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Re: Confessions: Dumb prepping stuff you bought or did
« Reply #90 on: April 15, 2017, 01:02:55 PM »
all good,I deserve a bit as I give a lot.

We are more than happy to oblige...

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Re: Confessions: Dumb prepping stuff you bought or did
« Reply #91 on: April 15, 2017, 02:13:18 PM »
...radiation meters...

Oh yeah, that reminds me of another not-so-bright prepping purchase: a Heathkit Geiger-counter kit that I bought when Heathkit was liquidating itself.

Buying it wasn't so stupid.  Leaving it unbuilt ever since then was stupid. :facepalm:  If I'd assembled it promptly, there might have still been a chance of sending it off to be calibrated.

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Re: Confessions: Dumb prepping stuff you bought or did
« Reply #92 on: April 16, 2017, 08:14:51 AM »
HeathKit. Gad I haven't heard that name in years. I used to ruin their catalog by drooling on it.

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Re: Confessions: Dumb prepping stuff you bought or did
« Reply #93 on: August 31, 2017, 08:10:37 AM »
Okay, I can't be the only one.  Got interested in prepping, immediately bought some of the most bizarre gear I could find, and started looking for abandoned missile silos for sale.  Right?

This is the place to confess.  I'm currently clearing out stuff from closets and cupboards, and rediscovering some of my questionable acquisitions from 20 years ago.

One of the very first prepping items I bought was...



...mortar shell carrying thingies!  Indestructible airtight storage for, um, something.  I had spare wiper blades for a small car in one of them for a while.  Big enough to hold 3 little cans of beans each.

Anyone else?


I have a few of those tubes; found them to be real useful to store my fishing poles.  I did pickup a few hard cases for a laptop.  The cases did not come close to working for that purpose; but I have a few small toy drones, aka quad copters that it is a perfect fit.

The only use the drones have been are to chase the squirrels around the yard.  To tell the truth; that is why I bought them....pure fun and a sub-100 dollar price. 

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Re: Confessions: Dumb prepping stuff you bought or did
« Reply #94 on: August 31, 2017, 08:22:14 AM »

I have a few of those tubes; found them to be real useful to store my fishing poles.  I did pickup a few hard cases for a laptop.  The cases did not come close to working for that purpose; but I have a few small toy drones, aka quad copters that it is a perfect fit.

The only use the drones have been are to chase the squirrels around the yard.  To tell the truth; that is why I bought them....pure fun and a sub-100 dollar price.

Lol. I have 2 of the paper tubes. Can't sell em, give em away.  :o

Squirrels...drones. Sounds like fun.

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Re: Confessions: Dumb prepping stuff you bought or did
« Reply #95 on: June 06, 2018, 02:26:41 PM »
I guess Sterno isn't exactly "Dumb prepping stuff you bought", except in my household. 8)

Found six 20-year-old cans of Sterno in our utterly-out-of-date "go" bags.  I can't remember the last time I used Sterno for anything -- maybe the fondue set somebody gave us around 1982?  If you shake it and hear a sloshy sound, is that a good thing or a bad thing?

Oh well, time to see what it does.  I want a cup of tea anyway, so I'll try using Sterno to boil the water.  I'll just set the teapot on a... wait.

Hmm.

<digs in cupboards for 10 minutes>  Ah, a 2-quart pot, with a cake rack on top.

<lights Sterno, puts cake rack and teapot on top, Sterno goes out because no air>

<digs in cupboards and closets for 10 more minutes>

<realizes that the fondue set is the only object in the house suitable for use with Sterno>

<remembers taking fondue set to Goodwill in 1988>

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Re: Confessions: Dumb prepping stuff you bought or did
« Reply #96 on: June 06, 2018, 02:55:59 PM »
I guess Sterno isn't exactly "Dumb prepping stuff you bought", except in my household. 8)

Found six 20-year-old cans of Sterno in our utterly-out-of-date "go" bags.  I can't remember the last time I used Sterno for anything -- maybe the fondue set somebody gave us around 1982?  If you shake it and hear a sloshy sound, is that a good thing or a bad thing?

Oh well, time to see what it does.  I want a cup of tea anyway, so I'll try using Sterno to boil the water.  I'll just set the teapot on a... wait.

