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  1. New List of Long Term Storage Items

    As another (pipe) smoker, zippo lighter flints. 91% isopropyl alcohol will work, sorta, in a zippo, as well as being a disinfectant and fire starter. (Try this to start bbq charcoal.. no kerosene flavor). For barter, think Dollar Store. To quote a late friend who got out of Eastern Europe a step ahead of the nazis, "shtf, nobody makes change. You want a loaf of bread and have a silver dime. You have a gold kruggerrand, guess what it costs?" Bulk packs of toothbrushes, disposable razors, kids books or KJV Bibles or crappy fake swiss army knives that cost a buck now might get you a trade for something that would otherwise cost gasoline or food or ammo.
  2. Where do I start

    A while back, a member who lived on a sailboat (mea culpa, can't remember who) posted instructions for removing the spigot from boxed wine bags using hot water for cleaning and water storage. I'll look around when I get back home
  3. Where do I start

    Well, can only stash a few cases this way, but try putting them on end, shortest side up and down, behind a couch. Works ok, not perfect
  4. Where do I start

    Ummmmm... as long as the questions are just stupid, like most of mine, and not overtly inflammatory, you have found the right place.
  5. Power company

    Outlier weather events always cause problems when the infrastructure isn't ready for them. Government funding is based on previous few year averages, not on historical maximums. In my area, 10 inches of snow, 4 or 5 times per winter used to be normal before things started getting hotter on average. Now, 4 inches is a disaster, but 2 or 3 gets only mimimal cleanup, because it will likely be gone in a couple days, but warnings go out that creeks and rivers will flood. Interstate highways get plowed, not local streets and roads. I'm reminded of my first winter in Virginia, after 4 years in Ithaca, NY. 3 days of 2 inch snowfall shut the whole town down. University classes cancelled, city buses not running, roads closed. I walked the quarter mile to the hospital, and ran the lab alone. Got commended for it, and commented "Where I came from, that's how much snow we got on days that it didn't really snow." It's all relative, but you still need to be prepared for the unexpected.
  6. Make it yourself [DIYs & Modifications]

    Thanks In libre office, you just have to go to File -> Save As , then use the pulldown below filename to choose .ods, or .xls or .xlsx, or whatever you like. I'm cheap, never paid for ms office.. used Open Office until Oracle bought Sun, and the developers jumped ship to format Libre Office, which is what I use now Libre Office will open all the ms formats too
  7. Streamlight Twin-Task 1L

    Oddly enough, for the past 2 years, I have been using a "Coast" brand LED pen light from the camping aisle a Walmart as my EDC light. Only 180 (I think) lumens, pretty small and light, doesn't click on by accident, and fits easily in my inside vest pocket. Honestly, I haven't needed a bigger light, except once , in all that time, and I just had to reach down into my truck door pocket for a d-cell maglite. Then again, you can never have too many flashlights
  8. There are a couple possibilities. A very good one, if you have an outside grill with a cover, is a strange little product Called "A-Maze-N smoker", basically a stainless steel mesh boxwith a serpentine n-shaped inner wall. When filled with hardwood pellets and lit at one end with a torch, it can generate smoke for up to 14 hours. The grill provides the heat. About $30 us, last time I looked. Another alternative is here:
  9. DAK canned ham disappointment

    Lol, this was not meant as an indictment of Spam . It has its uses, and if I talk bad about it, I'll never get to visit Hawaii A long time ago, when I was a boy scout, and later a college student, this brand was a solid chunk of "city" cured cooked ham. It's just no longer what you may remember.
  10. A while back, less than a year, I picked up some DAK brand canned hams on sale. I remembered these from 40 years ago, and they were pretty good quality. No more... the new ones are basically SPAM. Not totally inedible, or anything, but not ham, or what you remember. Be warned.
  11. Dang, I almost forgot.. melt some Swiss or Gruyere cheese over the meat...
  12. check those preps.

    Imho, worst offenders are the little pushbutton key fob led flashlights. I have given up on them. No matter how often you test, the day you need it will be right after a key or coin or gremlin pressed the button and depleted the tiny battery.
  13. I got into a bit of an argument today with 3 fellow chefs, the gist of which was "pastrami is too hard to make". BS. For any folks into smoked meats, no, it isn't. Perhaps not 100% accurate, but your guests will still love it. Start with a commercial corned beef brisket (yes, I know it should be a navel cut, but I don't have cattle.) Rub with minced garlic, add a couple handfuls of pickling spice, cover with a darkish lager beer ( I like Yuengling ), and marinate in fridge for a week. After a week, dry it and rub heavily with 1/2 coarse black pepper, 1/2 ground coriander seed. That’s it. Smoke at about 200 degrees F. For about 5 hours over a pan of the same beer , water and garlic and sliced onion.. I like apple wood. Keep the steam pan full. When the smoke dies down, steam for another hour. Meat should be overcooked, about 200 F. Remove meat , chill, wrap and refrigerate overnight. Reduce the steaming liquid to a thick glaze. Next day, slice thin, sear in a cast iron pan, brush with the reduced liquid, serve on rye bread with fresh (homemade is best) sauerkraut and have the best damn sandwich you ever ate.
  14. About 25 years ago, a job required me to spend some time in a very "sketchy" area of Washington DC, sometimes at night. (A friend was hired by a government agency in the same area, and told "working here automatically qualifies you for a concealed carry permit, and we suggest you get one". In addition to my laptop case, I carried an unzipped canvas toolbag with a couple wrenches, some Teflon tape, a few pipe fittings, and an 18 inch length of 3/4" black iron pipe with a hexagonal pipe union on it. A very functional medieval mace... Never had to use it, fortunately, but when a cop did ask "what's in the bags?", "just work stuff" seemed a good enough answer, when shown. Not looking or acting like a perpetrator is part of protecting yourself.
  15. I never cease to be amazed at the general level of superstitious fear about blades, the only (thus far) tool that separates humans from chimps. In nearly 65 years, I have never needed to use a cutting tool as an offensive or defensive weapon against a human being. (Disclaimer: I did slice at and scare off a rabid dog, once, 30-some years ago). Balanced against nearly-zero 'weapon' deployment, I use a knife at least 3 or 4 times a day, excluding my kitchen knives. I guess Canadian citizens will now be expected to chew through the filament tape used to seal their Amazon delivery packages.... WTF?