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  1. Lets start a topic on this. It has to be something found that you bought and was a good deal. It can be no more than a 2 week old purchase. I love the old stories that we all tell, but lets keep the "I was at the flea market/garage sale 27 years ago and came across....." type stuff out. lol. It must be survivalish related, not a ceramic flower pot you found for an aunt. I'm talking backpacks, bags, fuel lamps, knives, guns, old army stuff, optics, camo clothing, etc. Things that you bought with intent to use at some point. Include pics too if possible. I'm headed out this week to see what I can come up with.
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    My House

    I want you guys to help me get my house a little more bad weather/SHTF/off grid/pick your poison ready. It's 8 years old and we've been in it for 7 years. It's all electric. I've been contemplating alternative heat sources not only to help cut costs, but for obvious reasons. I don't really have a good spot to put a pellet stove so I've been thinking about outside heat. Sure it's a pain in the ass to go out in the cold and keep a fire going, but I don't mind. I've got a friend that sells and installs outside water/wood stoves. I've also thought about maybe adding propane just for emergencies. Heat is the most important to me at the moment.
  3. Get a load of this. So my best friends kids have been sick off and on lately. His wife has taken at least 1 of the kids to a local doctors office or clinic quite a bit lately. On 2 different occasions at 2 different clinics not related to each other, they have asked her if there are firearms in the household. WTF????? My buddy is supposed to be calling to complain today. What relevance does that even have and who even needs to know that?
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    firestarters experiment

    I use cotton balls and petroleum jelly.
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    My House

    There's a couple on Craigslist here for around $100 I thought about picking up. I know I need to insulate above the garage to help retain heat, but I'm burning up a lot of electricity running these electric heaters, plus it's taking away amperage for using tools and such. I figure that even without insulating the ceiling, a barrel stove would produce a ton more heat than the 2 or 3 heaters I use.
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    firestarters experiment

    Sweet!!! My dad lives in southern Alabama so i may see if he can gather me some.
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    My House

    How effective are barrel stoves? I do a lot of work in my garage on lightbars and stuff and it's hard to heat it with all of my little electric heaters. I've thought about getting or building a barrel stove to heat my 2 car garage with.
  8. And this is exactly my concern. Center mass would've been a better target. What concerns me is how many criminals, including this fella, will now think that they are invincible or bulletproof and get a little braver on their endeavors?
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    The Doctors Office Asking Questions?????

    I had the same discussion the other night with my wife after hearing about my friends wife's experience. I told her if anyone asks her to tell them that it's none of their concern and if they don't like that then they can call me.
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    Flea Market/Garage Sale Finds

    Well done Danm!!!! I picked up a 1lb Coleman fuel cylinder full for $2.50 and a Turner what looks like an LP5 for $10 the other day. Today, I went to a flea market near work that I had forgot was there and picked up an oil lamp full of oil and a good amount of wick left for $16. They had a lot of good stuff there so I'll definitely swing back by tomorrow on my lunch break.
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    My House

    How much electricity do those pumps need? I could run it off of solar or wind power. couldn't I?
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    My House

    I like the idea of using it to cook/heat water, etc., but I just really don't have a place to put it. I guess it could go in the back corner of the living room, but that really cuts down on my already cramped living room space and thats also the only good place for the TV. Hmmmmm.
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    My House

    One of my ex-girlfriends parents used one. I can't remember her dad feeding it more than once or twice a day. It would be the easiest for me due to not really having a place to put a stove indoors.
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    Alternative Lighting

    Thanks for the info!!!! A guy i work with was just telling me that he thought you can get a valve to fill them with. I may go to the gas station this week and grab a 20lb cylinder. Cool deal!!!!
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    Alternative Lighting

    So I'm finally back into prepping again. lol. My house is all electric. I've been looking for some old oil lamps, but man they want a fortune at the flea markets. I was in one the other day and picked up a full Coleman 1lb propane cylinder and a Turner LP5 for $12.50. I thought that was a pretty good deal. What do you guys use? Where can I get mantles and such for this lantern? Will the standard Coleman mantles and stuff from Wal-Mart work?
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    The hopeful bov/new home

    Looks great!!!!!
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    Alternative Lighting

    I've been thinking about a wind mill of some sort for power. I've got a buddy that deals in those Northstar batteries and i thought about building a system.
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    Alternative Lighting

    They look like the typical little white mantles used in the Coleman stuff. I wasn't sure if they're the same or not. We have a lot of candles too. Can you refill the 1lb cylinders?
  19. Sadly, the AL Jazeera news group is one of the most un-biased news groups on the planet. Way more neutral and informative than anything you'll see that's U.S. based. They don't spin stuff towards either side. They just report it.
  20. I finally got around to packing my ALICE pack full. I also stopped by a flea market the other day while I was out picking up a used gun cabinet and picked up a 1lb Coleman propane cylinder that was full for $2.50 and a single mantle propane lantern that turns out to be a Turner LP5 I think for $10.
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    The Colony

    Has anyone ever watched it? I've not seen season 1, but I watched season 2 and the wife and I loved it. They've finished casting for season 3, but thats all the info I can find about season 3. It's been almost 2 years since season 2 was out. I like the show. They come up with some neat ideas and it's about as real as it's going to get besides the real thing.
  22. Jerry, if you need something let me know. I'm not far from you I don't think. Desert Marine, your land is only 2 1/2 hours from me.
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    I bought these for duty boots for when I'm at the fire station. Mine are the same without the composite toe. Jason at Fort Barnes here in Missouri is having a 1st of the month sale today on milsurp cold weather boots. You might call him and see about shipping.
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    Looking for a long range hunting rifle

    No love for the 30-06??? I recently picked up an 06 in a trade. I've got some 220 grain rounds for it too. I couldn't see why that would work, but then again I'm not very gun savvy. I'd love a Saiga. My 30-06 is a Western Field M78 and I have a Mossberg 100 ATR in .308 also. Both I would think would be good for large game.