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reminder Ontario Preparedness 2014 Event

2nd Annual Event

Ontario Preparedness is a collaborative effort to share knowledge, skills and understanding to promote preparedness and self-reliance. Every summer there is an event in which there is  a combination of brilliant speakers, incredible vendors,  and amazing skills workshops all focused to help others to become self-reliant and prepared for any possible event. Participation is open to everyone and there is no cost to attend.  This year’s event is titled Ontario Preparedness 2014.

see Ontario Preparedness 2014 Event
http://ontariopreparedness.com

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CanAmPreppers.net & wild_E Productions

wild_E & CanAmPreppers channel
So after a 3+ year absence due to no good editing software, watch for more videos from me on behalf of CanAmPreppers.net
I have about 10-15 to upload from the last few years, then another 20+ are planned and in the works right now.
Hoping this is another venue to get some new members as well as more views to the channel

ps. we also do videos on request!

CanAmPreppers YouTube Video Channel

Veggie oil Tea Lights and upcoming videos sneak peek

So if you like this sort of thing, subscribe here for updates and visit the forum at CanAmPreppers.net where we talk about thia and a whole lot of other things.
Cheers ~wild_E

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Fire-snow-cooking

Fire, Snow and cooking
Re-Blogging and Linking to two separate articles here. Rogers Blog where he explains how to setup a campfire and a new to Youtuber, a prepper and self reliant buddy of mine who has a done a series of videos to show people how to make a winter shelter and how to build a winter fire. 

This is a skill that anyone who lives in any climate where there is cold and winter should know of. This post will have some of my own info included, some re-blogged info from Roger’s blog along with a re-blogged video series from a ex Canadian Military buddy of mine who lives way out in the flatlands of Canada!
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This winter campfire photo was taken in January a couple of years ago. The next photo shows the same fire pit in the summer time.

A great way to build a fire in winter if you have a camping spot for year round use or look for established camping spots along any trail or campground. Remember you do not have to always re-invent the wheel, just keep it simpler and it works.
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Same firepit in summer time as the winter shot above.

A blog post by RMACTSC where he explains how to setup a campfire
…. excerpt.. 
KINDLING is the foundation of any fire. It is made of lightweight materials that are capable of burning quickly and igniting heavier materials. Kindling can be made from a mixture of twigs, tiny sticks, slivers of shaved wood, dried leaves, paper, cardboard, cotton balls, dryer lint, birch bark, dried grass, dried pine needles, etc. You’ll be using small sticks to then form a tepee and get your fire started. …. read more….

http://rmactsc.wordpress.com/2014/01/03/campfire-cooking/

The following link is to the topic of winter fire on the CanAmPreppers.net forum
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… If you are in the bush and had nowhere to make a fire but on the snow, and no rocks were available because they’re all under the snow and ice, what would you do? … read more
http://canampreppers.net/forum/index.php?topic=1091.0

The new YouTubers in action, building a winter fire and winter shelter heated by fire

Canadian Candle Fire on snow


http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5j4M5deU5cC-xt_HYiZgSA/videos
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-ZZFtEktXE


The next is a series of photos created while I was at Buroak Wilderness Adventures this summer. The owner of the camp a buddy of mine created a stunning all season fireplace/pit. Just look at all the features this cooking camp fire pit has;

  • flat rock for use as a warming centre and for putting objects on like the kettle
  • lots and I mean lots of hanging hooks all created from hardwood branches
  • excellent over the camp stand
  • excellent front and back projection areas
  • not seen in the photo is a canvas cook’s tent which is close enough to the fire to catch heat from this in the fall/winter/spring making your old bones just a bit more comfortable!

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Excellent campfire setup.

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This shot shows the ease at which cooking at various heights is accomplished.
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Dinner is almost ready, can you not just smell the yummy goodness! Fresh field potatoes, fresh picked corn (non gmo), fresh farm raised free range chicken.

