Cool but damp in the morning, warming with the nuclear fire in the sky, but not getting crazy hot… that’s my hope anyway. It stayed very nice (other than humid) all day yesterday.
The crew showed up and got to work. The new machine does the job but has a learning curve. Boss man did a pretty good job of climbing the curve. He expects they’ll be faster today. They started on the back side, where there wasn’t much, if any, water in the holes. Most of the holes dried out while they were doing the other work. If any are still wet today they have a pump.
I got a couple of smaller tasks done. Moved my metal cabinet into the garage and moved all the canned goods and the freeze drieds to the cabinet. Plenty of room for more. I stacked the buckets beside it. 6x 30day buckets of freeze dried (but mostly breakfast and sides, no meat or good main meals). 60 days rice. 10 gallons of flour. A shelf of pouch meat, and some canned chicken. A couple of flats of veg and beans. LOTS more to go before I feel comfortable but it would be good for a short term event. It beats the heck out of foraging and eating cattail roots.
I’ve got a couple of different ways to cook up here, but need to get a set of coleman dual fuel appliances and some fuel stacked. I’ve got the propane lantern and camp stove, and some 1 pound bottles already. There is an electric hot plate and microwave too, if we lost gas, but had power. I feel like I need some more depth, like I’ve got at home. (Solid fuel camp stove, back packer stoves, butane table top stove, hobo stove, jet boil system, rocket stove, and more multiples of all that.) I like to eat and I like to eat hot food.
Eventually we’ll get the wood burning stove in place and I’ll have that too.
There were TWO solar ovens, NIB, in an estate sale last week. Never seen that before, but they got over $20 and I didn’t see where they ended up. Too much for me anyway for something I’ve never used before and am a little dubious about.
Some accessories for cooking over an open fire would be nice too, tripod with chain, adjustable height grill, spit…and cast iron. I need more cast iron up here. I did bring up a turkey fryer propane ring and pots. I can heat water in bulk, have a fish fry, or a crawdad boil with that.
I’m actually in good shape for alternative cooking. I would like to be as set up for water treatment. That is definitely on the list, beyond the sawyer mini and the other small filters. We can always gross filter and boil, but that takes a lot of time and energy. I need more bleach up here.
You can see that even with tall stacks there is always room for more. Work on that! Keep stacking!