Solar Food Dehydrator

Solar Food Dehydrator

Shortly after your garden starts giving fruit you will be wondering how to preserve it so you and your family can enjoy it during the whole year. Drying food is the oldest method for preserving the harvest for later use and it’s benefits are that the dehydrated food gets smaller and weights less due to the lack of water in it and unlike freezing you don’t need constant power to prevent the food from spoiling.

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  1. Peter: Excellent. Congratulation. I have seen a similar structure and it had a small chimney, in order to make a nice…

Honey Bees and Beekeeping

Honey Bees and Beekeeping

Honey bees and beekeeping is a highly relevant topic when talking about a self-sustained person, family or a community. As honey is an invaluable natural product that is not only a natural sweetener and nutrition source, but also a well proven medicine which has a long storage life, it’s high on the list of the prepper.

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Manual Water Drilling / Well Drilling

Manual Water Drilling / Well Drilling

While researching various ways to drill for water I discovered this interesting video demonstrating how one can build a hand drill form plumbing parts and drill for water to substantial depth. This method allows manual drilling for water to depths up to 100m for 3 to 4 days, while the 30m mark can be reached on the first day. While this drill cannot penetrate hard rock and the encounter of  larger stones will certainly obstruct the drilling, it is a very cheap method to drill for water and it will work for almost any type of soil.

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Lead-Acid Batteries – All you need to know

Lead-Acid Batteries – All you need to know

This article covers all you need to know for the lead-acid batteries in the context of solar, wind or off-grid use – from the different types and applications, through the various factors that have effect on battery life and capacity, to the basic maintenance activities that can prolong battery life.

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Building an outhouse / outdoor toilet – Part 1

Building an outhouse / outdoor toilet – Part 1

If you have a cabin or a small house in a remote location, you are by all means already familiar with the issue of disposing human waste from defecation and urination. If you still haven’t built your cabin, you might want to delay it a bit and first build an outdoor toilet, which will provide you with more comfort while building you cabin. This article provides information on how to build an outdoor toilet (also referred as outhouse or latrine), in conditions where there is no sewage and building a septic system is not feasible.

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  1. Carol Sommerville: looks good I need part II

    • pprepper: Haven't built it yet. I am also thinking about converting this into a thermal starage tank, so part 2 might…

  2. Jackhamm: is there a second part to this? Building an outhouse / outdoor part 1

Reuse plastic bottles in a watering system

Reuse plastic bottles in a watering system

Plastic bottles can be reused to create a simple, yet effective watering system that provides continuous moisture to trees or flowers. This will not only benefit the plants, but will also reduce the amount of water that you use for watering and will also reduce the amount of plastic waste that you are producing.

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  1. neeraj: Thanks buddy for the watering stuff. this illustration will help me a lot i have been struggling to find a…

Wood gas – the fuel that will get you through crisis

Wood gas – the fuel that will get you through crisis

Wood gas (also called producer gas) is an alternative fuel, which can be extracted from any biomass with the help of a device called gasifier or wood gas generator. The wood gas can have multiple applications ranging from cooking food to driving an internal combustion engine and electricity generation. This article will concentrate on the explanation of the processes involved in the generation of the wood gas, as well as on the it’s possible uses, while providing references and information that can be used to build a wood gas generator.

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Measuring wind speed with a DIY anemometer

Measuring wind speed with a DIY anemometer

Many of us have wondered whether it is possible to install a wind turbine at their place and whether there will be enough wind to make it work efficiently. Well, it is not that hard to find that out. This article will guide you through the process of creating a DIY anemometer, which can be assembled from parts that you have laying around.

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  1. zazuge: Nice idea using a small audio-tape motor I was thinking of using a cyclocomputer but that necessate a big diameter…

    • pprepper: On the other hand, the cyclocomputer will be logging the data for you and you might only have to figure…