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by Maast
Tue Dec 29, 2015 4:06 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Where to Hide Out
Replies: 21
Views: 2381

Re: Where to Hide Out

Evan the Diplomat wrote: There are no zombies, there probably never will be.
Ragers however, sooner or later somebody is going to make a rager virus. Just to see if they can.
by Maast
Wed Nov 25, 2015 2:37 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: 20lbs of protein/carbohydrates from 50lbs of grass in 5 days
Replies: 38
Views: 2897

Re: 20lbs of protein/carbohydrates from 50lbs of grass in 5

Nutritional yeast is tasty stuff. Kind of a cheesy flavor. Good on popcorn. I am curious about this. Have you ever done this, or is it a hypothetical? What you're describing is more or less the basic process for enzymatic cellulosic ethanol. Was not aware of any successful implementations on anythi...
by Maast
Mon Nov 23, 2015 8:51 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: 20lbs of protein/carbohydrates from 50lbs of grass in 5 days
Replies: 38
Views: 2897

Re: 20lbs of protein/carbohydrates from 50lbs of grass in 5

azrancher wrote: Do you get ethanol, or methanol?
Out of grass you get almost zero methanol, methanol is produced in mashes that have a lot of pectinic protein, like apples or other fruit. And even at that its only a trace amount.

You'd consume more methanol eating an apple.
by Maast
Mon Nov 23, 2015 3:14 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: 20lbs of protein/carbohydrates from 50lbs of grass in 5 days
Replies: 38
Views: 2897

20lbs of protein/carbohydrates from 50lbs of grass in 5 days

Nutritional yeast. Its 18% carbs, 11% fats, and 71% protein - its just about the perfect food. And it evidently tastes pretty good too - kind of nutty from what I'm reading. It'd be a hell of a supplement to a preppers food supplies, in a (severe) pinch maybe even the primary source of nutrition. La...
by Maast
Sat Nov 21, 2015 4:04 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Monotube boiler for steam direct injection to heat water
Replies: 10
Views: 1049

Re: Monotube boiler for steam direct injection to heat water

Using a tube system to capture the heat from the burner and transfer it to another container is effectively increasing the surface area for the heat transfer from flame to working fluid, but it's relative efficiency vs. a direct flame still would depend on a lot of factors. That is to say, 40% more...
by Maast
Sat Nov 21, 2015 1:46 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Monotube boiler for steam direct injection to heat water
Replies: 10
Views: 1049

Re: Monotube boiler for steam direct injection to heat water

It's been planned as a direct injection system all along, that way I recover all energy used in its original phase change to steam. I got the idea from the beer brewers and then looked into steam engine boilers. Its a good point about scale build up where the water boils into steam. Our water is fai...
by Maast
Fri Nov 20, 2015 2:55 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Monotube boiler for steam direct injection to heat water
Replies: 10
Views: 1049

Monotube boiler for steam direct injection to heat water

This is a duplicate post of one I made elsewhere, I haven't been posting much here lately because I've been busy building and installing a 55 gallon fuel ethanol still (even have my fed permit) I thought the potential of using direct injection of steam into water to heat it up fast and efficiently u...
by Maast
Sat Oct 03, 2015 12:25 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Adding variety to long term storage food preps
Replies: 13
Views: 1725

Re: Adding variety to long term storage food preps

Thanks for the links, some good stuff there. Also I'll look into how long ghee lasts if it's in a completely metal can that's been purged of oxygen and has a water content below 8% it should last 20+ years at least. The DAK hams are a good idea, I've got a case of red feather butter and a case of th...
by Maast
Fri Oct 02, 2015 1:57 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Adding variety to long term storage food preps
Replies: 13
Views: 1725

Re: Adding variety to long term storage food preps

The list might sound like a lot, but considering it has to feed 15 people it's really not (a source of moderate anxiety for me). That's why I've focused on bulk calories up until now. The goal is enough to feed 15 people for 18 months so its been bulk calories and vitamins (5 gallons). Oils/fats, I ...
by Maast
Thu Oct 01, 2015 7:37 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Adding variety to long term storage food preps
Replies: 13
Views: 1725

Adding variety to long term storage food preps

I'd like to hear your ideas for adding variety to my long term storage food preps. This is for AFTER we've already burned through the rotating canned goods "ready reserve" and are at the "endless kettle of stew" stage. Wet canned goods suck, they take up WAY too much room for the amount of nutrition...
by Maast
Wed Sep 30, 2015 5:16 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Solar powered watch
Replies: 33
Views: 4237

Re: Solar powered watch

I dunno, I disagree - even in a post-SHTF world I think timekeeping will still be important.

I'm thinking things like guard post schedules, alarms to wake up, timing of meetups, etc.
by Maast
Fri Sep 25, 2015 1:17 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Boat vs Plane - What would you choose?
Replies: 33
Views: 3234

Re: Boat vs Plane - What would you choose?

