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Most of us really don’t want to start doing more work at the weekends when you have been at work all week. But if you’re like us and are looking for some interesting DIY projects, we’ve got some light and easy projects that are much less rigorous than our typical batch of weekend DIY ideas.
All these are designed to do in a few hours, meaning you can be done and cleared up before you know it.
Are you ready to turn back the clocks to the 1800’s for up to three years? Our grandfathers and great-grandfathers were the last generation to practice the basic things that we call survival skills now… WATCH THIS VIDEO and you will find many interesting things!
How to Make a Homemade Oven
-The pizza Oven:
The best tasting pizza is cooked in a wood-burning pizza oven built out of brick. It’s been that way for years, but we continue to cook our pizza in standard ovens and settle for soggy or burnt pizza. If you take your pizza seriously, consider building your own brick pizza oven, it’s easier than you think.
Brick pizza ovens must withstand tremendous amounts of heat—800 to 1000 degrees—that are necessary to achieve a crisp and almost charred crust that is still moist and airy. Standard red construction bricks should not be used for the oven, as they can explode under such high heat. Instead use fire bricks which are rated for higher heat.
Location is important as brick pizza ovens aren’t easily moved once they are permanently built. Make sure you build the oven on a sturdy platform and even solid ground. The bricks are heavy and any shifting can throw off the entire project.
The proper technique for stacking the bricks is to start with the floor, then the back, walls, and arched roof. Use a plywood frame cut to shape to assist in stacking the arched roof, starting from the back of the oven.
-The Earthen Oven
The earthen oven, another great and relatively straight-forward DIY job for making your own food using wood fire and dirt-cheap materials. Earthen ovens are thoroughly documented way back to the ancient Romans and they were widely used in the US until the 18th century.
You can find them even today in various places, due to their excellent characteristics, the ease of use and the simplistic build. The design is relatively rudimentary; hence building your own earthen oven is by no means complicated, meaning that you don’t need previous building experience.
Needless to say, this project is a great confidence booster upon completion! You’ll require dry clay, sand, straw/dry grass, fire bricks, canvas tarp and plenty of water. The work itself is a child’s play, literally, as it resembles playing with sand, like on the beach when you were a kid.
You just follow the instructions in the video tutorial and later on, you’ll enjoy baking your own bread and pies using your own earthen oven!
-The 24 Hours DIY Earth Oven:
This project is another version of the earthen oven, made even simpler than the previous design. It’s a project that it can be finished in just under 24 hours.
Based on an 18th century design, this earthen oven will require minimal quantities of dirt-cheap materials and the least amount of time, going from bare ground to a baked pie in under 24 hours. Basically, the previous idea has been taken to its simplest and most primitive form.
As for materials required, it doesn’t get any simpler and cheaper than this: 2 bags of cat litter, play sand (from the hardware store, about 4 bags), water, straw/dried grass, sticks, bending sticks, a shovel, scrap fabric (not synthetic), a mixing tarp, firewood and a sacrificial board (a plank of wood basically).
That about sums it up for today. Think about your DIY oven project, and if you have questions or comments, don’t hesitate to use the dedicated section below. Good luck, have fun folks!
How To Create A Rainwater Collection System
Collecting and storing rainwater may sound weird for all of us that are used with wasting water on a daily basis, since water seems to be an abundant resource at the present time. However, if SHTF a rainwater collecting system will be an excellent (and maybe the only) alternative for providing you and your family with good quality water for drinking, cooking, and hygiene.
You can use rain water for various purposes : besides drinking, rainwater can be used for washing your clothes, feeding your live stock and even to flush your toilet.
Now, if you choose a dedicated rainwater collecting system, which is very easy and straight forward to build, you can DIY from readily available materials.
Its advantages, besides providing you with a good quality water source, are its simplicity of construction, the ease of maintenance and its convenience.
Though it may sound simple, harvesting rain water is not as simple as putting a bucket under your gutters; things are actually a bit more complicated than that. To begin with, contrary to popular belief, rain water is not as pure as an angel’s tears.
