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Davidson’s Earl Grey Bulk Tea – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Item of the day Davidson’s Earl Grey Bulk Tea.  Davidson’s has some of the best deals in organic teas on the market if you buy bulk.  This tea is wonderful and can be brewed with either a french press or simple tea infuser.  If you prefer your tea in a conventional tea bag Davidson’s does make this same tea in bag form, you can find that here.

So what is Earl Grey Tea other than the favorite toddy for Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the Star Trek universe.  Earl Grey tea is a tea blend which has been flavored with the addition of oil of bergamot.  Bergamot is a variety of orange.  This citrus fruit is often grown in Italy and France. The rind’s fragrant oil is added to Black tea to give Earl Grey its signature pungent punch. So you would think the favor would be orange like.

It really isn’t, to me the addition of bergamot oil creates a velvety feel and a flavor that is more like well, bee balm than anything else I can think of.  I am not sure but I think this may be why bee balm is also called “wild bergamot”.  As clearly an orange and a member of the mint family are completely unrelated, the similar property of each in tea is the only reason I can see for the commonality of the name.

Anyway I love this tea for its flavor, and I love Davidson’s for their value.  You get a full pound of 100% organic tea for about 15 bucks.  One teaspoon of tea makes a cup, so let’s just say that is a lot of cups of “Tea, Earl Grey, Hot” to go though.   Anyway I make this tea at two teaspoons to full french press batch which is two large cups.  As that is more than two 8 ounce cups I do my spoons heaped just a bit.  Pour over boiling water from my electric kettle and let steep for 3 minutes.

Now here is why I love a french press for tea.  At three minutes when you push down the plunger, you are effectively separating the tea from the water, so your tea will not become too strong or overly tannic.  I then sweeten with stevia (perhaps honey once a week) and at times enjoy a bit of lemon with it as well.

So give this stuff a try, it does have caffeine but far less than coffee.  If you want a decaf version they have that too but I don’t really care for decaffeinated teas myself.  Caffeine free is one thing, decaffeinated is another.  So check out Davidson’s Earl Grey Bulk Tea today and I think you will enjoy it even more that Captain Picard does, I mean this is the real deal not some phony baloney replicated knock off.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Garden Book – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Item of the day Thomas Jefferson’s Garden Book.  When I first heard that this book existed I had to have a copy, I ordered it without even reading any reviews of it, or worrying what exactly was in it.  That says something given the price of this book is about 50 dollars.

The reason is simple, Jefferson is one of my biggest heroes.  He was not a perfect man, we know his faults but we know his genius as well.  He sat with other founders like Ben Franklin and penned our Declaration of Independence, he served in our the Continental Congress and was our second president.

We know him as an author, a leader, a politician and a diplomat, he was all those thing but in his heart what he most wanted to do was to cultivate the soil.  In his own words he said as much when he said this….

I have often thought if heaven had given me my choice of my position and calling, it should have been on a rich spot of earth, well watered and near a good market for the productions of a garden.

No occupation is as delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of a garden.  Such a variety of subjects, someone always coming to perfection, the failure of one thing repaired by the success of another, and instead of one harvest a continued one though the year.

Under a total want of demand except for our family table, I am still devoted to the garden.  But though an old man, I am but a young gardener.

His Garden Book, more accurately this modern version with commentary and hundreds of letters from Jefferson to family, friends and business partners included is amazing.  It is a look into the world of early America.  It includes requests for seeds and plants both from Jefferson and from his friends back to himself.  You also get  some pretty amazing quotes on what this founder of our nation really thought such as this…

I know nothing so charming as our own country.  The learned say it is a new creation; and I believe them; not for their reasons, but because it is made on and improved plan.

Europe is a first idea, a crude production, before the maker knew his trade, or had made up his mind as to what he wanted.

This book is full of such wisdom and poetry and also simple letters, notations, planting schedules, landscape designs, sketches and more.  Fans of permaculture will see a lot of new ideas are really simply discovering old ones such as Jefferson’s work to introduce contour plowing to our nation, a practice which then spread rapidly.  You also see how much he valued plant diversity and utility for instance here is another quote…

The greatest service to any country is to add a useful plant to its culture.

Oh by the way, all of the above quotes are just in the introduction of this book!

