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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Food Storage Recipe - Cereal Candy

This is something to make to take to holiday parties. Everyone loves it and it goes super fast , so make a lot of it.

NEED:

1 cup of sugar

1 cup of Karo light corn syrup

1 1/2 cup of peanut butter

2 tablespoons of pure vanilla extract

9 cups of corn cereal squares (corn chex)

Line a cookie sheet with wax paper and set it aside.

In a large cooking pot or dutch oven combine sugar and corn syrup.

Bring it to a boil.

Remove from heat and add the peanut butter and vanilla.

Stir in the cereal.

Drop by teaspoonfuls onto the cookie sheet.

Let it set up.

Enjoy.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Food Storage Recipe - Tuna-Mac Salad

I love any type of salad. This one is a recipe that my grandma gave me a while ago and I make it a lot. I always make a lot , but it is easy to half this recipe so it only makes 8 servings.

NEED:

2 16 ounce packages of macaroni

1 8 ounce of sour cream

1 pack of ranch salad dressing mix

salt and pepper to taste, just a pinch

2 cans of italian flavored diced tomatoes

1 medium cucumber, chopped

1 small green pepper, chopped

1/4 cup of chopped onion

2 6 ounce cans of well drained tuna

Cook the macaroni. Rinse it in cold water.

In a large bowl combine the sour cream, dry salad mix, salt and pepper.

Stir in the undrained tomatoes, cucumber, green pepper, and onion.

Gently fold in the tuna.

Add the macaroni and toss together until well coated.

Cover and chill a few hours.

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Food Storage recipes - Chicken Pot Pie

Easy to make and tasty!

NEED:

2 9 ounce packages of chicken strips. I get the bagged, already cut up ones by Tyson.

1 16 ounce bag of frozen peas and carrots

some chopped onion. I do this to our taste. Which is about half an onion.

3 cans of cream of chicken soup

1 cup of flour

1 cup of milk

3/4 cup of mayonnaise

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl combine the chicken, peas and carrots, and onion. Stir in the soups and mix together.

Pour into a lightly greased large baking dish.

In another bowl stir together the flour, milk, and mayo.

Pour that mixture evenly over the filling.

Bake for about an hour, or until the top is golden. 

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Hidden Gun Storage And Top Gun Safes: A Complete Guide To Best Products And DIY Projects

Hidden Gun Storage And Top Gun Safes: A Complete Guide To Best Products And DIY Projects was a free kindle book when this post was written.

Every prepper knows that having the right firearm can be the difference between life and death in a dangerous situation. Regardless of the fact that you are trying to withhold a zombie attack or that you are protecting your home and family from an invasion, your guns must be easy to reach and ready to use. Still, this kind of thinking has led many to forget how important it is to secure your weapons and keep them out of reach, making your “treasure” accessible only to you.

This book contains valuable information about installing hidden gun storages and gun safes in your house so only you know where the guns actually are. This will help you keep the children safe and away from any accidents, and in case of need, you’ll have easy access to your defensive system.

This book is a guide that discusses the best choices on the market with their pros and cons. We also included opinions from real users who appreciate these items and use them regularly so you’ll know exactly what you’re buying. Also, if you’re not interesting in buying, we included a comprehensive guide to making your own hidden gun storages.

This book is a valuable guide that any citizen concerned with his family’s safety should read.

Here Is A Preview Of What You’ll Learn About…
  • Mesa safe company MBF6032E - digital lock riffle gun safe
  • Biometric hand gun safe - hand in hand with gun safe design evolution
  • First Alert 2092DF - waterproof and fireproof solution for smaller storage
  • Winchester Silverado Premier 47-9-E - massive capacity and maximum security
  • Much, much more!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Responsible Gun Owners Are Keeping Their Neighborhood And Loved Ones Safe



If you live in an area where crime rates have gone up, you may well feel yourself becoming more exposed to the possibility of being mugged or assaulted, or even having your home invaded and your loved ones injured or killed. 