Kinda making me hungry all over again! Plus the smell of freshly brewed coffee all cooked on hard and softwoods.

Remember the old ways, remember this is how Humans have lived for thousands upon thousands of years.

This is one of the reasons your computer screen saver is of the outdoors and not your bosses cubical or office! just saying !

Hopefully these skills will be appeal to you, so get out and learn or get out and practice but above all just get out and have some fun folks!
Until next time Cheers ~wild_E

Come on out to the forums at CanAmPreppers.net where we talk about this stuff and so much more for prepping, self-reliance, homesteading and survival skills.

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Veggie veggy oil lamps prt 3

Well since people spell veggie/veggy both ways… that is the title.
Editors be like; O my … LOL

What we have here are two floaters,  floating two improvised veggie/veggy, vegetable oil lamps to share, kudlich. Veg oil is safe, ultra safe, easy to use, inexpensive and recyclable. (you can use veg oil from deep fryers if filtered) Soda can, soda pop can, oil lamps for the USA, Americans!

Tools:
knife or scissors – thats it
material pop can
wick – natural fibre jute string

1st – quick floaters / floating wick holder
made from the bottom of pop cans
cut bottom of the can off
use scissors or knife
turn upside down, poke a whole in it so the opening is now going upwards into the freshly cut area
take your pre soaked in veg oil for 1-1.5 hr wick
insert into the fresh opening
use the lips that are there to grip the wick (do not make the hole too big or it will just fall down into the oil)
add in oil to the container
put the floating wick onto the oil
watch if float, say aw that is nice
light it with some sort of flaming device

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2nd Hurricane / pop can veg oil burner, veg oil lamp, kudlich lit in the front,
cut out a whole in the middle of the can (see pics below)
leave the wings or not it is up to you
put oil in the bottom of the newly cut pop can
take the top from one of the tops that are left over from the floaters
crimp edges (images coming soon)
see pics below
run the wet wick up into the pop tab to hold it in place
light with a flame
voila, veg oil candle substitute!
looks nice, safe, may be hung, easy to refill, lots of options here.
p.s. the Hurricane style lamp is my own creation and have never seen anyone do this before, ya me!

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kudlich lit in the front, Veggy, Veggie oil lamps, floating candles, Hurricane candles, Hurricane Lamps, improvised lamps, vegetable oil lamps, made from pop cans, tuna cans, salmon cans, natural fibre jute string, natural fiber jute string.

 

I will take some time tomorrow to show how the insert is done, very simple and easy to follow along with some pics to guide folks. Stay tuned !

great for Preppers, survivalist, self reliant, self reliance, homesteaders, stuck in snow, ice storms, power outages, camping, hiking, anywhere, christmas decorations, Christmas table, table settings, substitute for tea lights or tea candles

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Electronics Repair

Electronics Repair,
back online today after yet another electronics issue with my laptops 12v power supply. This is not a how to do electronics repairs but is a warning that you need to have some supplies on hand as well as in an extended kit for long term Self Reliance sustainability.

My list of tools;
box cutter / utility knife
side cutters
pliers needle nose
pliers regular blunt end
wire strippers/cutter
magnifying glasses x3 power
small screwdriver set
black utility/electrical tape
flux
solder with flux built in
Soldering Iron – Need to buy one!!!
(I have a soldering Gun, not as useful and takes a lot more power)
flat large surface to work on, ymmv there

Last month the 12v power cord broke near the end that goes into the computer. This is a multi power, multi end power supply so the ends pop off too easy. I have taped on the end permanently. The cord broke due to the fact that the power supply on this laptop is on the left side, my main vehicle 12v power supply is on the right in the dash. This makes the cord always bend to the right in order to be plugged in. IMG_20131016_154524b

The cord from the power pack to the laptop is a coaxial type of power cord with the negative wires around the inside positive wires. This finding this out took a few attempts at cutting, moving wires, pealing the inside positive wire without hurting the outside wires. x3 power close up glasses were used instead of a magnifying glass so that both hands were free to be in play.

