Episode-1905- Listener Feedback for 11-28-16

jackspirkoToday on the Survival Podcast I respond to your emails on zello, doomsday idiocy, work ethics, business, the alt right, GMOs and more.

Make sure if you submit content for a feedback show that you put something like “comment for jack”, “question for jack” or “article for jack” in the subject line to assure proper identification for my screening process.

Please understand I receive several hundred emails a day and can’t get them all on the air.

I also do put out a lot of information on Facebook from emails that I can’t fit on the program though so keep em coming.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • A call out to a member of the Zello crew and why you should use zello
  • Doomsday preppers get robbed, don’t even know what kind of guns they owned
  • Can you really make money with “just a blog” and a bigger lesson
  • Thoughts on Mike Rowe’s S.W.E.A.T. pledge
  • The “Alt Right” why I just don’t care and you shouldn’t either
  • GMO crops are simply failing to meet their promise, why soil is the only solution

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K&H Ultimate All-In-One Stock Tank De-Icer – 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 K&H Ultimate All-In-One Stock Tank De-Icer.  Winter is either here or coming soon depending on where you live.  I love these De-Icers in my view it is the best option on the market.

They come in several sizes including…

  • 250 Watts
  • 500 Watts
  • 750 Watts
  • 1000 Watts and
  • 1500 Watts

Why this Item Rocks!

Its in the name, “all in one” that is what you get an all in one solution.  Previously I have reviewed the thermocube, it is a great product and would be ideal for use with many stock tank heaters.  Why have your heater running when it is 50 degrees?

But you don’t need a thermocube that feature is built in.  When your water hits 35 degrees the heater comes on, all but itself and when it hits 45 it shuts off.  So you only draw power when you need it.

Choosing the Right Sized Heater for your Needs

Personally I use the 250 watt models.  There are a few reasons for this.  First and foremost my belief is when you use anything electrical you should use as little power as necessary to do the job. In my climate for a 50 gallon tank 250 watts is sufficient.

I also run two (two is one and one is none you know right) to two separate 50 gallon stock tanks.  If I ran two 500s that would put a 1000 watt draw on a single circuit doing other things as well and could pop the breaker.  These are only useful if they work you know.

In the end you should consult K&Hs great chart right here, just click on it for a full sized view.

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You will note that for my zone (USDA 8) a 50 gallon tank requires a 250 watt heater.  So that works for my needs.  I personally only use mine to make sure there is some water available at all times for my ducks.

These can be used as floating heaters or submerged by removing the foam that makes them float.  This gives you flexibility.  Say you want to keep a poultry watering going you can put one of these inside it and let it sink.  To me for a stock tank you want it floating because it ices up from the top down.

In any event if you want to keep your critters watered this coming winter, check out the K&H Ultimate All-In-One Stock Tank De-Icer today.

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.

TSP Directory Featured Member – Honey Locust Home

Honey Locust Home This week’s TSP Business Directory featured member is our friends at Honey Locust Home. Mindy and Josh operate their business out of their home. They produce artisan soaps, lotions, pillows, blankets, and accessories for your house. You can visit read more

Great Gift Ideas From TspAz.com

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The Gerber EAB Lite is One of Our Communities All Time Favorite Gift Ideas!

So rather than an item of the day today I thought I would go back over all our write ups this year and point out 10 of the very best items to consider for your holiday shopping.

They are…

  1. The Cary/Carey – Smart Canner & Cooker – Lots of you lamented them being out of stock, they are now in stock and selling for only $109.00!
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  2. The Gerber EAB Lite – one of the ultimate EDC tools and stocking stuffers in one, currently on sale for under 7 bucks!
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  3. Gerber Dime Multi- Tool – Under 14 bucks, and belongs on every key chain.
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  4. Work Sharp Knife and Tool Sharpeners – Any person who loves knives but wants sharpening to be easy will love this.
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  5. Anker Astro E7 26800mAh Portable Charger – This is the most high capacity and reliable back up charger I can find.  Anyone who has electronic devices will love it, and who doesn’t have electronic devices.
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  6. The Bug-A-Salt Insect Eradication Gun – Guaranteed to bring out the inner child of any adult, real kids love it too.
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  7. Magnet Tool Holding Arm Band – All DIY and Handyman Types will love this thing.  Only 15 bucks and its like having a third hand on a project.
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  8. Greystone 11.5? Non-Stick Griddle – One of the best pieces of cookware I own, any cook is going to love it.  Consider the other Greystone Items as well.
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  9. Winchester 51 Piece Gunsmith Screwdriver Set – Gunsmith or simply for driver bits I know of no better value on the market than this one.
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  10. German Style Fermentation Crock – If you have a person in your life that likes fermented veggies, I can’t imagine a better practical gift that will also thrill them.