These are not pleasant scenarios to think about but, if you truly believe the potential is high for such unfortunate occurrences to happen, then it's high time you considered purchasing a means to defend yourself against muggers, burglars, and hoodlums of all types. 

No Responsible Citizen Buys A Weapon To Show Off With 

You are not interested in buying a weapon to show off with, or brandish at the slightest hint of an argument or confrontation. You aren't some hot shot gun nut who uses weapons to compensate for their lack of social skills or success in life. What you are is a mature and responsible adult who is looking out for the best interests of your home, your property, and your loved ones. 

No matter what ill informed and reckless arguments others may make against gun ownership, the fact of the matter is that the vast majority of people who own guns have no intention of using them in any other case but self defense.

Don't Feel Intimidated When It Comes Time To Purchase Protection

When it comes time to purchase the protection you need to insure that your family and property remain safe, there is absolutely no call to feel intimidated. The mere fact of owning a gun does not increase your chances of having to ever use it. You have never been a trouble maker or someone who has looked for a reason to get into a fight. 

Why should owning one more possession, even a weapon, suddenly change your entire demeanor and outlook on life? People who make such arguments are the ones who have never been, nor ever will be, in your shoes - and who have no intention of sympathizing with you in any case.

Go To An Expert To Get The facts

So, when it's time to make the crucial decision to purchase a gun for the protection of yourself and your family, you're better off going straight to an expert to get the facts. 

For more information about how you can purchase a gun and begin standing up for the rights and those of your loved ones, please feel free to log on to http://grabagun.com/beretta today.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Preppers Survival Box Set

Preppers Survival Box Set: 50 Ways to Survive in Life Hazard Situations and The Essential Guide with Secrets on Wilderness Survival plus Your 72-Hour Disaster ... bug out bag essentials, survival gear) was a free kindle book when this post was written.

BOOK #1: Preppers Survival: 50 Ways to Survive in Life Hazard Situations



It may not be pleasant to think about, but the truth is, natural disasters will affect every person at least once in their lifetime. A crisis can strike at any time and in any place. It can be a frightening, devastating experience – however, preparedness can make that crisis manageable – and keep you and your family safe, comfortable and in some extreme cases, alive.

This book is divided into five specific sections, each containing ten helpful tips for survival in crisis, disaster or emergency situations – from foraging to growing and cooking your own food, to setting up a safe emergency shelter and communication methods to keep you abreast of the situation and in contact with other survivors.

In this book you will learn:

  • What are the three most basic of human needs
  • Tips for finding or making a safe shelter
  • Tips for stockpiling, growing, cooking and preserving your own food
  • How to find water and make sure it is safe for drinking and other uses
  • How to put a basic first aid kit together
  • How to put a basic first aid kit together
  • How to stay warm, dry, cool, safe
  • How to stay in communication with others
  • Considerations for individuals with special needs


BOOK #2: Alone in the Wild: The Essential Guide with Secrets on Wilderness Survival



‘Man Vs Nature’ is the age old struggle of our existence. Whilst as a species we have conquered the wilderness, as individuals we can still find ourselves at its mercy. But the human species has spent most of its lifespan at one with nature, and when cast into the wilderness and forced to either survive or succumb, the animal within can once again be summoned to battle its ancient foe.
Learn how by taking the right precautions and preparative measures before travelling, anyone can be equipped to survive the deepest wilderness with a simple set of equipment and knowledge.

This book tells you the essential, affordable equipment and basic know-how to:

  • Navigate with map and compass
  • Stay fed and hydrated
  • Build a fire
  • Set up a shelter
  • Signal for help


BOOK #3: Prepare the Necessary Bug Out Bag: Your 72-Hour Disaster Survival Kit



A bug out bag is one of the most important parts of emergency preparedness. We all need to make sure that we have a bug out bag for the times when we can’t stay in our homes and we are forced to leave for whatever reason. Bug out bags give us the ability to leave in a hurry and still feel prepared for whatever we might face outside our homes.

