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DIY Solar Water Heater

Last week I posted this solar water heater using glow plugs video and, while an interesting idea, it’s not very useful when it comes to making the best use of a precious resource: off-grid electricity. With that in mind, I thought it would be useful to show a different idea of how to heat water […]

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DIY Solar Water Heater Using Glow Plugs?

Although there’s no verbal explanation given as the video plays, I think I generally get the idea: Use two glow plugs like a hot water heating element to generate a constant current using a small solar panel and battery. And, while it’s a relatively small water barrel–I’m guessing 15 gallons–he was able to get the […]

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Buried Shipping Containers – So Many Problems!

I’ve long been interested in doing some sort of underground shelter, but never bothered in large part because I have no idea what I’m doing. Besides, it’s a rather expensive prepping project, so I’d hate to get it wrong and waste a bunch of money or, worse, endanger my family. As DIY projects go, burying […]

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Disaster Planning Food / Water Skills / Knowledge Warmth / Shelter / Cooling

How to Prepare by Geographical Region

This was not the apocalypse we were expecting, but all things considered, it could be worse. While it might still be hard to get your hands on toilet paper and Lysol these days, that doesn’t mean you should neglect your survival prep, no matter where you live or how you’re impacted by the current crisis.  […]

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Still Think You Can Live in a Bunker?

How long has it been now that we’ve been in official lockdown here in Washington state, maybe two weeks? I think we’ve been trying to stay home for at least three weeks and, if I’m being honest, I’m going stir crazy! My wife stayed home over the weekend and was getting fidgety even though she […]

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Off Grid Ammo Box DIY Heater Build

Well this is an interesting idea, transforming an ammo box, mason jar (not necessary), some copper coil, and a few odds and ends into a DIY heater using the principles of thermal siphoning. After some trial and error he got the portable heater to work great! Use it to heat water passively or as a […]

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$15 DIY Yeti Cooler Clone: Save Hundreds Making Your Own!

Have you thought about buying a really good cooler, such as this Yeti Tundra cooler, for an upcoming camping trip or general preparedness? Well, maybe you shouldn’t, at least, not until you watch the following two videos because, as it turns out, you might be able to make your own “Yeti cooler clone” for MUCH […]

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Bug Out / Wilderness Disaster Planning Equipment / Supplies Warmth / Shelter / Cooling

4 Cold-Weather SHTF Evacuation Preps

“Hope for the best, plan for the worst,” is a well-known adage in disaster-prepping circles, and when it comes to weather conditions, bugging out in the cold presents unique challenges. If you’ve ever lived where the winter brings foul weather then you’ll understand that as things get a little more complicated when it’s both cold […]

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Outdoor Wood Burner Boiler for Entire Home Heating and Hot Water

I must be into heating ideas lately because it’s cold out as this outdoor wood burner video caught my eye. Personally, it feels like overkill for most people, but if you can afford the time–and possibly the expense–of getting all the firewood ready, this might be a good solution. In this video he discusses the […]

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$10 Easy DIY Tent Heater Build

What a neat way to heat your tent in the winter using little more than a single metal (clean) paint can and a 3″ furnace pipe! Toss in some carriage bolts for legs and a bit of scrap material and you’re all set. He says it took him about twenty minutes to build; just be […]