Reading it is like a 700 page treasure hunt where you find something akin to gold on ever other page.  A plant variety to research, made much easier by the editors notes and use of Latin names for many of them.  You also realize something about Jefferson, the man like peas!  I am talking every years entry starts out with something like, “Sowed a bed of peas, first soaked to better germinate“.  He was also fond of lettuce feeling if every family would simply sow a single thimble full of lettuce seed every Monday from February to September our nation would always be well fed.

This book is fantastic, if you love gardening you will love it, if you love history you will love it, if you love the concept of liberty you will love it.  Now if you love all three, then like me you won’t just love this book you will consider it a heirloom in your library.  My copy is full of underlines and side notes.  Some day when my grandchildren read it, they won’t see a perfectly preserved antique, I hope it will as tattered with my own thoughts and interests, frayed and yellowed a bit.  And my hope will be that they too will see that indeed these ideas are timeless that liberty and freedom can exist only when men and women care enough to feed both their stomachs and souls though the tending of plants.

A few times a week I open this book and read a few pages, it is like walking with Jefferson, in Monticello and learning something new everyday.  Some days I read from my last bookmarked spot, others I just randomly open it to a page and it is always awesome.  So consider adding a copy of Thomas Jefferson’s Garden Book.  It will also make a treasured gift for anyone who loves history, freedom or gardening.

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Crosman Nitro Venom Break Barrel Air Rifle – Item of the Day

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Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the Crosman Nitro Venom Break Barrel Air Rifle available in both 22 Caliber and 177 Caliber.  A few months ago I set out to find the best value to price ratio in break barrel air rifles and settled on this one.

There is a lot to like about the Nitro Venom Series.  First is price, there are better break barrel guns out there but nothing close to this that I have found in the 150 dollar and under range.  Next is quality of fit and finish, now a high end Weatherby this gun is not but as a pellet gun the finish is very well done.  Next we have power.  The 22 caliber version will put standard lead pellets down range at 800 FPS and the 177 smokes em down range at 1000 FPS.

Now were it really comes together is accuracy, please understand that piston guns have a break in period, more on that in a second.  That said I was getting decent groups out of the box with this gun.  After a full break in of 500 rounds I can now drill a quarter at 20 yards, and I can knock holes in beer cans off my back fence from my porch, about 60 yards.

Now another feature that I really liked and led me to this pick was the integrated picatinny rail.  By that I mean the rail is fused to the receiver, not bolted on.    Piston guns have forward recoil, they can be hard on scopes but harder on rings and mounts.  Because this rail is welded to the receiver you eliminate an entire point of failure, this rail is NOT going to move.

The included rings are 4×4 rings, meaning they have 4 vs 2 bolts for each ring, this is really important with forward recoil.  The included Centerpoint 3×9 Scope is in my opinion the only weak point, but I would pay the price for this gun with no scope so I am fine with it, in fact it is still on my gun.  It isn’t a bad scope and it does hold zero (over 2000 rounds now).

It is just not a really clear scope.  I don’t expect Leopold quality in a scope at this level but suffice to say it could be better.  I will likely eventually put a UTG 4X32 1″ Mil-dot Airgun Scope on mine, I currently have that scope on my Crosman 392 and I really like it.  I also think 4x is plenty of power for an airgun and like mildot to play with hold over and windage at extended ranges (50-100 yards).

On break in, one of the nice things about nitro piston is they break in faster.  Older style pistons took 1500 or more to really settle in.  Most now break in at about 1000 shots.  Nitros tend to settle in at about 200-300 but I go 500 before I really start dialing in the “perfect pellet” for it.

Here is my basic break in.  I get the gun hitting about center at say 10 yards, then move it to 25 yards, get it basically hitting center, not really concerned about a tight group.  Then I put 100 cheap ass pellets in a small dish on my back porch.  Every time I get a chance I shoot it until I am bored.  I just shoot some of my metal targets off hand until the bowl is empty.  I do that until I get though 5 bowls and then get down to picking the best pellet.

So far one of the most accurate pellets this gun shoots is a pleasant surprise.  They are the quite inexpensive Crosman Premier 22 Hollow Points.  As this is a fine hunting pellet and only $5.82 for 500 rounds, I have pretty much settled on it.  It has been more than adequate for squirrels and rabbits so far.

The other thing to do is check the scope rings/mounts every so often during break in.  This means check tightness but don’t keep torquing them down more and more every time, just make sure you are not getting movement or loosening.  You can also mark your scope with a grease pencil along the rings which will show you any movement of the scope.  Though be aware it is easy to wipe off.

