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by Maast
Mon Jul 14, 2014 9:47 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: GLBT issues in the PAW
Replies: 137
Views: 9622

Re: GLBT issues in the PAW

C'mon, really? Every day is straight day. if 5% of people are gay, give them a week and a parade every year and be glad they like to share their fun. Anyone repressing their intolerance would be lucky to have gay this and gay that for only 6 out of 365 days. I on the other hand enjoy my fellow huma...
by Maast
Sun Jul 13, 2014 9:30 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Vacuum dessicating food
Replies: 3
Views: 618

Re: Vacuum dessicating food

According to the video if there are lots of sugars it needs to go down to -35 to better maintain the cellular structure. He did that using dry ice in a denatured alcohol bath that he put his flask in. He then used a "cold trap" to freeze the drawn-off moisture before it got to the pump - but he used...
by Maast
Sun Jul 13, 2014 2:13 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: GLBT issues in the PAW
Replies: 137
Views: 9622

Re: GLBT issues in the PAW

I'd like to speak up here from the perspective of your average guy. I simply dont care if you're gay, lesbian, transgender or whatever. I might briefly stare because your appearance is non-standard and thus somewhat interesting, kind of like I do if I see somebody with a purple spiked mohawk, but th...
by Maast
Sun Jul 13, 2014 1:12 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Vacuum dessicating food
Replies: 3
Views: 618

Vacuum dessicating food

As a result of a home project I now have a good quality vacuum pump that'll pull down to 10pascals/75microns/29.95HG. Thats a pretty hard vacuum. Has anybody ever used a vacuum chamber like a "Vac-it Pro" vacuum chamber to dessicate food? I'd think it'd produce something very close to commercially m...
by Maast
Thu Jul 10, 2014 9:59 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Best Bets for Food: More Calories, Less Hassle
Replies: 58
Views: 14140

Re: Best Bets for Food: More Calories, Less Hassle

My all-star favorite for most nutrition/calories you can eat straight out of a can is Roast Beef Hash. 760 calories in each 425 gram can that's roughly balanced with 1/3rd carbs, 1/3rd fat and 1/3rd protein. And according to Hormel it doesn't have an expiration date, just the usual "best by" date, a...
by Maast
Wed Jun 18, 2014 4:20 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: y2
Replies: 4
Views: 750

Re: y2

Of note, you can rehydrate and cook dried beans MUCH faster in a pressure cooker - even old "hard seeds". An hour, maybe two from start to finish. Saves a heck of a lot of fuel.
by Maast
Fri Jun 13, 2014 4:32 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Short-term or Long-term home power outage comfort preps.
Replies: 1
Views: 737

Re: Short-term or Long-term home power outage comfort preps.

The backflow preventer is a good idea and we've talked about them here a bit before. The solar shower sucks - I've tried one for the boat and you'd be better off with a two liter bottle with small holes poked in the lid. I can't find the link right now but the best low-tech shower I've come across h...
by Maast
Thu May 29, 2014 4:04 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Check my mini solar setup? Recommendations?
Replies: 12
Views: 1048

Re: Check my mini solar setup? Recommendations?

You're paying too much for the solar panel. If you go to Sunelec.com and get the CHAORI 280 watt panel for $193.00 it'll only cost you about 70 cents per watt, the panel you're thinking of is about two bucks a watt. Plus 280 watts will give you some real power to use, not a 50W trickle. Keep in mind...
by Maast
Mon Mar 17, 2014 10:36 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Are you prepped for a national power outage?
Replies: 77
Views: 9040

Re: Are you prepped for a national power outage?

Holy shit those are expensive. I was looking into using some of those to power my pusher fans when I get the property I am looking at. But at $600+/70w........ that is..... insane..... 400/70 = 5.7 * 600 = $3420. That is a LOT of money to put into something that is a 400w MAX output system. What do...
by Maast
Sun Mar 16, 2014 1:35 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Are you prepped for a national power outage?
Replies: 77
Views: 9040

Re: Are you prepped for a national power outage?

Any more information on the 400w woodstove? Similar to this, just bigger and also liquid cooled. Building it myself from individual high temp TEG assemblies. It's next on the build list after I finish the fuel ethanol still. http://www.tegmart.com/thermoelectric-generator-products/devil-watt-70w-mo...
by Maast
Sat Mar 15, 2014 2:03 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Are you prepped for a national power outage?
Replies: 77
Views: 9040

Re: Are you prepped for a national power outage?

For a local power outage? Our setup will keep us going ~180 days at 70% of our current power use; the freezer stays frozen, the lights stay on, the fridge stays cold, we wash dishes in the dishwasher and do laundry in the washing machine. 6 months is my outside estimate for repair to even catastroph...
by Maast
Fri Mar 14, 2014 8:52 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Are you prepped for a national power outage?
Replies: 77
Views: 9040

Re: Are you prepped for a national power outage?

