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The Survival Camper - List of Future Projects

This will be a continuing list of things I want to do with the survival camper. This list will be for myself as well as for others. A permanent list I can access anywhere.


There are a number of future projects I want to do with the survival camper. As I finish with a project, I will turn the point into a link to the results of the experiment to share with others.


Here is the list:


1. A free, safe source of heat. In a survival shelter, especially up north, you will need heat. It gets very cold in winter, way below freezing. That means frozen water pipes, bursting food cans and jars and frozen people. A small shelter does not have a lot of space and carrying around a half ton wood burning stove is nearly impossible. When you arrive at your bug out destination, you will need to set up a heat source. Small, portable wood heaters and stoves will require too much work, constantly feeding in fuel. Something that will burn all night would be good.


1a. Solar air and water heaters. During the sunny hours you can collect the power of the sun to heat up water for cooking and washing to use later on. It can be stored in hot water tanks inside. Passive solar air heaters can be used to heat the shelter during the daytime hours, saving you work and fuel. And the sun will help keep the shelter from freezing on your hunting trips or expeditions. Don't forget, if there is no-one home to feed the fire, the camper will get cold and your water and food could freeze. See our DIY Passive Solar Heating Projects for some ideas.




1b. Rocket stove or wood gas stove. These can be made out of empty food cans and claim to be a good, efficient source of heat for cooking. Maybe even for heating the shelter. They are designed to super heat the wood, causing a fuller burn and no smoke. Normal fireplaces waste a lot of the fuel and heat out the chimney. Some third world countries are already using larger scale rocket stoves to heat their home and cook efficiently. They use way less wood.


2. Waste and sewage disposal. Just digging a hole in the dirt is not a long term survival option. It is unsanitary and can contaminate the ground water and the area you live in. And forget going out in the deep cold of winter to dig a little hole for your business. An outhouse also requires lots of work and maintenance. Lime is needed as well. And you are always moving it and digging a new hole as the old one fills up. A small methane gas digester would be a good idea. This would digest the waste, producing methane for heat and solid matter for fertilizing your garden.


3. Passive refrigeration. Find a way to cool food without active energy usage, such as electricity. There are various projects out there which cool food without energy. Evaporative coolers are an example. Storm cellars were used in the past to keep food and even milk cool.


4. Fresh water collection system. Fresh water is important. Rain water collection, using runoff from the roof is one idea. Using tarps or plastic canvas spread out between trees can be used to collect a nice amount of rain water. Evaporative water collection methods can be used to get water from the earth.


This list will be updated as ideas come or as projects are completed.

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