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How to clean your chimney yourself and save money

Chimneys play an important part in home heating, but they are not to be taken for granted, especially when they are used for wood burning.  The National Fire Protection Association Standard 211 advises chimneys be checked at least once a year.  Just as with the filter in a furnace

Restoring Rusty Old Cast Iron Pots & Pans With Fire & Vegetable Oil

Prior to the 1960s, cast iron vessels were an especially favored form of cooking. Most every household had at least one cast iron pot or skillet in an always-seasoned form ready for that next great meal. These days, non-stick coated cookware has taken over, but it proves to be more costly, less

How To Make A Simple Solar Food Dehydrator Pg 2

This is part two of the project. If you are visiting this page from outside, please see Page 1 first.   How To Make A Simple Solar Food Dehydrator Pt 2   Co

How To Make A Simple Solar Food Dehydrator

This is a very simple solar food dehydrator that uses the energy of the sun to dry food for long term storage. This solar dehydrator costs very little to make and can dry large batches of food in one to two days of full sun.   A solar food dryer is valuable in case of a power

How To Install An Inverter In Your RV AC Converter Box

If you want to run your RV or camper on solar power then you will have to modify your original electrical control box. This box converts shore AC power from a camp ground into 12 volts DC to power your RV lighting and accessories. Most RV lights are 12 volts as are the heater blowers, controls an

What should you carry in a medical kit?

Lately I've had some people ask my opinion on what a quality first aid kit should contain.  Med kits can be as diverse and dynamic as any BOB and I guess the first question one needs to ask themselves is what do I intend to accomplish when stocking my kit?  Other questions to ask when a

How To Pasteurize Dehydrated Food For Long Term Storage

I have some self dried foods I had done up in bulk a few months ago, but never got around to sealing them up in vacuum sealer bags. Now they need to be pasteurized before I can seal them up for long term storage. I have 5 pounds of dried broccoli, about 2 pounds of mixed vegetables

How To Make Cold Brew Coffee

"Cold" and "Brew" are words that do not seem to work together, however cold brewed coffee makers have become quite popular these days. On hearing the words "cold brew coffee" for the first time, many people are skeptical about why they should choose it over their normal cup of coffeeAdvant

Cutting And Shaping Homemade Soap

Once you have made a batch of homemade soap, you need to remove it from the form and cut it into soap bars. This is very easy and can make some professional looking bars of soap. Here is a demonstration:   First, if you have never made soap before, have a look at our homemade

How to make soap using the Hot Process for immediately usable soap

The hot process of making soap is the act of fully cooking the soap until the saponification process is completed. This means that all the lye has been used up converting the oil into soap. When soap is made using the hot process it will be immediately usable. Cold process soap on the other hand

Ancient wind/solar clothes dryer that still works

Why is it that movie producers who devote much time to every tiny detail, makeup and costumes, fail to get it right when showing a routine task such as washing clothes by hand? In a recent popula

100-year-old way to filter rainwater in a barrel

During our boiling, broiling, blistering drought last summer here in the Missouri Ozarks, water was a topic of conversation wherever we went. Creeks and ponds dried up (some never recovered) and the water table dropped, forcing some neighbors to have their well pumps lowered or to even to have a

How to make soap at home using all natural ingredients

Most people do not know it but the products we use every day for washing, bathing, laundry and house keeping contain a lot of harmful artificial ingredients. When you use soap for bathing, the chemicals in the soap are absorbed through your skin. By using all natural soap you avoid any dangerous

No-Till Vine Patch

You don’t need to till up the whole back 40 to have all the watermelon, squash, sweet potatoes and pumpkin your family can eat. Instead, cut out circles of sod, mulch the area and then watch your garden grow.

Preserve Green Coffee Beans For Long Term Survival Storage

Coffee has been with us for a very long time. Coffee is also a very important part of our lives. During WWI and WWII, instead of going without coffee, people found coffee substitutes. That alone should tell you how valuable coffee is to our modern society. With that in mind, you should find ways
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