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* Miscellaneous useful OFF-GRID info thread

Someone posted how to make a "rocket stove" in a particular thread one day. I was so impressed by it that it left me wanting more useful info. I thought I would make an off topic thread to try and learn more.

I am interested in useful info on how to live comfortably off the grid in case of an emergency. Anything and everything is welcome. Solar, aquaponics, ethanol/alcohol making, water filtration, gardening, home brewing, survival tips, food storage, and just handy info in general.

I will try and maintain the thread and keep suggestions in certain categories.

UPDATE 3/22/2013:
This thread is a couple of years old and I've noticed a couple of dead links. If you find something like that please let me know.

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ALTERNATIVE SHELTER
Earth bag House (Thanks RonPaul4President)
http://www.earthbagbuilding.com/resources.htm
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AMMO RELOADING AND SUPPLIERS
Ammosmith has great reloading instructions
http://www.youtube.com/user/ammosmith

Ammoman has great deals on ammo
http://www.ammoman.com/

So does Centerfire Systems
http://www.centerfiresystems.com/ammunition.aspx

AIM Surplus
http://www.aimsurplus.com/?18

Lucky Gunner
http://www.luckygunner.com/

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ANIMAL CARE, FENCING, AND OTHER EQUIPMENT
BackYardChickens (Thanks FishyCulture)
http://www.backyardchickens.com/

Assorted animal care equipment (Thanks DaleinAdaOklahoma)
http://www.premier1supplies.com/
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AQUAPONICS
What is Aquaponics?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqS9ZXUPz2k

1 MILLION pounds of Food on 3 acres. 10,000 fish 500 yards compost from Growing Power Chicago (Thanks Fishyculture)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jV9CCxdkOng

Austin Aquaponics Meetup Group (Rob Nash)
http://www.meetup.com/austinaquaponic/
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BEE KEEPING
Backyard Beekeeping (Thanks Stillwater)
http://www.dailypaul.com/node/144236
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EDIBLE PLANTS
This guide covers wild edible plants of British Columbia, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Idaho, and the Rocky Mountains. (Thanks TenaciousE)
http://northernbushcraft.com/plants/index.htm

Sprouts (Thanks overandout)
http://sproutpeople.org/
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FIRE MAKING
9 Ways to start a fire without matches (Thanks vincebodie)
http://www.lewrockwell.com/spl2/start-fire-without-matches.html
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HEATING FOOD/COOKING
Great Depression Cooking(Thanks Fed Up With The Fed)
http://www.youtube.com/user/DepressionCooking

Here is the rocket stove video..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSMR2ANIZ7E

I thought the alcohol stove was pretty cool too.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fStsgTremmI
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ETHANOL/ALCOHOL/BIOFUEL PRODUCTION
**Note While it is NOT illegal to share information about distilling, you are supposed to obtain a license to be able to do so legally.

The Manual for the Home and Farm Production of Alcohol Fuel
http://journeytoforever.org/biofuel_library/ethanol_manual/m...

Youtubes of various stills
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Go3USwVIqfs&p=9FB79BBB0A6D5E9...

Here is a site that sells stills.
http://www.revenoor.com/GenWebPage.ihtml?formid=1

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FOOD STORAGE

All About Home Canning, Freezing and Making Jams and Jellies
(Thanks BigMikeDude)
http://pickyourown.org/allaboutcanning.htm

Canning Supplies and books
(Thanks Fed-up_with the Fed)
http://www.canningpantry.com/
http://www.canningpantry.com/ball-blue-book-canning.html

Need to preserve some meat? (Thanks TenaciousE)
http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:yTaVcIj...
*You can get "mixing salt" at the feed store
5-10 bucks/50lb bag (Thanks Odell Equipment))

The Dry Store
Food drying Products and Information (Thanks Fishyculture)
http://www.drystore.com/page/page/1346972.htm

"This is the best I have seen on how to dehydrate."
(Thanks ntwbn)
http://www.dehydrate2store.com/

Food Storage Calculator
http://www.providentliving.org/content/display/0,11666,7624-...
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FOOD SUPPLIERS
Church of The Latter Day Saints (LDS)
* This is where we got our Storable food. Their website says for "members", but they sold to us.
Distribution Centers
http://www.providentliving.org/location/map/0,12566,2026-1-4...
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HOME HEATING
What is a Kachelofen? (Thanks Clintonj72)
http://www.kachelofen-usa.com/whatis.htm

More Kachelofen Books & Info (Thanks kmatesz)
http://www.masonryheaterstore.com/index.htm

