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Man Builds Stunning Off Grid Shipping Container Home On Mountain Top

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Man Builds Stunning Off Grid Shipping Container Home On Mountain Top
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There is a hot new trend in the construction industry: shipping container homes – which use steel as a structural element. Shipping container architecture has grown in popularity over the past several years because it is more eco-friendly than traditional homebuilding architecture. Other advantages offered include inherent strength, wide availability, and relatively low expense.

The popularity of container homes did not go unnoticed in the off-grid community. A second-hand shipping container has become an ideal building block for off-grid living space. One comfy looking shipping container cabin built on top of a mountain in British Columbia, Canada went viral last month after its owner published a YouTube video about his peculiar abode.

Built with three 20-foot shipping containers, the stunning off-grid shipping container home was designed by Adam Hellicar of Honeybox, Inc., a Canadian company that specializes in container box architecture. Adam used twists and locks to bolt the middle container to a cement block. Lashing rods enabled the two other containers to be cantilevered.

Adam’s project has a single goal, which is to showcase the potential of shipping containers as material for creating unique living spaces. According to Adam, the structure is 100-percent off-grid. His container home is equipped with 800-watt solar panels which generate electricity for lights, outlets, and a water pump. He uses a wood stove for heat while propane provides the energy for the home’s hot water heater, refrigerator and range/oven. A composting toilet is also available. A gutter and downspout system was installed by Hellicar to divert water off the roof. Any leaks from the top gutter are saved by a second gutter. The rainwater catchment system fills two large water tanks for showering and washing dishes. Adam elects to purchase his drinking water because he doesn’t have a filter yet and the well water is ferrous.

Hellicar’s home is mobile so taking it apart and reassembling it to another location is not an issue. It takes three to four hours to disconnect the sections.

Shipping containers are perfect for off-grid living. Outlined below are the benefits of shipping container homes:

• Shipping containers are cost-effective, and (depending on fittings) you may only need a few thousand dollars to build one.

• Shipping containers have a smaller footprint on the ground and it is possible to stack up to nine containers when fully loaded.

• Shipping containers are widely available.

• Shipping containers’ modular design allows easy construction using multiple “building blocks”.

• Shipping containers are sustainable because you are recycling something that could end up as a waste material if not reused, and can be recycled again when finished with!

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Long-Lasting Breads You Can Stockpile For YEARS And YEARS

Long-Lasting Breads You Can Stockpile For YEARS And YEARS
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Bread has been a classic sustenance for survival in many cultures since ancient times. The Bible has many references to the bread – which according to the Book of Ezekiel was made in those times from wheat, barley, beans, lentils, millet, and fitches. This classic and common food is often overlooked by preppers and off-grid enthusiasts due to its short shelf life. However, there are bread recipes that will make survival more bearable. Before we discuss them, let’s take a look at the factors that affect the shelf life of bread as well as ways for extending the shelf life of the baked item without the use of preservatives.

The primary culprit of bread spoilage is mold. Organic bread is more prone to spoilage due to lack of preservatives. Here are the factors that expose your bread to the development of certain fungi or molds which can be dangerous to eat.

•• Temperature

Most molds grow faster at warmer temperatures, so bread will only last a few days unless frozen.

• •Exposure To Mold

Mold spores in the air or on people’s hands could cause the development of mold. To delay mold growth, keep the bread in an airtight container and wash hands before handling.

• •Moisture

Mold thrives in a moist environment, so bread could grow mold sooner if it is exposed to high moisture content. To deal with moisture, bread should be cooled and dried out at room temperature before being placed in a container.

• •Ingredients

The growth of mold is enhanced by ingredients such as eggs, milk and sugar, which create a petri dish environment for the fungus. If you will prepare bread with these types of ingredients, eat it as soon as possible or store it in the refrigerator.

• Preparation Style

Over-mixing or kneading exposes the bread to more oxygen, which is another factor that encourages the rapid growth of mold. Mixing and kneading should only be done to the point necessary. If you want bread recipes that last up to 2.5 years, the matzo bread and hardtack are the clear winners. These types of bread are tasty and can fulfill the bread function as a foodstuff. Here are the recipes:

Basic Hardtack Bread

Ingredients

•• 5 cups of flour
•• 2 cups of water
•• 3 teaspoons of salt

Procedure:

Mix the flour and salt in a bowl and make sure the mixture is fairly dry. Add just enough water so that the mixture will stick together. The dough should not stick to hands, rolling pin or pan. Then, roll the dough to about half-inch thickness and shape it into a rectangle. Cut the dough into 3-by-3 inch squares and ½ inch thick.