So if you are in the market for a good quality piston air rifle that doesn’t cost as much as an entry level center fire rifle, check out the Nitro Venom in your choice of 22 Caliber or 177 Caliber today.

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P.S. – The 22 Caliber is on sale right now for $107.90 which is just stupid cheap.  The 177 is on sale for $137 which is also a great deal but I brought this one around today because at just over 100 bucks, every prepper should own one of these guns in 22 caliber.  They do so much and pellets are so cheep it is almost like shooting for free.

Gerber Dime Multi-Tool – TSP Item of the Day

dimeEvery day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the Gerber Dime Multi- Tool.  To me everyone should have a mini multi-tool on their key chain.

This is one of my absolute favorites due to how small and useful it is. There are so many times in our lives we could use a screw driver or a pair of pliers or even a good pair of tweezers.  I spent a lot of time checking into small key chain sized multi tools and the Gerber Dime was the one I settled on.

With this little gadget on my key chain I have the following tools everywhere I go, all the time.

  • Needle nose pliers
  • Wire cutter
  • Fine edge blade
  • Retail package opener
  • Scissors
  • Flat Screw Driver
  • Crosshead Screw Driver
  • Bottle opener
  • Tweezers
  • File

For many years I carried a Leatherman Wave, in fact I often still do.  Frankly I think it is the best full sized multi-tool out there.   But it is a rather large item on your belt and just not practical for every day and all the time.  To much EDC makes one look like a pathetic version of Batman you know.

So at times I would need pliers, a driver, etc, and just not have it with me.  Well pretty much anywhere I go I have my keys.  To drive home how small this item is when folded here is mine on my key chain below.  As you can see it takes up less space than the key to my 4-Runner.

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The Gerber Dime Multi- Tool is also a great deal at under 17 bucks with free shipping on Prime.  It absolutely will not do everything a full sized tool does but it is small enough to always be there when you need it.  To me that is the key with mini multi-tools, better a small set of pliers then none at all!

Remember you can always find all TSPAZ Items of the day by just going to TspAz.com along with a link to Amazon’s top deals of the day.

 

Felco F-2 Hand Pruner – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Item of the day is the Felco F-2 Hand Pruners.  To me pruners are a tool that you absolutely go with the “buy once cry once”, model.  I have owned many different ones over the years, from cheap ass stuff, to mid priced stuff like Fiskars and say Corona.

Some were complete crap, some like Fiskars and Corona are damn decent but nothing compares to Felco.  I found Felco by asking a few different nurserymen what they used, including Bob Wells and most said Felco.  So I bit the bullet and ponied up 48 bucks for a pair.  This was hard to do as you can get a decent pruner for 20-30 bucks.  In the end though, there is the best and there is the rest.

My mantra is buy the best you can afford.  So when we are talking cars, I fall back to 2nd fiddle but when you are talking 50 bucks for an item you will use often and use for years I say step up to the best.

These cut like a razor and are easy to sharpen, see video below on sharpening options.  Personally I use a simple carbide sharpener like this.  Note that I linked to the two pack of sharpeners, because it is a dollar more than buying one, and well I can’t understand it but I sure as hell take advantage of it.

And after many seasons if you really wear out that blade, what then?  You just pick up a replacement blade and install it and rock on.  Winter is here and the next few months are ideal for pruning.  And many of us are doing back yard orchard culture and prune several times a season.  So if you want the best hand pruners you can get check out the Felco F-2 Hand Pruners today.

Remember you can always find the TSP Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop online you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

P.S. – Some folks with smaller hands find the F-2 to be a bit large, another option is the F-6 which is the scaled down version, it also has the ability to have the blade replaced and women and smaller handed people may find it more comfortable.  You do give up some leverage though, so it won’t cut larger limbs quite as well.

Also if you just can’t bring yourself to spend 50 bucks on this tool, my number two pick would be the Corona 6250 at 28 bucks and my number 3 pick would be the Corona 7100D at about 20.  If you want to go under that, just by generics from a box store, expect to be unhappy and expect replace them in one season or less.

P.S.S. –  This video shows how to sharpen and clean pruners.  I jumped ahead to 1 minute and 9 seconds in because I figure you can work out how to clean dirt off yourself.  What I like about this video is he shows how to use several different tools so you can find the one you think works best for you.

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Weber 8835 Hinged Cooking Grate – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is Weber 8835 Hinged Cooking Grate.  I did a great deal of research and thought about finding the most cost effective upgrade for the Weber Kettle when it came to a better grill top.  This was my choice for quite a few reasons.