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LAND FOR SALE
Landflip (Thanks Treg)
http://www.landflip.com/land.asp?listing_id=24977
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SOLAR
Home made solar experiment site.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXjMAItCMl0&feature=related

Everything you didn't think you needed to know about: Parabolic Mirrors and Fresnel Lenses: (Thanks Troy)
http://www.dailypaul.com/node/144584#comment-1537288
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WATER FILTRATION
Of course the Big Berky (Thanks TheBerkeyGuy, nice timing btw)
http://www.directive21.com/

Inexpensive Ceramic Drip-Filter Under 35 bucks
(Thanks AntiFed1791)
http://shop.monolithic.com/products/just-water-ceramic-drip-...

Some GREAT Water filter links and research by member, "economics31" (thanks)
http://www.dailypaul.com/node/144584#comment-1537243
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WATER PUMPS
The Amazing Brumby Pump (Thanks Hopefulfilled)
http://www.brumbypumps.com/

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WATER WELL DRILLING
D.I.Y. Water Well Equipment (Thanks DaleinAdaOklahoma)
http://www.hydra-jett.com/index.html

How to drill a well in your own backyard.
(not as powerful as above)
http://howtodrillawell.com/index.php

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LINKS TO USEFUL KNOWLEDGE IN GENERAL
Compendium of Useful Information
(Thanks entropypressStAt)
This is packed with all kinds of info!
http://www.energyconservationinfo.org/compendium.htm

138 Years of Popular Science (Thanks IPsecure)
http://www.popsci.com/archives

The Great Awakening (Thanks AntiFed1791)
http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread500968/pg1
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VIDEOS AND LINKS-CORE SURVIVAL SKILLS
Final Survival Preparations Article (Thanks Liberty Belle)
http://neithercorp.us/npress/?p=710

The Art Of The Bug-Out Bag
(Thanks again Liberty Belle)
http://neithercorp.us/npress/?p=783

Analytical Survival Systems (Thanks entropypressStAt)
http://www.youtube.com/user/AnalyticalSurvival#p/p

The Survival Podcast
Good General Info (Thanks mdonato)
http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com/
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GREAT RELATED BOOKS
Mother Earth News Handbook of Homemade Power
(Thanks Livefreedom)
http://www.amazon.com/Mother-Earth-Handbook-Homemade-Power/d...

Five Acres and Independence: A Handbook for Small Farm Management
http://www.amazon.com/Five-Acres-Independence-Handbook-Manag...

Survival Books (Free Online Downloads) Gardening, Wild Foraging and Self Sufficiency (Thanks Stillwater & Adap2k)
http://snardfarker.ning.com/profiles/blogs/survival-books-fr...

If you have a youtube, website, or a book, that has info regarding these subjects, it would be much appreciated.
Any subject as long as it's useful.

I will try to update as I can.




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Trying to revive this post

since there is an abundance of awesome info! Thanks Jefferson and say Hi to Fishy for me ;) We freakin' miss her.

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Great post

http://opensourceecology.org/wiki/Main_Page

Dont know if this was on there

Séamusín

would love suggestions for

would love suggestions for well water filters sulphur etc, undersink,sink,shower and even underhouse. good ones.

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Here are some videos on

"Water & Filtration" that should give you a start on the subject. My understanding is that there is no one-size-fits-all setup and the best systems are tailored to what's in your water.

http://www.dailypaul.com/226732/alternative-cancer-therapies...

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Biodiesel, Homebrew. Waste Vegetable Oil WVO Fuel.

http://biodiesel.infopop.cc/eve/forums

Collecting and using WVO for fuel tutorial:
http://biodiesel.infopop.cc/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/159605551/m/3...

oil collection forum:
http://biodiesel.infopop.cc/eve/forums/a/frm/f/8291066562

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Technology bump....

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Drying meat on barbed wire

I've read that some indians hung strips of meat on the barbs of barbed wire fences. I'd expect the vultures to have a feast, but a roll of wire could be used to make lines inside of a screened area.

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bookmarked for weekend watching/reading

thanks.

I've had this post

I scanned through everything

and I may have just missed it, but I didn't see any info for Diatomaceous Earth for health & food storage/gardening and colloidal silver for health/water purification. Both are great additions to any prepper's pantry :)

http://www.naturalnews.com/030688_Diatomaceous_earth_health....

http://www.naturalnews.com/037683_Sovereign_Silver_colloidal...

