Showing posts with label Solo Stove. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Solo Stove. Show all posts

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Solo Stove Contest Winner

Drum Roll Please. The winner of our Solo Stove Contest is Pineslayer. Sorry Buddy but when I asked if Lindsay Vonn was willing to be shipped to your house USPS she declined. Our friend Google did deliver this picture for you, so that is something.


Any way drop me a line with the addy you want the stove to go to.

A big thanks to Solo Stove for supporting the blog by sponsoring these give away's.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Solo Stove Memorial Day Sale, Tip and Give Away

Solo Stove is running a 10% off sale through Memorial Day. Enter the Coupon Code "MEMORIALDAY" at check out. 

Now here's the tip....

If you'd like to get a long burn (10-15 mins) without having to feed the fire, try a top-down burn. Layer the stove with small twigs all the way up the the bottom of the top vent holes. Don't cover the holes as that will hinder the secondary air flow. After your stove is layered with twigs, light a fire on top of the twigs and let the fire burn down like a candle would. It's counter intuitive and take a little practice but you'll find that it burns cleaner and longer.

Solo Stove are actually TLUD (top-lit updraft) gasifier stoves. Sounds complicated but it's really not :) Now go forth and Solo Stove like a pro!



Now for the give away. Say you want a Solo Stove in the comments section in the next 2 days and you will be entered. The winner will be announced and they will have 48 hours to send me their mailing info to receive the stove.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Free 2 Day Shipping On Solo Stoves!!!

Free 2-Day Shipping on All Orders

Need some help with that last minute Christmas present? Visit solostove.com today and we'll give you free 2-Day shipping on any order placed by Thurs, Dec 19. Just choose standard shipping and we upgrade your shipping after we receive your order. Offer expires on midnight of 12/19.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Give Away Winner Announcement!!

Our Solo Stove and Selco's One Year in Hell give away contest is over.

Winner #1 is High Desert Living

Winner #2 is Harry Flashman

HDL please tell me which prize you would prefer. The Solo Stove or the subscription to SHTF School.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Solo Stove and SHTF School Give Away

We are going to be giving away a Solo Stove AND a subscription to SHTF School's One Year in Hell. Let us know if you want to play. The winner will get to pick which prize they want and the second winner gets whatever is left. Will announce the winner(s) not earlier than Friday.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Solo Stove Contest Winner

And the winner of Our Solo Stove Contest is ................Roger Thornhill. Please send me an email to claim your prize. Do it in a reasonable timeframe or I will be forced to pick an alternate winner.

Everyone else should consider ponying up for a Solo Stove of their own. 

Monday, October 21, 2013

Solo Stove Give Away

I am pleased to announce that we are going to give away a Solo Stove. Leave a note in the comments section if you would like to be entered into the give away. Only contest entries from registered google (or I think there is a wordpress work around) who "follow" this blog are going to be counted. This is a shameless ploy for regular users who sign in as a guest then leave a name to get off their duff's and sign up to help boost the blog's stats. Signing up for an account is not hard. Obviously like any free online account you could hypothetically put incomplete information that in no way relates to your actual info. So Joe Smith who is 26 could be Tog Flio who is 25 with a different birthday. For those worried about tracking I would submit that 1) It's quite unlikely that anyone is looking at you and 2) If they are going to sites and leaving "anonymous" comments vs signing into google to do the same will not change their search patterns.

I am also pleased to mention the new larger Solo Stove Titan. It's like the original Solo Stove but bigger.  While I haven't had a chance to figgle with one yet I think it would be great for small groups or more of a semi permanent type camp.

So anyway if you want a Solo Stove just say so. The winner will picked on Thursday. The winner will have 48 hours to send their shipping address to theotherryan@yahoo.com or an alternate winner will be selected.

Edited to include:
At least one person wanted to play but strongly objected to getting a google account of any type. Aside from the forest and the trees discussion if you think google is the devil but MSN/ gmail/ yahoo/ whatever is totally safe I would submit you are fooling yourself. That set aside I wanted to give readers maximum options to play. Based on that.....

I will also accept entries if they hot link (click and it goes, not copy then paste into the box up top) to my blog by it's name and the contest elsewhere on the web (another blog, forum, etc whatever) and in their anonamous entry include a link back to that post. 

