I don't know that I would necessarily fill it with huge inventory of foods/paper products right away but this is a good incentive for me to de-clutter and have some empty cabinet space.
Last night I saw some videos about using tea lights/candles and inverted ceramic flower pots to heat a room. Anyone tried that? Looked interesting and I have the materials.
02-25-2020, 12:29 AM
You will have a hard time heating a room more than a few degrees. The flower pot will retain some warmth from the candle, enough to keep your hands warm for a short period. A candle flame produces about as much heat as a small light bulb.
When our power was out for a week during a big ice storm I was able to use candles to keep the bathroom "warm"
(above freezing) and lit for use.
If you have the materials, try it. I would do it in an emergency, for a very small room. Would not expect it to work in a living room or a house with an open concept floor plan.
03-02-2020, 10:27 PM
My dog food order arrived today. I got 2 cases of canned food (vs 1 case) to meet the free shipping $$. It turns out these cans are about 50% bigger than the cans I've been buying. So now storage problem....:vs_laugh:
06-21-2020, 11:49 PM
This seems to be a very good topic for this time in history. Looking for others working on doing as much as we can for ourselves right now.
06-22-2020, 05:51 PM
Gosh..years have went by looking back on this thread..I’m in good shape just filling back in what I used and adding to my home canned meats..I recently canned sweet n hot sausage links and loose sausage (not FDA approved ) these are new to me and found out we love it..I will be canning butter (not approved method) as I have lots of baking supplies but I really don’t want to use my fresh butter for recipes..Will be adding a lot more home canned and store bought meat..I know another lockdown is coming along with worse food shortages and much higher prices ..I’m so thankful to learn so many skills just by watching YouTube..I learned to forage wild apple trees 9 my Apple trees are finally producing this year) that have unbelievable flavor even though they are not perfect looking apples..just from that I canned up apple butter, cinnamon applesauce, applesauce, apple pie filling, apple juice and all peels and cores are turned into apple cider vinegar..I mention this because there is many wild edibles all around us depending on where you live..I will be foraging blackcaps and blackberries pretty soon can’t wait..I bought 5-baby chicks 1 of them being a rooster so I fertilized eggs and can have a steady supply of eggs.although these chickens are dual purpose meaning egg and meat birds plus I purchased a incubator years ago for the just in case like we are in now..Anyhow, I continue to add and learn skills that just might help bring in a side income for our very unstable world we live in..
06-22-2020, 08:59 PM
Our preps are still good. We could lock down for a very long time but I do try to re-stock what items we use. For meat, even if it's not the same item, like beef, I try to sub with something else like chicken or pork to keep the freezers stocked. I'm still looking for more cleaners and sanitizers/germ killers (have tons of hand gel) but want some Lysol spray, alcohol, peroxide and wipes. I've been being patient because I still have some on hand but wanted to lay in deep for fall and winter. However, looks like my time frame might be moved up. Our virus cases have been going nuts the last month and today the state health department says if we can't get our cases down to 200 a day they will recommend another shutdown by July 1 because hospital ICU's are already running at capacity. I don't see a decrease happening that soon with our current numbers so I think I'll make a Costco run tomorrow. Last time I was there they at least had alcohol and peroxide. Will also grab a few more odds and ends.