Hmm.

<digs in cupboards for 10 minutes>  Ah, a 2-quart pot, with a cake rack on top.

<lights Sterno, puts cake rack and teapot on top, Sterno goes out because no air>

<digs in cupboards and closets for 10 more minutes>

<realizes that the fondue set is the only object in the house suitable for use with Sterno>

<remembers taking fondue set to Goodwill in 1988>

 :facepalm:

My dad had a can of sterno with a small 2 cup pot in his go bag. I think you light the sterno and HOLD the pot over the flames until the stuff inside the pot gets hot. Not ideal, but for emergency use when stuck.

For you at home, I would think you would want to balance the cooling rack on things on teh corners to give the sterno air, like a can of soup under each corner of the cooling rack. And use a small pot

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Re: Confessions: Dumb prepping stuff you bought or did
« Reply #97 on: June 06, 2018, 03:06:08 PM »
I'll grab a few bricks from outside and give it another try tomorrow.

During power outages we've used a little 1-burner Coleman propane camping stove -- I wouldn't want to give that a lot of indoor use, but it works fine for heating up a teapot of water.

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Re: Confessions: Dumb prepping stuff you bought or did
« Reply #98 on: June 06, 2018, 08:27:31 PM »
ha ha ha ha...............no help from me. I've never owned nor seen a sterno in action.

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Re: Confessions: Dumb prepping stuff you bought or did
« Reply #99 on: June 07, 2018, 10:20:10 AM »
During power outages we've used a little 1-burner Coleman propane camping stove -- I wouldn't want to give that a lot of indoor use, but it works fine for heating up a teapot of water.
FWIW, our main cook stove is propane and we use that in our inside kitchen all the time without any ill effects. Even when using 3-4 burners making soup or canning, the digital CO detector never sees as much of a blip off 0.

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Re: Confessions: Dumb prepping stuff you bought or did
« Reply #100 on: June 07, 2018, 03:15:32 PM »
FWIW, our main cook stove is propane and we use that in our inside kitchen all the time without any ill effects. Even when using 3-4 burners making soup or canning, the digital CO detector never sees as much of a blip off 0.

Yeah, I'm not all that worried about CO from one little burner that gets used for 10 minutes.  I'm more concerned about accidents like propane leaks, knocking the pot off the tiny stove, setting the cat on fire, etc.

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Re: Confessions: Dumb prepping stuff you bought or did
« Reply #101 on: June 07, 2018, 05:04:51 PM »
  I have a recipe for that somewhere.....

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Re: Confessions: Dumb prepping stuff you bought or did
« Reply #102 on: June 07, 2018, 05:09:44 PM »
  I have a recipe for that somewhere.....

You have a recipe for setting the cat on fire? Is it tasty?

Inquiring minds want to know.

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Re: Confessions: Dumb prepping stuff you bought or did
« Reply #103 on: June 07, 2018, 08:12:17 PM »
You have a recipe for setting the cat on fire? Is it tasty?

Inquiring minds want to know.

Okay, speaking of flaming cats...

I have one of those Mr. Heater "Buddy" propane heaters that is supposed to be indoor-safe as long as you've got a little ventilation (which I can hardly avoid in this stupid house).

How do I make this not be a "dumb prepping stuff I bought"?  I do literally have to worry about the cat lighting his tail on fire, because I don't know if he's smart enough to keep his distance.  I also have to worry about him knocking it over.  I'd rather not set it directly on our carpeted floor anyway -- feels too risky.  It can be mounted on a wall (if I can find some studs the right distance apart).

(It's amusing to look at all the pictures on the box that show people using the heater exactly in ways the instructions tell you to never do -- next to a sleeping bag, a few inches away from some candles, etc.)

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Re: Confessions: Dumb prepping stuff you bought or did
« Reply #104 on: June 10, 2018, 10:24:10 PM »
I have one also. I use it to heat my garage (workshop) in the winter and also on some camping and hunting trips.  It is a good thing to have if you have electric heat and the power goes out.  I would worry a little about using it in my house.  I have tile in the kitchen and no pets so that would be OK.  I am not 100% sure I would trust it not to produce CO and poison me in my sleep.  I would use it carefully along with my fireplace it the power went out.  Probably a good prep if you have no other alternative to heat your house if the power or gas go out.