Bug out bags are designed to ensure your survival for 72 hours, and we will show you the necessary items to make that happen.

Here is what you will learn after reading this book:

  • The importance of having a bug out bag
  • Water and Food for your bug out bag
  • Clothing and Hygiene necessities for your bug out bag
  • Shelter and Bedding Equipment for your bug out bag
  • Basic Gear and Weapons for your bug out bag
  • Extras and other Miscellaneous Equipment for your bug out bag

Prepper's Box set: 80 Tasty Life Saving Meals and Brilliant Surviving Hacks That Every Family Can Use for Preparedness

Prepper's Box set: 80 Tasty Life Saving Meals and Brilliant Surviving Hacks That Every Family Can Use for Preparedness (Preppers, Prepper's Box Set, Prepper's Hacks) was a free kindle book when this post was written.

BOOK #1: Prepper's Hacks: 25 Brilliant Surviving Life Hacks That Every Family Can Use



Having the right supplies and a good plan will only get you so far. After all, no two disasters are the same. It wouldn't be an emergency if everything was predictable. What do you do when your supplies begin to dwindle and resources start to become scarce? Only those armed with information and ingenuity will survive. This book will teach you twenty five useful, practical life hacks for survival situations that will allow you to stretch the usefulness of every supply that you've got.

Here is what you will learn after reading this book:

  • Ingenious uses for household objects (including trash!) that you've never thought of
  • How to improvise survival items like candles, stoves, fuel, and more from objects that you probably already have in your home
  • How to safely purify water using one simple household chemical
  • How to improvise weapons for survival situations
  • Much, much more!


BOOK #2: Prepper's Pantry: 55 Most Popular Convenience Food for Tasty Life Saving Meals



Who says that your emergency food stockpile has to be filled with bland, flavorless junk? With the right advice and the right amount of ingenuity, you can recreate a familiar, delicious, nutritious, and most of all comfortable variety for your family. Even in the worst disaster, you can use the act of preparing and eating meals to offer a slice of normalcy and comfort to your entire family. Nutrition is important, but it's just as critical to make sure that you can provide that comfort to your family in a stressful emergency situation.

This book will teach you about:

  • How to incorporate a variety of different fruits into your diet when they're not available fresh
  • Enhancing and increasing the quality of convenience foods
  • Finding a balance between ready-to-eat meals and shelf-stable ingredients
  • Maximizing your family's comfort in an emergency situation through food
  • Being creative and flexible with what you have on hand
  • Much, much more!


BOOK #3: Preppers Blueprint: Practical Preparedness Steps for Jungle Survival



Surviving in the jungle is not easy if you do not have any idea about how to survive. This book will give you an idea and step by step guideline that will help you to survive in the jungle. This book covers some exclusive tips and tricks that are must have items for the survivals of the jungle.
Get ready to discover the secrets of surviving in the jungle!

Here is what you will learn after reading this book:

  • Quick idea about the essential equipment that will help you to survive
  • The ways to manage fresh water in the jungle
  • Mange shelter and safe foods in Jungle
  • Quicksand is very common in jungle, how you can survive if you face quicksand?
  • Quick demonstration about the dangers of jungle

Mini Farming: Building A Backyard Farm And Growing Organic Food At Home

Mini Farming: Building A Backyard Farm And Growing Organic Food At Home was a free kindle book when this post was written.

 Did you know that it is possible to grow enough food for self-sustainable living on an acre or less of land? Being able to maximize the potential of such a small space can give you the huge benefit of growing your own food, including fruits, vegetables and even grains to build healthy, fresh and delicious meals, but also greatly reduce food costs overall for you and your family. This also means that you don’t have to live far from appealing urban areas, either, essentially providing the benefits of a rural lifestyle in an urban context. Furthermore, it is even possible to raise small farm animals such as chickens, pigs, goats or rabbits to make your mini-farm complete.

This short book will provide you with:

1) The basic guidelines of building your own farm
2) Beginning with soil preparation
3) Structure and composting
4) Growing your seedlings plant placement
5) Selection as well as the potential to integrate farm animals into the sustainable cycle of your farm.

