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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Amazing Amazon Deal

Kidde KN-COEG-3 Nighthawk Plug-In Carbon Monoxide and Explosive Gas Alarm with Battery Backup


  • Two alarms in one detects carbon monoxide and explosive gas
  • Three convenient mounting options
  • Digital display and peak level button displays the peak CO level recorded by the alarm since it was last reset
  • Battery backup 9 volt battery included
  • Kidde’s carbon monoxide alarms meet the requirements of Underwriters Laboratories (UL), an independent facility that tests products for compliance with widely-accepted safety standards
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    Wednesday, April 18, 2018

    Propane - The Prepper Fuel Of Choice

    Propane has no apreciable shelf life.  This is the one fact that makes it so attractive to preppers.  Unlike other petrolium based fuels, no additives are needed ane one does not have to ever concern themselves with rotation.  Combine this with the vast choice of propane fueled appliances and we quickly see why the prepper community has embraced this source of energy.


    Already available in todays society, we an see uses for propane ranging from small camping appliances such as lanterns, heaters, and cookstoves all the way up to delivery trucks and fork lifts in the industrial setting.  In travel trailers, propane is used for cooking on (almost) full sized stoves with ovens, central heating. water heating, and refrigeration.  Many off grid applications use propane appliances in the same way.


    Contrary to popular belief, propane does not produce carbon monoxide when burned.  It does however consume oxygen, so its use in closed confined areas should be avoided.  There are but a few concernes about propane safety.  Propane should not be stored indoors.  Like all my fuels, I store propane tanks in a shed set away from the house and other out buildings.  That's not to say that it is completely unsafe to have propane in the home.  Tanks that are being used and connected to appliances are fine.


    The biggest issue with propane is leaks.  While propane is scented, leaks can be a dangerous thing.  When the right mix of propane and oxygen exists, there can be an explosion caused by the tinyest of spark.  There are many carbon monoxide detectors on the market that also detect for gases such as propane or natural gas.  If you have one of these detectors and it goes off or you suspect a propane leak, DO NOT CAUSE A SPARK OF ANY KIND!  Avoid turning on or of any light switches, do not use the telephone or operate your cell phone and do not use a flashlight.  The only light source considered safe to use durring a suspected gas leak is a cyalume stick.


    A little care must be taken to keep your propane tanks as safe as possible.  Rusty or dark colored tanks reflect the suns heat less, whick can lead to overpressue and open the safety valve.  Keep tanks painted light colors and have rusty or pitted tanks inspected or replaced.

    Tuesday, April 17, 2018

    Amazing Amazon Deal

    Cyalume Snaplight Industrial Grade Light Sticks 

    Green, 6-Inch  

    Pack of 10


    • SnapLight industrial grade green light stick for providing illumination for up to 12 hours
    • Measures 6" long and provides 360 degrees of illumination
    • Hook and gate top for hanging or attaching the light
    • Chemiluminescent substance is non-toxic and plastic body is phthalate free for safety
    • Five-year shelf life from date of manufacture for a maintenance-free alternative to other lighting
    • SnapLight industrial grade green light stick for providing illumination for up to 12 hours
    • Measures 6-Inch long and provides 360 degrees of illumination
      • Hook and gate top for hanging or attaching the light
      • Chemiluminescent substance is non-toxic and plastic body is phthalate free for safety
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    Monday, April 16, 2018

    Movie Monday

    Frontier House Episode 6

    Frontier House is a historical reality television series that originally aired on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in the United States from April 29 to May 3, 2002. The series followed three family groups that agreed to live as homesteaders did in the state of Montana on the American frontier in 1883. Each family was expected to establish a homestead and complete the tasks necessary to prepare for the harsh Montana winter. At the end of the series, each family was judged by a panel of experts and historians on their likelihood of survival for each group.

























     These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

    Monday, April 9, 2018

    Movie Monday - Episode 5

    Frontier House Episode 5

    Frontier House is a historical reality television series that originally aired on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in the United States from April 29 to May 3, 2002. The series followed three family groups that agreed to live as homesteaders did in the state of Montana on the American frontier in 1883. Each family was expected to establish a homestead and complete the tasks necessary to prepare for the harsh Montana winter. At the end of the series, each family was judged by a panel of experts and historians on their likelihood of survival for each group.
