A boat - hands down. A boat is transportation, shelter, and storage all in one. A largish (24-28 feet) boat for SHTF get-aways doesn't even need to be expensive. You can find fiberglass boats with blown I/O motors and/or sterndrives for under a grand or free for the hauling. Just remove the motor/st...
by Maast
Fri Sep 25, 2015 12:23 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Solar powered watch
Replies: 33
Views: 4237

Solar powered watch

This might be old news but I just discovered (and bought) a casio solar powered watch. It was more expensive than my usual $20 timex watches - which I usually destroy within a year or two. If this one makes it past 5 years I've made my money back. And it looks a hell of a lot better than my usual cr...
by Maast
Sun Aug 09, 2015 8:46 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: New CME computer model video
Replies: 6
Views: 789

Re: New CME computer model video

A CME doesn't do anything to individual electronics, what it does is induce HUGE currents in the power lines and cooks whatever is plugged into the electrical grid along with the grid itself and its supporting transformers.
by Maast
Sun Aug 09, 2015 8:29 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Crawlspace temps suitable for being a root cellar?
Replies: 3
Views: 650

Crawlspace temps suitable for being a root cellar?

A couple years ago I dug out a large portion of my crawlspace, since then I've been tracking my crawlspace temps for over a year, on the coldest day (17 degrees) it was 40 degrees down there, on the hottest (95) it was 69. This is in spite of all the vents along the perimeter - which I don't want to...
by Maast
Thu Aug 06, 2015 9:51 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: When the one year supply runs out . . . .
Replies: 68
Views: 5523

Re: When the one year supply runs out . . . .

Unless you're already sitting on an acre or more of arable land with an easy water source I only see one way to grow enough food for a family of 4 or more: Aquaponics Aquaponics is when you use a combination of growing fish in a tank and using the effluent from the tank to nourish crops hydroponics-...
by Maast
Tue Aug 04, 2015 1:39 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: The Really Big One - PNW Earthquake
Replies: 51
Views: 6457

Re: The Really Big One - PNW Earthquake

Or perhaps, this would be more expensive but I love taking cues from nature for this sort of thing, round and limpet shaped Good idea, but that'd be tough to do that shape for the average homeowner. I know I'd have a rough time doing it and I've poured LOTS of concrete over the years. Anybody can d...
by Maast
Mon Aug 03, 2015 2:18 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: The Really Big One - PNW Earthquake
Replies: 51
Views: 6457

Re: The Really Big One - PNW Earthquake

If you're caught in the wave the debris will grind you into hamburger whether you've got a floatation vest on or not. After looking at the debris piles of the Japanese tsunami not much of it looks like its higher than 8 feet or so. You'd need to survive the wave coming in and then going back out and...
by Maast
Thu Jul 16, 2015 8:58 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: The Really Big One - PNW Earthquake
Replies: 51
Views: 6457

Re: The Really Big One - PNW Earthquake

Now that my attention has been caught (I knew the Cascadia fault existed, but had no idea of the sheer extent of the danger) I've been looking into it - turns out there's a lot of existing research on it. The inner Puget Sound (think Seattle and points south) isn't in much danger from the primary oc...
by Maast
Tue Jul 14, 2015 8:02 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: The Really Big One - PNW Earthquake
Replies: 51
Views: 6457

Re: The Really Big One - PNW Earthquake

Excellent article, since I live in the affected region this really caught my eye: "...estimates that in the I-5 corridor it will take between one and three months after the earthquake to restore electricity, a month to a year to restore drinking water and sewer service, six months to a year to resto...
by Maast
Sat Jul 11, 2015 8:29 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: PAW YouTube Library
Replies: 12
Views: 2214

Re: PAW YouTube Library

Some basics, some of which are a lot harder than you'd think (I know, I've tried).

Making cordage
Brain and vegetable tanning leather
Cloth making
Making soap
Felling and turning trees into lumber with only hand tools
Construction without modern fasteners
Smoking/dehydrating meat
by Maast
Wed Jun 24, 2015 8:12 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Intermittent fasting as a way of extending rations
Replies: 17
Views: 1477

Re: Intermittent fasting as a way of extending rations

What does "normally" entail, calorically? To make a WAG at it, 2000 to 3000 calories daily. I'm not sedentary, at all, especially lately and do 2-5 hours of hard physical labor almost daily - then I go to work. However I have the typical American crap diet, way too many carbs and not enough veggies...
by Maast
Wed Jun 24, 2015 5:50 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Intermittent fasting as a way of extending rations
Replies: 17
Views: 1477

Intermittent fasting as a way of extending rations

I've been doing a 5/2 intermittent fasting for 6+ months now; 2 non-consecutive days during the week I only get 500 calories (which I usually eat in 1 meal @ 4PM ish). On the non-fast days I eat normally. The most surprising thing is that on my fast days I dont get very hungry, and when I do its onl...
by Maast
Sat Jun 13, 2015 6:39 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Everyone with a gasoline powered backup generator, follow me
Replies: 54
Views: 4569

Re: Everyone with a gasoline powered backup generator, follo

Heh, I would love to, but it's a gas water heater....

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