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  • Solar Ovens - Box Cookers, Panel Cookers, Parabolic Cookers
    so Higher temperatures cook larger quantities cook faster and allow for cooking on marginal days However many people prefer to cook at lower temperatures since then they can leave the food to cook while they go about their business With a single reflector box cooker once the food is cooked it just stays warm and doesn t scorch It s good to keep in mind that no food can go above 100 E C 212 E F at sea level anyway unless a pressurized cooking vessel is used The high temperatures you see in cookbooks for conventional ovens are just for convenience and for special effects such as quick browning 2 As far as having the cookers face the sun the box cookers with one back reflector don t need to be turned unless you are cooking beans which take up to 5 hours Panel cookers need to be turned more often than box cookers since they have side reflectors that can shade the pot Parabolic cookers are the most difficult to keep in focus These need to be turned every 10 to 30 minutes depending on the focal length 4 Building a box cooker out of plywood or glass works great unless you need a cooker that can stay outside even in the rain you ll do just fine with a cardboard cooker Cardboard is much easier to work with and holds heat just as well Some people have used the same cardboard box cooker for over 10 years 5 Using mirrors are more reflective than simpler materials such as aluminum foil but the added reflectiveness is probably not worth the increased cost and fragility involved with using mirrors 6 Some people prefer to paint the walls black thinking that the oven will get hotter It seems however that the walls will get hotter but the food won t necessarily get hotter Its more preferable to cover the inner walls with aluminum foil to keep the light bouncing until it hits either the dark pot or the dark bottom tray Since the bottom tray is in contact with the pot the heat the tray collects will move into the pot easily You can buy flat black spray paint that says non toxic when dry on the label but otherwise black tempera paint works but you have to be careful not to wash it off when you wash the pot 7 The best kind of pot to use are dark light weight shallow pot that is slightly larger than the food you will cook in it Metal pans seem to cook best Hardware stores in the US usually carry dark speckled metal pans called Graniteware Shiny aluminum pots so common in developing countries can be painted black or can be blackened in a fire Cast iron pots will work but extra solar energy is used to heat up the pot as well as the food so they will not work in marginal conditions 8 For insulating the walls of a

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  • Emergency Preparedness
    although there are those that are made that aren t sealed Many are shockproof and float on water These are probably the ones you want to use for your emergency preparedness kits They are better built and are great for those coming disasters we face Squeeze Flashlight This handy easy to grip squeezable flashlight is powered by your hand and they don t need batteries Simply squeeze it for 20 to 40 times you can have about 5 minute light It is bright enough for most situations Some of them are made with batteries and are comparable in light to a regular flashlight and will stay on like a normal flashlight with less effort These squeezable flashlights are not water proof so you would might want to consider keeping them in a water proof bag or container when storing them in emergency kits etc As soon as you start to squeeze it you get instant light Idea for emergency needs because they do not need batteries and you will always have light when you need light Cranking Flashlight Crank flashlight never requires batteries although they have a rechargeable LIR2032 lithium battery 3 6V 35mA built in them With normal use battery may be charged 500 times and last more than 10 years With 1 minute of cranking 1 LED illuminates more than 30 minutes 3 LEDs illuminates more than 25 minutes Rotating 120 cycles minute will generate 80 battery capacity Dead batteries are the number one problem with most flashlights you will never have that problem with the crank flashlight The crank flashlight has three LEDs light emitting diodes that will provide super bright light anytime anywhere All three LEDs can be on for high illumination or one LED on for low illumination The reliability of these unbreakable long life

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  • Solar Power Battery Chargers
    would you be able to have flashlight and radio power for long periods of time for those times of emergency With solar power battery chargers you could constantly have power as long as the sun is shining and would be able to power the necessary equipment until power could be restored Solar powered radios and solar power flashlights are also available but a regular flashlight or radio would work great by having a solar power battery charger and batteries There are a few different solar powered battery chargers available and will work fine for charging your chargeable batteries In most cases the solar powered battery chargers with bigger panels with higher wattage will charge your batteries much quicker and might be a better choice if wanting many batteries charged in a shorter time Anything of course would be better than nothing Make sure though that if you do get a larger solar panel that you have the right converter for charging smaller batteries For example with a 12 volt solar panel which would normally be used to charge car batteries etc you would have to invest into an AC to DC converter so you could plug in a regular battery charger at the 110 volts that USA standard appliances use By going that route you would have to acquire the solar panel converter 12 volt battery and a regular battery charger which might be more expense than you want to spend Of course the advantage is your batteries will be charged at a much quicker rate and many more appliances could be used But for using your regular solar power battery chargers your prices begin at 7 00 and up which is much more affordable It all just depends on what you want to power up In any case solar