The air is filled with pollutants nowadays, not to mention the filth that lies on your roof (you’ll harvest the rainwater from your roof, generally speaking) : dead bugs, birds feces, dust, arsenic, lead, and a variety of other not-so-delicious toxins accumulate up there and will run right into your bucket along with the rainwater.
Filter it First!
Depending on the type of the roof you have, you must filter the rain water thoroughly. Only if you have a steel/glazed tile roof, you can collect rain water without filtering it. A roof made of asphalt shingles, concrete tiles or galvanized metals will require you to filter the water before storing it in order to remove debris. We recommend filtering it regardless of what type of roof you have.
Aside from the rainwater collecting system, you should also consider investing in a high quality water filtration system.
If you already decided to collect rain water directly from the roof, remember to let the rain to wash your roof for 10 minutes before starting to collecting it; that way you will prevent larger debris and at least a layer of contaminants from getting into your water supply.
You should use a screen to capture the larger particles from the water, like leaves and bugs. In the next step, if necessary, you will use a dedicated water filtration system before storing it.
The rainwater should be stored for later use in a 50+ gallon barrel. You don’t need anything fancy: just a regular barrel painted black to minimize algae growth and to block sunlight. In a SHTF situation, it would be a good idea to hide your rain barrel from your neighbors or passersby using trees or plants.
How To use Plastic Bottles
How to use plastic bottles for gardening:
Plastic bottles can be used with great success in building your own private garden. This is a fun project in which you can involve your whole family. Involving your kids in your prepping projects while they’re still young is a great idea regardless of the topic.
The best thing about a plastic bottle garden is that it only requires a small amount of space when compared to a regular garden and it’s equally efficient. It’s really the best bang for your buck in terms of gardening. You can build a plastic bottle garden in a balcony or along a wall of a fence, or even in your apartment (indoor gardening).
What do you need? Well, not much at all. 2 liter plastic bottles (the main ingredient), scissors, a hand drill, straws and glue. That’s about it. Just watch the video(s) and you’ll see that a plastic bottle garden, especially a tower garden, is very efficient and sustainable if you want to achieve food security for you and your family. You can build plastic bottle gardens in both rural and urban areas alike with minimum cost and that’s great in our book.
How to use plastic bottles for a green house:
Here’s another useful project (again, related to gardening) involving a little bit of skill and lots of plastic bottles.
For building a greenhouse you’ll require 2 liter plastic bottles (~1500 or even more for a big greenhouse project), thick wire, scissors, fence posts (or similar lumber) and lots of help from your kids and family.
Though it sounds like a lot, you can make it a project and involve local restaurants or stores to help you save the bottles.
You must cut the plastic bottles’ bottoms and create two tabs by cutting on either side of the bottle near the top using a sharp knife so the top bottle will not slide down.
Then you’ll build a sturdy frame/structure using the wires and the fence posts that will hold the bottles into place.
The temperature inside the plastic bottle greenhouse, if built correctly, will be 10 degrees hotter than outside and that’s pretty cool. Just watch the video below for a detailed instructions guide and get to work.
How to Make Fire Logs
- 3/4” to 1” diameter dowel rod about 24” long
- 5 gal bucket and water to soak the paper in.
How to make fire logs
For soaking the paper, place the newspaper in the buckets still folded into sections.
Fill the buckets with water, and let soak 1 to 2 hours, then prepare for rolling the logs.
Standing at a sink or other water proof surface, take the first wet section of the newspaper out of the bucket.
Place the dowel rod about 1 inch down from the top of the wet paper and begin to roll the dowel rod down the newspaper.
After you have rolled up 2-3 inches of the wet paper, shape and compress the log with your hands to get more excess water out. Pull the dowel rod out of the freshly made paper fire log.
Air drying the newspaper fire logs
The completed fire logs must be completely dry before burning.
- Store logs in a shed or other covered area where the temperature and breeze can air dry them.
- If you do not have a shed, stack the wet logs on a platform, old pallets, or anything else that will keep the wet logs off the ground.
- Cover with a tarp to keep the logs from getting wet due to weather conditions.
- It will take at least a week for the logs to dry.
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