So what they post would look elsewhere would be something like this
Check out Total Survivalist Liberterian Rantfest. They are running a cool contest for a Solo Stove.  

The entry comment for the contest would look like 
"Hey, I want to win the stove. Here is the link to my post elsewhere www.BobsGunForum.somethingoranother.123.com. -Hoss"

So if an anon/ non google follower comment includes a link to a post elsewhere with those (or similar) hot links it will count. Otherwise it will not. To answer the inevitable question, yes you can enter with a google account AND an anon comment to a post elsewhere.

So now everybody who is slightly motivated and willing to help my site grow, if just out of greed, can enter contests.

Hope that helps folks have a chance to participate.


Monday, August 26, 2013

Bug Out Bag Component List

I have been halfway meaning to do something like this for awhile. Part of the reason I haven't is that so many people have done their slightly different take on the same thing that my particular flavor would probably not bring much to the overall conversation. The other part is that it will be a bit of a hassle to pull everything out and catalog it. Honestly the reason this is getting done is that a friend asked me for a list. Not like an internet acquaintance (though I love you all) but a real 3 in the morning shotgun, bag of lime and shovel type friend. So here we are.

Before getting going it is worth touching on my concept of use for this 'Bug Out Bag'. My intent is for a bag that can sustain a person (not including all water) for at least 72 hours under situations they are likely to face. Obviously the winter BOB of a person living in North Dakota will be considerably different than one for a person in Florida. People in all but the mildest climates would be well advised to have a winter module to add to their spring/ summer setup.

 I am going to break this down into different sub systems. Will then list my opinions of what is necessary per sub system. You might disagree with a particular widget but think hard before leaving out a whole sub system.

Carry Containers
-Large bag aprox 3k cubic in size. Mine is an older REI brand model that luckily came out in earth tones. There are tons of great bag options from several hundred dollar brands like Kirafu or Mystery Ranch down to the terrible to carry but durable Alice for $30ish. Just get a good earth tone bag you will practice carrying.
-Hill People Gear kit bag to carry my survival load. Survival load components are bold and put in their individual categories. In a more kinetic situation the stuff currently in my kit bag would go into the fighting load.

Sub Systems

Tools- Pathfinder trade knife in survival load, Cold Steel trail hawk, leatherman multi tool, Lansky diamond rod sharpener.

Fire- Survival load: Lighter with rubber bands around it in small ziplock,  rod and steel. Fire kit containing 1x bic lighter with rubber bands around it, match case full of matches, 4x tea candles

Navigation- Compass in survival load. Maps. 1x 1:50k of my immediate area. 1x state map with as much detail as possible. Protractor and 2x pencils. All in 1 gallon ziplock bag. Wrist compass as backup.

Water- 2x 1qt water bottles, MSR bladder (empty) in ruck, water purification tablets in survival load, Sawyer water filter

Food- 72 hours worth of food broken into 1 day bags, Bag of hard candy

Cooking- Stainless steel canteen cup, Solo Stove with Solo Pot 900 (conspicuously absent from the bag today, MIA from the move I guess)

Shelter- Swack Shack for shelter, woobie for warmth (obviously a light system for summer in Arizona then Louisiana), Heavy duty space blanket just in case.
Spare clothes- Boonie hat, Gore Tex jacket, polypro top (waffle type), long sleeved shirt, short sleeved t shirt, pants, fleece hat, 2 pair of sock, leather gloves

First Aid- My first aid gear is broken up into an IFAK and a boo boo kit. The IFAK is my trauma stuff. The Boo boo kit is more of a kit designed to keep me moving and as comfortable as possible.

IFAK- Tourniquet, Israeli bandage, compressed gauze, Needle for chest decompression, Nasal airway tube, Glow stick in case it is dark when I need this stuff.

Boo boo kit containing bandaids, mole skin, duct tape, pain killers, liquid bandage, athletic tape, neosporin, crazy glue and yet another glow stick

Hygiene- 1x roll of TP in ziplock bag, wash cloth, bar of soap, toothbrush, floss (w/ large needle inside for emergency repairs, chap stick

Lighting- Headlamp in survival load, Glow stick left side pouch, battery powered glow stick in right side pouch, cheapo LED light in top pouch, glow stick in IFAK. Basically every pouch has some sort of light in it just in case.

