The Survival Buzz #169

Gaye LevyGaye Levy | Jul 1, 2019

Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog. Have you ever considered that an uneventful week is a good week?  That is precisely how I feel about last week.  That said, my heart goes out to the victims of the latest earthquake in Nepal and to the families with victims in the Philadelphia Amtrak derailment.  So to clarify, by uneventful, I am referring to my own life.

Finally Getting Around to Learn to Use the Sun Oven - Backdoor SurvivalI embrace being ordinary. Which reminds me to remind you that as much as prepper-types are subject to ridicule as hoarders, and as much as the media and entertainment industry pokes fun at us, at the end of the day, most preppers really are quite ordinary.  I even wrote about the importance of being ordinary last year in the article

I embrace being ordinary. Which reminds me to remind you that as much as prepper-types are subject to ridicule as hoarders, and as much as the media and entertainment industry pokes fun at us, at the end of the day, most preppers really are quite ordinary.  I even wrote about the importance of being ordinary last year in the article 11 Steps Toward Being Ordinary. Anyway, not to get totally off topic, this week I continued to nurse my little garden.  The lettuce is ready to harvest.  Doesn’t it look beautiful?

Big, Gorgeous Pot of Lettuce - Backdoor Survival

Ready to harvest – don’t’ you think?  It sits on the deck so the deer to not get to it.

The Backdoor Survival Garden of Eden

My own little Garden of Eden.  Can you spot the tomatoes?

I also pulled a hose out of my garage, tested it, then stored it next to my hot water heater.  I used a curly type hose that was left over from my boating days.  It is safe for drinking water plus it stores compactly. If you have not done so already, why not find someplace close to your own hot water heater where you can store a hose and a bucket.  If a disaster or disruptive event occurs and you need to avail yourself of this emergency water supply, you will thank yourself for having these items handy. Moving on, by now you know I am a gear junky.  I am not referring just to flashlights this time, but to the larger items that I will use if the grid goes down or my tap water becomes foul and undrinkable.  Before this week, siting in big boxes, still unopened, were a Sun Oven, Solo Stove Campfire, and Survival Still.  These are purchases I made but, well, I never got around to using.

This week, I opened the Sun Oven so I could learn how to use it.  In the coming weeks, I will do the same with the Solo Stove and Survival Still and, with luck, will restrain myself from purchasing additional big ticket items until I master using these items.  Well, perhaps I will buy a tent, but other than that, I am going to stop buying and start using! Note:  In all fairness, I do own two of the original Solo Stoves so I am not totally ignorant of it use. And the Sun Oven?  I have asked Paul Munsen, the CEO of Sun Ovens International, to teach us how to cook with the sun using a solar oven in a free, online Webinar on June 2nd.  He promises that the material covered will be useful whether you have a DIY solar cooker or a Sun Oven.  The basic technique is the same. I will be sending an email out to subscribers but in the meantime, I am including a registration form below.  Let’s learn together! That about covers it for me this week.  Let’s move on to some announcements.

Current Giveaways

I am toying with moving the Friday giveaway to Monday.  Does that work for you?  I may be messing around and trying new things over the next month or two.  Let’s see how it all works out. In the meantime, the following two giveaways are currently accepting entries. Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival - A Time to Endure

Prepper Book Festival 8: A Time to Endure + Mega Giveaway

I should mention that if you are at all interested in A Time to Endure, there will be ten winners!  Not only that, the winners will have their choice of an eBook, print book, or audiobook.  In addition, right now, Kyle Pratt (the author) has priced his book Through Many Fires for the Kindle version.

I have personally read Through Many Fires and am currently listing to the audiobook version of A Time to Endure.  These are books you are going to want to read!

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LuguLake II Bluetooth Speaker and Charger Review + Giveaway

With all giveaways, winners are notified by email and have 48 hours to claim their prize or an alternate will be selected.  Once selected, the names of winners are also displayed in the Rafflecopter on the original giveaway article.  This usually happens on the Friday following the end of the giveaway.

Sun Oven Exclusive Online Learning Event

As I mentioned above, I have a Sun Oven that has never been used.  Until this week, it was sitting in my garage, still sealed as it came from the factory.  Something had to change. Backdoor Survival Sun Oven Online Event June 2nd I have invited Paul Munsen, the SEO of Sun Ovens International, to teach us a class on the fundamentals of using a the sun to cook food. I call it Solar Cooking 101– Just the Basics. To be honest, this is the class I should have taken before my Sun Oven arrived! This special class is free and it will take place on Tuesday, June 2nd at 7PM CDT. In it you will learn:

· How to harness the power of the sun to cook and dehydrate food, purify water, and be better prepared for emergencies · How a Sun Oven can help you never worry about burning dinner again · How to use a SUN OVEN to naturally dehydrate fruits and vegetables · How to reduce your utility bills while learning how to cook during hard times when normal fuel sources will be in short supply.

This is going to be a fantastic opportunity for all of us, myself included.  Here are the details:

Tuesday June 2 7 p.m. CST, (8 p.m. EST / 6 p.m. MST / 5 p.m. PST)

Click Here to Register

The Final Word

I would like to thank the many of you {oodles of you, actually} that personally wrote to me after last week’s admission that I am feeling anxious abut the state of the world, too much to do, and not enough down time.  I cherish each and every message.  The fantastic news is that my friends are coming to the rescue and forcing me to step away from my desk more often. In addition, I am hoping to bring on an associate editor on board to help with the behind the scenes stuff that takes such huge toll on my time. So, at the end of the day, all will be good.  I am an optimist but then you knew that. So what about you – what did you do to prep this week? Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation! Gaye If you enjoyed this article, consider voting for me daily at Top Prepper Websites!  In addition, SUBSCRIBE to email updates  and receive a free, downloadable copy of my e-book The Emergency Food Buyer’s Guide. Top Prepper Websites Banner

 For your consideration today are items related to this article and some of my own personal favorites

Orbit Coiled Garden Hose:  I call this a “Curly Hose”.  I don’t much care for it in the garden but it was very useful to keep on our boat because it does not take much space. Whatever hose you purchase, and for whatever purpose, be sure to get one that is safe for drinking water.