Create a pattern of four rows of four holes into the squares by slightly punching through the dough, whose appearance should be similar to that of a modern saltine cracker. Do the same procedure to the other side of the dough.

Bake the dough on an ungreased cookie or baking sheet for thirty minutes for the one side. Turn the dough pieces and bake for another 30 minutes. Wait until the sides are slightly brown.

When done, let the crackers dry for a few days in an open space. The bread’’s consistency should be similar to that of a brick before you store them in an airtight container.

You can fry the bread in a buttered skillet after soaking it in milk or water. This bread, used as a staple in ancient times on long sea voyages, is perfect when eaten with cheese, soup, or just plain salt.

Basic Matzo Bread Recipe

This unleavened bread is a kosher food for Passover. You can enjoy this crisp, flatbread in just under thirty minutes. This savory snack sustained the Israelites across their travels and wanderings during Biblical times. It has a shelf life of 2.5 years when stored in a dry place.

Ingredients

•• 1 cup flour
•• 3 cups of water
•• ½ teaspoon of kosher salt
•• 1 teaspoon of olive oil

Procedures

Mix all ingredients and knead the mixture until firm dough forms. Divide the dough into 12 pieces and roll each piece into a ball. Then, roll each ball into think disk. Pierce each disk with a fork on each side to prevent the dough from rising. Repeat the previous procedures with the rest of the dough. Place the pieces of bread onto the baking sheet. It’s okay if the bread overlaps on the pan. Bake for two minutes and carefully flip over the bread, and bake for an additional 2 minutes until the matzos are lightly browned and crisp.

For kosher matzos, wafers should be finished within 18 minutes of adding water to the flour.


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What REALLY Happens When You Bury a Shipping Container? (Hint: It’s A Bit Crazy…)

Shipping containers are all the rage - but if you are thinking about buying one, you MUST watch this video first:

shipping container video

There's a general belief that if you bury a shipping container you can create an awesome root cellar / storm shelter / survival bunker.

But is a shipping container strong enough to handle the pressure?

Watch the video to see what happens:

What Really Happens When You Bury a Shipping Container? (Click To Watch Video)




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India Just Planted 66 Million Trees In 12 Hours

India Just Planted 66 Million Trees In 12 Hours
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Nations such as India are stepping up their actions to stress their commitment to the Paris climate deal. The South Asian nation plans to spend $6 billion reforesting 12% of its land under the agreement. The country’’s latest project was conducted last July 2, 2017, when 1.5 million volunteers planted 66 million animal sheltering, carbon-scrubbing trees.

Situated along the Narmada River in the central state of Madhya Pradesh, the project involved young and old volunteers who gathered to plant more than 20 species of saplings. A similar project was organized a year before, that saw the planting of 50 million trees.



Thirty-one percent of the planet’s land mass is covered by forests which provide food, fresh water, clothing, medicine, and shelter to 1.6 billion people. Forests are also home to many of the world’s most endangered and threatened animals.

Due to continued deforestation, some 46,000-58,000 square miles of forests are lost annually. The planet loses 8 football fields of forests every minute to fires, clear-cutting for agriculture, ranching, logging for timber and commercial development.

India’’s feat would not be possible without the commitment of the Madhya Pradesh government and the help of the districts along the Narmada River. The men, women, children, and elderly that participated in the project sowed saplings from 7 am to 7 pm.

This effort is part of India’s goal to reforest 235 million acres of the country by 2030. The Paris Agreement also drove India’’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi to commit 40% of the country’’s electricity capacity to come from renewable sources by 2030.

Ranked third in the world (behind China and the U.S.) in terms of carbon dioxide emission, India has implemented steps to curb coal use for natural gas and renewable energy sources. The Paris agreement and the drop in renewable energy prices forced India to rethink its electricity generation strategy. A report published by the World Economic Forum found that the price of solar and wind electricity generation is now equal to or cheaper than fossil fuel based electricity.

According to Shivraj Singh Chouhan, state chief minister for the Madhya Pradesh region, the tree plantation will not only save Narmada but also the planet. Chouhan stressed the need to spare something for upcoming generations.

The tree plantation initiative is one of India’’s strategies to change its reputation as a smog and pollution fuelled country. Its capital, Delhi, holds the record for the worst air quality in the world. Modi’’s government wants to make India green again by investing millions into environmentalism and green energy at a local and national level.

Other nations have also taken steps to reduce deforestation and climate change. Australia shared its plan to use drones to plant one billion trees every year. Africa is doubling its efforts to restore 31.7 million hectares of land as part of the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative.