Capt Rob

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  1. Today I completed inventoring my food preps. I designed an Excel spreadsheet in which I entered all of my items. Each item has a size, quantity, and most importantly a "use by" date. Now I can easily sort the database by the use date and see what needs to be replaced or used soon. When you have a larder that can sustain you and your family for many, many months it is quite possible to loose track of everything.
  2. 1. Put away another 25 lbs. each of pinto beans and rice - there was a sale at Krogers. 2. Put away 10 cans of mixed fruit. 3. Put away 5 cans of spam – wife won’t touch it now but I’m betting she'll scarf it down if faced with starvation. 4. Put away 5 pounds of dry pasta - another Krogers sale. 5. Continued conversion of one of my horse run-ins to a chicken coop. Plan to move 4 week old chicks from brooder box I built into new coop in a week. 6. Planned out the garden for planting - but still have to wait that final frost.
  3. Last night, while the Mrs and I were enjoying the warmth of the crackling of the wood in the fireplace, I had to go outside and bring in enough wood for a few more hours of blissful comfort. Unfortunately, it was snowing and miserably cold. After getting another adult beverage and resituated in my easy chair I started thinking that it sure would be nice to have a propane gas stove where, with just a push of a button, I get instant enjoyment. I've got a 1000 lb tank out back so hooking up a gas stove shouldn't be difficult. Then the prepper in me came out. If some sort of catastophic event occurred and I couldn't get propane tank refills I would be up the creek. I've got many, many acres of trees so I've got a sustainable fuel source for heating. It just isn't convenient and I'm not getting any younger. So I was thinking maybe someone makes a gas stove insert (or free-standing) that can be easily converted to wood burning. That way I can have my convenience now and still be able to burn wood if the unimaginable happened and civilization as we know it can to an end. Has anyone out there on the Forum heard of a gas stove insert that can also support wood burning? Appreciate any leads.
  4. Partsman: Excellent recommendation. Have done a little research and believe that a portable propane infrared heater will soon become part of my back-up home heating solution. The heat pump remains my primary source with the propane heater supplemented with the wood fireplace (or stove) would be my secondary/emergency sources. Thanks for the recommendation.
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    You Tube

    Some of my favorites that I subscribe to are the following: Wranglerstar Yankeeprepper southernprepper1 sigma3survivalschool wildernessoutfitters Bushcraft412 engineer775 homesteadprepper
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    rain water collection

    I have 3 55gallon rain barrels positioned on a platform about 4 feet off the ground. Rainwater from the metal roof fills these barrels. I then pipe the water to a Berkey Imperial Water Purifier. The Berkey has two Black Berkey filters and two PF-2 Flouride filters and can purify up to 5.5 gallons/hour. I've been doing this for nearly four years now and have never had any problems. Here in Central KY there hasn't been a shortage of rain. Plan B to to pull water directly from a fast flowing creek on the property using a hand pump and double Berkey filter the water. In my opinion the Berkey water is much better tasting than the County water and probably safer too.
  7. I've looked everywhere here in central KY and am unable to find anything other than shotgun ammo. I'm trying to find 22 LR and 9mm ammo (any manufacturer) and there is nothing available. I'm getting concerned that something really big is brewing.
  8. I just finished reviewing the President's plan to reduce gun-related incidents. Whether or not you agree with any part of his plan it concerns me that central to his plan is the protection of children. When the federal government starts spouting about removing or curtailing freedoms for the sake of the "children" it is import to remember this: "The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation. " -Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler, Publ. Houghton Miflin, 1943, Page 403 Draw your own conclusions.
  9. When the government starts spouting about removing or curtailing freedoms for the sake of the "children" remember this: "The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation. " -Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler, Publ. Houghton Miflin, 1943, Page 403
  10. oregonchick: I just checked and I have 287 books of fiction, 114 reference books, and 36 PDF files (titles, CCL, deeds, passports, etc.) on my Kindle Touch. From the looks of it I think I still have enough memory to just about double that amount.
  11. Texas Bill: Your list of books is great. I've added every one of them to my reading list. These add'l books should keep me occupied for a while. I've been out of touch 'cause Uncle Sam had me out "practicing" many of my survival skills far, far from home. When I upgraded my Kindle to the Kindle Fire I took my older Kindle Touch and put it into a specially built Faraday Cage. The Kindle Touch has copies all of my fiction, non-fiction, and important papers in PDF format. Although I do have hard-copies of many of my books, there are just too many of them to keep as hard-copy. I pray that I never have to confirm that the Faraday Cage worked. And yes, I also have a way to charge it that is also protected in a separate cage. workquick (Terry): Thoughly enjoyed Tough Man, Annie Higgins and A Bunker Christmas. Look forward to reading Oddities. Look forward to a full length novel (600+ pages) some day.
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    Prepper Communities

    jerry: You may want to visit APN's site at http://americanpreppersnetwork.net/viewforum.php?f=36. Although I haven't checked personally it appears that a majority of the States are covered. Who knows -- your State and local area may be covered.
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    Doomsday Toilet

