How Long Should My Heating Oil Last?

lighting a DIY lamp running on cooking oil

The use of oil to provide in-home heating used to be far more common around America than it is today, though there are still many cities and northern regions that rely on this old standby. Compared to electric heat, oil heating has advantages and disadvantages, but the obvious drawback is that the oil must be … Read more

So How Long Will My Propane Last?

propane tank on property

Propane is a versatile, efficient and all-around good choice of fuel for prepping. Propane is just as suitable for running your furnace, hot water heater and stove at home as it is firing up your grill, keeping your workshop or campsite warm with a portable heater or even operating certain kinds of heavy equipment like … Read more

How Long Does Gasoline Typically Last?

gas canisters

If you are getting ready for the next big emergency, great or small, you will definitely want a good supply of gasoline on hand. But, compared to keeping beans, bullets and bandages stored for a long period of time, gasoline presents more challenges since it can lose its potency while in storage or even become … Read more

Review: Xiaomi 16000mAh Mobile Power Bank

Today’s world offers tremendous capabilities with portable multimedia and communication devices. I hear the argument all the time that “real preppers” should stay away from modern technology. I disagree. These are tools and if available and operational use them to your benefit. Over the past couple years I have used numerous portable power banks to charge … Read more

Homemade Portable Solar Generator

By Dyers Eve I had been thinking of constructing a portable solar generator for some time. I remember seeing a news story on a local company that was marketing a “new” product. It was an 1800 watt portable solar generator with a 100 watt solar panel. I will not link their product here, I do … Read more

Answer from Coleman regarding expiration dates

Heard from several people regarding Coach’s Question on how long canned Coleman fuel will last. Well, The COach had requested info direct from Coleman and finally heard back from them. Here is their response: Question: How long can I store Coleman Fuel in the one (1) gallon cans if the seal is NOT broken and still … Read more

Silencing Small Fueled Engines and Other Considerations

 Everyone knows small gasoline fueled engines are noisy and loud enough that hearing protection should be used when working with or around devices thus powered. Noise pollution is serious, especially in urban areas but little thought is generally given to the racket when out in the country. In a world without rule of law (WROL), … Read more

Energy – An Important Part of Prepping

flexible solar-panel next to bug out bag

Energy, an important part of prepping that usually is forgotten about. It’s something we take for granted right now, but in a SHTF scenario, we all will be thrust into a harsh new reality of a world without the grid. Everyone would like to think they could get by without continued power, and they very … Read more

Fuel from chicken $#@%

In the event of a collapse, water, shelter, food and fuel are the most basic of necessities.  As most of us who have put some thought into this have at least these bare minimums.  A good water supply and a way of filtering a not so good water supply.  A location that provides shelter from … Read more

Affordable Auxiliary Solar Arrays

Affordable Auxiliary Solar Arrays By John from Iowa The first thing to remember is that solar is not cheap! The power is free and sustainable, but it’s costly to get there. A person can spend as much money as they want in that direction. I did not go whole hog on my system, as I … Read more

The Best Rechargeable Batteries for Survival

Rechargeable batteries are not only a great way to save money – but can be a valuable resource in a disaster. Rechargeable batteries, more technically known as “secondary” cells, function similarly to non-rechargeable batteries in regular gadgets but have the advantage of being able to be recharged by direct application of electricity to the battery. This … Read more