Here are a three bonus items, less for gifts and more for consideration for this time of the year.  Though I would be happy to get any as a gift and I already own all of them!

  1.  The Prime Wire and Cable Timer – for those Christmas lights.  No easier timer I know of, set it for any length of time after dark and it does the work for you.
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  2. Mr. Heater Portable Big Buddy Propane Heater – the family is over for Christmas, the power goes out, everyone is cold, not with this item.  Or you have that ONE PERSON who wants to jack the thermostat to 90, just sit them in front of one of these.
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  3. Etekcity Wireless Remote Control Electrical Outlet Switch Kit – A simple remote control for up to 5 different electric outlets in your house, turn on the tree, turn off those hard to reach lights, etc, all with a buttons push.  Under 30 bucks and comes with two remotes, because you remotes become hard to find at times.

Remember you can always support TSP by going to TspAz and clicking through to Amazon before shopping for any items.  If you have any items you would like to suggest as Christmas just post them in the comments below.

P.S. – Because it is Black Friday, Amazon has a big list of Black Friday Deals as well!

Episode-1904- The Thanksgiving Special for 2017

Note – You can get a full transcript of the original portion of this show here. Many families read this and the Christmas show as part of their holidays.

Today one day before the great American Holiday we stop and pause to think about what we have to be thankful for.

This is the first year I have rerecorded the original portion of this show into much better audio quality, I do hope you enjoy it.  If you would like to hear the first version of it as it was recorded in my car  you can find the original that was published on Nov. 26, 2008 here.

The beauty of this show is I feel it is something you can share with friends and family. The real history of Thanksgiving is actually a lot more interesting and special then many of the myths.

Tune in today to hear…

  • How thankful I am for all that has happened so far in 2015
  • Why much of what we learn about Thanksgiving is wrong or at least inaccurate
  • How Thanksgiving was at one time considered a “damn yankee holiday”
  • How Thanksgiving became a way for our nation to heal and reunite
  • How the date of Thanksgiving has often been moved around and why
  • The truth about those big buckles the pilgrims wore and all that black clothing
  • What feasting meant 100 years ago to our prior generation that we have forgotten

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.

Photo Credit Above to Vicki’s Nature

Episode-17- TSP Rewind – Surviving Thanksgiving with Chef Keith Snow

rewindToday is an episode of TSP Rewind, commercial free versions of past podcast episodes.

Today’s episode was originally, Episode-557- Surviving Thanksgiving with Chef Keith Snow and originally aired on Nov. 23rd 2010.  The notes below are the original notes from that episode.

Remember while Rewind Shows are commercial free you can always support our show by Joining the MSB or simply by doing your Amazon.com shopping though TspAz.com

Tune in today for a special edition of The Survival Podcast with Chef Keith Snow.  Keith is the creator of HarvestEating.com which focuses on eating seasonally and cooking with food you can grow in your backyard of obtain locally.  He is also a daily listener to our show and shares many common ideals with the Survival Podcast audience.  So I thought who better to bring on the air in preparation for Thanksgiving then Chef Keith.   Whether you are going though having the “in laws” or just want to have the best Thanksgiving meal you ever cooked, today’s show is for you.

Let me tell you folks you are going to want a pen and paper for note taking on today’s episode!

We are also doing a Thanksgiving sale on MSB, use coupon code “turkey” and get your first year for only 35 dollars, now through November 30th.

Tune in today to learn…

  • The simple steps to perfect turkey
  • Gravy that doesn’t come from an envelope or a jar
  • Three variations on stuffing that will blow your family away
  • Simple cranberry sauce that doesn’t come from a can
  • A duck for Thanksgiving with an amazing spice blend
  • Using chestnuts and pecans for a great taste twist
  • How to properly cook stand alone drumsticks for extra dark meat
  • A way to make squash something special instead of sweet baby food
  • Mashed potatoes that won’t believe until you try them
  • Wine selections for Turkey Day
  • A desert that is so simple to make but totally amazing and unexpected

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

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Episode-1903- Thoughts for the Holidays and Nine Mile Farm Plans for 2017

ninemilelogoToday I will be doing the last live TSP until Monday after Thanksgiving so I thought a simple chat with Jack style show would be a good idea.  I have sort of two things to discuss with you guys today.

First some thoughts on the coming holiday season and hopefully for most some down time.  I want to discuss may be something things you can do for family bonding and some of them involve improving preparedness at the same time.

