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Post in 'DIY and General non-hearth advice' started by Danno77, Aug 2, 2012.

  1. Thistle

    Thistle Minister of Fire

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    I probably have enough dry/canned goods in cupboards/pantry to last a couple months in winter,3 or so this time of year (dont eat near as much in hot weather).Freezer is mostly full too.Roughly 5 1/2 yrs ahead in dry wood storage,if its another mild winter like last one,that'll be 6 counting what I cut in past few weeks.Plan more for storms,power outages or in case I'm injured or sick in the future than anything else.

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  2. jharkin

    jharkin Minister of Fire

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    I'm reasonably prepared here - mostly a remnant of my boy scout days i'd say.

    - Enough wood to heat part time 2-3 years, full time at least one winter (or 2 like last year).
    - Generator wired into an xfer switch with enough gas to run the fridges and hot water heater an hour a day for up to a week
    - Enough food staples on hand at any time to eat for a week or too, or as long as we can stand rice and peanut butter
    - an anti-viral hiking water filter to make all the potable water we need from pretty much any source
    - Camping gear to cook with if the wood stove isn't in use
    - lanterns, candles, etc

    [political rant disclaimer]
    Having said that as far as those pepper shows I dont expect a sudden calamity and massive die off but if im honest I expect changes ahead. I do believe that via climate affecting cropland and/or a failure to find replacements for oil and gas this planet is not likely to be able to feed 7 billion people still when Im 75 years old. I dont think its going to end in an apocalypse, rather we will see more of whats going on today - gradual lowering of living standards via "financial crisis" and population reduction in the 3rd world from famine/disease/war off of TV news. Depressing but inevitable in my view seeing as nobody anywhere is going to volunteer to lower their standard of living.
    [rant off]
  3. SmokeyTheBear

    SmokeyTheBear Minister of Fire

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    Well I don't know if this counts or not but I just survived the boss being gone for 10 days. Always plenty of food here. That is one reason for a garden and all of the canning jars. My stock of brews is going to need refilling but that is what the fermenter is for.

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