Episode-1705- Expert Council Q&A for 1-8-16 — 16 Comments

  1. Good advice on the exercise/diet call. When I went strict paleo when I was late 30’s went from 36-37 waist to 33. am 6.2 160lbs for many years now weight wise. I eat only fat and protein with butternut squash and nuts (some) as my carb sources.

      • Dangit. I wish I had proof read that email a little bit better, because my waist is actually a 32 not a 36. One little typo totally changed the answer to my question.

        • Hey John,

          That does change it a bit. I would then say you have the nutrition side dialed in, but I would still recommend the exercise routine I outlined to build some additional strength. Since you have so much low to mid level cardio activity during the day, dial down what I recommended a bit. You will have to play with it until you find what works for you. Unless you lift things that would be considered in the heavy range for work on a daily basis I always recommend some sort of resistance training.

  2. I’m confused on what’s going to improve the next recovery when the basic fundamentals aren’t getting better. Wages are stagnant for a very large portion of our population and much of our expenditures are not even tied to commodity prices. Costs for taxes like property taxes and local taxes have gone up much more than most people couldn’t have imagined 15 to 20 years ago. Health insurance is anywhere from $400-600 for most family plans and coverage is poor on many plans. Those with student loans still have to pay em, don’t see how commodity prices will help that. I’ve priced cars and trucks, wow, $45000 for a half ton truck is not uncommon. I don’t see food prices down that much either. Those families in the bottom 40% of incomes have very hard time if they want to really get ahead, they’re like treading water all the time.

    A huge problem is gonna areas where taxes are exorbitant and people are leaving decreasing the tax base. Don’t see too much cutting government staffing in those states making the burden ever worse. It’s a death spiral that’s gonna leave tons of bond holders holding the bag and tax payers being asked to bail out inefficient corrupt monopolies. It will be interesting to see how all this is going to plan out in the next 2-5 years, not 20 years from now.

    • Sucks to be one of those bondholders, but from what I can see some of these deathspiral areas are hitting bottom and looking for a legitimate way out.

      The next decade or two are going to be very interesting indeed.

    • @john, I can neither claim the one you posted as being good or bad. It is made by the same people so I expect the quality to be there for sure.

      Do think about it this way though, 7500 vs 17000 for the burners. Well that means when my stove is on half power and this is on full, I still have more cooking power.

      Next you have to decide what is practical for you. This other one costs more, is bigger and that may be okay. A 7500 gas burner will do the job, it won’t really do it in a way where you will want to cook outside just to use it though over an electric range.

      The real question is do you see yourself baking during a grid down scenario and is this oven practical for that. The pic with the rolls makes the over look quite large but the dimensions are 10 x 16 x 10 inches. Grab a tape and use your hands to show yourself that dimension. Then look at some baking pans!

      Again I am sure this is a quality unit. But me personally?

      Say I am happy to spend 213 bucks to up this part of my lifestyle and preps at the same time. Instead of buying a weaker stove, I would do this.

      First I would buy the stove I recommend,

      Next I would buy one of these

      It is only 30 bucks! It also folds down when not in use to be only 2 inches high. You can put it on your cook top, put it on a grill, use fire coals you are not restricted just to gas. It is cheaper, works as good, has a small bit more interior space and is dramatically more flexible.

      I now still have 85 dollars!

      So I go get myself a nice 6 quart dutch oven with a rimmed top, like this, for 60 bucks shipped.

      I still have 15 bucks left over! I can get a good dutch oven lid lifter tool with it for 11 bucks. Or if I don’t need one I could buy some beers to use while cooking with my new stuff.

      I now have the best small cook stove I know of, a camp oven that I can cook with and a dutch oven that I can use as an oven or make a pot roast with. I can camp fire cook and still bring my stove and make eggs with that or say fried potatoes. I am not relying on one thing that can break I am now sitting with three options. My stove top is smaller, more convenient so I am going to use it more.

      Again I am not saying there is ANYTHING at all wrong with the product you asked about just how I would evaluate the spending of the money based on the goals I have for my lifestyle.

        • Thank you. You convinced me. My wife likes to bake but I don’t think she even has a baking sheet small enough to fit in that oven.

  3. In the 1990’s a great deal of my early preparedness was focused around baking. I was going to bake bread as my staple, and biscuits. I got and USED that very same Coleman ‘oven’ that Jack just suggested. I’ve used it alot. It works pretty good. I was using it on top of an 8000 BTU kerosene burner. This was my emergency heater and my cook top surface, and I had around 100 gallons of kerosene in SEALED 5 gallon metal cans (not gas cans) in the garage. Its still there, all sealed up, still good, 20 years later. Kerosene was my stored fuel of choice at the time, it was widely available and I got it for about $1.35/gallon at the gas station, remember, this was the 1990’s.

    At that time I was concerned with having a year of food and supplies, now I’m only concerned with a solid month or so.

    my setup looks like this

    My main fuel is now natural gas, that runs a generator, that runs an electric bread maker, actually, at least 2 or 3 at a time, to make 2lbs of bread in 58 minutes per bread maker. All of this is in my video “Bread from Gasoline”. where i make 16-2lb loaves of bread from 1 gallon of gasoline in a generator, now that’s a bargain. $2 in fuel, 32 pounds of fresh bread.

    If you want to make bread this way, the Bread from Gasoline Video comes for free with the Battery Bank Video at

    Jack is spot on, what he outlined will give you great functionality and redundancy.


    • Thank you for the information. I’m hoping my next house will have natural gas or propane. And did buy a bread machine at a thrift store for $5 on your recommendation. It’s not my favorite bread but it has saved the day when we didn’t feel like going to the store.

  4. Ahhh the 80’s. Jack that song reminds me of college in Cornwall Ontario. We use to drive across the border to Massena New York, to a place named Friar Tucks. Thursday night was Canadian Night, dollar at par. A beer was .75 cents