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  1. Look around- I think Northern Tool,and others sell a kit to turn your barrel into a woodstove-they work pretty damn well-I grew up in Mich.,and we all used them to heat shops,cabins,etc.


    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.

  2. I warned my wife not to tell ANYONE that we have firearms. Or that were prepping in general. As far as Im concerned its no ones business. Im all for helping some family if and when the time comes but they dont need to know the extent of my supplies.


    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.

  3. 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.

  4. I am not a fan of the outside wood boiler units. First, no matter how well insulated they are, there is energy lost from the structure itself and from the underground piping. Second, you still need electric for the pumps required.


    I would advise adding a wood stove surrounded on three sides by stone or masonary. You get heat from the stove, the stove pipe, and long lasting heat from the mass of the stone/masonary. Plus, with a good wood stove, you can at least heat water on it if not do some basic cooking. A good wood stove, like the blaze king, can bank a fire up to 20 hours.




    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.

  5. Excelent!!!

    The use of a outside boiler is NOT that bad!!!

    My next door neighbor has one..It cut his heat bill by over 90 %....only uses the elecrtical to push the water through the system..

    He has a "Box" that was put in the air handler..Like a radiator...ALL his heat comes from it...


    His home was built in the 50s and is not that energy efficient...

    I helped him gather wood all summer,from friends that had trees down,waste,or old decaying stuff no one wanted..


    He only FEEDS it twice a day and burns EVERYTHING...Does not need to be Cured,he burnes fresh cut wood that is not even 4 months off the ground..

    We even burned some trash in it/he has the kind to burn coal...But its getting harded to get even here in WV..


    GO for it..

    use the system you have and add wall radiators to every room as you can afford..

  Im saving for one myself..


    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.

  6. Yes, you can. There is a little valve you can buy for a couple bucks that will let you refill from a 20 lb tank. It is easy.


    I recently switched over to Peerless mantles. They seem to hold up better than the Coleman's and don't get those little holes when you burn them off like many Coleman's do.


    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!!!!

  7. 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.

  8. Our whole house is electric also we use 12V DC current powered by 1.5K watt solar panels and 600watt wind turbine and a large battery bank. We used a CFB and LED lights. I do have some candles for emergency if it every comes down to it. Oh we also do have a 4.5K watt generator for back-up as well. Cooking and heating is done with propane.


    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.

  9. 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?

  10. 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?

  11. 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.


  12. 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.

  13. Old thread revival! So I never have done anything with that Lynx I bought. Mainly for the same reason that I haven't been around here. Time. So a few weeks ago I got into the hunting/survival mood again (I'm blaming the cool weather and winter coming) and I decided that I'm going hunting this year. Just so happens a few days ago a left handed 2010 Martin Bengal came up on Craigslist fairly cheap so I bought it. I think it's a good upgrade to the Martin Lynx I have. I work a few blocks away from one of the best archery shops in the area or so my bow hunting friends tell me so i think I'll drop it by and have it fitted to me and do some learning. Here's a pic of the Bengal.