Fuel Preparedness

EMP Myths and Faraday Cages
07 May 2014 by filed in Fuel Preparedness
EMP Myths and Faraday Cages--by Guest Contributor Scott Bishop   We talk about EMPs and Faraday cages periodically on here as well as our Facebook page and it seems that every time we do, we discover a LOT of misconceptions about the two. There’s no shortage of completely bogus and illogical YouTube videos published on the topic—even by those claiming to be engineers or PhD holders. Unfortunately, far too many are buying into such nonsense at the risk of losing a critical asset amidst a crisis...
Wine Chandelier--courtesy of Garrett Stembridge, All Rights Reserved by Garrett Stembridge
08 Nov 2013 by filed in Fuel Preparedness
Guest Post by Garrett Stembridge (Editor's Note: Regardless of whether or not you purchase wine, these repurposing projects for wine bottles are very enticing, practical AND beautiful and a simple request in my predominantly tee-totaller neighborhood has STILL garnered me plenty of bottles to use for alternative purposes. Oh, and by the way, if you store your discarded bottle corks in isopropyl alcohol, you can make wonderful little fire starters! Just a couple of corks for each fire will help...
alladin lamp
12 Jun 2013 by filed in Fuel Preparedness
By Kellene Bishop You might not think that there's much to know regarding Tips and Tricks for Using Oil Lamps, but since I've practiced using all of my supplies that I intend to rely on someday, I've discovered that there are some idiosyncrasies when it comes to using and maintaining my oil lamps. I've got all sorts of brands and such of oil lamps and I've used all kinds of different oils for my lamps too. As such I believe that these little tips will be helpful across the board for all of our...
29 Nov 2011 by filed in Fuel Preparedness
By Kellene Bishop One of the first articles I ever posted on here was entitled “Why I Don’t Have a Generator”.   When it comes to enduring a serious life scenario in which food, money, and human decency may be scarce, the typical generator is not a friend. It makes too much noise, thus attracting unnecessary attention, most of them require fuel which is very difficult to store and use safely; they only run for a short period of time, they can easily be destroyed with a strong solar flare or an...
16 Nov 2011 by filed in Fuel Preparedness
By Kellene Bishop A couple of weekends ago our neighborhood decided to do a little test run to help everyone better assess their level of preparedness. Since there have been several instances in our nation in which people have had to go without electricity for weeks at a time, the assignment was to go without power for a full 24 hours with the exception of our refrigerators. (Bunch of sissies. *grin*) The challenge began at 5:00 p.m. on a Sunday evening and went through 5:00 p.m. the following...
20 Apr 2011 by filed in Fuel Preparedness
By Guest Author: Scott Bishop Want a solar system big enough to do the work, without having to drop a mint all at once? Yes, they really do exist. Today’s article is brought to you by Scott Bishop, the better half of Kellene Bishop--The Preparedness Pro. While the article is lengthier than most, there really wasn’t a good “break” point. Besides, I’ve also got to include a follow-up piece on how to assemble the solar panels. Enjoy!   My homemade version of a solar electricity system for...
19 Apr 2011 by filed in Fuel Preparedness
Yes, I’m an airhead sometimes.  There have been times in which our power has gone out and so I tell myself “Oh well. Since the power’s out I might as well watch some television to pass the time until it comes back on.”  Yup. True story. And it gets worse from there sometimes. *grimace*  I’m clearly guilty of taking power for granted. As such, I’ve had to really focus on the various ways I need to be independent for my environmental control, cooking, lights, and other power needs. The stark...
31 Dec 2010 by filed in Fuel Preparedness
By Kellene Bishop Last year about this time I recommended that all of our readers try a 48 hour experience in which they only used non-electrical sources for light for 48 hours.  For those who did the experiment they discovered the hard way that what they had planned on for lighting didn’t exactly provide a suitable amount. Others found that the term “100 hours” is obviously broadly interpreted in the market.  Still others found themselves a bit frustrated with the lack of mobility of light—...
07 Sep 2010 by filed in Fuel Preparedness
By Kellene Bishop When people ask me about what type of fuel they should have on hand for emergencies, I just can’t seem to answer their question simply. Instead, I just have to share with them the one fuel that folks tend to overlook most of all—their own physical energy.  Ultimately, I can’t say this enough. The number on energy you need to be concerned about is your own physical energy. Energy and Fuel Sources Simply speaking, when it comes to preparing with a particular type of fuel for...
30 Dec 2009 by filed in Fuel Preparedness
Ok Folks, here’s the conclusion of the generator series, including understanding diesel and the authors overall recommendations. We hope you found this series helpful! by Guest Author Ted Blanchard  Understanding Diesel Generators Operational economy depends in part on the cost per unit volume of your fuel. Diesel generators are generally more fuel efficient (quarts burned per hour for a given power output) than gasoline units, but the overall cost efficiency can be lower depending on what the...
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