It also includes some tips on using precious natural resources, such as water, efficiently.

As climate change and sustainability measures become main topics of focus across the globe, it is imperative that the individuals also seek to reduce their carbon footprint themselves. By growing your own organic fresh produce, you reduce emissions associated with transportation of the product, improve biodiversity, especially through the reduction of pesticide use, as well as provide an example for friends, family and the community that could help to inspire others to maximize the potential of their space and utilize natural resources efficiently, including reusing and recycling waste to establish a balanced cycle for your sustainable mini-farm.

Food Storage Recipe _ Cheesy Bean Quesadillas

Quesadilla Maker
This is something quick to make and could be great for snacking while watching a movie on Netflix. Look for instant refried beans the next time that you are needing them. They are easy to store and last for a long time. They reconstitute easy by adding water. You can also make your own - http://preparedforsurvival.blogspot.com/2013/03/instant-refried-beans-diy.html

For this recipe you will NEED:

4 flour tortillas

1 can refried beans

1 cup of shredded monterey jack cheese

salsa for topping.

Place 1 tortilla in a skillet and cover it with 1/4 of the refried beans and 1/4 of the cheese. Heat it over a medium heat until the cheese has melted. Fold the tortilla over.

Repeat this with the other 3 tortillas.

Serve hot with the salsa.




Food Storage Recipe - Hobo Venison Stew

Using venison as stew meat is basically the same as using any other meat. You can soak the venison before using in milk or vinegar, so it won't be too tough. But other than that just throw this recipe into the pot and let the stove do the work. You could easily do this over an open fire or on top of a wood burning stove.

NEED:
  • 3 pounds cubed venison or deer meat
  • 1/4 cups bacon drippings
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 2 sliced onions
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 4 quartered carrots
  • 1 jar small white onions
  • 2 pounds cubed potatoes
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce

Rinse, drain and cut or cube the meat, garlic cloves, onions, carrots and potatoes and accordingly. Set the vegetables aside until needed.

Brown the cubed venison or deer meat in a large stewpot using a little of the bacon drippings. Add drippings as needed while browning the meat. Add just enough water to cover the meat. Add the minced garlic clove, sliced onions, bay leaves, salt, pepper, allspice, carrots, small white onions, cubed potatoes, and Worcestershire sauce.

Stir and cover with lid. Reduce heat to low. Simmer for about 1 ½ to 2 hours or until the vegetables and meat are tender. Stir occasionally. Add more water if necessary. Thickening the gravy is easy when you add a bit of flour with a small amount of water to form a smooth paste and then slowly add it into the stew by stirring until well combined.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Prepper Barter Items: Ultimate Prepper Barter Items : Stockpile and Barter Handbook for Emergency Food Storage & Survival in SHTF Situation

Prepper Barter Items: Ultimate Prepper Barter Items : Stockpile and Barter Handbook for Emergency Food Storage & Survival in SHTF Situation was a free book for the kindle when this post was written.

The notion of bartering is about as old as civilization itself. Wherever there is a need for a product or service, there comes someone waiting in the wings to provide the immediate fulfillment of that need. Bartering is ultimately at the route of all economic markets everywhere and we have honed this skill to such a fine degree that in times of civility and peace, humanity has managed to transform bartering into the provision of goods and services for one of the most coveted things on earth: money.

But in the event of a catastrophic disaster, whether it’s delivered by way of nature or by man’s own large scale self sabotaging, money will hold less and less value both physically and psychologically.
Most people can only stockpile so much. Even the most advanced of all preppers face the distinct possibility that they will run out of goods at some point or have them stolen by someone who is just that much smarter or sneakier.

Here Is A Preview Of What You Will Find In This Book:

* I Got What You Need

* To Your Health

* The Heavies: Water And Food

* Services

And Much Much More!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Clothing Your Kids For Free: The Ultimate Guide to Buying & Selling Your Children's Clothing

Clothing Your Kids For Free: The Ultimate Guide to Buying & Selling Your Children's Clothing was a free kindle book when this post was written.


