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When the S hits the fan things are going to get real dodgy. One of the most terrifying aspects of this situation is that the power is going to go out. For those who have not prepared to turn the power back on, it’s gonna be a dark time both figuratively and literally.
Be aware of this.
Even if you don’t have the money for a generator you can still do things without power. What are the most important things the society and you do with power?
- cleaning water
- heating homes
- processing waste
- transferring data
Some of those answers are easier than others. Its gonna be a tough deal if you are the guy who has to clean water on a mass scale without power. That is why we have backup plans for this.
To cook, however, is much less complicated.
Most people know about the rocket stove. Using one small soup can and one large soup can you can make a rocket stove that is an effective cooking stove and boiler of water. These stoves are simple to make and will get the work done.
There are many ways to make a rocket stove. Some even do it in ammo cans!
Apple Box Oven
The apple box oven uses charcoal and is the only option on this list that uses that. Still, the oven is made of an apple box and aluminum! These are also simple to make.
The wonder oven is effectively a cloth and insulated thermos. It operates on a very similar principle. Your food has to be boiling first before placing it in a wonder oven but it will hold that heat and cook things over time. You can use this in conjunction with the rocket stove for a powerless long term system that uses next to no fuel.
Bonus: How to Make Pemmican, the Original Survival Food
Invented by the natives of North America pemmican was used by Indian scouts as well as early western explorers.
Native Americans spent a great deal of time on the go and depended on having portable, high-energy, highly nutritious, and filling foods that would last for long periods of time without refrigeration.
Pemmican is a portable, long-lasting, high-energy food. It's made of lean, dried meat that's crushed into powder and mixed with hot, rendered fat. This makes it one of the ultimate foods to have stockpiled for when SHTF or disaster strikes.
People really should avert their gaze from the modern survival thinking for just a bit and also look at how folks 150 years ago did it.
These guys were the last generation to practice basic things, for a living, that we call "survival skills" now.