    Wolfe: Excellent points. I actually learned something today. I'm really glad that I have a septic system on my farm.Thanks a lot.
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    Prepper Communities

    Exit: Although not a prepper community I belong to and participate with the Kentucky Preppers Network (zone 6). KPN is part of the American Preppers Network. We are a bunch of like-minded individuals interested in prepping, survivalism, minimalism, and homesteading. We meet at a public location (normally a restaurant) once a week to discuss various topics. We try to stay gray. None of us are on a first name basis with one another that I'm aware of (we use our avatar names - e.g., Capt Rob, USMC93, Big John); none of us know where the others live; none of us know to what level we are actually prepped. It's a good way for us to exchange information, experiences, ideas and learn about what's happening in our area related to prepper-topics. For example, at the last get-together I learned of a beef farmer who was culling part of his herd due to rising grain prices and was selling beef at $2.80/pound. That was a good deal and it helped me to learn more about canning meat as I "beefed" up my prepper pantry. I'm sure there are risks with meeting face-to-face with one another but the benefits seem to have outweighed the risks so far.
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    Doomsday Toilet

    Dangerwolf: I assume when you refer to being "holed up in a suburban setting" you mean being holed up in a house or office. If that is the case, then I believe that the majority of sewage systems providing sanitary waste removal capability in the US are gravity fed systems. That includes city sewage systems, septic systems, and outhouses. Modern toilets are activated by pouring water (flushing) down them. Therefore, it seems to me that if you have an existing water flushing toilet in your BOL then in a SHTF scenario where you are unable to leave your home or facility all you need to do is manually pour about 2 gallons of water into the bowl and activate the flush. Actually any kind of fluid (rain water, gray water, urine) could be used to flush a toilet. If your suburban setting is more of a rural setting and you have to hole up in a primitive cabin or cave then you may have to depend upon a similar system that NavyVet_77 refers to or the classic 5 gallon bucket and plastic sealable bags.
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    Prepper websites/forums

    I probably should have responded many weeks ago to this trend, but just in case there may be a prepper out there still looking for good prepping sites I've gone back to my Favorites list and copied the links to several sites you may be interested in. Here they are: http://www.americanpreppersnetwork.net/ http://www.backpackgeartest.org/ http://www.backwoodshome.com/ http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/index.php http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/Default.aspx http://empactamerica.org/ http://www.cmi-gold-silver.com/ http://lynncoins.com/jsilv.htm http://laylowsbunker.com/ http://www.ldspreppers.com/forum.php http://modernsurvivalblog.com/ http://www.shtfblog.com/ http://survivalcache.com/ http://www.fieldandstream.com/gear http://www.survivalblog.com/ http://www.thesurvivalistblog.net/ http://www.survivalistboards.com/index.php http://www.survivalist.info/index.html http://www.digital-topo-maps.com/ http://www.woodsmonkey.com/ http://www.self-sufficient-farm-living.com/ There are many, many intructional videos out there on You Tube that deal with just about any subject you can think of. If anyone is interested I can also provide links to several of those sights that I have found to be quite useful as I continue my preps for the future.
  17. I went back to my Kindle library and pulled out these "prepper fiction" books that I have read. Some are better than others. All have interesting scenarios that I have used to help me prep. Enjoy. Mountain Man Blackmore, Keith C Safari (Mountain Man Book 2) Blackmore, Keith C Last Light (Restoration Novel, A) Blackstock, Terri Night Light (Restoration Novel, A) Blackstock, Terri True Light (Restoration Novel, A) Blackstock, Terri Half Past Midnight Brackett, Jeff Grid Down Reality Bites Bruce Buckshot Hemming, Freeman, Sara After the Storm Book 1 "Menotomy" Chase, Don The Old Man and the Wasteland Cole, Nick TEOTWAWKI: Beacon's Story Craig, David Collision Course Crawford, David Lights Out Crawford, David Then Came War (America's Demise) Druga, Jacqueline Torn Druga, Jacqueline The Walk Goldberg, Lee A Tale of Two Preppers Gregersen, Susan Back Across The Pond Gregersen, Susan Apocalypse Law Grit, John Apocalypse Law 2 Grit, John Apocalypse Law 3 Grit, John Feathers on the Wings of Love and Hate 2: Call Me Timucua Grit, John Feathers on the Wings of Love and Hate: Let the Gun Speak Grit, John Wanted Halstead, Jason What So Proudly We Hailed Howard, James The Collapse Jeff Stanfield After London Or, Wild England Jefferies, Richard After the Flash: A Tag Stevens Novel Madsen, Jr The Next Tomorrow: A Tag Stevens Novel Madsen, JR Eternity Road McDevitt, Jack Terawatt Michaels, Des Holding Their Own Nobody, Joe Holding Their Own II: The Independents Nobody, Joe Holding Their Own III: Pedestals of Ash Nobody, Joe American Apocalypse III: Migration Nova American Apocalypse IV: Rescue nova American Apocalypse Wastelands Nova American Apocalypse: The Collapse Begins Nova The Long Earth Pratchett, Terry, Baxter, Stephen Patriots: Surviving the Coming Collapse Rawles, James Wesley Survivors Rawles, James Wesley Founders Rawles, James Wesley, The Seventh Race Reich, Roy Collapse (New America-Book One) Stephenson, Richard A Distant Eden Tackitt, Lloyd Adrian's War (A Distant Eden) Tackitt, Lloyd A Place Beyond The Map Thews, Samuel Crossroad of Shadows Turnlund, Michael S. Dark Grid (The Dark Grid Series) Waldron, David C. On the Road: Book Two (Life After War) White, Angela Safe Haven: Book Three (Life After War) White, Angela The Survivors: Book One (Life After War) White, Angela Yesterday's Gone: Episode 13 (the post-apocalyptic serial thriller) Wright, David, Platt, Sean
  18. The Classico brand of spaghetti sauce comes in jars that appear to be Mason jars. Can anyone out there confirm that these are real Mason jars and that they can be saved and reused as canning jars in both hot-water bath canning and in pressure canning? I've been saving them for some time now with the intent of reusing the empties for canning meats and vegetables. Thanks.
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    Using spaghetti sauce jars as canning jars