 "Clothing Your Kids For Free" reveals the secrets to buying and selling your kids' gently used clothing without paying a dime! Learn how to dress your kids in top name and designer brand clothing for FREE with a host of retail and industry secrets revealed through "The System" developed by Jane Haynie

Survival: 20 Tips and Techniques to Create a Home in the Woods and Survive at the Same Time

Survival: 20 Tips and Techniques to Create a Home in the Woods and Survive at the Same Time was a free kindle book at the time of this posting.

So Now You're All Alone Stranded in the Woods. What to do Next?


Get this book now before you find yourself in a predicament you can't get out of

Have you ever made a fort in the woods and thought it was the coolest thing ever? Do you know that the true measure of wealth is the amount of time you can survive on the resources you currently possess?

We hope you have the ability to survive off of the land. If not, read this book and it will provide ALL of the information you will need to efficiently create a home to stay in and keep your family safe. In the event of an apocalypse, this WILL be your go to guide to stay alive.


  • Be the person that has the answers to life's biggest problems
  • Know how to survive off of the land and help others do the same
  • Be able to Create things instead of reacting to predicaments
  • Learn to Hunt and Stay away from harmful entities that may hurt you
  • Become the pack leader with CONFIDENCE in your ability to provide and survive!
  • Maintain a home and live life to the fullest
  • Be unafraid of anything, including the possibility of being alone in the woods
This step by step will provide you with a massive amount of crucial information

Humans are fundamentally driven by two emotions, fear and greed. Make sure you take the time to learn how to be able to react to the worst case scenario. The general population wouldn't know what to do in the event of them having to survive on their own. You will attain confidence and understanding if you take the time to practice the techniques within this book.

The Hard Times Kitchen: Homestyle Recipes for a Small Budget

The Hard Times Kitchen: Homestyle Recipes for a Small Budget was a free book for the kindle when this post was written.

Chock-full of homestyle recipes that are perfect for the budget-minded cook, These frugal, yet delicious recipes are prepared with just a handful of easy to find ingredients. More than 40 easy recipes including Beef & Butternut Squash Stew, and Pennsylvania Dutch Pot Pie - plus lots of tips helpful money-saving tips. With an emphasis on unprocessed foods, and simple, from-scratch cooking, The Hard Times Kitchen – Homestyle Recipes on a Small Budget is sure to please both the experienced home cook and the beginner alike.

Signs In The Sky

If you are caught out in bad weather it could be fatal to your survival. There are times to move on and times to make shelter. There are certain things that you can watch for in the sky to predict short-term weather conditions.

" Red sky at night , shepherd's delight, red sky in the morning, shepherd's warning. " is a very old weather saying. A red sky at night indicates that the atmosphere holds very little moisture. Meaning that there will be no rain or snow with in a couple of hours. A red sky in the morning is a warning that storms are approaching.

A grey morning is usually a sign that the day ahead will be dry. A grey sky in the evening indicates rain.

A clear sky at night is usually an indication that the night weather will be good. Towards the end of summer it can be an indication of frost.

If you have a very clear sky one night followed by a night with very few stars visible , it could mean that the weather is going to be changing.

An enlarging corona around the sun or moon can be a sign of good weather and a shrinking corona around them can be a sign of rain.

Learn the signs in the sky and you can increase your chances of survival. You will know when to hunker down in a shelter and when you can move on.

Monday, September 14, 2015

How To Hunt Deer: A Hunters Guide: How To Find, Stalk And Call Deer Like A Pro And How To Hunt Deer Successfully. How To Hunt Deer Series (How To Hunt ... Hunting, Bowhunting Deer, Bow Hunting,) K

Get your free book for your kindle or the free kindle reading app - How To Hunt Deer: A Hunters Guide: How To Find, Stalk And Call Deer Like A Pro And How To Hunt Deer Successfully. How To Hunt Deer Series (How To Hunt ... Hunting, Bowhunting Deer, Bow Hunting,) was free at the time of this posting.