I also want to talk a bit about our plans for Nine Mile Farm going into 2017.  We have a lot of ideas but have learned the one at a time until completed approach has a lot going for it.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • Screw politics until 2017, nothing good will come from arguing about it
  • Some home gift ideas some you can involve the kids in making
    • Hand Blended Teas
    • Herbal Salves, Oils, Etc.
    • Bourbon Vanilla Extract
    • Home Made Liquors
    • What are your ideas?
  • Some fun ways to work on preparedness and bond as a family
    • Lights out night of fun
    • Campfire cooking in the back yard
    • Make and can turkey soup from Thanksgiving leftovers
    • What are your ideas?
  • Plans for Nine Mile Farm in 2017
    • Aquaponics is booming, expansion is planned
    • We are considering a run of meat chickens
    • We might be adding a 50 foot 50% shade grow tunnel
    • Another round of low cost plantings (locust, bush cherry, elders, etc.)
    • Duck Chronicles Season 3 begins in January
    • Another garden pond to be added
  • Final thought as we enter the holiday season

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Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

Also remember we have an expert council that can answer you questions. If you have a question send it to jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with TSPC Epert in the subject line. Ask your question in one to two sentences so it is clear then provide any additional details. Make sure to tell me what council member the question is for. You Meet the Expert Council at this Link.

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The Herbal Medicine Makers Handbook by James Green – 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 book, The Herbal Medicine Makers Handbook, A Home Manual by James Green.  If I had to rely on only one book on medicinal herbs and their use it would be this book.

This book is hard to describe in a way as it is almost a dichotomy in itself.  On one hand it is extremely easy to read and highly approachable.  The author starts out with a true project/lesson.  Making a dandelion tincture.  The author does this for a variety of reasons.  First, almost anyone can find dandelion to harvest locally.  Second, the herb is inherently safe to use.  Third, the herb is easy to identify and no dangerous plant even looks remotely like a dandelion.  Fourth, by getting you started with a project out of the gate you gain confidence as you proceed with the book.

This book is written by a guy that uses both humor and humility and never tries to sound smart, he just ends up sounding really smart, because well, he is.  This is not a guy that decided one day that “oh I should gather up some information and write a book about herbs”, rather a man that lives this way who decided to canonize his knowledge into an incredible book.  Yet it is kept incredibly simple with the majority of it based on a core of 30 common herbs.

Then there is the other side.  While easy to read and approachable, this is really like a full course text book on herbal medicines.  Want to know how to make your own simple still from what you likely already have in your home to make a hydrosol?  Well first would you like to know what a hydrosol is and how to use it?  You will learn both in this book.  How about making and using glycerite and 20 herbs that work well in that form?  Yep you will learn that too.  Take the time and work though this book, all 384 pages of it, make at least 2-3 products of every form given and it is like taking a self directed course in herbalism.

One thing to be aware of for some.  The author sort of crosses into the world of shamanism/paganism at times, sayig things like,

“Now that you have properly identified and graciously harvested this plant, offer gratitude one again for its life.  Consider leaving an offering, like a strand of your hair, a prayer, a song, a story, whatever; plant spirits are known to be deeply touched by simple gestures of appreciation.”

While this may be a bit off putting for some, I’d like to point out two things here.  First that showing gratitude is good for our spirits, no matter how you define spirit.  Whether a religious prayer before a meal or simply a thought of I am grateful for this food from a secular perspective, either one builds good character and self reflection.

Second I remember a documentary on Amazon peoples where the tribe decided they needed a new canoe.  A tree was selected and one man selected to fell the tree.  The man said a prayer and spoke to the tree, he apologized for needing to take its life.  He explained that his people would honor the tree’s sacrifice, that the canoe and other parts would serve his people for several generations.  That they would plant a tree from this trees own seed in its place and make sure it was protected so it could grow into a strong tree.

That had to be 25 years ago and I have yet to forget that moment and the words that man said to a tree.  Call such a man a primitive if you want but how much more forest would exist if all trees cut for our needs were cut with such reverence.  Also think about this, that man was about to spend a full day of manual labor to cut that huge tree down.  No chain saws in his tribe and yet he met the task with humility.

So yea there is some woo woo in this book but nothing over the top in my view.  What you get is quality instruction, a true course in home herbal medicine making and concise information to make this practice safe and effective.  Again, if I could only have one book on herbal medicine it would be The Herbal Medicine Makers Handbook, by James Green.

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.

 

Episode-1902- Listener Feedback for 11-21-16

jackspirkoToday on the Survival Podcast I respond to your emails on scams, dogs, farming, anarchy, law enforcement, school stupidity, business, nutrition, PTSD and more.

Make sure if you submit content for a feedback show that you put something like “comment for jack”, “question for jack” or “article for jack” in the subject line to assure proper identification for my screening process.

Please understand I receive several hundred emails a day and can’t get them all on the air.

