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Posted by Carl Burrows on October 13, 2008, 4:57 pm
Recent financial events and increasing domestic natural disasters have made
family preparedness and survival even more important.

It's in our best interest as a Nation to be prepared for anything and become
less reliant on the grid for all our needs. However, the scope of living
more independent is a very complex topic.

So we have created a forum to discuss all the aspects of preparedness living
and survival.

Prepared Society - http://www.preparedsociety.com/

So please join to learn and help others understand all the needs they might
face and how to solve them before the time is now.

Posted by Vaughn Simon on October 13, 2008, 5:42 pm

   I think everyone should START with a minimum of 30 days food in their home.
...and that 30 days is for good times; in today's world, more would be a better
idea.   This need not be a financal burden to do.  Gradually increase your
normal stock of canned goods as sales and your pocketbook allow.  Fill a sealed
5-gallon bucket or two with cheap dry stores (Rice, black beans etc..  Later,
add some canned meats a can or two at a time as you see them on sale.  The dry
stores will probably last forever, but you need to watch the dates on your
canned goods and rotate.

   Your first and most simple "homepower" consideration is probably making
provisions for cooking without grid power.  Do you have a side burner on your
BBQ? Extra tank of fuel?  Other possibilities are a hotplate & generator, camp
stove, or a Sterno stove.

   Thanks spammer, but we don't need your lame forum, we can discuss right here.


Posted by Jim Wilkins on October 14, 2008, 12:41 pm
 On Oct 13, 3:30pm, n...@picaxe.us wrote:

My back isn't quite that bad yet but a high-school sports injury and a
few motorcycle crashes etc haven't helped it.

I lift the logs to about waist height with a tripod of chain link
fence posts and a lever chain lift, then stand straight upright to cut
them to firewood length. If my back is really bad that day I let the
cutoffs fall into a wheelbarrow or the trailer so I don't have to bend
down to pick them up. I made two folding sawbucks to put under the
raised log so I only have to lift it once with the hoist. Without all
this I can't cut for more than half an hour.

Posted by news on October 14, 2008, 2:23 pm
 On Tue, 14 Oct 2008 05:41:54 -0700 (PDT), Jim Wilkins

Thanks.  I've saved that in the "burning wood" folder on my laptop.


Posted by Jim Wilkins on October 15, 2008, 12:27 pm
It's hard for me to get to as well since I cut the easy stuff long
ago. I use a garden tractor and a narrow trailer to get as close as
possible on flat ground and haul the cut-up firewood to it in a
wheelbarrow after throwing it down the hillside. Short pieces will
roll a long ways end-over-end and even jump over fallen trees.

The tripod works just about anywhere although the sawbucks are useless
on a steep hillside. It lets me raise the log high enough to stand on
the safer uphill side to cut it up.

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