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Re: Confessions: Dumb prepping stuff you bought or did
« Reply #105 on: June 11, 2018, 06:09:59 AM »
  Too many lawyers looking for suits. I have not had or heard of any problems with using a catalytic heater though I would not go to sleep with one in operation.

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Re: Confessions: Dumb prepping stuff you bought or did
« Reply #106 on: June 11, 2018, 06:34:21 AM »
  Too many lawyers looking for suits. I have not had or heard of any problems with using a catalytic heater though I would not go to sleep with one in operation.

I keep one in my jacket pocket all winter. The Zippo hand warmer can be just the thing if I have to be outside at a sporting event or ice fishing. I have found the catalytic type heater pretty safe. Just be careful where you leave them and don't let them run while asleep.

As is usually the case, most things are pretty safe if you follow the safety protocols. We've litigated out the really dangerous products.

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Re: Confessions: Dumb prepping stuff you bought or did
« Reply #107 on: June 11, 2018, 06:40:16 AM »
I keep one in my jacket pocket all winter. The Zippo hand warmer can be just the thing if I have to be outside at a sporting event or ice fishing. I have found the catalytic type heater pretty safe. Just be careful where you leave them and don't let them run while asleep.

As is usually the case, most things are pretty safe if you follow the safety protocols. We've litigated out the really dangerous products.

I picked up a four slice electric toaster not long ago and right there on the box it said"not for use in shower or bathtub"  so it must be pretty safe. ::)

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Re: Confessions: Dumb prepping stuff you bought or did
« Reply #108 on: June 11, 2018, 08:06:35 AM »
I picked up a four slice electric toaster not long ago and right there on the box it said"not for use in shower or bathtub"  so it must be pretty safe. ::)

well damn, i wanted to save time and eat breakfast while I shower.

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Re: Confessions: Dumb prepping stuff you bought or did
« Reply #109 on: June 11, 2018, 08:36:11 AM »
  Too many lawyers looking for suits. ...

Warning on a box of nails.  Be sure to read the Supplemental Warning.


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Re: Confessions: Dumb prepping stuff you bought or did
« Reply #110 on: June 11, 2018, 08:58:55 AM »
Warning on a box of nails.  Be sure to read the Supplemental Warning.



It doesn't say anything about having wars with nail guns. When I worked at a box company summer while in high school we would hold back the thing on the tip with one hand and fire it with the other hand. The nails would go a pretty good way and hurt too if you got hit.

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Re: Confessions: Dumb prepping stuff you bought or did
« Reply #111 on: June 11, 2018, 10:53:19 AM »
Warning on a box of nails.  Be sure to read the Supplemental Warning.



is this for real?

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Re: Confessions: Dumb prepping stuff you bought or did
« Reply #112 on: June 11, 2018, 04:58:13 PM »
is this for real?

I doubt it but I can envision it in the not too distant future.

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Re: Confessions: Dumb prepping stuff you bought or did
« Reply #113 on: June 11, 2018, 06:52:57 PM »
I doubt it but I can envision it in the not too distant future.

Can't be real. No warning about operating while impaired...

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Re: Confessions: Dumb prepping stuff you bought or did
« Reply #114 on: June 11, 2018, 07:34:52 PM »
is this for real?

The image has been on my computer since 2005 -- did they have Photoshop back then?  ;D

Goolge finds a few different photos and typed-out versions of this from 2004-2005.  Apparently Halsteel really did put this on their boxes of nails.

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Re: Confessions: Dumb prepping stuff you bought or did
« Reply #115 on: June 12, 2018, 08:23:31 AM »
The image has been on my computer since 2005 -- did they have Photoshop back then?  ;D

Goolge finds a few different photos and typed-out versions of this from 2004-2005.  Apparently Halsteel really did put this on their boxes of nails.

quite amusing...

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Re: Confessions: Dumb prepping stuff you bought or did
« Reply #116 on: June 12, 2018, 01:22:31 PM »
does buying a few copper rounds count....

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Re: Confessions: Dumb prepping stuff you bought or did
« Reply #117 on: June 12, 2018, 03:32:51 PM »
does buying a few copper rounds count....

i bought a few also, the tsp ones, they are cool..