     These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

    Friday, April 6, 2018

    Friday Book Recomendation

    Putting Food By: Fifth Edition





    “The bible of home canning, preserving, freezing, and drying.”—The New York Times
     
    For decades, Putting Food By has been the one-stop source for everything the home cook needs to know about preserving foods—from fruits and vegetables to meat and seafood. Now, this classic is fully up-to-date with the twenty-first-century kitchen. Whether you’re preserving to save money or to capture the taste of local, seasonal food at its peak, Putting Food By shares step-by-step directions to help you do it safely and deliciously.
     
    This fifth edition of Putting Food By includes:
     
    ·         Instructions for canning, freezing, salting, smoking, drying, and root cellaring
    ·         Mouthwatering recipes for pickles, relishes, jams, and jellies
    ·         Information on preserving with less sugar and salt
    ·         Tips on equipment, ingredients, health and safety issues, and resources
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    Thursday, April 5, 2018

    Amazing Amazon Deal

    Gerber Dime Multi-Tool



    • Sturdy stainless steel construction
    • Gerber Dime Multi-Tool, Black [30-000469]
    • Sturdy stainless steel construction
    • Convenient, easily accessible butterfly opening
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    Wednesday, April 4, 2018

    The Versetile And Essential Multitool

    The multitool is hands down the most used item in my EDC kit.  This one item gets more use on a day to day basis than any other item I carry on my person.  These multi purpose pocket knives have come a long way since the days of the popular swiss army knife.

    Wednesday, March 28, 2018

    Home Freeze Dryers - Are They A Viable Option?

    There are two ways that preppers can bolster their food storage.  Many will use home preservation methods such as canning or dehydrating while others will simply purchase food in various forms.  Dry goods such as rice and beans can of course be put up simply by sealing in mylar bags with oxygen absorbers, however most foods will require some processing.

    Purchasing foods offers the advantage of having the processing done for us, but there is often a trade off in longevity when storing canned or packaged goods from the supermarket.  Most of these foods, even though they are considered shelf stable, will only last with their intended quality for a couple years.  From that point, taste, texture, and nutritional value begin to degrade.  This is where freeze-dried foods come in.  There are many brands available to us on the market such as Mountain House, Wise, Thrive, and Legacy just to name a few.  The advantages are that these foods retain texture, taste, and nutritional value for a very long time, usually in the twenty to thirty year range.  The biggest disadvantage however is selection.  Menu choices are usually limited and often these meals are loaded with carbohydrates and short on protein and vitamins.


    Tuesday, March 27, 2018

    Amazing Amazon Deal

    1 Gallon Mylar Bags and 300cc Oxygen Absorbers



    • A perfect combination of mylar bags and matching oxygen absorbers, protect against moisture and oxygen damage
    • Heat and vacuum sealable, can even seal with a hot iron
    • These dry-packs mylar bags and oxy-sorb oxygen absorbers are perfect for long term food storage
    • These dry-packs bags are some of the industry best mylar bags available
    • These 4.3 Mil bags reflect light, prodvide a moisture and oxygen barrier and they are puncture and tear resistant
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    Monday, March 26, 2018

    Movie Monday - Frontier House

    Frontier House Episode 4

    Frontier House is a historical reality television series that originally aired on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in the United States from April 29 to May 3, 2002. The series followed three family groups that agreed to live as homesteaders did in the state of Montana on the American frontier in 1883. Each family was expected to establish a homestead and complete the tasks necessary to prepare for the harsh Montana winter. At the end of the series, each family was judged by a panel of experts and historians on their likelihood of survival for each group.























     These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

    Tuesday, March 20, 2018

    Amazing Amazon Deal

    Salton DH1454 Collapsible Dehydrator



    • Adjustable temperature control to dry a variety of foods at the optimum temperature
    • Includes 5 stacking trays, expand 30-percent for thicker items and vented lid
    • High performance faster drying time (4-8 hours) over units without temperature control
    • BPA free product
    • Bonus: includes 1 fruit rollup tray and 1 herb tray
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    Monday, March 19, 2018

    Movie Monday - Frontier House

    Frontier House Episode 3

    Frontier House is a historical reality television series that originally aired on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in the United States from April 29 to May 3, 2002. The series followed three family groups that agreed to live as homesteaders did in the state of Montana on the American frontier in 1883. Each family was expected to establish a homestead and complete the tasks necessary to prepare for the harsh Montana winter. At the end of the series, each family was judged by a panel of experts and historians on their likelihood of survival for each group.
























     These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

    Friday, March 16, 2018

    Friday Book Recomendation

    Lights Out: A Cyberattack, 

    A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath





    In this New York Times bestselling investigation, Ted Koppel reveals that a major cyberattack on America’s power grid is not only possible but likely, that it would be devastating, and that the United States is shockingly unprepared.
     