Cost – This was a big consideration here.  Most of the higher quality cast iron upgrades available would cost close to or over 100 dollars which is 2/3rds the cost of a Weber Premium Kettle Grill itself.

Material Quality – At first I thought this was just a stock weber grill grate with a hole in the middle that you could remove an insert from.  Upon reading reviews though I found it was almost twice the weight of a standard grate.  Coming in at 8.2 vs. 4.5 lbs.  Heavier material equals more thermal mass for more even cooking and heat retention and stability.

Flexibility – To be blunt I wanted a grate that had a center panel you could remove, this had that but it also retained the side hinged panels so you could use it with a hot zone center or on both sides or on one side.  You can also cook something like a beer can chicken in the center on the bottom grate so you can close the lid, you can run a Vortex with it, you can cook something like potatoes under a low and slow pork shoulder.  The flexibility is almost unending.

Additional Accessories – In addition to the base flexibility above this grate is designed to work with a variety of additional accessories including a cast iron center searing grate, a plancha/griddle, a pizza stone,  a Wok, along with some other items and Weber seems committed to expanding these options.  This has me thinking of really seeing just how much this simple grill can do.  Not to mention the cast iron insert gives you a cast iron surface at 1/3rd the price of most other options!

Personally I find this to be the most cost effective upgrade you can give your Weber Kettle, so check out the Weber 8835 Hinged Cooking Grate today.  At only 35 bucks with free same day shipping for Prime Members, in most markets it is a hell of a deal!

Remember you can always find the TSP Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop online you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

P.S. – Check out the short video below of this new grate installed on my Weber Premium Kettle Grill.

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Easehold Aroma Essential Oil Diffuser – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the Easehold Aroma Essential Oil Diffuser.  I got a lot of questions about a diffuser for essential oils after my recent podcast on getting started with herbalism.  Essential oils are one of my favorite way to use herbs, to understand why let me explain what a REAL essential oil is.

You know when you walk but a hedge of roses when the sun is hitting them and you get that amazing smell, when that happens you are experiencing essential oils in nature.  An oil is “essential” in the sense that it contains the “essence of” the plant’s fragrance—the characteristic fragrance of the plant from which it is derived.

Essential oils are made by distillation and it takes a lot of an herb to produce a small amount of oil. For instance to make a pound of lavender essential oil you will need about 200 pounds of lavender flowers to do so.  And lavender is pretty heavy as many herbs go, for instance if you want a pound of rose oil it will take 2000-5000 pound of roses to do the job depending on the rose type.

Want a pound of oregano essential oil, well you’ll need about 1,000 pounds of oregano to get the job done.  Bringing it down a bit smaller, if you want say one ounce of peppermint oil you will need only about 5 lbs of peppermint.  Or if you want just an ounce of that oregano oil you will still need about 60-65 pounds of fresh oregano.

This is why essential oils can seem expensive, and this is why when you see an essential oil and it is cheap, it likely isn’t pure essential oil and you should not buy it.

So why a diffuser, what does that do for you?  Sure it makes the house smell nice but are there any other real benefits.  Okay before I continue, to protect myself from the almighty dot gov, I have to say, I am not a doctor, nothing that follows is intended to cure, prevent or treat disease, it is only my opinion.  Ya gotta love our freedom in this nation don’t ya?

So here it goes, I feel that one of the first things a diffuser can do is promote more restful sleep.  This is critical to health in my opinion for obvious reasons.  Diffusers have also been shown to improve respiratory health and when used with some herbs boot natural immune responses.    I personally find they improve my mental focus and clarity especially when I am distracted.

Additionally many essential oils are antivirals, antibiotics, antiseptics, etc.  so they help kill germs and bacteria.  Finally they are just beneficial to your overall emotional health in my opinion.  In fact I think a lot of people on dangerous medications would be better off using essential oils and a bit of daily relaxing and meditation, or at least give that a try before committing to a life time of using a drug with more side effects than benefits according to the people that make it.

Now why the Easehold Aroma Essential Oil Diffuser .  I mean there are literally thousands of models why this one.  First check the reviews, frankly I am getting depressed with how many effing fake ass reviews are on Amazon, especially with any electronic product, but not this one.  490 reviews, 4.5 stars over all and an A Grade on Fakespot.com.

