Pemmican – The Ultimate Survival Food

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  1. That reminds me, I’m gonna go and check the data label on my well pump motor, to see the HP rating. Keep in mind, that 1HP = 750 watts. I don’t think there are too many wells that use any more than 1.5 HP.
    And you’d better have some extra bleach around for treating water. Filters? Damn right!

    Powdered bleach (swimming pool supplies) stored in air-tight container, will not degrade as will happen with laundry bleach in loosely capped jugs.

    Many pump motors, you can just open up the access plate, and change the wires-terminals, to run on 120vac, (but not all of them can be done like that.)

    I’m gonna start shopping around, for a spare pump & motor assemble, as well as a spare “bladder tank”. All those thing eventually break down, and spare parts may not be available in the future. Also, prices are always going up, so it’s better to get them now, and save the future trouble of locating them after the pump stops working, eh?

    How about having some spare plumbing supplies, such as a couple sections of pipe, fittings, etc, BECAUSE, when the grid goes down, and the house gets COLD in the winter, you can end up with frozen-busted pipes!!! It’s gonna happen to a LOT of people!

  2. This guys videos (and others that are similar to it) are VERY interesting stuff. I like the historical aspect too.
    Watching the videos of how people cooked, ate, and preserved foods during the 1700’s & 1800’s is worth watching. It’s the ultimate “back to nature” & “GRID down” living.

    Living without modern plumbing, gas or electric service, no motorized vehicles or machinery, and no grocery stores, is how the human race has lived for millions of years, and there are more than a billion people who are still living like that.

    I think we should all understand how it can be done, just in case some of us find ourselves in the same situation. Many things could throw us into that situation. A super big solar CME-flare-EMP event can literally COOK the surface of the earth, and only people who were on the dark side during that event would survive the fast moving event.

    Some big, natural or man-made disaster can take out the grid. Major disease pandemics can destroy large percentages of people, and if we lose too many people who keep things running, then the rest of it breaks down.

    Imagine, if for some crazy reason, we lost the ability to put truckers on the road. Just that one segment of business is what delivers almost everything to every place. Just losing a handful of large refineries and a few vital pipelines, and our trucking & rail traffic would slow to a trickle. Farmers wouldn’t be able to get their fuels or chemicals and foods and products would not be distributed to their retail locations.

    Most people in most of world history, did not have a water distribution system. Even today, our system often breaks down here or there and we have to boil water or rely on bottled water delivered by trucks to the grocery stores. So obviously, knowing to collect and treat water is always a life saving bit of knowledge. Even for those of us who have a well, almost all of those wells need electricity to get the water out.

    Even if you have a portable generator, how many gallons of fresh gasoline do you have in your shed?

    If you don’t use your generator for anything at all, and JUST for the well pump, you could run the “genny” for 5-10 minutes per day, and fill up a bunch of 5 gallon buckets, or a small water tank, and then shut down the genny until you need more water…if you do it like this, then 5 gallons may be enough for an entire month or more.
    But if you try to run your generator “non-stop”, it will eat up about 10 gallons every day, AND… the motor will break down, probably with less than 500 hours of running time. If it’s already old, then you may not even get 20 hours out of it.

    That’s why I always like the idea of solar panels, deep cycle batteries, inverter, etc.. BUT it had better be “up and running”.
    Almost every well pump is 240vac, and most cheap inverters are 120vac. So either you better be able to convert your pump motor to 120vac, or have an inverter that puts out ENOUGH 240vac, or you’ll need a big enough 2X transformer to convert 120v into 240v.

    Most common pumps out there, are 1/2HP to 1HP (375-750 watts), but that does NOT include the STARTING-SURGE requirements, which is often greater than 400{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} above the “running” wattage.
    Generators have very little “surge capacity”. Their ratings is just about all you get.

    Inverters, often DO have a large output “surge” capacity of 100{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} above their normal rated power, so they can help to meet the starting needs of electric motors. This extra surge capacity output, is often limited to less than 5 seconds of time. Better inverters, sometimes can carry the increased load for up to 20 seconds or more.

    Be well, be clever, use your imagination and those brain cells to see the many possible futures and possible solutions.

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