Signaling- Whistle in survival load, strip of VS-17 panel, weatherproof notebook and pencil

Self Defense- This one gets a lot of play. Honestly aside from wanting to have some spare ammo it doesn't get much play in my bag. I carry 2x G17 magazines, 50 rounds of 9mm ammo and 50 rounds of .22lr. Obviously guns to go with these cartridges are implied and ammo is as a backup. I could certainly add to this admittedly minimalist setup if the situation dictated. That being said the lions share of that would go in a fighting load. At most a couple of spare bandoleers of ammo would go into my ruck.

Misc- Aprox 20ft of 550 cord in survival load, 1x heavy duty contractor type black plastic bag, 6x AAA batteries for my headlamp (2x replacements), 2x replacement batteries for the battery powered glowstick. Also in a bug out type situation I would add our important document folder, emergency cash and precious metals. That stuff does not live in the bag because it goes in the car on long drives and such.

Discussion: First and foremost obviously needs will vary by the scenario(s) you are worried about, your skill level in different areas, region and season. Also there is a reasonable degree of individual preference. For example I currently have a medium sized belt knife and a tomahawk while another person might carry a large knife and a folding saw. You get the idea.

I am not going to say my system is set, let alone perfect. It is sort of an evolving thing that I am not quite done with. Need to add more 550 cord beyond the survival load, build some skills then add a food procurement system of fishing stuff plus some traps. Second this also reminds me to take a look and maybe rotate out some pain meds, etc. Along with this I need to get moving on adapting the kit to Louisiana, getting local maps, probably adding some bug spray, etc.

Hopefully this helps my buddy and maybe a few other people. What is in your bug out bag?

Friday, August 23, 2013

Solo Stove Review Part 2

Part 2 of a recent review on the Solo Stove.

Rain and threats of rain and storms caused us to put off the actual 'test' of the Solo Stove until this afternoon.

The weather forecast was for clear until much later tonight, so we gathered up some small pine cones the squirrels had chewed up and dropped to the ground. We also picked up some dried gumballs from the driveway.

My Hero and I then had the huge decision to make on where to set up the Solo Stove for The Great Experiment.

We decided to use the back steps as home base, and took all the supplies outside, One brand new shiny Solo Stove, one disposable aluminum cake baking pan, one long nosed charcoal lighter, and the old small cooking pot to heat the water in.

We set the Solo Stove in the aluminum cake pan, put in some tender, and some small little dried twigs. Lit it. Nothing happened. We tried again, more tender, more little twigs. Added some other twigs. Again nothing. Emptied the little stove into the aluminum cake pan, and put in some more tender and twigs. Lots of smoke, no flame.

My Hero said we needed some cotton balls to start the fire with. Couldn't find any, so instead we used a quarter of a paper towel with a little vaseline rubbed into it. Twisted the paper towel around a small twig, put it in the Solo Stove and lit it.

There was a flame and the twigs in the little stove caught fire and began to burn. We felt like real Pioneers at this point. My Hero tended the fire, added a few twigs and the flame rose a beautiful bright orange red.

We then put the small cooking pot with two cups of water in it on the Solo Stove and stared intently at the stove. In a few minutes the water began to simmer, we then added four hot dogs that had been cut in half to the pot and sat back to await our gourmet feast.

My Hero had to tend the fire, adding twigs, small pieces of bark and the occasional gum ball to the pot to keep the fire going.

The water began to boil slowly. We watched and he added more twigs. The water then began to boil and bubble. The hot dogs began to bob up in the water and we smiled and waited.

From the first attempt to light the fire to the actual cooking and eating the hot dogs took about thirty minutes. This included fumbling and learning to use the tender and twigs to build the fire. Going in the house to find the fire starter. And making a new one for the Solo Stove.

The little pot used to boil the water was covered with black soot. It is easily washable, no problem with that.

We were originally going to remove the hot dogs and add ramen noodles to the water for our meal. It had started to rain steadily by then, so we decided not to continue cooking outdoors, and moved our feast inside the house.

This little light weight Solo Stove is definitely a champion worth owning.

It could be put inside a fire place to cook, or to make hot dogs on a stick, roast marshmallows, smoores, and to cook a meal.

