Category: Living Off The Grid

How To Make An Amazing DIY Portable Stove

How To Make An Amazing DIY Portable StoveHow To Make An Amazing DIY Portable Stove

When you are in the mood for an inexpensive but satisfying outdoor pastime in some mountainous area, to experience nature’s wonders, a wise backpacker knows very well the value of every square inch of space inside his or her bag. Sufficient food and water to sustain the trip, some gear and equipment for the adventure, a nifty first aid kit just in case, and other supplies you would need for a night of outdoor camping: these are just few of the things one would expect on any camping checklist.

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Truth be told, carrying a backpack isn’t the most fascinating and thrilling experience on any trip, especially on your poor, would-be-strained back muscles, but it is “part of the deal” of camping, backpacking, or travelling outdoors. And with that comes the logical thinking to pursue the ideal scenario where your bag only carries the most essential, with a desire to be rid of things deemed superfluous. Every pound of additional weight counts.

Avid campers, picnickers, backpackers, and the like appreciate a great deal of portability and strive to eliminate pack weight wherever possible. The smaller the size, the more lightweight it is, and the more space it affords for other things inside the bag, the better.

A portable stove might be a camper’s or backpacker’s best friend in the wilderness when hunger kicks in and his stomach starts grumbling in protest. It gets the job done efficiently and provides a convenient and transportable means of cooking or boiling. So, portable home-made stoves made out of aluminum cans such as those of soft drinks or beer are worthy of mention. (Yes, you’ve read that right: you can make a portable stove out of two beer or soft drink cans!)

It is not only a do-it-yourself backpacking and camping solution for you but also a minor eco-friendly attempt to reduce the number of supposedly recyclable wastes going to landfills. Beverage can stoves are light and are nearly free, only requiring a few tools and materials to build. Interested how to? Check out the video by SensiblePrepper and be ready to get your hands busy making your own cool portable stove. 🙂

950+ 3000+ FREE Survival And Preparedness eBooks

950+ FREE Survival And Preparedness eBooks3000+ FREE Survival And Preparedness eBooks Photo – © Photobank – Fotolia.com

You will simply not believe your eyes when you see this incredible collection of freely available knowledge. This is amazing. As the saying goes, “We’ve found the mother ship!” 🙂

This vault of 950+ 3000+ ebooks is a true library of information that covers just about any off-grid / survival scenario that you could possibly think of, and a whole lot more besides.

Not only that, you can download the lot as a zipped file if you make a donation!

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Here are some of the subjects covered:
Disaster and emergency preparedness (including extreme weather, volcano, tsunami, fire, earthquake), in-home shelters, chemical emergencies, EMP, nuclear survival, military survival manuals, wilderness survival, dangerous plants and animals, self defense, communications, self sufficiency, medical and first aid, survival shelters (outdoor), fuel, water collection and purification, alternative energy including wind and solar, firemaking, cooking, food procuring, storage and preservation, recipes, gardening, soil testing, colloidal silver, building construction, emergency services, blacksmithing, knots, emergency planning, hunting, fishing, caching and hiding techniques, poultry breeding, bunkers, generators….. and so much more.

This collection is truly astonishing.

I take my hat off to the kind folks who put all this together and made it available for free. I’m going to make a donation to help them keep their servers running and I urge you to do the same (I’m not in any way affiliated with them, just inspired by them!) Their kind of generosity is an inspiration and “true to the real spirit of the internet” as a tool to bring the world’s knowledge to our fingertips, so let’s support that.

Ok, here is the link to the full page of downloadable eBooks: 3000+ Survival Books (via Web Archive)

Note that this collection of FREE Survival And Preparedness eBooks is a ‘web archive’ page as the original archive was not available. You can still download files individually, however the ‘download everything at once’ links might not be working.

Enjoy!