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  • Propane Lanterns
    propane stoves for cooking Some of there propane lanterns are duel fuel and will take propane or regular unleaded which would be ideal for having the option of two sources of fuel to choose from Coleman seems to have the market on propane lanterns and seem to make good quality ones Here are a couple mention here that you could consider Coleman Compact Propane Lantern This coleman lantern is a more compact one if you were considering caring one in a backpack weighing 0 64 lbs in it self They are built with a metal guard to help protect the globe from breaking and have a chain for caring or hanging It has a fully adjustable light output and with a one 16 4 oz propane cylinder it can last up to 12 hours of light The pressure is regulated for constant light not mattering the weather and the mantle is slip on bayonet style 5 If on the go this might be the better choice if wanting propane for your lighting Coleman Northstar Propane Lantern This Coleman lantern is a little more nicer having an electronic ignition with no matches necessary It has easy adjustable lighting and a built in pressure control regulator that will give steady illumination in cold weather high altitudes or when fuel is low Its unique tube mantle doesn t have to be tied and is easily made to clip on when needing to replace The mantle is made of nonreadioactive materials making it harmless when in light The ventilator has porcelain built in making it resisting rust and corrosion The globe is also protected from breaking and this coleman lantern comes a nylon carrying case that zips up Coleman 2 Mantle Propane Lantern The coleman two mantle propane lanterns are a little more expensive

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  • Tents And Canvas Tents
    tent will channel water underneath and no degree of waterproofing will stop water from seeping inside You can buy material for groundsheet at both outdoor equipment and hardware stores Plastic from hardware stores is perfectly fine and often cheaper The Rain Fly Most tents come with a rain flys today and it is what usually takes most the beating of the tent weather According to the fly it may just cover a central part of the roof or it may extend all the way to the ground It may incorporate an integral vestibule or annex by the tent door s or even a porch style awning on some family models It is usually somewhat heavier than the rest of the tent as the fly takes the most abuse over time from UV light winds rains birds trees They are also good for ventilation being it leaves a double wall between you and the outside for summer time use For winter camping you would want something different such as a canvas tent Its good to have a couple of extra flys for your tent when you purchase it because models change and won t be able to find a replacements down the road It s cheaper to buy a couple of flys than it is to buy a new tent It is also good to waterproof them every so often to help protect your tent and make it last longer Some of the modern tents are single walled tents that are made with waterproof and breathable material like canvas Canvas tents are more expensive but will last for years to come You can live winters in them if you had too with all sorts of wind rain and snow and still stay dry inside Some are made with a special wax coating so that no rain can come in and moister won t build up on the inside walls keeping things dry inside and preserving your tent Size of Tent Depending on the size of your family group and gear that you have will determine what size of tent you will need Also today s tent manufacturers rate tents for sleeping in only with zero gear If you want your gear included inside minus in half the amount of people that the tent rating says to accommodate it all and it will be pretty close to the room you need Some tents even have a separate dining room This is usually a screened in area for eating and lounging Things to consider are the height of the tent Are you tall and is there room to stand in it Also is there enough room to stretch out to your full length when you are in your sleeping bag Can you sit up comfortably and will you be spending a lot of time in the tent Decide how much room is needed and important to you before purchasing a tent Weight of Tent Depending on your situation will determine the weight of