Next looks, I mean this thing just looks nice.  It doesn’t look like some weird space age thing or some funky medical device, it is well suited to be in any home and match any rooms look and feel.  The lights are nice and make it look cool as well, but that doesn’t personally do much for me.  I do love that it has a built in timer and that it is very easy to set, in fact all the controls are very intuitive.

Lastly it just works, again as always I am out for a solid value to price ratio.  This one has it.  So check out the Easehold Aroma Essential Oil Diffuser today, it really will make you feel better in my view and guys, damn cool Christmas gift if I do say so myself.

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop on Amazon you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

P.S. – I know there will be a ton of “what oils should I get”.  I really tend to buy a specific oil for a specific reason.  I use oregano because it is such a great anti viral, I use peppermint because it makes you mentally clear and frankly I just like it, etc.  But there is no harm in experimenting.  So as you learn about an herb, just get some good oil of it and try it out.  However as a great starter set this one is really good, It comes with 18 Essential Oils and is made by Rhada Beauty.

Rhada Beauty is a well thought of company, they have an A grade on Fakespot an this product has an A grade as well, no fake reviews.  Also no filler or carrier oils and if you read some reviews you will find if something happens like a leaking bottle they make it right.

You will get 18 oils to try including, lavender, tea tree, peppermint, lemongrass, orange, eucalyptus, rosemary, frankincense, lemon, bergamot, ylang ylang, patchouli, geranium, pink grapefruit, cinnamon, clary sage, oregano, clove.  The cost on this set is only 36 bucks and added to the diffuser it really does make an awesome Christmas gift. 

 

 

Masontops Complete Mason Jar Fermentation Kit – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is Masontops Complete Mason Jar Fermentation Kit.  Previously I reviewed a product called FermentEm Mason Jar Lids.   But, I have been asked for alternatives and I have researched a lot of them and found another great one to recommend.  I want to point out here while I am reviewing the full kit, you can get…

You can also get these in regular vs. wide mouth jars but I personally prefer wide mouth for most fermenting.   Anyway I am very happy with this product.  The pebbles do a great job keeping stuff under the brine, everything cleans up in seconds with just hot water and they just fricken work, and like the FermentEm lids they are waterless so they can’t dry out, they are about as fool proof as it gets.

For more info see the video below where I give an over view and show a few of the ferments I have going right now.  And consider the Masontops Complete Mason Jar Fermentation Kit or specific components of it for your fermenting needs.

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop on Amazon you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

P.S. – The endorsement of this product should not be seen as a negative to my previous endorsement of the FermentEm product, both of these items are stellar, that said, so far I would give a very slight edge to the Mason Tops Pickle Pipes, they are just fantastic and store in such a small amount of space.

Dura Heat Kerosene Heater – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the Dura Heat Convection Kerosene Heater.

What!  My God Jack don’t you know how
dangerous those things are? 

Hold on, calm down, let’s take a look at this concern.

We now live in a society where they put, “do not iron clothes while wearing them” as a warning label on irons.  Think about that for a moment please.  Oven doors have a warning not to stand on them and use them as a step ladder, (yes really).  So do you think if Kerosene Heaters were the death machines some claim them to be any company would be in business selling them today.

That said safety is a concern which is one reason I like this model.  If you bump it hard or if it gets tipped over, it will shut itself off.  It also has a great heat cage to prevent accidental burns.

What about CO2 you fool, we will all die!

Please take a breath and let me ask you, when exactly was the last time you heard, “Kerosene heater kills family of four”?  Anyyyyyyway, yes CO2 is produced when burning any organic fuel, but here are basic rules for using a heater like this.

  1.  Do not use in a small closed in room
  2.  Always make sure your wick is in good condition
  3.  Don’t burn the fame too high, if it is smoking it is way too high
  4.  Crack a window or two just a bit to allow circulation

Number 4 likely isn’t needed with modern heaters but it is such a cheap insurance policy there is no reason not to do so.  By simply doing the above these heaters are safe and hundreds of thousands of people are using them all the time.

That said my primary use for them was always outbuildings, shops and sheds and they are fantastic for that.  But when we lived in Pennsylvania and the electric heat went out they saved our bacon, and two heated our entire 2200 square foot home to comfortable levels with one up and one down stairs.

What makes this great is they produce deep heat and radiate it 360 degrees.  If you live in a truly cold climate bang for the buck this is YOUR BEST BET FOR BACK UP HEAT if you don’t have a wood stove or a fireplace insert.

