A reader recently sent me links to two instructables regarding a 10 Minute Oil Lamp and Cooking With Three Candle Flames that look like neat (and quick) projects and could be fun to try this weekend with the kids. Enjoy!
We all recognize the importance of communications in an emergency and hopefully most of us have taken steps to address that need. Many articles, in fact have been written stressing the importance of being able to communicate for families trying to locate whereabouts of family members when a disaster hits; group link-ups, caravan coordination and tactical teams out on exploratory missions are examples. Further, effective communications are critical to determine the extent of the disaster or threat and whether buggin’ in or evacuation might be required.
CB, FRS, GMRS and Ham radios have been suggested. And to compliment that two-way
Continue reading COMMUNICATIONS: A Different Side Of The Story by MorrisB
I’ve been into lighting lately. I’ve compared popular lanterns recently, tried my hand at a Crisco candle (and again here) but one thing I haven’t figured out was how to provide expedient long term lighting that could work with my small solar setup. In fact, when I originally attempted my solar setup, I bought two
Continue reading An Expedient Long Term Lighting Option (Easier Than I Thought!)
I decided to revisit the crisco candle that I tried a few weeks back as I was curious about what I could have used from around the house to still use it as a candle yet not have to buy wick and wick holders to do it. So, I tried the following (click image to enlarge):
In the background is the original Crisco can with the wick I had used in the middle. In the foreground are four potential
Continue reading Crisco Candle Revisited (And Attempt at Radiant Candle Heating)
I decided to try make my own Crisco candle the other day. I was surprised at how easy it was to make and, more importantly, how long it seems to last. I actually let the candle burn two separate times for a total of about seven hours and it barely made a dent in the level of the Crisco. Granted, it’s not the brightest of lights but if I can get many dozens of hours out of it, I’m not complaining.
I did choose to use
Continue reading Crisco Candle Success
Just like any purchase you make, you want to buy something that is made up of high quality so that you get the most value from your money. When it comes to buying LED torches or maybe the brightest LED torch in the market, shopping is not picking the first flashlight that looks good and easy on the budget or if it’s “on sale”. In order to end up buying a quality torch, you have to assess your needs first.
Step One: Assessing Your Flashlight Needs
It might seem quite a bit trivial but you have to think about why
Continue reading Guest Post: How to Find Quality LED Torches that Matches Your Needs
I watched a recent YT video from The Lord Humungus that discussed, among other things, the need to be able to communicate with people who literally do not speak your language. That got me to thinking, “Wow! I’ve got a huge hole in my preps!”
Seeing as though English is my native language, everyone I know speaks English, and where I live most people speak English, I didn’t give this topic any
Continue reading Communicating With Those Who Literally Do NOT Speak Your Language
I know flashlights and headlamps are all the rage these days but lanterns should definitely be included in your emergency preparations, maybe even before all other types of lights. After all, the lighting we’re so accustomed to in everyday life is essentially the same as a lantern in that they spread the light in all directions (not focused like a flashlight) and are invaluable to your comfort and normalcy factors of life.
So, the question is: what to get and what are the differences?
Essentially, there are four types of lanterns: liquid-fueled, gas-fueled, battery-powered, and candle-powered. Of course, there are
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I’ve recently heard reports of some residents of the recent Joplin tornadoes complaining that they did not receive tornado warnings when they should have, specifically, their weather radios did not function as expected. Officials assert that alerts went out when they should have. So, who was to blame?
Continue reading 5 Tips to Ensure Your Weather Radio Is Ready to Work for You!
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