In an emergency, you could use it on the kitchen stove top to cook with. At first it looked too small, and was so light weight we wondered if it would really cook as advertised and as we had seen in the videos on the different sites.

The Solo Stove is a wonder! It does work as advertised. It boils water quickly.
The tender, twigs, pine cones, gumballs all burned to ash. No pieces of unburned wood remained. The bottom of the pot held the ash, which we emptied into the bar-b-que pit when it was cool. It uses very little fuel that can be found most anywhere.

The pot didn't remain hot very long after the fire went out. It cooled off rather quickly. Enough so that you could pick it up with your bare hands. We liked this about it too.

The Solo Stove is a quality product that we highly recommend. It is a worthwhile addition to your camping gear and your home emergency kit. It is well worth the small price for such quality, and the ability to cook a meal on so little fuel.

Thank you to the makers of Solo Stove and to Ryan for the opportunity to own the wonderful little Solo Stove.

Selene

Monday, August 19, 2013

Solo Stove Review

The Solo Stove arrived today.
When taking out the garbage tonight, a small cardboard box was discovered on the front steps. No brand name on the box, just a plain white mailing label.

The package was addressed to me, all excited, thinking it was the Solo Stove that I had won in the contest here. The return address was from a company I never heard from, in Kentucky.
Oh darn, I thought, not the stove.

We opened the box and inside was a small little cardboard box that said Solo Stove on the sides. What a little box for a stove, I thought.

We opened the box and took out a nice black bad imprinted with the Solo Stove logo. Opening the bag, and taking out the stove was a bit disappointing. Such a little light, stove for camping and cooking.
And so light weight.

We took out the insert and put in back on the stove. We looked inside the stove and it was not what we thought it would be. That was all the space you needed to build a fire to cook with? Couldn't be.

Went to the computer and looked up Solo Stove, watched the videos again and again. No doubt, this was the stove we had been wanting to buy for some time. Somehow, it looked larger in the videos. And it is so light weight.

I asked My Hero if he thought it would burn gumballs, as the neighbors tree has carpeted our yard with the spiny little things.

He thought we should use twigs from the back yard to make the fire with. We have plenty of twigs and small branches in the back yard from the ancient apple tree that toppled during a storm and had to be cut back to the ground.

But first a trip to the pantry to check out stainless steel cookware.
What did we have that could be used on the little Solo Stove?

[Ryan here. The Solo Pot 900 works great. A generic steel mug/ canteen cup works fine too.]

We found five stainless steel pots that we tried out on the stove.

First lesson is we don't really have a pot to cook with for the little stove.
Our stainless cookware all have long standard handles.
Which makes the pot too heavy on one side to use for cooking over the Solo Stove.

Of course My Hero immediately said we needed to go to Bass Pro Shop to find the right camping pots for the stove. I found some old stainless cooking pans and cooking cups from long ago. They will fit the Solo Stove nicely.
Since it is dark out now, we will wait until tomorrow for the Great Solo Stove Experiment.

Report tomorrow when we actually use it.

Thank you
Selene

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Road Trip 2013 Preparations

We are gearing up for the move. Road tripping across a couple states is fairly simple. Toss in a couple of very young kids, a big shaggy dog and trailer full of stuff then things become a lot more interesting.

I got to thinking about it from a preparedness standpoint. Obviously maps are very important. A GPS, while it does not replace maps, is so useful, especially when detours or mistakes lead you off track. Water is a particular concern down here in the South West so carrying plenty of it is a sound move. Some extra fuel, oil and coolant plus a few basic spare tools are prudent. More stuff makes sense depending on your skill level and vehicles needs.

As to guns a few will be readily accessible. A full sized pistol and a CCW piece for me, Wifey's .38 and some sort of long gun. Haven't decided on what for the long gun yet, probably a rifle of some sort. This may be one of those places a folding stock AK which fits into a duffel bag has a role.

For carrying the full sized pistol I'll be using a Galco Miami Classic. Part of the drive to stay legal I'll need to open carry anyway so why not have the benefits of a full sized handgun. The small one could go AIWB or pocket depending on the situation.

Since I have gotten a lot more organized with systems our gear, food, etc is a lot easier. BOB's will go someplace we can grab them fairly fast and that covers it. Just grabbing a bag and knowing we are good is very comforting and much easier than grabbing random individual pieces. Am going to make sure there is a spare Solo Stove in Wifey's bag (I've tried hard to keep it real light) and the Camp Knife will go into my bag where it's going to live anyway. That'll pretty much cover it.