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First I joined the inside positive wires, soldering them together though had to do this a few times. The best I found was to add extra flux even though the solder I had on had has flux built in, maybe it had to due with the size of the wire and not wanting to get it too hot as the end was so close.

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Next wrapped the wire up in tape, black electrical tape, put an extra layer or two to be sure!

Next did the same with the outside negative wires, same thing extra flux worked better. Again, overwrapped with the electrical tape, just to make sure!

Then covered both wires together, made sure the electrical tape was affixed to the wires a good two inches up from the cut and repair, did I mention that I wanted to be sure!

Voila, plugged the 12v into a socket to see if the wire repair or the power pack would heat up, left it on with no laptop connected for about 30 minutes. With some trepidation, I unplugged the 12v socket, attached the laptop, then plugged it back in. So far so good, whewww… Then turned the laptop on, kept checking for heat and smoke, ready to unplug at the first sign of either!

Now, two days ago, bam the 12v plug end, melted, melted so tight that it crushed the inside fuse or the fuse broke, causing the outside casing to melt. Does not matter either way, there was trouble. I unplugged the 12v power pack took a quick look and left it for the morning.
Note: do not get angry and throw the cord to the phone against the wall! In the morning you now have another soldering job!!
Newest fix; luckily I had an extra end for the power pack to the 12v socket kicking around. After taking the somewhat melted male socket apart, there was no way to fix was was left. Looking at the never used 12v cord, making a quick cut with the side cutters close but not against the adapter where it goes into the 12v power pack, I was committed. Thinking in advance, cutting close to the end connector now has the original cord slightly less than double the length, much better!

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Snipping close but not against the melted male socket (might still have some usable parts there) I laid out the wires to be stripped with the wire strippers/cutter.

Next which is good to know, this side the wires are normal cord style, positive and negative side by side, so much less stress and hassle! (relatively speaking of course)
Wires stripped back, positive first, soldered and fluxed together, wrapped excessively with black electrical tape.
Next negative wires done the same, overwrapped paying attention that there were now positive wires peeking through or mixed in with the negative wires!
All, overwrapped, up and down about 3 inches either side of the break. Overwrapped, making sure, I did mention this is my laptop cable right!

Other projects;
mouse chewed threw cables from solar panels to wire clips,
broken 12v cables that were attached to the 12v starting battery to a 4oo watt inverter
older emergency 12v battery starting wires, old ends taken off, wired brushed up, reconnected to newly exposed wire and soldered on for better connectivity and power transfer.

So, why is this important post SHTF;
no laptop for info
no solar panels
more mice to chew things
soldering iron draws less power
Soldering gun, has a nice light, ya but draws a lot more power
– also you need to hold that little trigger the whole time and your finger goes to sleep!
Get used to doing things outside of your comfort zone now!

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ThisnThat

So, long time no post well doesn’t that beat the cake!

This is a very quick post;
ThisnThat, private and not so private info for an online buddy who lives in Alberta..
OPSEC… buddy… come on… OPSEC

Here are the camping cook sets that I picked up last week on sale ! AWESOME sale… normally sells for $45-$55 each set, grabbed them for only $7 each plus tax!!

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Here is the quicky stove that I made following the directions for the beer can
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Try Try again, WordPress is acting up today!!!!  …

Here is a shot of Zelda, she is a Cane Corso x with a Great Dane at the Off Leash Park in Oshawa

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Also since we live at the back of a farm, I let her play with the old Junkers here, Dog Days of Summer!

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Vandwelling in Canada

Hello there,
Atmosphere in Canada for vandwelling is pretty good in most places. This would be the wrong time for someone from Arizona to come up though since it is September! For me it is hot, for y’all eh, jackets!

There are a lot of signs saying no overnight camping or sleeping, though if you go speak with a manager, it is normally alright. I have just said, passing through need to stay overnight to sleep and I never litter.

