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General Food Topics • storing food without climate control

April 19, 2017 PREPPEDVET 0

I know the main rule to long term food storage and it staying fit for consumption is light and temperature. I recently bought some off-grid property in the middle of no where. It has every type of resource needed except there is literally no electricity or running water anywhere near it. closest electric pole is 1/2 mile away, same with water. which is both good and bad. Eventually, I’ll have both ran to the property but that’s years away. My question is, I’m gonna have to move my food supplies to a storage building on the property I built but I’m concerned about the temperatures affecting shelf life. Here in the midwest, we get all the extremes, summer heat can reach 110+, winter, we can get down below 0 degrees F. Obviously, I am insulating this building quite well but was curious if anyone else had tried to store non-perishables in such conditions and what the results/problems ran into were?

I also have the idea to possibly build an old style/fashion root cellar. However, the water table is somewhat high despite being on a hill (lots of streams and natural springs). so I can’t go real deep, so I was considering an above ground root cellar built into one of the spurs of the hill.

Thoughts?

Statistics: Posted by PREPPEDVET — Wed Apr 19, 2017 1:10 pm


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General Food Topics • storing food without climate control

April 19, 2017 PREPPEDVET 0

I know the main rule to long term food storage and it staying fit for consumption is light and temperature. I recently bought some off-grid property in the middle of no where. It has every type of resource needed except there is literally no electricity or running water anywhere near it. closest electric pole is 1/2 mile away, same with water. which is both good and bad. Eventually, I’ll have both ran to the property but that’s years away. My question is, I’m gonna have to move my food supplies to a storage building on the property I built but I’m concerned about the temperatures affecting shelf life. Here in the midwest, we get all the extremes, summer heat can reach 110+, winter, we can get down below 0 degrees F. Obviously, I am insulating this building quite well but was curious if anyone else had tried to store non-perishables in such conditions and what the results/problems ran into were?

I also have the idea to possibly build an old style/fashion root cellar. However, the water table is somewhat high despite being on a hill (lots of streams and natural springs). so I can’t go real deep, so I was considering an above ground root cellar built into one of the spurs of the hill.

Thoughts?

Statistics: Posted by PREPPEDVET — Wed Apr 19, 2017 1:10 pm


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Guns • Re: My ‘from the box user ready’AR-15 thread

February 9, 2017 PREPPEDVET 0
Major French wrote:
Sorry, I don’t know anything about .308 AR lowers. But I did do research for , both user interviews and online, before I decided to add to AR to to my collection, 3rd team leader for Kanawha Valley Communications Team[KVCT]. We did armed civilian search and rescue, too.

Major French wrote:
They have so many good features that they can be trusted from the start to run well as is. My M&P 15 Sport II, but I chose to pimp royally before even shooting the thing. Runs 100% so modified. The SP-1 is the semi-junk AR-15 that gave the Civilian AR-15 a bad name.This is totally separate from the Vietnam M16 ammo failures that got people killed. with jammed weapons. In 1982 however, Eagle Arms introduced today ‘s AR-15. A sturdier and much more reliable weapon that changed many minds-mine included -bout Armalite.

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As a 12 year ARMY vet from a combat arms MOS and a unit armorer for part of that those years, no offense, but have you actually fired each of these 3 you listed? Have you fired say a Colt, a Bushmaster, a DPMS, A CMMG, or DSA or Anderson, PSA or any of the other numerous mil-spec AR-15s? The rifles you mention are not bad rifles or from bad companies, but they have nothing whatsoever different in terms of their firing mechanisms as any other standard mil-spec ARs. They aren’t even true mil-spec entirely either as stand rifling twist rate in an A2/ M4 is 1:7, the twist rate of the M16A1E and A2E is 1/12, the 3 you listed are 1:8. They all use the same gas impingement system, the same bolt, the same M4 style feed ramps. Other than some sales gimmicky items added one to look “tacticool” what are the advantages????
I own a Ruger AR556, as well as a 3 others that I personally built, there is really nothing I can honestly say that sets it apart from other ARs. Except for the name maybe. Oh and that it came with a flip up sight. Only reason I even got it was it was on sale and I was wanting another one. But function wise, its no better, no worse than other ARs I own and shoot. Are there “junk” AR makers, absolutely, but you’ve provided no examples other that “superior features” that these rifles are better.

contrarian wrote:
So a question, similar to the OP, I’d like to get a base lower that I can then modify. In my case I’m interested in a 308 upper as a choice. What are reliable Makers for such a dual-use system

What do you mean by a dual use system? A 308 upper is pretty much limited to 308 length rounds such as the 6.5 Creedmoor. All of which are very well suited for medium range engagements.
I’m assuming you’re wanting a rifle that can handle the 100 and closer area of the spectrum as well as medium range when you say dual purpose? If so, I suggest ditching the .308. It’s a fine round and I own 2 such rifles. However, I recommend a 6.5 Grendel AR. It performs very well in close range but works even better at distances up to 1200 yards. And, after about 400 -600 yards, it outperforms .308 in every ballistic category include energy, drift, speed etc. And the nice part, it uses 85% standard mil spec 5.56 AR parts. The only 6.5 Grendel specific parts are the bolt, the barrel and the mag follower. The rest are all standard mil-spec AR 15/M16/M4 parts. Which means, you can use the same lower receiver and simply swap back and forth between 5.56 and 6.5 Grendel if you want, thus saving you the need for a 2nd lower. And consumable parts are the exact same so if you’d break a spring or a gas ring, you’ll be able to find parts pretty much anywhere.

