Friday, January 27, 2017

An Inexpensive Survival Cabin for Sale in the Northeast

            
Yes, $68.000 and on seven beautiful acres.



  Periodically, someone tells me that they are looking for a secluded location for disaster emergencies, and that they can't find anything for under three hundred thousand dollars. This is particularly true, they say, of the US Northeast.   I counter by saying that if you look hard enough, there are affordable full time rural homes, and there are affordable rural cabins for emergencies.

     This is one such instance.  I will leave this post up, even after the property is sold, as an inspiration to those who continue to look.

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ALWAYS DO ALL YOUR OWN CHECKING AND DUE DILIGENCE.

  The Callicoon of which they speak is in New York State.

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An on-site cabin is designed with the hunter and survivalist in mind. The ground floor has plenty of room for multiple beds, a table, and a wash area. A separate room has a composting toilet. Take the ladder to a loft where a new bamboo wood floor sleeps up to eight. All interior work designed with non-voc paints and sustainable materials. Heavily insulated, one wood stove keeps the space hot even when temperatures drop below 0 F. The 7 Acres of land is completely forested with plenty of dead and down wood waiting for a chainsaw.


Water comes from an on-site well drilled in 2011. There is no indoor running water (which is why I can’t sell it as a home and why the price is so much cheaper than a home), but you can install a septic system to remedy that (I got estimates at only $15,000). The electric is grid-supplied, but there is plenty of room to install solar or wind. The local utility is green, using wind power from nearby generators.
Friendly neighbors have adjacent plots of 10 acres or more.
This seven acres is enough to live off of. The land has abundant patches of wild raspberries and blueberries. Game is plentiful with deer and wild turkey crossing the property. I updated the driveway, shared with the neighbor, and cleared an area in front of the house. It’s ideal for a garden, chickens, and rabbits. I built a stone patio in front of the house, and there are amazing stone walls running through the property. It’s a great place for a barbecue.


If you want to get back to society, Callicoon is right across the Deleware with antique shops, a one-movie theater, and some great bars. There are many State game lands nearby and lost of fishing.
Supplied AS-IS, which is how I bought it. What does that mean? A liftetime supply of tools, including saws, maple syrup taps, antique stoves, game cookbooks, and all furniture. Ready to use at a moment’s notice! I bought it from an old man who used it as his hunting and fishing man-cave. Buy it and use it the same weekend!
I love this place, but I’m relocating and won’t be able to access it anymore. If you have the same dreams I did, getting away from it all to a self-sustainable place, this is perfect for you.
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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Civilization is a Thin Veneer

                   
Never find yourself in a situation where you are forced to go out, particularly in some type of emergency.




        Most women, especially mothers, and most men are polite and cooperative when dealing with strangers. They tend to behave a bit better than that when dealing with neighbors or acquaintances with whom they may have dealings later.  However, during even a mild crisis, behaviors change and they may change quickly.

                    One need only look to some of the Trump Inauguration protestors breaking windows and striking back at police as the police try to limit damage to the glass of a shop that has nothing whatever to do with the inauguration.   During weather emergencies, both men and women may behave very badly when their grocery store has only three loaves of sandwich style bread remaining.   I remember observing a rather nasty fight by Land Rovered soccer moms, here in Virginia over free bottled water in twelve packs,  being given out to customers of the power company,  during a protracted power outage.

                 Please know and accept that a gathering of people while under some type of duress, can go from odd and a bit entertaining, to downright dangerous in the space of a few seconds. Fires, for example, when they involve crowds of people, may cause deaths from trampling rather than smoke inhalation.

                  This doesn't mean we wander through the world waiting for our friends and neighbors to lose their minds. It does mean that we keep normal amounts of supplies of water, food, healthcare, and comfort items so that we have the option of remaining at home when potentially dangerous gatherings of people might occur.   Give some thought as to how you would defend yourself and your family should you experience a home invasion during a disaster or national emergency of some type.   My parents used an excellent saying.......  A word to the wise is sufficient.





Thursday, January 19, 2017

Introducing Site Hound Sniffs

             





               I wanted to let our readership know that there is a new site that may have information that will be of interest to our readers.

         www.sitehoundsniffs.com


           This is a compendium of different websites, updated regularly, on a variety of subjects. They have a lot of blogs listed that aren't necessarily listed elsewhere.  Please take a look.




Monday, January 2, 2017

Researching the Harvest Right Home Freeze Dryer

            

Stainless steel finish machine shown is more expensive than the brighter colored models.



            Of late, there have been a number of commercials for a remarkable home freeze dryer.
Harvest Right is marketing in fairly large number of colors and varieties, a kitchen appliance which looks a lot like a small dryer which actually freeze dries food. Once freeze dried and packaged as per their directions, many foods will last 25 years.  (Jams and many sugary concoctions will not, although ice cream certainly will.) Even lasagna freeze dries well.  Freeze drying does preserve nutrition, appearance and shelf life of food that either you have grown yourself, or made yourself, or of food you were able to buy on sale. Since this saves you buying freeze dried food in cans, then we should examine this possibility.  Freeze drying is also superior to simple dehydration, because dehydrated food has much less shelf life, (and also because simple dehydration often requires additives including more salt.) Freeze drying also helps to cut down on the waste of food. You need only take out and use what you actually need or will eat.  Sometimes, you will wish to add water to rehydrate freeze dried food as in lasagna. Other times, you might actually want to eat the food in the freeze dried state, such as banana slices, raspberries, apple slices, strawberry slices, etc.  I like freeze dried strawberries in cereal, particularly in oat meal and I don't usually work to rehydrate the fruit first.

          The pros of having such an appliance is that it will cut down on your need to buy precanned freeze dried food which could represent a substantial cost savings. Having one of these appliances could allow you to preserve almost 100% of the food you grow that you might not consume at harvest. It cuts down on the amount of canning you may need to do.  It might allow you to provide freeze dried emergency food to other family members.  It may allow you to mix together your own entrees for later use. It may allow you to formulate specialty entrees, such as gluten free, low salt or low sugar meals.  Someone at a preparedness show allowed me to taste the low calorie cashew chicken with peas and rice they had freeze dried and reconstituted, and it was excellent.  It does fruits and vegetables, like green peppers, and the fruits I mentioned exceptionally well. It does an exceptional job with hamburgers. You could actually mix fresh spinach and onion in your patties and freeze dry them for later use.

         The negatives of having the machine are as follows: The initial expense is between two and three thousand dollars. Although there are some smaller versions of this device, many families would need to look hard to find kitchen or home space for an appliance of the larger size. The device can freeze dry only about a quart of food at once, and this takes time. A cycle can take 24-36 hours.  Sometimes, the machine freezes and requires being defrosted with a hair dryer. Because you are running a freezer, a heater and a vacuum pump then the net result is heat so the device will need to be located somewhere where heat dissipation is possible, and this might not be fun in summer.   You might notice a slight increase in your electricity bill. Some users think that the device costs about a dollar per pound of food freeze dried.  Lastly, there is a rather expensive oil which must be changed in the device periodically. Some of the oil should actually be drained each time the unit is used, and some of it must be replaced. It also requires pump power flushing periodically. The machine is also noisy. A few customers have reported problems with their machine but generally the customer service to the company is said to be good.  My general impression is that a well informed, curious, diligent, and mechanical family is the most trouble free user of this device.

      The best information on the web about this machine is:

http://commonsensehome.com/home-freeze-drying/



         I do not yet own one of these machines but I am very interested in those who do, and I have been talking to a lot of people who do own the machine.