Due to the size of each province there is so much to see, do and travel you could easily spend each season travelling around and never go to the same spot twice. The downside is the lower parts of each province only offer paid camping, most Crown Lands you are not allowed to camp in for overnights or at best only a few days.

There are very few true vandwellers here, though there are some, most in the BC area as it is much warmer than the rest of Canada.
There are full timers and snow birds who go south or to BC for the winter then head back to the home range in spring.

In spring, fall and winter, you stay out of the wind! In summer stay in the wind and hope you do not get eaten by bugs.

There is so little crime up here or aggression with guns and such that even traipsing through the woods, most never carry a firearm. In Bear and Cougar country a small radio or music player warns them the Two Leggers are coming and to stay away, yes it does work and is the best repellent ever. That being said I always have large hunting knives on me when I hike and have other weapons located near each door and sleeping area.

Most people have forgotten the rules of living in the bush;
keep your food area and food prep area, 25 feet away minimum distance
do not camp right by a water source, move your tent away the residents want to drink and cool too
cooking fires are always 25 feet minimum away from your sleeping area, not near your vehicle
no food in vehicles
hanging food cashes are great, again not near your sleeping area
never had food issues even in my vehicle that was in cans or such like that.
some special food containers will keep the food smells in and bears out, but then again hanging it up 25 feet away is good insurance
animals are territorial, in the old days they used to pee in containers and then circle their living quarters sprinkling as they went, thus the animals knew to stay out of that area (yes it works)

Most places can be accessed with vehicles that are 2 wheel drive, though with higher suspensions. Just can’t beat the 4×4 with the tent top campers and Alaska campers, so compact and the 4×4 is a go so many places option.
In Canada the best way to hide is in plain site here, if it looks like an RV or some sort, people leave you alone. It is harder to live in a car here though as we need so many layers of clothing and insulation that most of the room of a car would be taken up with sleeping bags and warm weather gear. Even in Summer time, I have had to dig out the jackets and gloves, along with the sleeping bag that is rated to 0 degrees to be comfortable.

There are some great Rv’s some great camper vans and everything else on the road up here as well. My conversion is done on the $$ figure conversion. Bad health and lack of work means found objects and creative living space inside. I have too much stuff, and hopefully this month will see a big chunk of it goes, somewhere somehow I am feeling very toxic due to stuff and storage issues. Some other conversions I haves starting at just $100 are quite nice up to the Tens of Thousands of dollars, these conversion just make you go, wow!

For the curb shopping types Canada offers a variety of dates to find good items, and if you drive around close to the garbage days, there are always deals to be had from people getting rid of things for so many reasons.

For the $$ crowd, we have a multitude of places to buy equipment although it is most times more expensive than our cousins south of us, so keep that in mind as well.

For insulation reasons I say spend more on the floor and make sure there is no metal or the fiberglass showing unless covered over or it will rain inside from the condensation! Wood heat is dry so there are less issues with heating your place with wood, be it a tent, yurt, vandwelling, conversion or RV.

modified small propane heater in old Kerosene heater shell with plastic items close to show they do not melt.

modified small propane heater in old Kerosene heater shell with plastic items close to show they do not melt.

Heating is of course a popular thing to do here, along with Alaska and the Northern USA States. People here heat what they live in using conventional wood fireplaces (seen them in long term tents as well) to portable wood boxes and camping stoves. The advent and development of Rocket Mass Heaters and Pocket Rockets are becoming more popular and gaining a larger following as well. I am turning one of my camping portable wood stoves into a Pocket Rocket with a mass to heat and hopefully stay warm all through the night. Of course I will be having a propane backup heater just in case.

Propane heaters for me right now, are the small older Sport Cat style and a Big Buddy heater with the propane condensation issues that plague them.

Most places have a live and let live attitude, although there are hot heads and people with hidden agendas just like anywhere.

Hope this helps,
cheers from wild_E

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