Hello, my friend and welcome back! Improvising or repurposing items around you will be a key factor in surviving in a post SHTF world, so you better get ready. In today’s post, we are going to look at some common items which you can use to create new items that will make life a lot easier. Grab a cup of coffee and have a seat while we visit.
As Preppers, we are all keenly aware of the fact that you can’t stock up on everything, you may possibly need, in a post SHTF world. Even the things we do stock up on will eventually become used up or worn out. And your ability to create new items from old worn out junk will make the difference in your everyday life.
So what are some of the everyday items that we may need to replace? While there are many, let’s look at just a few. Something many people surprisingly do not think about is an Oven or cooking surface. They have grills or a small pot belly stove or maybe a fireplace where they plan to cook. With the exception of the fireplace, they will eventually need to be replaced, as the end of their expected lifetime comes to an end.
As for the oven, you could build an earthen oven for baking biscuits and bread. They have been used for thousands of years and are still in use in many parts of the world. The problem is that they require clay to build them and many places do not have clay available. So now what do you do? You improvise! What you need is something that is totally enclosed, fireproof, and has a door which can be opened to add or remove items. Small file cabinets are one option. With a little modification, they can easily be made into an oven which when placed over a fire, will heat up rapidly and allow you to bake your items.
If you need a lower temperature, you could place a metal pan with hot coals on top of the file cabinet which works nicely. There are many other items which can be made into a make-shift oven if you just use your imagination.
Other items which can be made into useful items are things like the metal stands that are stuck in the ground to support hanging plants. These are great for making a spit to use over a fire for cooking. Just cut the long straight part to the shaft to the size you need. Because they are made of iron, you will need to season them before using them by coating them with cooking oil or animal fat, then slowly heating them over a fire for several hours until the excess oil burns off. Trust me when I say they are much better than sticks for cooking on.
Old car rims are another great item for cooking on. If you look on the internet, you can find dozens of examples of how to use them. By stacking them you can create a heated surface which is great for cooking and heating food. They can be used to keep you coffee warm and hot while you do other things. Old cars and vans which can be sealed tight make great dehydrators on a sunny day. Just think about how hot it gets in the summer. OK, enough about cooking, it’s making me hungry.
So what else might you need to create? One that comes to mind is coffee filters. While you can make cowboy coffee without a filter, using a small piece of cotton cloth to make a reusable coffee filter is much better. Simply use an old piece of cotton cloth and rinse it after each use. Of course, that old drip coffee pot could eventually get a hole in it or become unusable. What then?
If you have access to a couple of used, metal coffee cans or other cans about the size you need, then take 2 of them and clean them real good. Next turn one of them upside down and take a small nail and punch holes all over the bottom to allow the coffee to drip through and yet support a makeshift filter. Place the can with the hole in it on the top and the can without on the bottom so that the top is suspended above the bottom one. Using a piece of cloth as a filter, add your coffee grinds to it and then pour hot water slowly over the grinds. When finished, check the coffee and see if it is dark enough. If not then drain the coffee into another container and pour it over the coffee until it is dark enough for your taste.
Where there is a will, there is a way as they say and in a post SHTF world, it will be truer than ever. By simply using your imagination, and a little hard work, you can make almost anything; you just have to try! If you have some ideas of other items which can be quickly converted to replace worn out items or to make new ones, please add them to the comments below.
Well, I guess that is it for today and I hope you have enjoyed today’s post. Until next time, stay safe, stay strong and stay prepared. God Save America!