    juzcallmesnake: thanks for the quick reply; it appears that the small mouth canning lids fit on the Classico jars. Good point about the thickness of the glass jar; if too thin it could break while in the pressure canner. If I don't get some confirmation from forum members that the jars are safe (or unsafe) to use I guess I might just try two or three with some cheap vegetables and see what happens.
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    'Bout time I introduced myself....

    intothewild: welcome aboard from KY; I look forward to your inquiries and fresh ideas.
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    gun bans

    Cheaper Than Dirt has caved to the liberal left.
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    What Percentage will make it?

    Please understand that because I'm a Kentuckian I'm somewhat biased as to what I believe will be the population impacts from the SHTF event. I believe that when the SHTF the large population centers of this country will be decimated. I wouldn't be surprised to see upwards of 75% - 80% population reduction within 3 months or less. The suburban and rural (i.e. farmland) areas around the large cities will probably suffer around a 50% loss mostly due to the refugees from the cities. I would expext a mass exodus of refugees from the Northeast all migrating down the eastern seaboard to the Southwest. Unfortunately, there is going to be a huge influx (I mean millions) of people coming from all directions into Texas. The Lonestar State is generally considered warmer, has a lot of room and has a reputation. It'll be a natural magnet for refugees. On the other hand, a whole lot of people in the USA see Kentucky as being a backward state filled with rednecks, ridgerunners, and close cousins. It's a fable that those of us who are Kentuckians have more or less encouraged. I believe that after the SHTF the majority of refugees will actually bypass Kentucky because they believe there is nothing here for them. Kentucky is also blessed to have West Virginia, Virginia, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Tennessee, and Ohio as buffer states around it. It is because of the incorrect assumption that we are backwards and because we have buffered borders that I believe Kentucky may only see a 20 - 25% loss of population. Of course, this is a biased opinion. The only fact is that Kentucky has the greatest college basketball program in the country - Go Cats! Fair winds y'all.
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    Good to have in your shelves.

    Great ideas for using cornmeal. Will definitely increase my storge amount. Thanks for the ideas. What a great forum!
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    Do You Really Need A "BOB" or 72 Hour Kit?

    What could be worse than trying to survive 3 days with just a knife? I'm guessing that days 4, 5, 6, and 7 could be a whole lot worse. It seems to me that too much emphasis is placed on simply surviving and not enough time is placed on thriving. My family's 72-hr BOBs are specifically designed with that in mind. They are not equipped for an individual per se but as an integral part of a larger entity. In my case that's my family. For some it might be a group of like-minded close friends or a community. If a 3-day catastrophe were ever to strike our plan is to be prepared to such a degree that we have hope and are smiling on the fourth day and able to invite the guy with just his knife in for light refreshements and casual conversation.
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    first thing you would buy for a bug out bag

    Since the question was "What's the first thing you'd buy for a BOB?" I have to assume you already have a bag. Since it's a BOB and not a GHB it would seem to me that having topo maps of the surrounding area would be useful. No sense getting a water filter if you don't know where the creek is.