We aren't going to be driving too far per day which should help with the kids. Basically we are going to hop onto 10 then not get off till Houston. Looking forward to seeing New Mexico and a lot of Texas, more than the brief glimpse I had some years back. Hoping to check out the Alamo if we have the time to spare.

Over the next couple weeks blogging will be catch as catch can.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Solo Stove Contest Announcement

So we are announcing the winner of our Solo Stove contestThe winner picked at random is Selene. The winner will have 48 hours to send their shipping address to theotherryan@yahoo.com or an alternate winner will be selected.

So anyway if you didn't win we will be giving another away soon enough. However if your kit cannot wait to be completed with a Solo Stove  whip out your card then go buy one already. Say I sent you.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Solo Stove Give Away and Random Admin Matters

So we are going to give away a Solo Stove. Leave a note in the comments section if you would like to be entered into the give away. Since lots of folks are out and about this weekend this will run a bit longer; I will pick the winner on Monday. The winner  will have 48 hours to send their shipping address to theotherryan@yahoo.com or an alternate winner will be selected.

I love contests but they are really labor intensive. Had a ton of fun with the EDC contest but it took a whole lot of time and really dominated the blog for awhile. Think I have about one big contest a year in me. Also I do not currently have any interest in transitioning to being an editor for endless writing contests so there is no plan to go that route.  For the rest of the year I will probably continue the current plan of just giving stuff away as it comes. Everyone seems happy with it so why complicate matters.

Also I am saddened to let you know that Arma Borealis is going dark. The author is pulling the plug for personal reasons. They may or may not pop up again in the future. 

So anyway if you want a Solo Stove just say so.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Bug Out Dinner- Ramen Style

As usual this bug out meal starts with the Solo Pot 900. My Solo Stove is sitting this one out as open flames are sort of uncool during the spring/ summer in dry fire prone Arizona.

The convenient measuring marks on the side were helpful. Just don't have enough good things to say about this pot.

Good old Top Ramen. Not what you call peak nutrition but it will fill you up and keep you going.

I substituted an egg for the tuna fish. The reason is those little foil packets are fairly expensive and eggs are cheap. Dinner was good. Had a couple of the little candy bars that live in our food bags for desert.



Dinner was cheap and pretty decent. Would get bored eating it every day but thankfully I do not need to do that. Since dinner and lunch are the same thing this pretty much covers me going through the meals individually. Some day this coming week I will eat a whole day of bug out food as a trial run.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Caches Continued

 TEOTWAWKI Blog  asked  if anyone actually has caches (obviously bear in mind considerable OPSEC when answering) to which I responded "When it comes to caches I think we can get too narrowly focused to only stuff buried in the ground. A tuff box full of gear and food in Dad's barn is a cache. A couple guns in the basement of a buddy who you visit and sometimes go shooting with is a cache. A rental storage locker a mile from home (or in a neighboring town, whatever) that stores Christmas stuff, off season sporting goods/ lawn stuff and in the back has some gear, food and a couple of hidden guns is a cache.

In that explanation is a combination of things I have done, am doing or will do."


Now the discussion of different potential types of caches has come up. It seems like a worthy one to chime in on. In no particular order here we go.

Contents: Alexander is absolutely right that your concept of use needs to dictate the contents of a cache. What makes sense to have is definitely driven by your plan(s). Two thousand pounds of wheat isn't very handy if you really just need 30 gallons of gas, some water and a couple days worth of food.

That being said I think there is some small, fairly affordable essential stuff that is too useful to not put into just about every cache.  A few lighters, a good basic knife, a water bottle, some water purification tablets, a few batteries, a bit of food, etc. You could do this or under $20 if you have the knife already or $50 if you don't. Not perfect but better than nothing. If you need to get into a cache odds are somebody around needs this stuff. If space allows I would add a full change of clothes per family member (including footwear and appropriate outerwear) to that essential stuff.

Types:

-E&E. The point of this cache is to provide you the necessary equipment, clothing and food to make it from point A to B during an escape and evasion scenario. Since you might get away from an ugly scenario barefoot in boxers or gym shorts it makes sense for this sort of cache to have a set of suitable clothes including footwear and some basic survival type equipment, a bit of food and probably a weapon.

