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Old 10-30-2012, 02:22 AM   #11
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Kind of in he same boat as you as far as the well water and storing gasoline...

This makes sense especially if you're on a well, anyone who is knows what happens when the power goes out... Ya can't flush the toilet with air and I ain't poopin' in the woods!! anymore

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Power goes out, run the genny just long enough to fill 'er up, cut if off and save gas for next time. You have drinking, cooking, cleaning and flushing water.

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Old 10-31-2012, 11:47 PM   #13
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LOL, but you CAN flush it with water from a bucket that you got from a stream or pond....more importantly, I want to be able to take a HOT shower. So, we need the water heater up & running.
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LOL, but you CAN flush it with water from a bucket that you got from a stream or pond....more importantly, I want to be able to take a HOT shower. So, we need the water heater up & running.
Or build a passive system that will use the sun to heat water?
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No,no, HOT, LONG shower........does a system exist that can do that?

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After reading your initial question and then the replies you have given to the offered suggestions, I think you are one that wants his cake and eat it too. I understand wanting to not be uncomfortable in any way but if ,and its a big if, things really go to hell, a nice long hot shower will be farthest from your mind. Eating , drinking, and surviving will be foremost. If you have the money to set yourself up to ride out the worst to come in comfort , my congrats to you.
But I digress,,,,,,, heres my suggestion...... If you dont want to hear the answer then don't ask the question.

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Anyone that's interested in being self sufficeint could really get some good pointers from this man http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Proenneke. He lived alone in some remote Alaskan wilderness for 30+ years in a 11 x 15 log cabin he built himself. Now granted ,ost of us will never do that but the lessons learned from his experience could be helpful someday.

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Anyone that's interested in being self sufficeint could really get some good pointers from this man http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Proenneke. He lived alone in some remote Alaskan wilderness for 30+ years in a 11 x 15 log cabin he built himself. Now granted ,ost of us will never do that but the lessons learned from his experience could be helpful someday.
They show that on PBS every once in a while and I love it every single time! There were two different movies made separate from the original that I have yet to see. I believe the cabin is now a historical landmark!
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CAN you be off the grid- and still have a good, hot, LONG shower? Sure. However, it probably will not involve your standard home utilities. A 55 gallon drum of water, drum painted flat black, inside a glazed, isulated box, WILL make hot water. So will a home boiler, so will a wood stove with a device called a waterback.

Can you EASILY power an electric water heater? Not unless you have your own wind farm, or a hydroelectic power plant.

There ain't no such thing as a free lunch.

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If one has a LOT of money, one can afford to buy all their prep supplies and simply get rid of the old stuff as you buy new.

On a budget (almost everybody), one has to be willing to make changes to their actual lifestyle.

-Every time to the store, buy a few extra items and put them aside.
-Find different hobbies that might be useful, such as camping or hunting or knot-tying.
-Sometimes eat can food and storage foods, perhaps even very often, so as to rotate your stock.
-Save up for larger items, often bought on the classifieds...always be looking for items that you may need.
-You need to look at storage space with a different eye...how best to maximize that space.

The list can go on and on. My point is that preparation isn't instantaneous and involves a mindset even more than a list.

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