I have enough diesel stored that my biggest concern is the durability of my diesel genset. I need to get a backup smaller one, but the good quality/durable ones cost a good bit and I have many other financial irons in the fire, not the least of which is buying a (1 yr old) TDI powered Audi A3 - the ...
by Maast
Mon Mar 03, 2014 4:56 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Group size, Standardization and Friend/Foe indicators.
Replies: 17
Views: 2231

Re: Group size, Standardization and Friend/Foe indicators.

I see as per your avatar info you're in the Willamette Valley, I was born in PDX and lived up and down the valley in various townships growing up. The Willamette valley is very well known for being a very productive "farm central". Your biggest problem isnt the neighboring town, or even the next one...
by Maast
Fri Feb 28, 2014 9:02 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: What's your Dream-Come-True SHTF Water Source?
Replies: 2
Views: 1259

Re: What's your Dream-Come-True SHTF Water Source?

A year round stream with decent flow (2-6 feet across) with a 20 foot drop that isn't a flood hazard to something important. Would enable me to irrigate, produce power, and via a ram pump (an interial non-powered pump) move the water 40 feet up to provide water pressure via gravity.
by Maast
Mon Feb 17, 2014 3:30 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Hiding Valuables from Looters and Burglars
Replies: 37
Views: 4381

Re: Hiding Valuables from Looters and Burglars

I'm of the opinion regarding gun safes that you either go cheap (just good enough for to keep kids/guests/housesitter/smash and grab thief out of the guns) or go all the way to a very good safe ($5000+) rated for many man-hours of resistance and bolted to a concrete floor. To that end I just bought ...
by Maast
Tue Feb 04, 2014 10:43 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: DIY wood stove install
Replies: 30
Views: 6114

Re: DIY wood stove install

Clearances are important, 36 inches from anything combustible, including the studs in your wall. You can reduce the clearances to 12 inches but ONLY if you do a clearance reduction system which usually consists of a 1 inch naturally convecting airgap behind the outer layer. Read http://www.state.me....
by Maast
Tue Feb 04, 2014 9:15 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: IBC tote question
Replies: 14
Views: 3884

Re: IBC tote question

Tilex mold and mildew cleaner is an incredible de-stinker. If it's carbon-based it'll eat it, I've used it to de-stink stinky plastic coolers and baitwells that were gag-a-maggot bad from having fish or bait in there that I forgot about and rotted. I've also used it to de-stink a plastic blackwater ...
by Maast
Tue Jan 07, 2014 5:44 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Edible Landscaping
Replies: 28
Views: 5441

Re: Edible Landscaping

Canna lilly (aka Canna Edulis), very high producing starch tuber, with pretty flowers.
Mashua, very high producing starch tuber, with pretty flowers on vines.
by Maast
Tue Dec 31, 2013 3:14 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Built a 1080AH battery bank w/ a modded APC Smart UPS (pics)
Replies: 28
Views: 19645

Re: Built a 1080AH battery bank w/ a modded APC Smart UPS (p

Update 1: About a week back we one day power outage here (tree branches and power lines), the outside temps hovered around 40F. The UPS+bank took up the furnace load just fine along with the freezer. However my estimates of power loads for the furnace were way low - and too high at the same time, it...
by Maast
Wed Dec 18, 2013 1:27 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Indefinitely sustainable plan
Replies: 17
Views: 2355

Re: Indefinitely sustainable plan

I thought a fair bit about this thread today, and wanted to add some things that could be planted in rotation. Sweet potatoes, sugar beet and corn are all around the efficiency of potato, with sugar beet being higher. I'd absolutely love to grow sweet potatoes, but it's too cold here. I'm in a hard...
by Maast
Tue Dec 17, 2013 10:03 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Indefinitely sustainable plan
Replies: 17
Views: 2355

Re: Indefinitely sustainable plan

I haven't been able to get potatoes to ferment out higher than 9%, and that was with Turbo yeast. My 50/50 potato to 2 row fermented to 13% with US05 and 16% with Turbo. Potato is certainly more abundant and less labor intensive than grain, but the back end labour and fuel cost would be higher. Is ...
by Maast
Tue Dec 17, 2013 2:52 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Dug out my crawlspace
Replies: 25
Views: 5531

Re: Dug out my crawlspace

That is a pretty cool idea, especially with the low humidity. Has it been completed long enough for you to get a good measurement for what the temps are going to be down there in the summer and winter? Hmm - good question and knowing the answer is important to my future stockpiling so I'll have to ...
by Maast
Tue Dec 17, 2013 1:20 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Indefinitely sustainable plan
Replies: 17
Views: 2355

Re: Indefinitely sustainable plan

Sorry I'm not quoting the individual questions or comments, that many quotes turned out to be way too cluttered: Oh I agree the internal combustion engines won't last forever, but I'm pretty sure I can keep any one running for at least 6-8 years of intermittent use, probably a lot longer. On the oth...
by Maast
Mon Dec 16, 2013 3:00 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Indefinitely sustainable plan
Replies: 17
Views: 2355

Indefinitely sustainable plan

I think I've figured out a plan that will provide food in addition to cooking, lighting, and small engine fuel that I can keep going for decades if need be and keep me and mine in a fair amount of comfort and even thrive with if things go to pot and stay there. Please read through it and make sure I...

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