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* Honda EU2000iA generator
* Extended Fuel System 6 gallon
* DC Charging Cord
* Storage Cover
* Parallel Cable — In case I get another generator.
* With our 2 trucks 44 gallon and gas cans on hand we have 125 gallons of gas
* The generator can run for 20 days on full output (1 gallon = 4 hours of 1,300 watt- 1,850 watt output). This is needed for the 1,500 watt heater in the winter.
* If the output is 400 watts or less the generator will run 26 hours on 1 gallon
* Blitz 11010 5 Gallon Steel Gas Can
* Reliance Controls THP103 AmWatt Generator Appliance Wattage/Amps Load Tester
* OnGuard 5018HD Beast Chain Bicycle Lock (160cm x 11mm) to lock up the generator when used outside.
*Wireless motion sensor and audio mic and speaker next to the generator outside.
* If we still have gas but no power I have rigged an inline plug that I can hook up to the generator to have the blower motor still engage.

Get Home Bag

Posted: June 13, 2010 in Energy & Heat, Food & Water

A new video of my get home bag


These matches are no longer allowed to be sold here in Minnesota. We bought over 11k of them from Gander Mountain that was going out of

business. Of course we got funny looks when brought 45 boxes up to the register.

With these strike anywhere matches you can dip them in wax to waterproof them.


Product Features:
* Rugged family size battery-powered lantern for outdoor use
* 13-watt fluorescent twin U-tube bulb delivers bright white light
* Heavy-duty thermoplastic and rubber housing is weather-resistant
* Runs for 28 hours (low) or 18 hours (high) on 8 D batteries (not included)
* Cool touch bulb design; measures 9 inches in diameter and 15.25 inches tall

We will use this battery-powered lantern if there is short-term power outage for our primary lighting.

If there is a long-term power outage we will haul out our battery backup and generator to light our main living area. If a family member needs to visit the restroom or another dark area of the house they will grab one of the battery-powered lanterns.


New video of Tiny Split Pea Peanut Lighter attached to my key chain.

The Tiny Split Pea Peanut Lighter is kept on our key chains as just a way to have another source of making fire.

The lighter unscrews from the cap which stays attached to the key chain.

In side has the wick that can be pulled and trimmed as needed. It has cotton ball type material that holds the Zippo lighter fluid.

You have to make sure you tighten it up well so the fuel doesn’t evaporate. I check the lighter around monthly to verity it still has juice.

Surefire Z2 LED

Posted: January 8, 2010 in Energy & Heat, Every Day Carry

Click here for more information about SureFire Z2 LED CombatLight Flashlight [80 Lumens / 11 Hours ] Z2L-BK

I use to use the high output light bulb but the battery lasted only 20-30 minutes and now it last 12 hours.

I updated the tail cap to be a push button where it will turn on until pressed again.

It uses the CR123 lithium batteries from SureFire. They are way cheaper than buying them from a local store.

It fits in the flashlight pocket on my 5.11 tactical pants.

Backup Battery System

Posted: November 25, 2009 in Energy & Heat