sell charcoal at the farmers market. I'd seen it made as a kid. This is something anyone can do, very simple. It's not a new process, retorts have been used for hundreds of years. This was a prepping project. I thought this would be a necessary skill to have. I always try to figure a way to earn cash from my projects. People who bought my charcoal were paying me to improve my method and gain experience. Charcoal, I can cook without flames, filter water, it has medicinal...
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