    Imagine a blackout lasting not days, but weeks or months. Tens of millions of people over several states are affected. For those without access to a generator, there is no running water, no sewage, no refrigeration or light. Food and medical supplies are dwindling. Devices we rely on have gone dark. Banks no longer function, looting is widespread, and law and order are being tested as never before.  

    It isn’t just a scenario. A well-designed attack on just one of the nation’s three electric power grids could cripple much of our infrastructure—and in the age of cyberwarfare, a laptop has become the only necessary weapon. Several nations hostile to the United States could launch such an assault at any time. In fact, as a former chief scientist of the NSA reveals, China and Russia have already penetrated the grid. And a cybersecurity advisor to President Obama believes that independent actors—from “hacktivists” to terrorists—have the capability as well. “It’s not a question of if,” says Centcom Commander General Lloyd Austin, “it’s a question of when.”  

    And yet, as Koppel makes clear, the federal government, while well prepared for natural disasters, has no plan for the aftermath of an attack on the power grid.  The current Secretary of Homeland Security suggests keeping a battery-powered radio.

    In the absence of a government plan, some individuals and communities have taken matters into their own hands. Among the nation’s estimated three million “preppers,” we meet one whose doomsday retreat includes a newly excavated three-acre lake, stocked with fish, and a Wyoming homesteader so self-sufficient that he crafted the thousands of adobe bricks in his house by hand. We also see the unrivaled disaster preparedness of the Mormon church, with its enormous storehouses, high-tech dairies, orchards, and proprietary trucking company – the fruits of a long tradition of anticipating the worst. But how, Koppel asks, will ordinary civilians survive?

    With urgency and authority, one of our most renowned journalists examines a threat unique to our time and evaluates potential ways to prepare for a catastrophe that is all but inevitable.
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    Thursday, March 15, 2018

    Amazing Amazon Deal

    Faraday Cage Bags Complete 10pc Kit



    • Complete Kit will take care of everything from the charger/cellphone to the Laptop
    • 4-layer protection, Metal in / Metal out
    • Includes 12x18(2pk), 10x12(2pk), 8x10(2pk), 5x7(4pk) - Sizes listed are interior sizes
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    Wednesday, March 14, 2018

    EMP - The Great Unknown


    Many preppers, including myself, have concerns about EMP and frankly, for good reason.  The biggest problem with EMP is that we really don't know much about them.  Most preppers will reference two events in recent history.  Those being the 1859 Carrington Event Solar Storm and the 1962 Starfish Prime Nuclear Test.  The problem with using these two examples is the lack of sensitive electronics in use at their times in history.

    Monday, March 12, 2018

    Movie Monday - Frontier House

    Frontier House Episode 2

    Frontier House is a historical reality television series that originally aired on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in the United States from April 29 to May 3, 2002. The series followed three family groups that agreed to live as homesteaders did in the state of Montana on the American frontier in 1883. Each family was expected to establish a homestead and complete the tasks necessary to prepare for the harsh Montana winter. At the end of the series, each family was judged by a panel of experts and historians on their likelihood of survival for each group.























     These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

    Friday, March 9, 2018

    Friday Book Recomendation

    EMP - Protect Family, Homes and Community





    EMP – Protect Family, Homes and Community provides a unique perspective on EMP protection. It discusses how to EMP protect sheds, cottages, homes, commercial and industrial buildings from family size to communities, to villages and towns. It presents an overview of how to shield, bond and ground buildings and how to surge suppress and filter cables. It includes a novel perspective on options on how to pay for all of this, even without government subsidies, rebates or tax credits. EMP protected solar and battery backup power ensures a 24/7 supply of electricity both before and after an EMP event. With EMP protection, lifestyle or the quality of living, increases from barely existing (as projected for the best situation in most scenarios) to thriving in a post-EMP situation for prepared communities, with further improvements and little job loss when these protections are extended to the town or county level. Chapter 2 presents a new and creative approach to "A Proposed National Plan for EMP Protection in two phases. Phase 1, a two year program, develops a few experimental EMP protected villages located in the North and South USA and coastal and inland. They become tailorable templates for high awareness, videos, seminars, webinars and training. Based on a wealth of analytical and pragmatic information learned from Phase 1, Phase 2 is fulfilment over an eight year span at many of USA counties. In addition to improved survival, other positive creations are the introduction of new products, services, open new markets and generate 7,000,000 new jobs over the next decade.
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    Thursday, March 8, 2018

    Amazing Amazon Deal

    3M Advanced Filter Respirators, 20 Masks (N95)