John Mosby described the contents of a 5-6 gallon bucket E&E type cache "What survivalist/prepper doesn’t have a metric shit-ton of plastic, five-gallon buckets with resealable lids laying around for food-storage. As long as they are not buried too deep, where crushing from pressure becomes an issue, these are almost perfect cache containers. One bucket can hold almost an entire outfit of gear for one man (LC-2 type LBE, a can of ammunition in magazines, a change of clothes, some boots, and some food. Even a small carbine or rifle, broken down, can fit. A shop-built SMG would be a good fit here, after it had been thoroughly tested for function. Snipped for brevity Ryan)

I think we need to fight the temptation to think all 'hide in the woods' here unless your environment and skill sets really lend themselves to that. Lets face it, bad things sometimes happen to good people. A pistol, some EDC stuff, a change of clothes, a bit of basic survival stuff just in case, a wad of cash and if you are so inclined and can wrangle it a set of clean ID might be a whole lot more useful than an ax to build a cabin in the woods.

[Note- In re reading John Mosby's excellent article on the matter I was able to better organize my thoughts on cache types by blatantly stealing his concepts of cache types.]

-Resupply. This would have a resupply of consumables and probably some likely to break key gear. I like the speedball idea. I am familiar with the concept though not in the cache context. For reference a speedball is a  relatively small  pre packaged set of stuff to resupply a unit in a prolonged fight. It would certainly include ammo, water and medical supplies, a bit of food and some batteries might be included depending on the situation. For folks operating mounted fuel would be included also. This sort of thing would be the perfect between point A and B cache. For those who might plan on a long drive it makes sense to have fuel, a bit of oil, water, some food and a bit of ammo stashed away. Driving beats the hell out of walking but you need a plan to support it.

-Redundancy. Redundancy in alternate locations like the coveted "Bug Out Location" is something survivalists generally understand. Redundancy in place is something I think people often ignore at their peril. Far too many survivalists have all of their proverbial eggs in the basket of their home and out buildings. If their home was lost due to fire or they needed to leave (maybe not by choice) they would be hosed. Even folks who plan on staying at home AKA bugging in would be well advised to spread their stuff out a bit. On a large enough piece of sufficiently isolated property burying stuff a terrain feature away (out of sight and ideally sound from the house) is an option. Other options exist.

Cost: Alexander Wolfe hit on cost. Tactical types and survivalists tend to accumulate stuff. Part of it is the nature of finding the right gear for us. We inevitably work out way through some knives/ flashlights/ chest rigs/ holsters/ in some cases guns that are perfectly serviceable but just don't quite fit us right. These boxes/ bags/ piles of stuff are the perfect starting point for caches. I sort of look at caches as a natural outgrowth of said accumulation. Get to a point where you have a bunch of stuff around, look at making a cache, repeat until you feel comfortable then stop.

[The topic of guns inevitably comes up. I cannot tell you what to do or whether you should or should not include guns in caches. First as John Mosby told me in his ever blunt manner a gun that is cached cannot shoot anybody in the face. It also will not kill a deer or whatever. If you have a basic firearms setup (and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that) thren caching guns does not make sense. However many, probably most, of the people reading this do not fall into that situation. They have a few extra guns lying around, extra's we got as back up's as well as guns we got because they were too good of a deal to pass up or we moved on but could not bring ourselves to sell them, whatever.

If you have more than a couple extra guns lying around I would think really hard about spreading them out a bit. We talked about this before (albeit in the context of gun confiscation) and it brings up a variety of opinions. However I think a rational person can see that having a nice setup of guns at your house and a few that are not really used set away here or there makes a lot more sense than a whole bunch of guns at your house and no backup plans. ]

Other times we do need to procure stuff to go into caches. Cache gear is far more likely to come from Old Grouch's Surplus or Sportsmens Guide than the a cool tactical company or REI. Military Surplus stuff that is rugged, cheap and readily available are perfect candidates here. Ditto bic lighters, Mora and buck 110 knives, etc. If you can afford to toss in a Solo Stove and a bunch of emergency food  plus some sweet gear and guns that is cool but not required. When it comes cache raiding time pants the Mrs said you had to stop wearing, a ratty wool sweater from Goodwill, a Mora knife and a Maverick 88 12 gauge will be awesome to have.