 You're about to discover how to hunt deer successfully, track and ethically kill a deer. Deer hunting is an incredibly popular sport all over the world but none more popular than in America. Especially the white-tailed deer.

Whether you want to use a gun, bow and arrow or muzzle loader we cover specific kinds of shots for each weapon in this book. We also cover how to find the deer in the first place by looking for tracks, sign and evidence of deer movement.

How about hunting from tree stands? We cover the best kind of shots to take from a tree stand and how to be patient. When hunting deer, different shots will present themselves all the time, it's up to you as a hunter to know which will be the best shots and the most effective way to bring down a deer.

Of course we cover all this and more in this “How to Hunt a Deer” book. If you have been wanting to get into deer hunting but don't know exactly where to start then this beginners guide will help you to become a proficient deer hunter as soon as possible!

Here Is A Preview Of “How To Hunt Deer” And What You'll Learn...


  • How To Hunt Deer - How to Find a Great Hunting Spot
  • How To Hunt Deer - How to Choose Your Hunting Weapon
  • How To Hunt Deer - Getting into the Woods Hunting
  • How To Hunt Deer - How to Scout and Track a Deer
  • How To Hunt Deer - The Different Types of Deer Hunting and Which is Best for You
  • How To Hunt Deer - The Different Types of Shots You Will Have to Make
  • How To Hunt Deer - How to Use Trail Cameras to Your Advantage
  • How To Hunt Deer - Parting Advice on Bagging Your First Deer
  • Much, much more!

Fear the Dead: A Zombie Apocalypse Book

Fear the Dead: A Zombie Apocalypse Book was a free kindle book at the time of this posting. I usually only post survival books and cookbooks, etc. But today we have a fiction book about Zombies!!

 Book Description:

 Kyle Vauss hikes the ruins of Northern England, a broken man running from his past. He has one more journey to make through the graveyard that was once Britain. Maybe then he can forgive himself for what happened to his wife.

They said the outbreak would only last a few days...fifteen years later the world has gone to hell. The zombie infected roam the streets, and at night the mutated stalkers leave their nests to kill. Nobody knows what they are, or where they're from. But anyone caught outside after dark will find out how dangerous they can be.

Kyle’s got one last trip to make and a promise to his dead wife to fulfill. When a kid called Justin tricks Kyle into taking him along, Kyle has to learn to trust others again. He doesn't want to face his past, but there are some things that you can't turn away from.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Homemade Energy Bar Recipe




Energy bars take up almost as much space on the isles of grocery stores and gas stations as candy bars. They provide a quick fix of calories for people on the go, or the athlete who needs extra fuel. The bars are typically high in protein, though many contain high amounts of corn syrup and sugars as well. Energy Bars come with names like "Splendor Berry," "Cocoa Supreme," and "Peanut Surprise." But these products contain more "surprise" and less natural ingredients like peanuts, cocoa, or berries. In fact, the modern energy bar is such a potent lab development of artificial sweeteners and designer whey that the actual product barely resembles or tastes like anything that could come out of the ground...

Which is why you should make your own energy bars. Natural, organic, high protein energy bars. And this is a recipe for one of the best.

Ingredients

0.25 cup sesame seed meal0.25 cup almond butter0.25 cup coconut oil (can be found at health food store or higher quality grocery stores)0.5 cup almonds (chopped or slivered)0.5 cup pecans0.5 cup dried blueberries0.25 shredded coconut (unsweetened)0.5 teaspoon natural honey1 tsp pure vanilla extract0.25 teaspoon saltInstructions

Toast nuts and shredded coconut on a baking sheet. During baking, give the sheet a good shake occasionally to flip shreds for a more even toast. Blend the mixture in a food processor until ingredients are thoroughly chopped and pulpy.

