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by grenfell
Sun Sep 08, 2019 6:23 pm
Forum: Food, Nutrition and Agriculture
Topic: Food in your emergency bag
Replies: 16
Views: 507

Re: Food in your emergency bag

I must admit that nowadays i rarely keep anything in the van . I did used to keep a few tins of food along with drinks and a small gas stove but it never got used and besides nowadays in normal day to day life i'm rarely more than 15 miles from home . I usually have water but that's about it , a day...
by grenfell
Sun Sep 01, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: DIY and Handicrafts
Topic: Outside Clay Oven
Replies: 60
Views: 80595

Re: Outside Clay Oven

A few photos of one we made and have used on a re-enactment . Not as large or as pretty as preppingsu's but then this one has to be moveable. Basic construction is the same , clay , sand and hair with a stone base on a timber hand barrow. Sorry the pictures are all in a big of the wrong order. Just ...
by grenfell
Sat Aug 31, 2019 8:19 am
Forum: DIY and Handicrafts
Topic: Coal briquettes
Replies: 14
Views: 3276

Re: Coal briquettes

To be fair the question of whether it is worth it or not is a purely personal choice. How much is your time worth , what would you be doing with that time otherwise , do you have the space to store and dry them? When i did mine i just ripped the paper not having a shredder but then it was largely ne...
by grenfell
Fri Aug 30, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: DIY and Handicrafts
Topic: Coal briquettes
Replies: 14
Views: 3276

Re: Coal briquettes

I've tried the paper bricks . I made a strong timber frame as a press which would take a hydralic car jack to squeeze out the water. Even doing that they still required an awful lot of drying out , all takes time and space and i frankly found that the paper logs are far more inefficient than actual ...
by grenfell
Sat Aug 24, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: Equipment
Topic: BOB Multi Tool
Replies: 12
Views: 1825

Re: BOB Multi Tool

I've looked at and handled leathermans and other than the pliers i didn't see that much advantage over the spartan swiss army knife i carry . As i have a pair of pliers ( evidently linesmans p!iers , there's a thread about it somewhere) either on me or close by i left things as they are , helps that...
by grenfell
Thu Aug 22, 2019 8:04 pm
Forum: Food, Nutrition and Agriculture
Topic: Frozen food should we ditch after 4 months?
Replies: 10
Views: 617

Re: Frozen food should we ditch after 4 months?

I'm not sure how old you are jeffleft but i was at school in he 70's . At that time my father was working at a council incinerator come tip. It was also the period that we had frequent and sometimes long power cuts and a co-op with a freezer section . On several occasions i can remember when the pow...
by grenfell
Thu Aug 22, 2019 7:28 am
Forum: Food, Nutrition and Agriculture
Topic: Frozen food should we ditch after 4 months?
Replies: 10
Views: 617

Re: Frozen food should we ditch after 4 months?

Growing up my mother had a big chest freezer. On several occasions i can remember her pulling out a joint of meat or something that she had forgotten about and which could have been in there a year or two . I tried to get her to make a simple chart to record what goes in and what came out but , well...
by grenfell
Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:45 am
Forum: New Members Start Here
Topic: Fellow forward thinkers
Replies: 9
Views: 755

Re: Fellow forward thinkers

Hello fellow forward thinkers! (Get it? Because with literally think about the future, so look ahead...) 8-) Still non of my family get it, call me strange etc but I don't understand how they can't get it. Hello and welcome. Like you i sometimes wonder just why people don't seem to have the "right"...
by grenfell
Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: DIY and Handicrafts
Topic: Bio diesel
Replies: 6
Views: 3416

Re: Bio diesel

I did some reading about this some time ago but decided for the relatively low milage i do it wouldn't have given me that much in savi gs. I seem to recall that used oil has the advantage that it has undergone prolonged heating which has a positive effect on the molecular structure. It would be inte...
by grenfell
Thu Aug 15, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: How are you preparing
Topic: What Preps are you doing this week? Part 6.
Replies: 553
Views: 35627

Re: What Preps are you doing this week? Part 6.

On the subject of tea or rather alternatives i'm not sure if i've mentioned it here or elsewhere but has anyone tried rosebay willow herb as a substitute? I'd tried various herbal teas most of which taste pretty weak or tasteless , subtle is the word generally used but the rosebay actually tastes li...