We are on a private well but we also have a pond.
I have a 6000 watt Coleman generator that I converted to tri-fuel so it can use gasoline, natural gas, or low pressure propane. I have the skills and fabrication tools needed to build almost anything I want.. Including a wood gassifier to power the generator if need be. Of course, skills and tools don’t mean much if you don’t have materials to work with right? I also have empty propane tanks of all sizes, lots and lots of 55 gallon drums (both steel and plastic), and plenty of structural steel laying around.
Our house is mostly natural gas but I do have an electric clothes dryer.. I’ve already installed piping to convert it to natural gas if I choose.
As part of our prepping, we are installing an 8000 watt ground mount grid tie solar system this year and I’m going to be ordering 1000 watts of extra panels to store in the basement in a Faraday cage.. Once I have those, I’ll also buy a few dc-ac inverters.. probably a mix of pure-sine and modified sign to run different things.
Our main heat source is a natural gas forced air furnace but we never use it. We mostly heat with wood in the winter.
We do have a garden.. in fact, we have three of them.. a very large plot and two smaller plots. You can’t grow certain things in the same area together because if they cross pollinate they mess each other up.
I also have a single row grape vineyard sort-to-speak.. We have 4 grape plants that are 6 years mature.. not sure if I would count on those though because they can get wiped out by the grape fungus every year if we don’t spray them weekly.
We also have a few apple trees, pear trees, and a cherry tree.. Only 4 years old so not mature yet.
I also have a very nice chicken coop.. Insulated, towable, and has a built in solar powered automatic door.. It can hold about 30 birds but we gave them away last year when the price of eggs dropped to under $1/dozen.
Along with the coop, I also have a 1 acre fenced in area for pigs.. We just slaughtered them all this past December so I currently have about 500 lbs of meat stored and we’re making ham and pork soup for canning every weekend.
I have 3 bee hives but no bee’s.. My buddy 1/4 mile away has 40+ hives so its not a problem. We have about 2 gallons of honey stored.
We’re getting there.. this summer we’ll be concentrating on the solar system install and new weapons.. Buying the wife a COLT AR15, 10 mags and about 1000 rounds of ammo to go along with my AR10.
Statistics: Posted by Murby — Sat Feb 25, 2017 1:02 pm