Poor Man Survival
Self Reliance tools for
independent minded people…
A Digest of Urban
The lights are out... now what
Hurricane, tornado, thunderstorm
and fire season is here, and one of the biggest mistakes one can make is
filling a cache in preparation for a weather event with all manner of expensive
and technical supplies while forgoing research and preparation necessary to
meet some of the most basic likely challenges of a long term grid down
You know all those expensive flashlights and
fuel lanterns you own? Depending on how long a power outage situation lasts,
there's a possibility that they'll become useless before your need for a light
Imagine spending thousands only to find yourself
sitting in the dark because you didn't consider the need for cheap light that
doesn't require a power source.
You can save yourself that headache by going
ahead today and picking up a few boxes of cheap emergency candles to store with
your prepping equipment.
It also may be a good idea to have a store of
wax on hand for grid-down preparedness. Wax is useful for a number of
preparation scenarios. And, if you have wax on hand, you can make candles using
these instructions from Old Sturbridge Village:
— Type used for jelly or candy making.
boiler — This can be a tall metal juice can in a pan of water, stove or hot
· Wax —
Good candle wax, often referred to as "145 melt point" — It is harder
than kitchen paraffin and makes better candles.
· Wicking —
Medium or fine-braided cotton wicking, purchased by the yard.
pencils, or dowels for holding the wicks.
for the floor
soda — For safety, have an open bowl of baking soda nearby; it can be used to
extinguish fires in an emergency.
1. Start the wax melting: Break
up the wax into fist-size chunks and put them into the top pot of the double
boiler over medium heat so that the water is boiling. It will take about 1/2
hour to melt the wax. When the wax is nearly melted, check the temperature. The
wax should be 150 degrees. If it is too hot, turn it off and wait for it to
2. Get the wax ready: While
the wax is melting, measure out a piece of wick that is about the same length
as your wax container. Add 2 inches to tie the knot. Tie each wick around a
stick. You can put more than one wick on a stick as long as they fit in the pot
**Caution: Remember that wax and fire are
potential hazards. Don't overlook basic care and safety. Watch out for loose
clothing. Keep pots firmly on the burners. Have potholders ready. You might
like to know that wax at 150 degrees will not burn you but the hot water is a
hazard. Throw baking soda on any drops near the stove or burner.
3. Dipping the candles: Dip
the wick into the wax so that the wick, not the knot, is submerged. This is
just a quick dip; take it right out and wait a few seconds for the wax to
harden. Dip again. For the first three or four dips the wick will be crooked
and kinky. After about four dips, gently pull the wick straight. Be careful not
to pull off the wax. After each dip now you should straighten the candle. In
the beginning, you can dip in fairly quick succession, but as the wax builds
up, it retains heat and you must wait several minutes between each dip.
A candle gets dipped about 20 times.
You can judge for yourself if it is the right
size and if it looks like it will fit into a candle holder. When it is the
right size, cut off the oddly shaped butt end with a knife and dip it once more
into the wax. Let candles "cure" by hanging the sticks somewhere for
an hour or so.
Now, simply cut the candles from the sticks and
you're ready for anything!
Yours for the truth,
Editor, The Bob Livingston Letter®
How to Prepare for Food
Shortages in 2023
Vaseline is an American brand of
products made from petroleum jelly. Petroleum jelly has its roots as a
by-product of the oil refining industry in the 1800s. This unique, jelly-like
substance has many uses and a long shelf-life, making it well-suited for
homesteading and survival situations.
Vaseline makers suggest a 'best if used by' date of around three
years for a new container of Vaseline. However, anecdotal evidence shows people
may be using their jars for as long as 5 to 10 years. Given its long
shelf-life, you may want to stock up on Vaseline so you have it on hand for its
many homesteading and survival uses.
Keep reading to learn about the many survival uses for
Why do you need an
60 seconds of hand cranking provides more than 45 minutes of radio
Radios: Having a couple small, portable radios on
hand is going to be a must. If there’s a disaster, you’ll
need to listen to the radio to get news about what is happening around you….grab
a TacRight Emergency Radio:
4Patriots Patriot Power Cell Solar
USE THIS solar gadget to survive an emergency!
In 2022 alone there have been
over 70 attacks on the power grid with reports of six in Florida, five in
Oregon and Washington.
And according to national
security experts, this trend is only going to continue.
As America's power grid comes
under increasing attack and/or disruption…
THIS is your lifeline in
It's peace of mind that you can...
family and friends in an emergency
for help from first responders
connected to critical weather updates
Free enterprise, limited
government, individual freedom!
and subscribers enable the Poor Man Survivor to post 150+ free essays annually. It is for this reason they are Heroes
and Heroines of New Media. Without your financial support, the free content
would disappear for the simple reason that I cannot keep body and soul together
on my meager book sales & ecommerce alone.
You Can’t Buy Life Insurance After You’re Dead
That's Bad News...
Buy Life Insurance After You’re Dead-Prepare NOW for Emergencies…
Support our efforts
by shopping my storefront…
A Smoking Frog Feature, Shallow Planet Production