There is one big concern that to me makes something like the Big Buddy Propane Heater a better option, and that is kerosene availability.  Now you can generally get prepackaged cans from hardware and specialty stores for about 8 dollars a gallon just about anywhere, but that is not economical.  These things burn about 1 gallon per 4-6 hours.  So do that math over a week!

Now where we lived in PA every gas station had K1 at the pump for about the price of gas and diesel.  Here in Dallas – Fort Worth it is hard to find more than a few places with kerosene and it seems there are less each year.  So in short I recommend kerosene heaters for colder states with wide availability of fuel at fair prices.  I recommend propane for back up heat for many southern states because you can get cheap propane everywhere.

Again though bang for the buck if you have kerosene available these heaters heat far more efficiently then propane portable heaters, they are easy to maintain and safe if used properly.  If your primary heating solution is electric, let me simply say whether it is the Dura Heat Kerosene Heater  or the Big Buddy Propane Heater, get at lest one or two of these into your winter preps if you don’t have a solution already.

The alternative is that one day it is say 12 degrees outside, an ice storm takes out power and you and your family have 3 days or more of shivering to look forward to.

I do want to be clear I have not used this particular model.  I switched to propane back in 2004 when we returned to Texas due to fuel availability.  We actually gave our two kerosene heaters to neighbors when we left.

To find a heater to recommend what I did was intensively research safety, service and customer satisfaction and found this one to be the best currently available.  With over 120 customer review and 4.5 stars overall, along with a price of only 140 bucks with free shipping, I simply think in this area the Dura Heat Kerosene Heater  is the best value currently on the market.

Final note, fireplaces are great, but they don’t heat homes, they at best warm one room.  I am not putting them down, I love fireplaces but they send 85% of their heat up the chimney and out into the sky. Don’t think simply having a fireplace is a complete back up for cold weather grid down scenarios.

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop online you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

 

Etekcity Wireless Remote Control Electrical Outlet Switch – Item of the Day

lightswitchesEvery day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the Etekcity Wireless Remote Control Electrical Outlet Switch Kit.  These things are just awesome and for only 30 bucks they provide a lot of convenience.  The set comes with two remotes and 5 individual switches.

They are pretty intuitive but here is how they work.  You plug one of these into an outlet, then you plug in what ever you want to control remotely into it, you just installed it, you are done.  Now if it was unit one, when you push “on” for unit one, what ever is plugged into it comes on, when you push off, it goes off.

I know some of you are thinking, oh gee another gadget so people can sit on their ass and not even walk across the room to turn on a light.  Now hold on, here are a few uses that make a lot of sense.

For one we have a floor lamp that is behind the couch, to get to it you have to walk around the back and contort yourself in an odd position to get to it.  It isn’t a huge deal but it is a pain in the ass and it is also the best place for the lamp.  Install one of these and no more contortionist activities to turn on the lamp.

Our Grandson is too short to reach the wall switch in the bathroom, install a small light, pop in one of these.  No more, “I’m scared to go to the bathroom alone” stuff.

I shoot videos at my desk and I have some pretty heavy lights that make the room work well for that.  Say I want to shoot a video on the fly, push a button they come on, then off.  Not a big deal but when it comes to my work with as much as I do I try to be as efficient as possible.

How about your annual Christmas lights?  For us our tree is one of those pre lit jobs.  Dorothy has some weird form of OCD around lights on Christmas trees, (okay honestly she is a Christmas tree Nazi, Really) that is unsettling. So I got a pre lit job to end it!  Thing is you have to dig under it to get to the master switch every night.  Not with one of these.

How about a shop with a light on the far end?  I also have a friend that uses these for his extensive aquarium set up.  He has the lights wired to them and can turn on and off the fish tank lights without reaching around the back of the hoods.

Some of you likely have older parents with mobility problems, hey 27 bucks and make their life a little easier right?

Okay you electric Nazis that hate phantom loss of electronics that are plugged in but not on.  This can really add up, but if you put one of these in the connection and test it with a Kill a Watt, you will find they draw 1/10th of a watt in standby which is almost nothing.  Over a year that would cost about 10 cents in electricity, where some devices can cost 20-30 dollars a year in “vampire draw” or even more.  With that alone they can pay for themselves. 

So if you have any lights or other electronic devices you would like to be able to turn on and off as easily as you do a TV, check out the Etekcity Wireless Remote Control Electrical Outlet Switch Kit today.

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P.S. – Tune in today for a simple hack that will making using these things even easier than it already is.  All you need is a sharpie marker.