Emergency Preparedness Tips and Information
Medicinal Plant Map of the United States This is a 1932 map of medicinlal plants by Edwin Newcomb. This shows the medicinal plants in each state. Below is a clickable map that can be blown up by holding your CTRL and rolling your mousewheel forward. There is also a link that will take you to a cartography service to get an actual high quality map printed if you...
100 Different Ways to Reuse Broken Household Items On the contrary, there are many different projects that you can do with those broken items and create stunning décor for indoors and out, all from things that you may consider to be trash. We have collected a list of 100 different projects that call for those broken items or common household trash. Repurposing is...
Disaster Prepardness in Annapolis Anne Arundel County Department of Inspections and Permits continues to highlight building safety throughout the month of May. This week’s theme “Bounce Back Faster from Disaster – Build to Code,” emphasizes the importance of preparing your family and home for natural disasters. Anne Arundel County is vulnerable...
What a real life economic collapse looks like I ran across this while in my internet travels. Pretty interesting read. Good site, worth checking out Did you ever think about what your life would be like if the stores were closed? I’m not talking about a post-apocalyptic Mad Max scenario or a winter storm that clears the shelves. I’m talking about a long-term...
A vertical garden from a 50 gallon drum This set up will let you grow 50 plants in an areas 2ft x 2ft. These barrels are easy to find. Craigslist is generally filled with them. You would prefer food graid and you want to make sure this wasn't carrying anything toxic http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufEQ6ZljJBE&x-yt-cl http://www.half-pinthomestead.com/GardenBarrels.html
|There are two types of primitive ovens that you can build from natural materials, for survival cooking. The first type is a single chamber in which a fire is made, like in this example. The chamber can be made from rocks, adobe or mud bricks, or mud or clay over a crude form, such as an empty metal bucket, or a framework of sticks (that will be burned away at the first firing). This design works better with more mass, so the above example should be coated with a thick layer of clay, mud, or packed earth. To use, light and maintain a fire in the chamber for an hour or so, then remove the coals and put the food inside, where it will bake. Block the door with a rock, to trap more of the heat inside, for best results.|
|The second type is made with two chambers, a lower fire chamber, and an upper cooking chamber. Mass is less important in this design, as the fire is left burning while the food bakes in the cooking chamber. This type can also be made from rocks, or adobe, or can be earth-covered, and it can be constructed with an optional chimney. Metal plates can also be used as shelves.|
|Embankment oven: A similar oven can be made by digging a hole into sloping ground, or an embankment, as shown here, and then adding flat stone shelves, and a stone door, for draft control. Scrap metal plates (or metal road signs) also make good shelves for these types of ovens.|
|Ammo Can Oven: Another style of two-chamber oven is the ammo can oven, which can be made from any large metal box with a lid. The can will be the upper chamber, or oven section. Stones (mortared with mud) are used to construct the lower chamber, or fire section, and then the can is placed on top, and covered with a thick layer of mud or adobe. An optional chimney hole can be used to draw the hot air around the back side of the box, for better heating. The ammo can lid is used as the door to the oven section, and as a shelf, if it is hinged and arranged as shown here.|
|Simple ovens can be made by first constructing a framework of sticks, and then adding a thick layer of mud, clay, or adobe (which is just mud mixed with chopped grass or straw). The sticks will burn away when the first fire is built inside, leaving the fire-hardened shell behind. A log or a bundle of sticks can be used to form a chimney, and flat stones (or slabs of green wood) can be used to block the doorway, both to regulate the fire, and to trap the heat inside.|
|These simple mud-brick, or adobe dome ovens can be built on raised platforms, if desired. These types of ovens have been used for centuries and are fool proof.|
|Here is one way to make a primitive mud brick oven: Using pliable twigs or bundles of grasses, make a structure that resembles the shape of the pictures above. Make an adobe mix, from mud and grass. Plaster the mix all over the outside of the frame to a depth of two inches, or more. You can check the depth by pushing a stick through the wall. Smooth off the outside of the wall with a damp trowel, or similar improvised tool. Allow the structure to dry a little. Place wood and kindling inside the oven and light. Keep the fire going by adding more wood – but slowly, as you don’t want to ruin the oven with too much heat. You just want to harden the clay with a hot, but not fierce heat. When the oven is fully dried, and the sticks have been burned out, you can use the oven for cooking.|
|Another design uses mud and grass mixed into bricks, which are made in simple molds like the example shown below, allowed to dry some, then stacked into a dome, like an igloo. Ovens of this type can also be made from mud on a frame of rebar, wire mesh, a metal barrel, ammo cans, etc..|
|Rake the coals from a single-chamber oven, put the food inside, and then seal doorway with a rock, or a wooden door, to keep most of the heat inside.|
|For long-term use, protect your mud-brick oven (and your firewood) from rain by covering it with a shed roof.|