I often read Jesse’s articles with interest. His focus on self defense and the proper use care and safety for firearms is a regular surface theme, but in reality, Jesse promotes independence from the State.
It’ s obvious to most the need for self defense if you are self reliant, but self reliance goes much further than the caliber of firearm you choose to carry. It takes independence from those things taken for granted. The two largest things taken for granted are grocery stores and utility companies.
It’s impossible to have that independence or survival under the non aggression principles if you lack food and a reliable energy source in an emergency for any extended time frame.
I spent several years in the Army. During that time, I had the opportunity to live the outdoors life in a very harsh winter climate and to be honest I’m still amazed I never contracted frostbite. Cold can make for miserable living. Add hunger to that and non aggression principles fall by the way side.
With that said, energy is what I will focus on.
The cost of solar and wind has dropped considerably over the last few years. Because of the lefts focus on “Green Energy” thousands of people have gone the route of experimenting with both of these and have done incredible things to boost the efficiency for both.
Using solar? A company called “Harbor Freight” has a solar panel kit that costs more per volt, but, do its ease to install have gained popularity. This kit has simple instructions for installation. You will still need a transformer and a battery rack for energy storage but is better than the typical piece meal that I have seen which force you to buy each piece seperately. The cost for a couple of sets of panels with batteries & transformer can be completed for about $1,000.00. Not bad.
Northern climates should also be aware that solar works just fine in those winter wonderlands. Just ask the Germans! They are transforming their nation with panels.
For more information, the variety of videos you can view on “Youtube” is sizable. After about 20 of them, you will think you’re an expert on the subject from M.I.T.!
Now, we have lights, what about heat?
The wood burning stove is good, but what about great? Have you ever heard of a cob stove? These things are incredible. You can heat your home and cook using only a fraction of the amount of wood that is required for the typical wood burning stove. You can’t buy these, you must make them. The few items you have to actually buy make it cheaper than the purchase of that wood stove because your largest cost is the vent material. Again, go onto “Youtube” and check these things out! Just incredible.
Not down for the cob stove? How about a rocket stove? This is a temporary stove that blasts some heat for cooking and with a few modifications, heat. The rocket stove is also excellent for camping/hiking. Want to keep a low profile in the woods? Yep, here’s the answer. If you’re outside, just dig a pit about 16 inches deep, with a diameter of a large coffee tin/ 2 liter coke bottle. This pit should be straight down. Next, dig a small tunnel about the same diameter at an angle leading to the first hole. Once they meet up, you have built the stove.
Next, you place your fuel (wood) through the second hole until it’s in the bottom of the first hole . Air drafts from that angled hole will force air into that pit, and the heat comes out the mouth of the first hole. You can place a pot on it for cooking, or a few rocks around it or in its base to retain some heat. There is very little light coming from it because it’s in a concealed pit. But it will do it’s job.
If you’re serious about that independence, take a look at these items which may turn into life savers for you, a friend or family member. All can be found on “Youtube” .
Have fun with it, all can be family projects for you and your kids.
Free the mind and the body will follow
- Electricity Generating Wood Stove Using Thermo Electric Modules & CPU Cooler (disclose.tv)
- Why the World’s Going Crazy for Woodburning Stoves! (outdoorsy.gardenxl.com)
- EPA Bans Most Wood-Burning Stoves (cryptogon.com)