Pages

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.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Movie Monday - The Colony Season 1 Episode 9

The Colony Season 1 Episode 9

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.