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Yesterday at 11:32 PM Primative Firemaking by Ors

Just curious how many here have primative firemaking skills. Bow and drill ll...hand drill...

We go to a song circle every summer, and a couple of years ago, there was a group teaching primative firemaking. Every fire circle that year began with someone starting the first the old fashioned way.

Seems to me it would be a good skill to have.

No one was teaching it in SoCal, and with good reason considering the current fires, and Iím not finding local classes here in Florida, but maybe itís not something people are thinking about here.

Just wondering who has those chops.

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Yesterday at 06:43 AM Family Prep with difficult people by Ors

Just over two years ago, we moved to SoCal from the Midwest. For the first time in our marriage (over six years now) my wife took the idea of prep seriously. The kids were supposed to pack a small earthquake kit to leave at school, etc.

In the process, I discovered some strong differences of opinion in what ďpreparedĒ means to my wife and stepdaughter.

The real differences came with food. Weíre a little complicated...three out of the four of us are vegetarian, and one eats poultry, but has Celiac and needs gluten free food.

I was suggesting a combination of MREís, camping food, and those ration bars (forget the name...I know those arenít gluten free).

My wife is somewhat particular about what she will and will not eat, and my stepdaughter is downright picky.

Their idea is just to pack a bunch of granola bars in a BOB, and ďweíll be fine!Ē

Iím thinking about the psychological benefit of a hot meal in a stressful situation, but they think for days on end granola bars are going to do it for them.

We live in Florida now, and the possibility of days or weeks without power and water is very real after a hurricane. Weíre also ironing out shelter in place plans...lots to do there too.

I guess what it comes down to is let them think their granola bars are going to work for them, and go ahead with my plans for providing some hot meals in the mix as well,

They may stick with their granola bars, but Iíll feel better knowing there are options for them.

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11/16/18 03:10 AM Respirators (& other breathing filtration) by Russ

Since another thread is primarily about the fires ongoing in CA, I thought it might be timely to start a thread about respirators to deal with one of the by-products of wildfires. First though, what is Smoke?
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Smoke is a collection of airborne solid and liquid particulates and gases ...
... so while a particulate filter like an N-95 mask might work well at a distance where all you have is particles and otherwise okay air, nearer the fire there are other gases.

I have two respirators; the first is a 3M half-face which has two filter mounts left & right, (currently w/ P100 particulate filters). While the P100 filters are great at removing particles, they donít do much for gases. I use this mask for shop work when Iím putting lots of sawdust in the air. Sometimes I just where a simple N-95 mask, almost as good.

Then thereís my SundstrŲm full-face respirator, which has a single filter mount on which you can stack/piggyback multiple filters of various types. Of note, the SundstrŲm H05-6121L Wildland First Responder Respirator Kit is similar to mine although in a half mask design. This system comes with both an SR-232 OV/SD/CL/HC/HF (organic vapor, sulfur dioxide, chlorine, hydrogen chloride and hydrogen fluoride) Chemical Cartridge, the SR-510 P100 Particulate Filter and the SR-221 Pre-Filter which can be piggybacked. The Wildland First Responder Respirator Kit also has a Spark Arrester which I donít have.

I mention what I have not as an expert (which Iím not) on what is needed, but as a point of departure for discussion. Iíve never tested my system near a real wildfire. Iím confident it will help a lot as Iím driving away from the area, but if a wildfire is that close, I screwed up by waiting too long.


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11/16/18 12:59 AM Community Standards by chaosmagnet

Recent events have given me the impression that I need to take a firmer hand in maintaining standards of civility here on ETS. I would rather not spend my time that way.

Look for PMs from me if I need you to change your wording or tone.

I would prefer not to discuss this further publicly. PM me with any questions.


chaosmagnet


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11/12/18 08:18 PM fresh motivation to pack a "Go bag" by TeacherRO

The california fires have moved me to take a look at a new "go bag" ( and one for the puppy.)

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