Contest Entrant #6: Independence from the Grid, L. Augst

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.IMG_8871

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. 20130201-075845.jpg

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.

That small solar kit can keep frozen goods from going bad, run your well pump and keep a radio going for news updates. If you’re really stingy like me, you can also reduce your power bill with it. 20130116-175345.jpg

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.20130109-173251.jpg

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


About Jesse Mathewson

Jesse Mathewson is the author of the popular blog, and provides commentary to many varied places based on a background that includes education in criminal justice, history, religion and even insurgency tactics and tactical training. His current role in his community is as an organizer of sorts and a preacher of community solidarity and agorism. He also runs Liberty Practical Training, a self defense school specializing in the practical applications of defensive approaches versus the theoretical. As an agorist, voluntaryist and atheist his life is seen as crazy and wild by many, though once they get to know him most realize he is a bluntly honest individual who will give you the shirt off his back if he believes it is necessary to help you. Very simple, "That which is voluntary between all individuals involved is always right, if it is not voluntary, it is always wrong."
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One Response to Contest Entrant #6: Independence from the Grid, L. Augst

  1. cavpatriot says:

    excellent article!


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