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  1. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I'm not talking about ghetto heating, rather using a clothes dryer as a wood burning heater in an off-grid SHTF situation. I inspected the inside of my dryer and it looks to be all-metal other than a few plastic and rubber bits I can remove. The metal seems a bit flimsy so I'm not sure it...
  2. DIY - Do It Yourself
    Here are some videos of the stove I build and currently have installed in an insulated semi trailer. Describes my design and how it works/how a rocket stove works in general https://youtu.be/p_OctZ3fYts Build video also with a bunch of burn and test footage with links in the description to...
  3. DIY - Do It Yourself
    I am looking for efficient ways to have an alternative to a propane boiler in my house. I live in a cold climate. We recently moved to a place with only propane heat. It uses a boiler and radiators throughout the house. The former owner had a forced air wood burning stove in the basement, but...
  4. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    As I was reviewing my cooking and heating setups this winter, I couldn't help but think that I would be in a compromising position with smoke coming from my chimney, the smell of cooking food wafting through the air, etc in a shtf situation. Grills, propane, canned fuel and campstoves only...
  5. Ladies Section
    I'm wondering how many other Northerners we have here, who need to be able to cope with VERY VERY few light hours in the winter in combo with extreme cold temps (below freezing for months). Are there any other in this forum who are working to resolve the "what will you do without electricity...
  6. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Would love any suggestions/advice about my logistical planning problem: - I've never really stored up any home-canned goods, but plan on doing so & keeping in closet under finished basement stairs (coolest, darkest, least disturbed place in house that doesn't experience temp changes like garage...
  7. Ladies Section
    A BIG Thanks to my mom (r.i.p. mom) for living for "someday" packing away a little fuel for emergencies Save some dry wood cut into small pieces in old recycled jars. Pat down to pack it or carefully pack it from the top using a hammer to further break pieces so more will fit. You could also...
  8. Urban Survival
    I have recently installed a wood burning stove. My goal here was twofold: One – have an alternate heat source “just in case”, and two – reduce my natural gas bill during the winter. Unfortunately my income has been limited for awhile. I would like to have a new plus 90 furnace and new double...
  9. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Home heating with fireplace heat exchanger Every winter we use the fireplace a lot. We burn about 7 chord of wood. After a few winters of really expensive heating bills I was looking for a way to harness the heat from the fireplace and better heat the house. I have included photos of the...
  10. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    DIY Laundry Detergent Recipe Not sure where to post this link ... this website is full of ideas. www.thesimpledollar.com/2007/03/15/how-to-make-your-own-laundry-detergent-and-save-big-money/
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