Archive for December, 2013
A couple years ago I reviewed a great little emergency heater called the Mr. Heater Big Buddy heater (you can read the Big Buddy review here). It’s been my go-to heater for spot heating sections of the home or for emergencies prior to getting a wood stove.
Since getting the Big Buddy, I’ve heard some great things about Kerosene heaters from a number of readers as well as through my own online research and have wanted to pick one up for some time now. For more information, End Times Report is a fantastic site that has some great info on kerosene heaters.
About 2 weeks ago I decided to pick one up (specifically the KeroHeat CV-2230) to see how it performs and here’s my overall review:
Overall I was impressed with this little heater and I think it makes a great addition to my off-grid heating preps.
It pumps out a fair amount of BTUs (23,000) that is capable of heating the main floor of my living space, and as I mentioned in the video above, it kept the house at a comfortable 65 F when the temps outside were in the mid teens.
The fact that it runs off of Kerosene is another big plus. Kerosene is a very stable, long-lasting, easily stored fuel that I have no issues even keeping (in small amounts) indoors.
The carrying handle (especially under the weight of a full tank of kerosene) feels pretty flimsy and bends slightly under the weight. Overall the construction seems a bit on the cheap side but looking at these types of heaters as a whole and you’ll notice there’s not much too it — it’s essentially millenia-old technology (wick and fuel) wrapped in a modern container.
If you’re looking for a good off-grid option for heating your home, I’d recommend taking a closer look at either the KeroHeat CV-2300 or Mr. Heater Big Buddy. Both have worked well for me.
If you plan on buying one of these for your off-grid/emergency heating needs, be sure to pick up some extra wicks (they’re around $18). It’s the one element on the heater that will “wear out” with time.
Click on the image below if you want to check it out in Amazon…
When the shelves go bare, the supply systems shutdown, and chaos hits the populated areas, it’s highly unlikely you’ll be frequenting your favorite restaurant for some time.
If you’ve been a reader of my blog for even a short time, you know how much importance I put on setting aside a years supply of food storage; but the reality is, food maybe taken from you or it may have to be left behind…
However, knowledge and skill will always be with you.
It’s during times like these that the skill of hunting will come in real handy.
After all, the more skills in self-sufficiency you can develop for obtaining food through either growing or harvesting (a.k.a. hunting/trapping) the less dependence you’ll have upon either commercial food sources or your own food storage.
Why it’s Time to Learn How to Hunt Now
Lest you think that you will simply walk into the woods and harvest a cornucopia of animals when things go south, think about this:
The sad reality is that our wild-animal population cannot support the total population in a country such as the U.S.
As an example, let’s just look at the deer population…
In the communist state that I live in (Massachusetts), there are a total of 85,000 whitetail deer. We have roughly 6.5 million people living in the state.
If you figure a generous 100 pounds of meat from each deer (the avg is probably more like 75 lbs), that equates to only about 1.2 pounds of meat per person — but get this — now the entire deer population is gone. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that that’s not a lot of meat.
Sure, the deer population may be a lot better in other states, but still, the numbers of wild animals cannot support the numbers of people for any sustainable amount of time.
The good news?
Well, it’s going to take some time for the rest of the population to figure out how to do this.
For someone, who has been hunting for a little bit now, I know that you can’t just simply walk into the woods and take your pick of deer and other animals.
It takes some time to learn how to hunt and although there’s overlap, each animal has its own unique strategy.
Sure, in times where rule of law is void, you won’t be restricted by many of the laws and regulations that we as hunters deal with now. But, even without them, it will still not be that simple.
This will grant those who have developed the skills ahead of time a window of opportunity to harvest a good amount of animals to put away before a large portion of the population catches on.
Of course, this is all conjecture anyhow.
I can’t say what type of situation we’d be faced with. It could be a plague that wipes out millions upon millions of people leaving competition for the animals a non-issue; or it could be a total systemic collapse that leaves millions of desperate people in its wake — forcing them to leave the cities and spread across the countryside like a swarm of locusts.
Whether it’s the next “great disaster” or just tough economic times, the importance of learning to hunt now shouldn’t be overlooked.
The Benefits of Hunting
Learning to hunt now goes way beyond survival or even beyond supplementing your current meat requirements.
First off, there’s the obvious health benefits of eating free-range, organic meat.
Also the health-building benefits of being in the outdoors in the fresh air, exercising, enjoying solo time or the camaraderie that comes with the group hunt.
Let’s not forget that the skills you learn in hunting carryover to a great many other areas that are very beneficial to preppers.
For example with hunting you get practical experience in:
- weapon handling, safety, maintenance, and function
- how to fire dynamically and under pressure
- and even building campfires and pitching tents during multi-day hunts
All these skills would easily carryover in a world where chaos rules.
So, if you’re interested in learning a new “hobby” that can provide just as many benefits in your life today as it would in a survival situation, I highly recommend you learning how to hunt.
Announcing a Soon to be Released Course
On a related note…
In February or March of next year, I’ll be releasing a new product that will teach you step-by-step how to hunt.
It covers everything from small game like squirrel to larger game like deer — including equipment recommendations, animal-specific hunting strategies, gutting, skinning, butchering, storing and preparing the meat for the table and much more.
Over 90% of it will be in high quality HD video so you can see exactly how each of these steps are done.
If you’re a member of my other course, Prepper Academy, you know how much of a stickler I am on quality and detailed information.
This course will be no different.
Keep in mind, this will not be a trophy-hunting course (although you still could use it for that I suppose) but is specifically designed for the prepper looking to feed his/her family or supplement their existing meat supply.
I’ve had the benefit of teaming up with a local hunter named Danny who’s been hunting and trapping almost every day for the last 40 years now.
He’s a real interesting character (think of Gandalf from Lord of the Rings, with the white beard and long hair, except in a lot better shape and cowboy hat instead of the wizard’s hat).
Although about 50% of his family’s meat supply comes through what he hunts and traps, he’s told me there have been years where he’s been unemployed where their entire meat supply came from his hunting/trapping efforts.
I’ve been hunting for a bit now and I can’t hold a candle to him.
This guy knows his stuff.
I’m really excited about this course and will give you more info as the time gets closer.
In the meantime, I’d love to hear your comments about things you’d like to see in a course like this. He’s got a wealth of knowledge and I want to make sure that we’re covering the most important things that you’d like to learn.
Keep in mind this is a hunting (not trapping) course. We plan on doing a trapping-specific course later next year. So please limit recommendations and comments at this point to be hunting-specific ones.