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  • Emergency Preparedness Winter Survival Shelter
    to stay warm in a wintry snow environment for survival you could make a shelter out of a snow cave A den in the snow confines the body heat like a blanket or overcoat It is a snug place no matter how the wind may blow The deer use this technique to keep warm by bury themselves in drifts lying a half day or more with just their heads sticking out Kind of the same situation of a bear going in a cave to hibernate where its much warmer By making a snow cave you want to take the cautions of making it safe to be in There are those that have suffocated in them for not being built right either from a lack of oxygen or being too cold inside and couldn t survive it To begin building one first dig a four foot diameter tunnel into the hill piling the snow down hill When you have your tunnel mined about eight feet horizontally into the snow start excavating up and out until you can sit up on the snow that will become your sleeping platform for your two or several sleeping pads bags and bivys Create a smooth arched chamber for the cave that will allow the melting snow to run down the sides and not your sleeping bag bivy Then excavate an eighteen inch wide trench about eighteen inches below your sleeping platform out to the doorway for the new cave floor When you have dug out the cave interior and moved all the excavated snow out of the way go outside and completely close the entrance to your four foot tunnel with blocks of snow cut from the disturbed consolidated snow you have depositing down hill Be careful not to break your shovel by prying too

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  • Hiking Backpacks
    ones and adults What also needs to be considered is you don t know how long you have to go for So being prepared with the most proper supplies in you backpacks like food and water would be crucial but at the same time not to have too much weight where you could easily get fatigued if not used to backpacking Also having your backpack ready to go is a good idea so that you aren t having to pack in the last minute when the emergency hits and you don t have time to pack The great benefit to using a hiking backpack compared maybe using handbags is that carrying heavy loads over long periods of time can be much easier carried on you shoulders instead of your hands Shoulder harness on backpacks should be designed to handle 30 to 40 percent of the weight Also if you buy hiking backpacks that have padded hip belts it will make your load even easier being that your hips are stronger than your shoulders Lot of the weight can be shifted to your hips where most the load rides and is your center of mass making it easier for carrying it Types of Backpacks Here are a few different types of backpacks choose from for different body sizes and uses Daypacks 15 35L Day packs have little or no internal from to support loads and your weight is carried only by the shoulder straps These are usually good for day hikes but if longer traveling distances are required they might not be the best to choose from Some of these have waist belts to keep you load centered and some padding on the back for comfort But the waist belts on these aren t usually designed to help carry your load but more to center your load Alpine Packs 35 55L These medium sized packs usually have some internal stiffeners and a more substantial hipbelt that bears some of the weight They can carry heavier loads for intensive hiking or distant walking Backpacking Packs 55 75L These kind of packs are good for longer trips if maybe having to travel for a couple of days There frames are much more rigid and puts most the weight on your hips instead of your back Expedition Packs 75 100L These hiking back packs have a much larger carrying capacity and can carry extra gear that might be needed Adults would be better in using these back pack if wanting to take the heavier gear Most of these have the wider shoulder straps and padded hipbelt Travel Packs Travel packs vary from soft sided suitcase with shoulders straps to elaborate backcountry packs They have a flap that zips over the shoulder straps and waistbelt to reduce snagging They can be folded and save on space These might not be the best to use for emergency situations but would be better than nothing if this is all you have There are a couple of different

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  • Sleeping Bags And Wool Blankets For Survival Preparedness
    a life time of use 100 wool blankets are flame resistant having a naturally moister contents to them which makes them noncombustible and quite safe for that reason It s good to have some these for your family at home for emergencies even if you don t use them in the mean time These Army blankets have been found online for as low as 7 00 up to 30 00 each A side note for cleaning wool blankets is to only do it when necessary of either washing or dry cleaning them In most cases just a good shake with a little fresh air and sun will do the job Sleeping Bags Sleeping bags varies from the simplest giving the lowest temperature at which the bag should keep you warm to more advanced sleeping bags that provide warmth and comfort even in extreme temperatures There are variety of sleeping bags that adapt to varying temperatures Ranges include down and synthetic sleeping bags along with sleeping bags that have an integrated sleeping mat If having to travel light there are comprehensive range of lightweight insulated and breathable sleeping bags that pack down super small and weigh a minimal amount Here are a couple of different types of insulation for sleeping bags Down is one of nature s best insulator and very high in warmth to weight ratio It s water repellent being made from geese ducks and other waterfowl birds that have that natural fluff undercoating to keep them warm 3M Thinsulate lite Loft sleeping bags are light and compact and less bulky than other sleeping bags with the same temperature ratings up to 25 lighter Polarguard HV This is the latest version of the unique material that made the original Polarguard a legend for durability and ease of care Hollow

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