12 Awesome Books To Get You Off The Grid

12 Awesome Books To Get You Off The Grid
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This fantastic collection of 12 Awesome Books To Get You Off The Grid provides tutorials on many aspects of the off-grid lifestyle – including building your own eco-home, harvesting water, generating your own power and growing your own food!

Related: 40 Of The Best Survivalism Books Ever (Amazing Collection)

If you’re planning on going off-grid, downsizing, homesteading, survival prepping or simply living a more “down to earth” lifestyle, it’s great to have access to information and tips from people who have already done it. Check out our diverse selection which is packed full of ideas and information of all kinds! All these books are available on Amazon via the link. If you don’t feel like spending money on the books, you can also learn a lot for free by using both the “Look Inside” feature and by looking at the reviews given by other readers, which often contain great information!

Earth-Sheltered Houses: How to Build an Affordable Underground Home

Earth-sheltered houses utilize thermal mass in order to create a low-impact dwelling. Written by a former contractor and founder of an eco-building school with 27 years experience. Rave reviews.

Projects to Get You Off the Grid: Rain Barrels, Chicken Coops, and Solar Panels

144 pages, a collection of 20 tutorials from turning old windows into a greenhouse, building a chicken coop, making rainwater collectors and even making an algae bioreactor out of water bottles!

The Backyard Homestead: Produce All The Food You Need On Just A Quarter Acre!

This book is another “cult classic” and teaches organic gardening, keeping livestock, preserving meats and fruits, and more.

The Encyclopedia of Country Living, 50th Anniversary Edition: The Original Manual for Living off the Land & Doing It Yourself

This is a classic on homesteading. Described by one reader as “The ULTIMATE book for gardening / homesteading”… rave reviews and hugely popular.

Harvesting H2O: A Prepper’s Guide To The Collection, Treatment, And Storage Of Drinking Water While Living Off The Grid

If you’re really living “out there” you’ll find out that while you can go without solar if you have to, you’re really stuffed without water. This book contains tutorials on the dangers of wild water, purifying your own water, water filter construction, distillation, rainwater collection, water storage, drilling wells and more.

Dirt-Cheap Survival Retreat: One Man’s Solution

I like the “realness” of this book. This is “real world” modern “minimalist” RV survival for someone who doesn’t have a huge budget to buy a big tract of land in the wilderness. Not so much on pure survivalism but an awesome guide for the modern nomad or drifter who wants freedom from the steel grip of the big mortgage.

DIY Solar Projects: How To Put The Sun To Work In Your Home

All manner of solar projects from passive solar water heating through to photovoltaic systems, and plenty of simple innovations such as “thermosyphon” solar heat collectors and clever reflector projects that cost little and provide energy!

DIY Projects for the Self-Sufficient Homeowner: 25 Ways to Build a Self-Reliant Lifestyle

All manner of projects including building a beehive, solar electricity, cold frame gardening, setting up a root cellar and more.

Aquaponic Gardening: A Step-By-Step Guide to Raising Vegetables and Fish Together

Forget GMOs for increased yields. Seriously, it’s absolute bunk. Aquaponics is the answer, because it uses closed loop systems (make a note of this phrase, closed loop systems are going to become incredibly important in the years to come.) Aquaponics is an incredible way of creating what is effectively a maximum-yield “ecosystem” designed to produce healthy food. An essential topic for the “off-gridder”.

Earthship: How to Build Your Own, Vol. 1

The “cult classic” from Earthship pioneer Michael Reynolds. He has now created a whole series on this topic but this one is the original. These books are now hard to obtain and judging by the prices, appear to be collector’s items.

Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills, Third Edition

Another classic: This book goes deep into teaching how things used to be done before power tools and modern “conveniences”. Essential stuff from dyeing your own wool with plant pigments through to raising chickens and building a log cabin.

All New Square Foot Gardening, Second Edition: The Revolutionary Way to Grow More In Less Space

Rave Reviews once again for the new edition of this excellent gardening manual.

That’s it for our collection of books to get you off the grid. Let us know any others in the comments!

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