    • N95 approved filtering facepiece particulate respirator - NIOSH/MSHA Approved
    • Compatible with a variety of protective eyewear and hearing protection
    • Adjustable noseclip reduces potential for eyewear fogging and helps ensure a better seal and fit
    • Two-strap design with welded dual point attachment helps provide a secure fit
    • Suggested applications: Grinding, Sanding, Sweeping, Bagging and other dusty operations
    • RESPIRATOR N95 8210
    • EA 8BX/CS 3M (20/BX)
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    Tuesday, March 6, 2018

    Amazing Amazon Deal

    GMC-300E-Plus Digital Geiger Counter Nuclear Radiation Detector




    • Newly designed digital Geiger Counter/Data recorder,Record the radiation data. Play it back later
    • Text, Graphic and Large Font mode provide visualized radiation changes
    • USB connection for both power and data communication
    • Recharable battery,Alarm setting:alarm ON/OFF, alarm type, alarm level.
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    Wednesday, February 28, 2018

    Spring Cleaning Your Chimney

    Anyone with experience heating with wood knows full well the importance of cleaning the chimney before the cold season sets in.  Creosote left to build up can lead to dangerous and potentially devastating chimney fires.  During the winters, we burn hot fires pretty much 24 hours a day, so creosote from low temperature fires really isn't an issue, and with care any significant creosote buildup can be virtually avoided.  The high heat in the chimney (550f or more) do a great job of clearing smoke and taking creosote with it.  Let's not forget that hotter fires produce far less creosote in the first place.



    Spring weather can present a different scenario.  With temperature in the -10c to +10c range, we often burn lower fires to prevent overheating the house.  This is not an uncommon practice in many households, and many so called experts will tell you not to do this.  Perhaps the easiest way to take care of the problem, but not really practical in real life.


    Using Chimney maintenance products such as powders or special logs can help keep creosote from getting really stuck to your chimney, and MAY prevent a certain amount from accumulating, but they are not a substitute for a proper sweep.


    Taking advantage of the less frigid temperatures we experience this time of year is ideal.  Pick a warm day (there are plenty on the way) and go give your chimney an early spring cleaning.


    Monday, February 26, 2018

    Movie Monday - Frontier House

    Frontier House Episode 1

    Frontier House is a historical reality television series that originally aired on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in the United States from April 29 to May 3, 2002. The series followed three family groups that agreed to live as homesteaders did in the state of Montana on the American frontier in 1883. Each family was expected to establish a homestead and complete the tasks necessary to prepare for the harsh Montana winter. At the end of the series, each family was judged by a panel of experts and historians on their likelihood of survival for each group.






















     These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

    Wednesday, February 21, 2018

    Ontario Preppers Network Blog Relaunch

    Ontario Preppers Network Blog Relaunch

    The Canadian Preppers Network is relaunching the provincial blogs and we decided to start with Ontario.  While still in it's infancy, and all the old posts unfortunately lost forever, we are optimistic about these renewed blogs.  We are currently looking to recruit volunteer authors.  If you think you have some knowledge you would like to share, we encourage you to visit the blog and apply.

    Monday, February 19, 2018

    Movie Monday - Fort McMurray From The Ashes

    Movie Monday - Fort McMurray From The Ashes





    Nearly two years ago, a wildfire ripped through the region of Wood Buffalo and the city of Fort McMurray. Residents returned to the region, to find out what had changed and who was responsible for saving many people homes.

    Monday, February 12, 2018

    Movie Monday - The Colony Season 1 Episode 10

    The Colony Season 1 Episode 10

    The Colony is a "survival experiment" broadcast on The Discovery Channel, in which ten people (and later more) must rebuild after a simulated viral outbreak kills most of the human population. They are given several blocks of abandoned industrial park bordering the Los Angeles River in downtown Los Angeles, where they are allowed to do anything they want and scavenge any supplies they can find.
    Emphasis is placed on dealing with resource scarcity, novel uses of common (and not-so-common) found items to provide for the group in such a situation, and weighing the survival of other groups against the survival of one's own (i.e. stealing). There are several semi-scripted encounters with others (various wanderers, raiders, and a trader), which demonstrate possible social interactions in such an environment and the play between compassion (give them food because it's the right thing to do?) and pragmatism (keep it for yourself because you need it more?). All actors are forbidden to directly harm the Colonists (lest they risk an insurance nightmare and subsequent cancellation), but panic, emotion, and malnutrition (on the Colonists' side) meant that accidents could still happen.





















     These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.