Earthminded RainStation Rain Barrel

The Rain Barrel collects rain water from the roof and its drainage system. The water it collects is not potable, and should not be used for drinking or cooking without filtration & disinfection.

Besides the ability of providing a source of emergency reserve water, the rain barrel provides a great source of water to use to water your lawn and garden.  Any way to reduce your dependency on the utilities is a great thing. The rain barrel is one such way to reduce that dependency and save money on your water bill as well. Continue reading Earthminded RainStation Rain Barrel

Alternative Energy

Our technologies have developed at an astounding rate over the last 200 years. Also astounding, is how rapidly we are becoming completely dependent upon them. Electricity was not even widely available in homes until 1910-1920. Now, when the power goes out for more than a day or two, people often leave their homes and stay with family / friends that have power.

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Vegistroke V3 WVO Kit

After successfully converting my F250 to run on Waste Vegetable Oil (WVO) several years ago, I recently decided to purchase and upgrade to the Vegistroke V3 kit from Biofuel Technologies . While my own conversion had functioned well for several years, I wanted to upgrade to the design and reliability of the V3. The V3 has lots of added creature comforts such as fully auto-purge and shutdown AFTER I turn the truck off.

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Strikeforce Fire Starter

I decided to test out the UST StrikeForce Fire Starter. This is the best quality flint bar and striker we have seen. The outer construction is made of very sturdy ABS plastic and inside it contains a very large 1/2″ diameter flint bar. The striker is made from a thick piece of hardened steel. Together they produce nice large and very hot sparks.

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Gerber LMF II Infantry Knife

The Gerber LMF II Infantry Knife [22-41463] is a good quality, versatile survival knife in the sub $100 category. This particular knife is considered to be the among the best bang for your buck when it comes to survival knifes.

We selected the Coyote Brown version  for our review. The knife is well made and feels very sturdy in your hand. The rubber over-mold offers good grip in dry and wet conditions, though we have noticed the rubber over-mold can get nicked up with use, and is the first part to start showing wear. We don’t feel this will affect its performance for its intended use and it is mostly cosmetic damage. Even using the included sheath will overtime damage the overmold as can be seen the photo below. The grip itself is shaped nicely for a positive and secure grip in several positions.

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Davis Instruments 6250 Vantage Vue Weather Station

I wanted to get an accurate idea of the mean wind speeds at my home. I have noticed that the land features around my house seem to have made the site noticeably windier than the other areas that I have lived. As alternative energy projects have always interested me, I decided I would like to experiment with building a homemade wind turbine.

I did a lot of online research of the available wireless weather stations before picking up the Davis Instruments 6250 Vantage Vue Wireless Weather Station.

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