Microwave the almond butter and coconut oil together for about 30 seconds. Stir until the mixture becomes gooey and smooth. Mix the honey, salt, and pure vanilla extract into the almond butter/coconut oil. Fold the sesame seed meal and nut mixture into the "goo" and mix vigorously. Add the blueberries, and keep mixing vigorously.

Flatten the mixture into a 4 x 8 bread or loaf pan. Refrigerate for thirty minutes. The mixture should be thick, but not brittle. Cut into 6 bars, or for kicks, slice up into "cookie cutter" shapes like stars and hearts for the kids.

The great thing about these energy bars is that they are naturally low in carbohydrates. Yet, they still provide that calorie kick as well as healthy nuts and fats associated with a high protein diet. It's perfect for the carb counter who's looking for a boost of energy without overloading on sugar. If this is up your alley, check out these healthy nut recipes for more high protein options.

Mark Sisson is a former professional triathlete who runs a popular health and nutrition blog, Mark's Daily Apple. Check it out for more great articles and information on the Primal Blueprint, a revolutionary health plan using the principles of human evolution as the basis for modern, high protein, healthy living.






Friday, September 11, 2015

5 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Build Your Own Composting Toilet

Among the eco-conscious crowd, composting toilets are a very commonplace product. Not only do they provide a natural form of waste disposal by recycling waste back to the earth, but they also save an enormous amount of water and money. There are many different types of composting toilets, but generally they fall into one of two categories: professionally manufactured systems and homemade units. In spite of the fact that doing it yourself has become a major movement in the United States and around the world, building a composting toilet is not something you should add to your DIY to-do list. In this article, we'll explain the top 5 important reasons why you shouldn't attempt to build your own composting toilet:

1. Homemade composting toilets may smell bad. Professionally manufactured units are designed with special venting systems and fans to make them 100% odorless. If you build your own toilet, it would be very difficult to replicate the same type of venting system that makes professional units odorless.

2. Homemade composting toilets are slow to produce finished compost. Many homemade composting toilets are nothing more than a toilet seat fitted over a 5 gallon bucket. In these instances, when the bucket gets full, it's transported to another location (usually outdoors, for obvious reasons), and then may take 2 to 3 years before the bucket can be opened and the material inside has turned into finished compost. A professional composting toilet is designed to hold all the material in one place, and it finishes the product much more quickly, usually within several months, depending on how often it's used.

3. Homemade compost toilets don't have a system for separating fresh waste from partially finished or completely finished compost. Most people have some feelings of hesitation about composting toilets in the first place. However, this is usually pretty easy to overcome, because modern, high tech systems are designed so that you never have to come into contact with the waste inside. Homemade systems aren't usually as sophisticated, meaning that you may end up having to manually check the contents yourself to see if your compost is finished yet.

4. Homemade units present a potential biohazard. Because professional systems are regulated and most of them meet certain standards, they are tested and certified to produce a clean and sanitary end compost (to be on the safe side, though, always check out a manufacturer's certifications before making a purchase). With a homemade toilet, you don't have any of those safeguards to guarantee that the finished compost is pathogen-free.

5. For all of the reasons mentioned above, homemade composting toilets probably won't pass muster with your local building department. Whenever you engage in a home remodeling project or install a new fixture like a toilet, it's important to check your local building code to see what permits or approvals are needed for the work. If composting toilets aren't an approved waste treatment method in your city yet, it's usually pretty easy to get a building department to approve a professionally manufactured system. Just print out the product specifications and certifications and take them to your local officials. With a homemade system, it's not quite that easy, and most home made toilets aren't going to pass code.

The bottom line is, a composting toilet system is a sophisticated piece of equipment, designed to operate in an odorless and sanitary manner. When you try to build your own composting toilet, you're really taking a roll of the dice, and who knows what you may come out with. In almost every case, it is always better to spend the money buying a professionally manufactured system. After all, composting toilets are just like many other things in life: you get what you pay for.

For more information on how to build a composting toilet using professional components, visit the Composting Toilets Store at http://www.composting-toilet-store.com/Waterless_Toilet_s/70.htm






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