Solo Stove CampfireThis is the newest addition to the Solo Stove line of backpacking stoves.

Solo Stove - The Backdoor Survival Buzz #169 I personally own three solo stoves. (The Solo Stove above is the standard size).  They are compact yet well-built and perfect for cooking off-grid with just a bit of biomass.  They are extremely well built and have a compact form factor. OSO Sweet  - The Backdoor Survival Buzz #169 Kershaw OSO Sweet Pocket Knife:  The sky is the limit when it comes to survival knives.  For the beginner, or someone on a budget, a decent quality, all purpose knife is what you need until you have a chance to use it and learn what you like and don’t like, feature-wise, before you invest in something more pricey. Even then, perhaps the OSO Sweet will work out so well that it will become your #1 blade with no upgrade needed. Light My Fire Titanium Spork: A “spork” is a spoon-knife-fork combination utensil. I have wanted one of these for the longest time so I finally ordered one.  I chose the titanium over non-BPA plastic because I thought it would be more durable. Maximal Power battery charger from Amazon - The Backdoor Survival Buzz #169 Maximal Power FC999 Universal Battery Charger: This nicely built charger will charge charge AA, AAA, C, D, N, 9V, Ni-MH, Ni-CD, and Alkaline batteries. It has an LED display so that when you first put a battery in the charging bay, you know whether it is viable for charging or simply bad and ready to go back to the recycle box. Yes it really works, even under solar power. LifeStraw Family 1.0 Water PurifierClean, Drinkable Water   LifeStraw Family Review   Backdoor Survival:  The Lifestraw Family contains no chemicals, no batteries and no moving parts to wear out. It features a a high flow rate and is the perfect solution to your portable water purification needs – whether bugging in or bugging out. As of this writing, shipping is free. Here is a link to my review:  Clean, Drinkable Water – LifeStraw Family Review.

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7 Responses to “The Survival Buzz #169”

  1. Hi Gaye,
    About your lettuce, (which is lovely by the way) you can enjoy it all spring by harvesting the outer leaves all season as it grows. I only harvest the whole head if it begins to bolt to seed. This works with all leafy veggies. Salads everyday! I also have a sun oven sitting and a solor still as well. You have inspired me to get them out and give them a go around. Enjoy the weekend!
    Jody S.

  2. I am definitely interested in the solar oven. Been looking at it online and thinking it would be a good fit for us. Thanks for setting up the online class – not sure what we will be doing then so will have to wait a bit before registering.
    I finally got around to going through your entire listing for the “12 months of prepping”. I knew we had most of those things but finally got around to checking and discovered a few things we still do not have and need to purchase. Some were already on the shopping list but others were not something I had thought about so added them. I knew we were low on fruits but that is at the top of the list now along with jugs of juice.
    Because we live on state owned property on the edge of a national forest (we are caretakers of a state park) we cannot have an actual garden so I have been watching the progress on your gardening. We have tried tomatoes and peppers the past two years without success but have seen several new ideas we may try later this year or next spring.
    Thanks so much for all your useful information and encouragement to everyone. Take care of yourself and enjoy life every day.

  3. We booncocked (lived in a motorhome w/o utilities) for over 14 years and for 12 of those years most of my baking was done in our Sun Oven. Pork roasts are to die for! My banana bread baked in a coffee can was famous in our community, and the beans slow cooked in the Sun Oven were a hit each and every time. Now that we are off the road and living in our new home, I still use it. In fact, I just cooked a dozen eggs this morning that will be turned into deviled eggs for a potluck. After I bought my SunOven I doubt if I used the convention oven in my MH a dozen times. You really learn to appreciate God’s good sun when you use this oven.

  4. MT small town of just over 200 people was hit by a tornado last Sunday just one week ago. I used me preparedness supplies to stay in my home when they forced others to evacuate, because I had enough food and water for my family and animals as well as a 5 gallon bucket toilet and hygiene supplies as well. About 45 homes destroyed and about that same number in damage. My home had miner damage to shingles. I am thankful for no lost lives and that I had my root cellar to go for safety. Helping a friend in town look for her solar oven in the debris with it no where to be found. She loved her solar oven and plans to replace it. She no longer has a livable home, but many more have no homes at all. I am glad I had supplies to help others through this time and for all the volunteers that came to help.

    • I am happy you made it through safely and did not have to evacuate. My heart goes out to those who lost their homes.

      Small communities fare much better when it comes to neighbors helping neighbors. Alas, moving is not an option for everyone.

      Be safe and be well and thank you for checking in.

  5. I boondock in a motorhome whose oven is the pits, so I never use it. Several years ago I bought a beat-up, used Sun Oven from a friend for $35. I LOVE it! I can finally bake and cook roasts and casseroles. One Easter I cooked a very inexpensive ham and it turned out better than the more high-priced ones I’d bought previously. Solar cooking produces better-tasting food than conventional ovens.

  6. Thanks so much for the bucket and hose idea! I tossed in a pair of gloves and a small vice-grips, too. Every time I read your updates I learn something terrific.


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