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Unread 06-28-2014, 03:27 PM   #76
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I played with my Dad's Ronco dehydrator, it worked well enough. It's similar to K's. It's a very simple design. Just a plug in 'heat bar' at the bottom, and circular trays with holes/ slots at the bottom that stack together, and then a lid for the top. Someone could probably make one that's similar buying similar parts or finding and repurposing parts that will work.

Not a prepper but would like to be. My current rented location is too small with a family of 5 (three children and wifey & i).

My EDC is currently minimal but someday I'll have an EDC of LED flashlight, multipurpose tool w/ fork/spoon, small pocketknife, metal cased pen, planner (paper based), keys, water resistent mobile phone, ID + 2 credit cards; (or at least I think I would like to have someday.)

I do have an Aquaponics system consisting of a 110 gal plastic fish tank and 6 large mortar mixing trays from Home Depot; it was my working research & development project as I was looking into the viability of a commercial aquaponics business as I was taking evening classes at Heald.

I didn't know you could do that (make laulau) with a crockpot. Hmm, I think I should get one with my next paycheck.

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Good of you to come back! yay! Post a lot, please!

Still haven't done the dehydrating of food yet. Wife wants to try fruits (apples,etc.) I want to try making jerky...but need to either get a deli slicer, or ask the butcher to slice meat like for Philly steaks (super thin). The dehydrator sits clean and unused...for now. (Nori (nlm) was waiting for a test report...)

Awesome of you to try your hand at aquaponics! Still haven't ventured there yet, though I love eating gold sunfish (tilapia). How did your business research model work out? Profitable?

I discovered that I started out with a very extensive EDC; my work involved a lot of hands on, and having my essentials on me was a carryover from Molokai when having my stuff on my saved me time. Now that my work has changed quite a bit, I have pared down to bare essentials; good knife, multi-tool, small flashlight, smart phone, and wallet (with items added).

I will share my current project(s) on the EDC thread; my portable office roller case (the kind attorneys pull around), and my 48 hour survival pack (made on a Home Depot tool pack); the essentials for me to get home if I had to walk back over the Pali (probably 8 - 12 hours of walking in my current condition), considering the terrain and general climate (rainy and cold). I keep that one in my truck all the time.
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Unread 06-28-2014, 04:21 PM   #77
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Thanks for the warm welcome Yes, I'll be posting more now that I'll be checking here more often.

When I finally have my own place (or at least long term lease) I'll be more involved with what's necessary towards my idea of being prepared (being a prepper); I already have a habit of catching rain water when I can as rainwater is free and is pretty neutral and is good to use for plants and add to the aquaponics system. My research shows that it can be profitable but along with all good business ventures, a business plan is a must. I think the aquaponics along with a traditional farm methods would bring more profitability in a smaller square footage/footprint. If I had access to some land I'd like to have a mini-farm or large garden. I usually refer people to Aquaponics in Paradise forums for more info on the subject. I'm there as LeonardoJ.

I made dried fruit with my dad's dehydrator before it disappeared. Banana chips were a favorite.
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Unread 06-28-2014, 10:50 PM   #78
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My EDC is currently minimal but someday I'll have an EDC of LED flashlight, multipurpose tool w/ fork/spoon, small pocketknife, metal cased pen, planner (paper based), keys, water resistent mobile phone, ID + 2 credit cards; (or at least I think I would like to have someday.)
as far as the metal case pen or LED light, many of them can be tactical or "weaponized" into dual purpose items. there are folks that actually discuss which pens make the best shanks, which are the strongest, whether the rubberized grips help when the pen gets bloody, etc... some of the LED lights with scalloped edges can be further refined by sharpening the edges and then repainting them black again. cookie cutter action in close quarters.

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I do have an Aquaponics system consisting of a 110 gal plastic fish tank and 6 large mortar mixing trays from Home Depot; it was my working research & development project as I was looking into the viability of a commercial aquaponics business as I was taking evening classes at Heald.
i think there are actually grants available for small business owners or startups in things like aquaponics. if you decide to get into it, you should look at grants for startup capital There are gov agencies and nonprofits just looking to GIVE money away for development and startup capital.
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Unread 07-29-2014, 08:54 AM   #79
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It's laulau time already! Leaves are full and thick and green! That's sustainable! Except this batch is going to my wife's work place! Grr.

But the lettuce is popping out almost faster than we can eat it! Awesome.





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hurricane iselle headed our way.

good thing we just bought a couple of cases of water the other day. think i may need to stock up on tp and rice, though - been putting it off since i was in dc for a week.

just cleaned out the carb on the honda generator, so hopefully it hasn't gunked up again. maybe i'll fire it up later tonight (it's really quiet, the neighbors don't hear a thing).
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