Anyway I cannot think of anything else to say and am bored of writing so I will wrap this up. As always your input is welcome.



Tuesday, June 4, 2013

June Contest Announcement!!!

The broad strokes are this. I want to share and discuss mistakes and outright failures we have made in gear, firearms, food storage and preparedness in general. There is a bit of a facebook effect where we hear about/ see all the super cool stuff others do without the work that goes into it or the inevitable failures of life. In such I think beginners get the worst of it ending up feeling down about their efforts.

My goal here is to share our mistakes and failures for two reasons. The first is that one person sharing a mistake may prevent others from doing the same thing. This is a valid reason in and of itself. The other reason is to make people, in particular beginners, feel a bit better when they inevitable make a mistake. I want them to know that very prepared people make mistakes, sometimes big ones, yet they are not in fact the end of the world.  Over the course of this contest I will share some of my personal failures.



So tell me about your failures. A simple email or word document will work. As to length I would like to see at least a couple full paragraphs. Pictures would be nice. If you are uncomfortable using your usual online name just make one up for me to use. Texas Pete 1911 could become Panhandle Colt or whatever.

The prizes will be as follows:
A) 1 year subscription to Selco's One Year In Hell and
B) A Solo Stove. First place gets to choose and second place gets whatever is left.

The Details:

The contest will run from today until midnight 16 June. Winners will be picked in mid June after you have seen all the entries. Details will follow as we get closer. We might vote or maybe I'll just pick.

Submissions will be made via email to theotherryan@yahoo.com.  I usual edit guest posts for OPSEC, spelling and grammar.

I reserve the right to change prizes, contest dates or whatever else for any reason. Also I reserve the right to disqualify a contestant or even a winner for any reason, can't see why I would do this but things happen.

So please ask any clarifying questions then get to writing. 

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Upcoming Contest

I will announce the details tomorrow. It will be fairly quick and easy to enter. The prizes will be a 1 year subscription to Selco's One Year In Hell and a Solo Stove. First place gets to choose and second place gets whatever is left.

Check back tomorrow for the full scoop.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Bug Out Breakfast- Oatmeal Solo Stove Style

My Bug out Cooking setup. A day's worth of food, trusty Solo Stove and Solo Pot 900. The case is for the camera, not sure why it's in the picture.
I cannot claim credit for this idea. Stole it from Viking Preparedness some time back. My food bag contents is 2x oatmeal, 2x top ramen, 2x tuna, a half dozen random granola type bars (whatever we had), 1x big snickers bar, 1x peanut butter, a few instant coffee packs and some various munchies. My food setup is pretty 'bar' heavy. Generally in the field I don't stop to eat. Tend to snack a bit during the day then eat a big meal before going to bed. Aside from mild personal taste differences the only difference between Pastor Joes setup and mine is that I put the accessories into the day's bag. The reason I did that is so I could put the day's food into a side pocket or other more accessible place and go all day. Also it helps IMO to keep a day's munchies separate so you can make easier rationing choices and not all of accidentally eat the last day's munchies.  Don't think there is a right or wrong there, just different techniques.  

My cooking tools. The Solo Stove and Solo Pot 900.  Like this setup a lot. The stove not having the fire rest on the ground is good in dry terrain like the desert where I currently live. I would be comfortable scraping away a small spot (or finding a rock to set it on) then cooking, albeit carefully, with the solo stove. For packing it really helps that they nest together. An MSR type 1qt pot and some other sort of stove would function similarly but take up a lot more space since they would not nest. When the stove is inside the pot there is some empty space. I'm thinking about putting together a little spice and condiment bag to keep in there. It would give me some more options for flavoring.

Breakfast and the pot it goes in. Simple and easy. I did not go with the instant coffee, sticking to the normal drip instead. The reason for this is that instant coffee sucks. I know it sucks and do not feel a need to practice drinking it when an option I like is available.
The measurements on the side of the solo pot help you measure water which is nice.

Didn't bother to take pictures of myself cooking with the solo stove or eating oatmeal. You all know what that looks like. Anyway all was well on the chow front, my oatmeal tasted like oatmeal.

