(making a meths stove is really, really simple).
Wow, that is an incredibly useful site, Ben! Thanks for linking!
Thanks for linking!
My pleasure. I can attest to most of the designs, I played with them a lot after the first quake. These things work. It's nice to know I can make a wood stove from a tin can any time now.
I would like to suggest people doing ones and twos in the garden in a improvised hole in the ground could perhaps do a google search of humanure and just kinda get up to play with the nuances of well, shit in your garden...
I know lots of other people have said it but, dammit, PAS is just amazing.
After September, I learned so much off the combined wisdom here about what was useful. I ditched the soap from the emergency box and added some hand cleanser, cash, clean undies and a hip flask of booze (actually, now I come to think about it, a respectable but not quite so sober anymore Christchurch City councillor suggested that last one).
This time, I've added a car charger kit for my battery charger and the old corded phone, and I've saved a memo on my mobile reminding me to do all the various bits to save my battery life.
On the phone geekery front, am I the only one who noticed 3G services being extra sluggish and batteries being drained quickly outside Chch for several days after?
Travelling back today from Oamaru to the West Coast, I noticed several areas where my 3g Telecom mobile wouldnt connect, but my ancient Vodafone 2g would...weird eh? The latest tech sometimes isnt the operating one- like, I always have had a landline 'phone because of frequent powercuts on the West Coast