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Chimney Fire: Wood Stove & Fireplace Safety

Chimney Fire: Wood Stove & Fireplace Safety

Have you ever seen a Chimney Fire or Flue Fire? Guest article, by ‘NRP’ I watched as my neighbor in CA burned his home down, the Flue Pipe glowing bright red above the roof line, the flames shooting out the pipe like a Blow Torch and the home in ashes within 20...

Firewood For Heating – List of the Most Popular Wood for Burning

Firewood For Heating – List of the Most Popular Wood for Burning

Awhile ago we conducted a reader poll asking what wood people burned in their stove for winter heating. There's quite a variety of wood species across the nation and chances are that you're burning firewood that's native to your region. Some time ago I did some...

The Advantages Of AGM Sealed Batteries For Your RV Or Off-Grid

The Advantages Of AGM Sealed Batteries For Your RV Or Off-Grid

Sealed batteries, particularly the AGM (Absorbed Glass Mat) battery, is becoming increasingly popular for off-grid applications and have always been preferred in RV or trailer applications due to their safety attributes. The AGM battery is a lead acid battery, but...

A Solar Energy System That Works At Night

A Solar Energy System That Works At Night

Solar energy is power from the sun. But what about power during the night? Here's how it's done:   Batteries! Solar energy is radiant energy collected from the sun. Not only can it be harnessed and converted immediately to household electricity, but it can also...

Alternative Energy Battery Type 101

Alternative Energy Battery Type 101

Many of the batteries used in alternative-energy 'off-grid' solar powered systems are Lead-Acid type batteries. Even after over a century of use, they still offer the best price to power ratio. ALL of the batteries commonly used in deep cycle applications are...

Wind Power for your House, Home, Retreat

Wind Power for your House, Home, Retreat

Wind power may be a good choice (for some), when considering alternative energy sources for either emergency preparedness or simply part-time power. Some parts of the country (world) are much windier than others, with steady breezes just waiting to be harnessed....

Best Wood For Heating

Best Wood For Heating

Have you ever wondered what is the best wood to use for heating and burning in a wood stove? Ever wondered how much heat that a particular wood species will provide when burned?   Did you know that one cord of firewood provides the heat equivalent to that...

Best Wood Stove For Preparedness

Best Wood Stove For Preparedness

A wood stove may be one of the most important preps for the winter, especially for us northern preppers. Whether or not a wood stove is your primary or backup source of heat, it's simplicity and readily available fuel source makes it a no-brainer for preppers in a...

Off Grid Living: Propane Gas

Off Grid Living: Propane Gas

I've recently moved and now have propane gas. I couldn't be happier about it. Why? Because it is a stand-alone energy system that will provide me with heat, hot water, cooking, and whatever else I adapt to it. While it's not my only energy source, it augments the...

Amazing Map: Total Solar Panels To Power The United States

Amazing Map: Total Solar Panels To Power The United States

square area = 44 miles per side This amazing map illustrates the total area of solar panels that would be needed to fulfill the electricity demands of the United States. Here are the facts that I used, and the caveats to the map illustration...   The United...

Modern Flashlights And Batteries After The Power Goes Out

Modern Flashlights And Batteries After The Power Goes Out

In a SHTF collapse where the electrical power grid is down, when your flashlight batteries die, will you be left in the dark? If you plan ahead of time, you can still use some of our modern technology after the lights go out. Here are the best flashlights and...

Solar Power System Design 101 (Volts)

Solar Power System Design 101 (Volts)

One of the three basic measurements to understand regarding very basic electricity, and how it relates to solar power system design, is Volts. The other two are Amps and Watts. Think of volts as pressure. When you open a water faucet or hose, the reason that water...

Solar Power System Design 101 (Amps and Hours AH)

Solar Power System Design 101 (Amps and Hours AH)

One of the ways that batteries are rated is something called 'Amp Hours', also referred to as AmpHours, or simply 'AH'. This is true of ALL batteries regardless of their size or shape. This rating is one of the core ratings that you need to be aware of when designing...

Massive India Power Outage: Wake Up Call

Massive India Power Outage: Wake Up Call

As the world's population explodes beyond 7 BILLION people, India's borders hold 10% of all humans on the planet, about 700 million. Yesterday, and again today, half of them lost power as the electricity went out and the grid went down... for 370 million people....

How Much Coleman Fuel Do I Need?

How Much Coleman Fuel Do I Need?

Ever wondered how much Coleman camp stove fuel (Coleman® Fuel - white gas, or propane) that you would consume or use under certain conditions? Many of us have one of these stoves, the brand name of which has been around for decades and is considered to be of good...