Today I learned a couple thing about my bug out/ whatever food system. 1) Need a plan for washing dishes. A little thing of soap plus a sponge is probably the answer. 2) Before I do this for lunch a fork would be really nice. A spork might be the long term answer.

Probably going to do my bug out lunch tomorrow. The reason I am doing these individually, aside from lunch getting away from me today, is to evaluate the meals individually before putting it all together. This way if for example I feel a bit weak or hungry I will know a given meal (the only change from my normal diet) was the problem instead of it being something in the overall food plan. After testing all 3 meals I will do a day of bug out food.

What are your cooking and food plans? Have you tested them? If so how?

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Product Review: Solo Pot 900

I talked about the Solo Pot 900 awhile back. After some more use I feel familiar enough with the Solo Pot 900 to do a review. While the Solo Pot 900 is made to nest with and generally fit the Solo Stove it is an outstanding product in it's own right. So without further rambling we will get to the usual format.

The Good: It nests with the Solo Stove really making a great combination. The fit and finish are excellent. Also attention to detail is evident in small features like the pouring spout and the pot lid that is easy to grab with a stick, spoon or multi tool. The measurements on the side are a really nice touch.The Solo Pot 900 is just the right size for most 1-2 person simple outdoor type meals which is really useful.

The Bad: The handle on the stove absorbs/ retains heat. I like this fold out style better than the long fold out ones as it is much more stable and easier to pour from but it gets hot. To grab it after cooking you need to use a leather glove or a wadded up rag or something. Not a deal maker for me but sort of annoying.

If I could make a change for the hypothetical Solo Pot 900 V2 it would be a small bale that could be grabbed with a notched stick or multi tool.

The Ugly: Nothing, it's a great product.

Overall Assessment: I consider this product a solid buy. The Solo Pot 900 equals or beats out the common competition. It has a place in my BOB with a solo stove nested inside of it even though there are a variety of other options in the inventory. You will not be disappointed with a Solo Stove and Pot.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

What Did You Do To Prepare This Week?

Things were pretty crazy here getting used to having the new little one at home. All is well with child #2 but it is a lot to adjust to.  Still managed to get a few things done.

I sold a revolver to free up some cash and make room for a new gun. Leaning pretty hard towards a smaller stainless .357 magnum but we will see if something cool pops up. Then again I am going to re look what is on the gun/ defensive accessory list and maybe just wipe it out.

Spent some time more with the Solo Stove and think I've pretty much figured it out. Just got to fiddling with the Solo Pot 900. Pretty psyched about that combo.

This weekend a lot of time went into working on my systems. The EDC bag was totally stripped down. After taking all preparedness stuff out of it I reinserted a personal survival kit, one of those heavier space blankets, a cheapo first aid kit and a pouch for a steel water bottle. Need to pick up a bottle of water purification tablets to go in there and it will be good to go.Will probably talk about it this week.

The rest of the stuff plus a bit more went into a commercial hiking style backpack. I added a few more things and it is shaping into a pretty decent heavy get home bag/ bug out bag. Need to go over it again and plug a few small holes then things should be good to go. We will talk more about this once I finish the last little bit.

Coming up next week I am going to order a few odds and ends. Also plan to keep working my systems and talk about the stuff in my EDC bag. Speaking of EDC bags Teotwawki Blog is doing a series on them which should be interesting. May change mine a little bit based on stuff that comes up there. Also Wifey said I should go shooting so that will probably happen early this week.

What did you do to prepare this week?

A few things to share just to clear out some tabs:

Teotwawki Blog noted that CDNN investments has (had anyway) PTR-91's at sane prices.

They also linked to an excellent site Congress.org that makes it super easy to write all of your federal or state representatives in one shot (instead of looking them up and wading through their websites). So click on this link and tell them what you think about the current hysteria and the Second Amendment in general. If you are not sure what to say Ruger put together an excellent blanket letter. Send it to your federal and state reps today. I did and it took like 5 minutes.

Apparently 100k people joined the NRA in the last 18 days. I was one of those. If you are not a member join the NRA today. They are not as extreme (in a good way) as GOA but they actually have clout. Join GOA also if it makes you happy.

$19 30 rd AR mags IN STOCK. I can't vouch for this company or the mags but if you need AR mags at this stage in the game beggars cannot be choosers.




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