Ammo is a concern but availability is on the rise, and its currently being tested by both the Corp and the Army to potentially replace both the M1A and the M16/M4 platforms. If that does in fact happen, ammo will rapidly become easily available. Until then, reload and the internet. It’s cheaper than .308 ammo too.

Statistics: Posted by PREPPEDVET — Thu Feb 09, 2017 3:16 pm


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Guns • Re: Ammo Question:

February 9, 2017 PREPPEDVET 0
Major French wrote:
Freedom Munitions Ammo, good or bad? Thank you in advance.

I had one issue with a box of their 9mm back in 2010. about half of them didnt fire and I had 2 squibs out of that box out of 50 rounds. I called them and they had me email them pics, which i did. they took down my information, lot number of the box etc, said they’d investigate. Wasn’t expecting anything to come from it, just wanted to make them aware for safety reasons. 3 days later, I came home to a fedexed box containing a 350 round bulk box of their 9mm with a note apologizing. I’ve since shot probably 3-4 thousand of their stuff without a single new issue. They stood by their product and made up for the issue. So :gunshooting: the crap out of it

Statistics: Posted by PREPPEDVET — Thu Feb 09, 2017 2:11 pm


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Plains • Re: I’m surprised

February 9, 2017 PREPPEDVET 0
bacpacker1513 wrote:
I have a couple of trees myself. They are young, but I hope to get fruit in the next year or two. My uncle had one next to his driveway, when we came in with a load of hay I was always picking me a couple to eat on while heading to the barn. Good stuff.

What area of the country are you in? I’m wondering what the growing area for Paw-Paws is.

I’m in the Ohio River Valley. the parcel of land I bought has been in my family since 1901. It’s never been logged or messed with. we’ve got a ton of the trees. In a good year, i could probably pick up, 250 50 lbs off each of the trees, depending on the size, the majority though are slightly bigger than average. I just get overwhelmed with the sheer number of the paw paws. As for fruit growing, I moved 2 of the trees to right behind my house, in open sunlight, they’re about 5 years old now and just starting to really come on, the fruit on these 2 trees are much larger than the wild, native ones in the woods. However, the number of them is significantly less per tree so it equals out.

Statistics: Posted by PREPPEDVET — Thu Feb 09, 2017 12:36 pm


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Plains • I’m surprised

February 8, 2017 PREPPEDVET 0

That no one on this forum has brought up the use of paw paw trees. I recently bought about 15 acres that is FULL of these trees. For those that aren’t familiar with these trees, they are in under growth tree that produces banana like fruit but do so with a much higher nutrient content including Vitamin C.

https://www.starkbros.com/growing-guide … ut-pawpaws

The reason i bring this up is because we are approaching spring time and it’s the best time to transplant these trees.

Statistics: Posted by PREPPEDVET — Wed Feb 08, 2017 2:46 pm


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General Family Preparedness • Re: Libs Catch the Prepping Bug

February 7, 2017 PREPPEDVET 0
Cast Iron wrote:
The wife and I attended a social function last night. One of her good friends is a life long liberal. Even he was appalled by some of the reactions from the Left.

There are what I think of varying degrees of shades of gray of a given political stance. From the centric, or moderates, to the die hard extreme.

It could be Left or Right. Economic theory. Religion. Etc.

What I find most interesting, and our liberal friend agreed, was those on the Left to claim tolerance, appear to be really intolerant. They are only tolerant if you agree with their side.

There are those on the Right who the same applies too. Although I know a few who will claim they were never tolerant of a number of ideologies. At lest you know where they stand.

As RayMac pointed out, not all of those on the Left are of the melt at a harsh word snowflake types. Some of them appear to be going the armed route.

What I do fear is the continuing hate filled rhetoric I am hearing on MSM is feeding into the populace. The fear too.
The division seems to be getting worse(?).

At some point will we have two sides, armed, opposed to each other?

The other thing I fear is when the Left retakes the WH, what kind of reaction will they have? Based off of some of the things we have seen, protests, riots, etc. will we see a backlash to shut anyone and everyone not Left down?
I keep seeing comparisons of Trump to Nazi Hitler and fascism (by the way, Nazism and fascism are two different things).
I can see the Left going the fascism route in their zeal to put down the “intolerant” Right.

Stare into the Abyss long enough, the Abyss stares back into you.

I’ve been wondering the same thing. as vet of 12 yrs, I’m seeing things that concern me.

Statistics: Posted by PREPPEDVET — Tue Feb 07, 2017 2:17 pm


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General Family Preparedness • Re: LDS food supplies

February 7, 2017 PREPPEDVET 0
idahobeef wrote:
My family is Mormon and has used this stuff for years, sadly much of it you would ONLY want to eat when you were starving. I honestly consider their stuff not edible, but we do have alot of it since its cheap and lasts a long time. Just an honest opinion from someone who’s had to live on it while growing up.

good to know. thanks.

Statistics: Posted by PREPPEDVET — Tue Feb 07, 2017 2:09 pm