Energy Resources

Making Fire With a Bow Drill

Imagine you're hiking with some friends on a day hike on a trail you've never been on.  The trail is well marked in places, not so much in others.  At one point you stop to make a quick bathroom break and tell the others to keep going, you'll catch up in a little while.  After… Read More

Setting Up A Back Up Generator

In a recent article on SHTFBlog called "10 Lessons From A Multi-Day Power Outage", I fielded several questions about how my generator was set up for a power outage, so I thought I'd walk you through what I've done with my back up generator.  You'll need a few things and they aren't cheap; however, if… Read More

The Katrina Rifle

Almost overnight Katrina turned from a woman’s elegant name, to a tragic hurricane, to an adjective for a tangible survival situation.  So when the word Katrina is used to qualify a rifle, it should be clear that the intended use of the rifle will not be for anything fun.  This particular Katrina Rifle (KR) project… Read More

Getting The Most Out Of My DIY Alcohol Stove

I'll admit it, I'm a cheapskate. But for good reason...I cheap out on a lot of things so that I can have really really good stuff in other areas. For instance, I'll eat store-brand taco shells for dinner and have peanut butter sandwiches for lunch so that I can afford that Troy free-floating battlerail for… Read More

Advertiser Spotlight:

I'd like to start periodically having a "spotlight" on our advertisers, so you can get to know them a little bit better. Our advertisers are the reason you guys can come here every weekday and read something new, something fresh, and learn just a little bit more (plus contribute your ideas!) to keep you and… Read More

Snipers Attack Power Station in San Jose Check out this video.  It details the story behind a shooting at a San Jose power sub-station I'm sure many of you have seen this story by now. At first you might think it was just a couple of rednecks who got drunk and went down and shot up a power station. But when… Read More

How to Build a Solar Energy Generator for Emergency Backup Power

Solar Energy Generator for When TSHTF (Originally posted a few years ago.  I'm reposting because of interest generated when I mentioned it in an article written earlier this week.) ---------------------- Over the last few months I’ve been reading various accounts of how people have been making their own solar generators and I knew that I… Read More

Keeping Warm When The Power Goes Out

You ask and we listen!  Here's a post from an idea I took from a comment awhile back.  Thanks for the ideas and please keep them coming. ---------------------- If you live in the north like I do there will come a time when the power goes out and it gets cold in the house.  For… Read More

DIY Solar USB Charger!

Happy Wednesday, folks!   Before we get into the neato item I played with the past couple days, I wanted to announce that The Astounding Rooikat is the winner of the cap from that I reviewed last week. To keep it fair, I put all the names in said Justice Cap, and had my… Read More

What Could Hackers Do?

My brother and I were having a conversation recently that I wanted to share parts of with you today.  We both work in computer related industries, industrial and government.  We got to thinking about what a group of dedicated hackers could achieve given a bit of luck and the right motivation. You have to understand… Read More

Living Without Electricity

The reports this past week of the widespread blackouts in India have me fondly remembering my time there.  For most of my stay, electricity was spotty. It depended on where I was, what time of the day it was, and whether there was a generator nearby.  Going about a day's normal activities, required a different… Read More

High Gas Prices

Pretty much every SHTF scenario you can think of includes the added bonus of high gas prices. So, it's no surprise to me to be seeing higher prices at the pump.  The supply chain from the ground to your gas tank is so complex, volatility is practically built in. I'm going to assume that our… Read More

Ammo Can Stove – Review

Thanks to the mild weather, I had the opportunity to break in the newest addition to my preps this past weekend. The Ammo Can Stove.  I got the Mid-range model, the Blue Ridge.  It came fully assembled, and looking good in sexy matte black.  Instructions were included, mostly giving me directions on how to season… Read More