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I'm reaching for the random or what ever will bewilder me.
And following our will and wind we may just go where no one's been.
We'll ride the spiral to the end and may just go where no one's been.
Spiral out.

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thank you for this

all in one place makes it easier and faster
to get it done
i had to book mark as there is soooo much here
again thank you
edit....
i did have a question
is the salted meat on this site here also called beef jerky?
http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:yTaVcIj...
this is from a link from above
deacon

setting your expectations to high,can cause depressiuon

Great idea for a post

or a website for that matter. Let us know if you take it to the next level.

πολλα γαρ πταιομεν απαντες ει τις εν λογω ου πταιει ουτος τελειος ανηρ δυνατος χαλιναγωγησαι και ολον το σωμα

oops, almost forgot

my contribution
http://sproutpeople.org/

πολλα γαρ πταιομεν απαντες ει τις εν λογω ου πταιει ουτος τελειος ανηρ δυνατος χαλιναγωγησαι και ολον το σωμα

Bump for awareness

and bookmarked this is a keeper, well done Jefferson.

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Jefferson's picture

Thanks QS

Like I told bigmikedude below, please feel free to add or edit anything you like. I know you have a great deal of practical info as well. Your "Cushy" little chicken coop was part of the inspiration for this.

This was a possible inspiration for me to get chickens!

It was just a dream in 2010, since then I have BUILT two small chicken coops, and I have 3 hens to keep us supplied with eggs, one banty hen to set on eggs to supply meat in the case of TEOTWAWKI.
My resident hawk hasn't bothered the chickens, (I guess there are enough mice around) and the coyotes are kept away by the outside guard dog.

Jefferson's picture

Thanks BMD

I added your link. Please feel free to edit or add as you see fit as I know you have a good deal of practical info. Hope all is well.

Wow thread started in 2010

and I thought this guy was inspired by Fishy....very nice thread and thank you.

Posts like these are reasons why I donate.

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BUMP

Awesome thread Jefferson. Thanks

The individual who refuses to defend his rights when called by his Government, deserves to be a slave, and must be punished as an enemy of his country and friend to her foe. - Andrew Jackson

I hope

none of the following has been covered (and great thread, by the way--don't know how I missed it the first time around):

If one must resort to living off wild game (possum, squirrel, etc.) cooking said game with lots of onions takes away the 'gaminess' flavor.

Saffron, the most expensive spice in the world, is nothing more than the little orangish/red stem (up to 3) that sticks out of the purple crocus (very prevalent here in Pennsylvania). Simply pluck the stem (early morning after the dew has gone), dry it for a few days, then store it in a dark cool place in an airtight container.
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/2405/how-to-grow-saffr...

Unused cloth baby diapers or white wash cloths make great sterile bandages when needed. Hopefully one has stored lots of sterile bandaging tape. Baby and adult unused paper diapers can be utilized for other purposes, as well. Cutting the sides/tops off makes a good (menstrual) sanitary pad for the ladies. The cut off sides/tops can be further cut or torn to make bandages of various sizes. Some are elasticized and can be used as is (tied to stay on); others would require tape to stay on.

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Nice Off-Grid thread

I’ll be checking it out.
I have a question for all you off-gridders – I would like to know how to make an inexpensive milking machine for my goats. Right now, I’m using a handheld auto-fill syringe and it works OK but I’d like to have an electric milker that does not cost an arm and a leg. Any ideas?

Jefferson?

All you had to do was ask me as a friend,I have been living this way for over ten years.I have the game down to a science.I have experienced things that most have not,Except maybe BigT,From what I gather he is living as I am,off grid for awhile now.

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

O.K. or not?

You know what?It hurts my heart that we cannot find some common ground my friend.I have "Tricks" here with this subject that takes years to find out for yourself.I would very much like to be an "experienced" part of your thread here.

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

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So I must ask? Can you teach me?

I do need your help. Everyone here at the DP has a little to give but MUCH more to learn.

Help me my friend to learn how to live and help others.

I mean this from the bottom of my heart.

Jim

1976-1982 USMC, Having my hands in the soil keeps me from soiling my hands on useless politicians.

BMWJIM?

I'm on it my friend,Check your email contact from the DP.

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

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I can't explain why but, please contact me

at my personal address: jwhitehead2@charter.net. If I try to sign on the DP with this address it goes back in the past and ask if I forgot my e-mail address,

I haven't ,but maybe some of those days should be long forgotten. We all grow up sometime. LoL! Thank you my friend.

Jim

1976-1982 USMC, Having my hands in the soil keeps me from soiling my hands on useless politicians.