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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Datrex Emergency food ration bar review

These are Datrex Food Rations. If your familiar with Pepperidge Farm Chessman cookies, they smell EXACTLY the same. As far as taste goes, they are very loosely compressed so they can fall apart easily and are not a sweet as chessman cookies. My Wife says they taste like Italian cookies (which I've never had so I'll have to trust her on that one).



Each mini-bar is 200 calories, The white blocks are
2400 calories (about $4.50) and the blue packages are 3600 calories $6.95.

They seem to promote thirst a little bit more than the Mainstay Bars and another difference is the package itself. The Datrex are split up into smaller, self contains 200 calorie bars where as once you open up the mainstay, its ALL open.
Im comfortable with having both Datrex and the Mainstays as part of either a vehicle kit or just to have handy. Review of the Mainstay bars will be up shortly.


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How to Measure a Cord, Face Cord and Loose Thrown Cord of Firewood – Don’t Get Ripped Off

Firewood is a great SHTF fuel source. You can use it for heating and cooking, and for many people, it’s a local, renewable fuel. If you have a bit of land and you’re not afraid of a little physical labor, all you need is a chainsaw (or axe if need be), splitting maul and a wedge. It’s the physical labor that scares many people off. Even if you have it cut, split and delivered, as I do, you have to stack and move it, load and clean the stove, etc. It’s not as easy as just turning up the thermostat with natural gas or home heating oil. Of course, there’s a difference in the quality of heat. Wood heat feels more … penetrating.
Firewood’s value, like any fuel, will skyrocket in a SHTF situation. Everyone will look at wood for fuel and market value. If you’re in the firewood market now or post-SHTF, you’ll want to make sure you don’t get ripped off. Here is how.
Firewood is sold by the cord. A cord is 128 cubic feet. Most people visualize a cord of wood as a stacked pile 4′ high, 4′ wide and 8′ long (4 x 4 x 8 = 128).
That is the way a cord of wood is typically sold. You cut the tree into 4′ lengths and cut those lengths twice, making 3 sticks of wood 16″ long. The wood has to be neatly stacked to be sold as a cord, no room for excess space.
People that don’t need or can’t afford a full cord, may buy what’s called a face cord. A face cord is just what it sounds like, look at the face of cord of wood in the pic above. A face cord is a stack of 16″ sticks stacked 4′ high and 8′ wide.
This sounds straightforward, but not always. People get shortchanged often. Here in Maine, the most heavily forested state in the nation, wood is a popular heat source. Firewood is a big market here. Many times in the fall or winter you’ll read about Maine’s Attorney General’s Office educating consumers and prosecuting the loggers that shortchange them.
Dealers may advertise and price firewood by the “truckload” or “pile” or what have you, but they’re not supposed to according to Maine law. They can sell firewood by the cord and by the loose thrown cord. A loose thrown cord is just as it sounds, firewood tossed into a pile or container. Firewood tossed into a 4′ x 4′ x 8′ bin is not a cord, because when it’s stacked, the size goes down. A loose thrown cord should consume around 180 cubic feet of space and once stacked, be somewhere around 128 cubic feet (according to Maine law) for 12-16″ sticks. Sticks sold in 2′ lengths and sold as loose thrown should consumer around 195 cubic feet.
When I buy firewood in the spring it comes loose thrown in 16″ lengths. I build a stack as long as I can beside my driveway then I calculate the cubic feet to make sure I wasn’t shortchanged. Well, I did that the first few times I used my firewood dealer. I don’t check it anymore, it looks about right and I trust him now.
- Ranger Man
BTW: In a TEOTWAWKI situation, many places in the United States could have firewood markets like those in Africa, where firewood is rare and so valuable that scrap brush and trees are gathered to be sold in street markets.
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How Much Ammo Do You Need?

1st   What are you storing the ammo for? Is it for food gathering (hunting) and home or self-defense?
2nd  How long do you think the situation causing the need of stored ammo will last?
3rd  Will you use the ammo to barter with or just for your own use?
4th   Where will you store this ammo and is it safe?


Lets say your going to need to have your ammo storage for TEOTWAWKI, this is it the big one! You will need to have all the ammo to live a full life of hunting, self-defense, training new shooters and that crazy gun fights you will get into from time to time with the hoards of walking dead that will be looking for food, water and anything that is not nailed down. And we all know the the walking dead will not just walk up to your home or retreat and knock on your door and ask for a cup of this or that, they will show up ready for a fight. So you best be ready yourself and having the ammo to be ready is a must. Lets look at it like this, you have five guns; a 9mm handgun, a AR 15 in .223, a 22LR like a 10/22, a 12ga shotgun and a long gun in .308. (and I'm not saying this is the gun set up you need to have this is just a base to show how much you would need) All five guns are your survival battery and you need to store the right amount of ammo to survive (the end of the world as we know it)
Here is what I think: And remember this is it the end of the world(I think this list is light, a base to start with)
9mm - 5,000 rounds
.223 - 10,000 to 15,000 rounds
22Lr - 75,000 to 100,000 rounds remember you can't reload 22LR
12ga - 5,000 to 10,000 bird shot, 1,000 to 2,500 00buck and 500 to 1,000 slugs
.308 - 5,000 to 10,000 rounds

I would feel good with this amount of ammo and I'm not even close to it now, so I work on my ammo preps every week and I hope you are doing the same. I know that everyone thinks a little different and this is just my idea of what you need. Some will this it's to much and others will think it's to little. What you have to do is set down and come up with a number that makes you feel like you would be ready to fight and survive the end of the world.
Make a plan for your ammo storage and set goals to reach by a date and try to do better than your goal.
Keep prepping and keep learning skills to survive, just think of how great the skill of reloading would be in the post collapse! Learn something new every few months and build your skills to survive.
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