Kelly Kettle – Cook and Boil Water with Minimal Fuel

The Kelly Kettle makes it quick and easy to boil water with minimal fuel in about 3 to 5 minutes. Can also be used for cooking and grilling with kit items.

As part of our  September  “National Preparedness Month” awareness promotion, this week we’re featuring a review and giveaway of Kelly Kettle Kits, a great portable option for emergencies and other outdoor cooking.  The Kelly Kettle giveaway will have two winners, one for each kit shown in the graphic above.  One person will win the stove kit on the left, the Stainless Small Trekker Complete Kit.  The second winner will win the stove kit on the right, the Ultimate Stainless Base Camp Kit.

What’s a Kelly Kettle?

The Kelly Kettle makes it quick and easy to boil water with minimal fuel in about 3 to 5 minutes.   With the items in these kits, you can also use the Kelly Kettles for cooking and grilling.  The Kelly Kettle was developed by the Kelly family in Ireland over 100 years ago, so they have some experience building these handy items. [Read more...]

3 Emergency Water Filtration Options to Get the Funky Chunks Out + Berkey Giveaway

3 Emergency Water Filtration Options to Get the Funky Chunks Out  + Berkey Giveaway Sept 8-13, 2014

September is National Emergency Preparedness Month

Is Your Water Safe, and Do You Have Emergency Water Filtration?

Water mains rupture, supplies get contaminated, flood waters may fill an area with water yet are unsafe to drink.  Do you have emergency water filtration, or know how to improvise it? In this article, we’ll discuss three emergency water filter options that you can rig up from common materials, and we’re going to give away a Big Berkey water filter, which frankly is a whole l0t easier and more efficient.  We invested in a Big Berkey a while back and use it daily, but sometimes we’re stuck in situations where we need to work with what’s available.

How safe is the water?

The EPA tracks 90 different water pollutants, from acrylamide to xylenes.  In our area (and many other agricultural areas), we have issues with nitrate and bacterial contamination from agricultural runoff.  Well testing in 2013 found 1 in 5 wells in our county tested positive for E coli, Coliform and nitrates.  (Thankfully, not our well.  We do get it tested annually, just in case.)  Agricultural runoff was also linked to the toxic algae bloom that caused a water crisis in Toledo, Ohio.  Flooding can overwhelm storm sewers and septic systems, flushing sewage into streets and homes[Read more...]

All American Sun Oven Giveaway

All American Sun Oven Giveaway with Dehydrating and Accessories package.  The 3 Most important things you can do to prepare, tips for cooking off grid.

September is National Emergency Preparedness Month, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), within the Department of Homeland Security (  Americans are encouraged to take the necessary steps to prepare for any emergencies in their homes, businesses, schools, churches, neighborhoods and communities.  Even simple steps can help protect loved ones and neighbors when faced with storms, fires, floods, and other natural and man-made disasters.  In this post we’ll talk about some preparedness basics, and I’m teaming up with my blogging friends to give away a Sun Oven solar cooker.

Get Started with Preparedness Now – We Can Help!

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WaterBrick – Easy Water Storage – Giveaway

WaterBrick Stackable Easy to Use Water Storage Giveaway @ Common Sense Homesteading Aug 4th-10th, 2014 - How much water storage you need.  How to Filter Microcystin Toxins.

“TOLEDO, Ohio –- It’s too soon to tell if the water is safe in Toledo, Gov. John Kasich said Sunday.

The toxin microcystin, found in Lake Erie, polluted the water supply early Saturday morning. Residents have been without running water for more than 24 hours.” (source)

Would you be ready if your water suddenly got shut off or was unsafe to drink?  We should all have some water storage on hand, and a way to filter any available water.  The WaterBrick is an easy to use, portable water storage option.

How much water do you need for emergencies?

  • 1/2 Gallon (2 Liters) per day, per person for drinking and cooking
  • 1/2 Gallon (2 Liters) per day per person for hygiene (washing, teeth cleaning, dishes, etc)

Minimum water storage = 1 gallon per person per day = 14 gallons per person for 2 weeks = 56 gallons per a family of four for 2 weeks

Under “normal” conditions, the average person in the US uses over 16 gallons per day, so you could blow through two weeks of water storage in a day if you are careless. [Read more...]

EcoZoom Rocket Stove Review and Giveaway

Ecozoom Rocket Stove - a sturdy little multi-fuel stove that's small enough to keep on hand for emergencies or take camping, durable enough be a primary cook stove.

We’ve talked about “Emergency Cooking – 10 Ways to Have a Hot Meal When the Power Goes Out“, and I firmly believe that everyone should have multiple ways to prepare a hot meal in case of emergency.  If you’re camping (at least around here), it’s getting tougher to have an old-fashioned campfire because you can’t transport wood around the state due to concerns about spreading emerald ash borer.  Enter the Ecozoom rocket stove – a compact camp stove designed to burn wood, biomass or charcoal that can cook a full meal with a very small amount of fuel.  I was contacted by Tom from EcoZoom last month and he asked me if I’d be willing to host a review and giveaway.  It seemed like a solid product, so I said “yes”.

The EcoZoom Versa rocket stove features an abrasion resistant and durable ceramic combustion chamber with a 10 cm in diameter vertical section that forces the gases to mix with the flame, decreasing harmful emissions.   The Versa adds a refractory metal liner to the inside of the combustion chamber that protects the ceramic insulation, increases the life of your stove, and improves combustion efficiency. This stove features new hinged combustion chamber doors enabling for an effortless conversion from wood to charcoal fuels. Both the main combustion chamber door and the damper door (bottom door) have reinforced metal frames and have hinges that serve to securely close the doors and regulate airflow. The Zoom Versa also has a durable, reformulated 3-pronged cast iron stove top that improves heat transfer for all pots including round bottom pots and woks.  The stove could be used for water bath canning, provided it is well fueled. [Read more...]