I also do put out a lot of information on Facebook from emails that I can’t fit on the program though so keep em coming.

Join Me Today As I Respond to Your Emails On

  • A lesson on “the long copy rip off sales formula”
  • Dealing with an overly aggressive dog while he is still a pup
  • Pesticides and herbicides in organic farming practices
  • A LEO weighs in on being an anarchist LEO and walking away
  • School Stupidity – suspended for cutting a peach with a plastic knife
  • A call for help with a TSP inspired business
  • Moringa super food or hype or something else
  • A vet discusses his battle with PTSD and offers encouragement

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Also remember we have an expert council that can answer you questions. If you have a question send it to jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with TSPC Epert in the subject line. Ask your question in one to two sentences so it is clear then provide any additional details. Make sure to tell me what council member the question is for. You Meet the Expert Council at this Link.

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Oregon Self Sharpening Electric Chain Saws – 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 a two fer.  They are the Oregon Cordless Self Sharpening Chain Saw and the Oregon Plug In Electric Self Sharpening Chainsaw.

cordedsawIn the video below I use both saws to cut seasoned live oak.  I can’t emphasize how hard this wood is, it will plumb smoke a drill bit.  I decided to do a seasoned hardwood log rather than a live piece of wood for the video to demonstrate a worst case scenario rather than a best case one.

You will note the plug in saw has a 18 inch vs. 16 inch bar compared to the cordless.  It also has considerably more power as you would expect.  The beauty of the plug in saw is cost, for only 135 dollars you get a self sharpening saw, that simple always works.  The down side is working with an extension cord attached to your saw.  I see this saw as best for bucking in one location or for the small property owner, say and acre or less that just needs a saw they can count on.

The cordless saw has plenty of power, I really should have cut some green lumber with it to show the difference.  I have dropped, slashed and bucked quite large live oaks with it, say with trunk sizes of 10-12 inches.  It is very light weight compared to a gas saw and even if I am using my gas Husqvarna I still tend to have this with me for limbing and slashing.

The common attributes these saws have that make them wonderful are as follows.

  • Noise – they are much quieter than a gas saw, and they only run while cutting, no constant idle.
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  • Self Sharpening – pull a lever and run the saw a few seconds you are back to a seriously sharp chain.
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  • Self Breaking Chain – while the plug in is better at this (it is instant see the video) the cordless only lets the chain run for about 1-2 seconds after you let the throttle go.  This way reduces injuries.  Most not all but most chainsaw injuries happen after the throttle is released.
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  • No Tool Chain Adjustment – the number one reason your saw will start cutting poorly is the chain gets loose.  With most saws you loosen the cover with a wrench, tension the chain with a flat screw driver, then re-tighten the cover.  With these saws you have two dials, both can be turned by hand and proper chain tension can be restored in a few seconds.

Again while these saws have many advantages over a gas saw, they are not equal to one.  If I had to drop several trees I would reach for my gas saw.  However my little three acre homestead has been very well served by these saws.

They are ideal for small property owners, people that use a saw say a dozen times a year of less, etc.   Franky they are a pleasure to use, the self sharpening feature makes up for having less power then a gas saw.   Sure I can sharpen a chain, but that takes time, and like many time is one of my greatest assets, anything that saves time is valuable to me.

These saws do use special chains, which are sold with the sharpening stone.  I get a lot of use out of one chain though, I cut up a lot of dead stuff, prune a lot of trees and go though about one chain a year.  That isn’t much.

  • Here is the chain/stone set for the plug in 18 inch saw the cost is 36 bucks.  Get it Here.
  • Here it the chain/stone set for the 16 inch cordless saw the cost is 36 bucks.  Get it Here.
  • If you have the first generation of the cordless saw, it has a 14 inch bar.  Get it Here.

Please note that if you have the first generation saw with the 14 inch bar and want to upgrade to the new saw with the tool free chain adjustment (like I did) you can buy the bare tool and use your existing battery and chargers.

In any event if you are in need of a chain saw that will just work, all the time, be easy to maintain and won’t beak the bank or your ear drums, check out either the Oregon Cordless Self Sharpening Chain Saw and the Oregon Plug In Electric Self Sharpening Chainsaw today.

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. –  Chainsaws are dangerous tools, even modern saws like these with great safety enhancements.  I think anyone using a saw for the first time should take a class or get an experienced person to teach them safe use. 

I have some personal rules I follow.  One is I don’t let anyone near me when I am cutting, if I can touch you with my saw without taking a step you are too close.  I also always make sure to clear two avenues of escape when felling a tree, in case it falls other than were planned.  There is a LOT more, again if you are not experienced do not use these or any such saw without getting some instruction.

I have seen several chain saw injuries and they are really awful injuries!