More Tips On Stockpiling For Winter
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Let’s not forget that camp stoves and camp lanterns fueled by white gas or propane are excellent sources for cooking and lighting. On more than one occasion my two-car garage has become the “kitchen” where my three burner Coleman stove fired by a propane bottle has “saved the day.” I keep no less than three double mantle propane fueled lanterns with “auto ignition” type lighters mounted on them. These provide an amazing amount of light. Those that have wood burning fireplaces that also have natural gas lighters can use the natural gas for cooking and heating. Large sheets of tin with aluminum foil coverings placed behind a natural gas fire can radiate a lot of heat into a room.
Quality sleeping bags are better than blankets, and/or wool for keeping warm. Along with silk long underwear, with layers of wool pants, socks, caps, gloves and sweaters. Wool still insulates when wet also. We use solar lanterns along with the crank flashlights, crank radios, and also solar charged batteries. Homemade washing machine can be a 5-6 gallon bucket and use a toilet plunger (cleaned or new, of course). Cut hole in the lid and place the plungers handle through and place lid on bucket, with clothes in bucket with small amount of soap and water, and pump plunger up and down and — viola — your clothes are cleaned and just need rinsed and dried. You can use a second bucket with clean rinse water in it.