Sunday, December 17, 2017

Vacuum sealing ammunition and guns for long term storage

Vacuum sealing ammunition and firearms. In this video Charles takes a moment to talk about an, easy, affordable and added measure you can take to ensure an extra level of protection for you prepping investment. **We are not held responsible for upset wives when you  hijack her favorite kitchen gadget!** Vac packing ammo and firearms is a great way to protect your investment for long term storage, for field use or SHTF storage situations. It will keep your ammo air and water tight so that you can have extra piece of mind that your ammo will stay dry and protected. Some folks argue that modern day ammo can sit on the shelf for 25 years or more… That’s great, and probably true, but that is not what we are talking about. If it were, I then ask you, why does the military also vac pack ammo in battle packs? Are we gonna be running off to the front lines or be a masterful zombie slayer, probably not. What vac packing does ensures that you can keep ammo dry in your: back packs, boat, buried cashes, in your safe or ammo can and dry in your basement. Floods happen, rain happens, people drop things off boats, humidity happens etc etc. We hope you find this little survival hack useful and we would love to hear of any creative uses you may have come up with using a vac pack machine. Leave a comment of some of the items you have vac packed!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Backpacking fishing rod from amazon and trout secrets!

In this video Charles test out his new backpacking fishing rod that he bought on amazon. It is one of those unfamiliar brands, probably mass produced in china affordable a ridiculous cheap price. The brand is called Supertrip. He has the rod rigged with a Pflueger Summit reel and 4 pound mono. The bait are pink and white mice tails, or as some call, an egg sucking leech pattern. During the testing of this combo Charles gives away his secret tip on fishing high pressured trout parks. Using the trick he describes in the video you will catch about 80 percent more fish than anyone else on the lake that day. It is simple, cheap and effective at putting rainbow trout into your net! We hope you enjoy the video and subscribe to check out our Tiny House, fishing, kayaking, prepping and other adventures! 

Friday, October 27, 2017

How to prepare Acorns: Making acorn coffee

In this video Jon walks you through all the steps in preparing acorns for safe and tasty consumption. Learn how to separate good from bad acorns, shell them and leach out the tannin. Jon chose to bake his extra long for the purpose of making acorn coffee. This video show a little of how to's possible to forage wild food for self sustainability. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Day 2 setting up the deer zone at the tiny house.

In this video Jon and Charles spend day 2 at the off the grid tiny house, in the Ozarks of Missouri. They show you the view from their tree stand, talk about what happen on the morning of their first hunt and talk a bit more about the lay of the land. After the hunt they make some lunch and show off some cool vintage camping gear they found. When it comes to the end of the day Charles is wiped out on the couch, watching Jon carve an off the grid tactical pumpkin, in the tiny house! While watching Jon creat his masterpiece, Charles talks about a cool product they found to use for fuel in their Dickinson wood stove and is then attacked by Princess Frostbite.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Hunting at the tiny house!

In this video Jon and Charles are out at the tiny house and take you on a deeper tour of their property, as they prepare for this seasons deer hunt. In this video Charles set up a pop up ground blind he purchased on sale from menards and talks about the reason why he chose this particular spot to put it. Enjoy and subscribe to follow us on the journey as we get our first deer out at the tiny house! We think the secret fresh water spring will be a hunting hot spot this season.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

We Got Chickens; chicken coop tour

     Me and Charles just purchased our first three chickens last week  They are about ten weeks old and full of attitude. In this video I show you a full tour of the chicken coop I purchased online, the modifications we made and the chickens themselves.
     The reason we decided to get chickens is because we want to start homesteading and move towards being completely self sufficient and self reliant on what we can raise and grow in our own back yard.  Our chickens will produce about 700 eggs per year which is more than enough for the two of us.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Tiny House Update: Rising last of walls, finishing stove and solar mods.

     Rising the walls, framing the windows and finishing off the wood stove! In this video Jon and Charles head down to the cabin for a weekend getaway. With a much needed break from St. Louis city life they needed an escape from the craziness going on. Although, the break from the city was needed most of this trip was spend completing long overdue work on the cabin. They got the last 4 panels of the walls up and the windows framed out. They shimmed the Dickinson Newport Solid fuel stove off the wall and added some flashing behind it. They also moved the battery bank out of the cabin and put it under the tiny house. While working on the solar system they discovered the Harbor Freight system had failed and fried. They decided to just un hook the system and solely run their Renogy system. This was a prime example of why it’s a good idea to have your solar system split into two systems because if something break, which it will, you are not reliant on the generator for the entire weekend.

Tiny House Update: Rising last of walls, finishing stove and solar mods.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Catch N' Cook; Cooking white bass on the rivers edge

     We went down to the black river this weekend and the fishing was great. Charles and I caught two walleye and four bass combined. The white bass was caught off camera unfortunately.  I was getting hungry so I decided to film a catch n' cook video. I used a fire steel and soaked cotton to start a bush craft style fire next to the river. I used two flat rocks next to the fire to act as heating plates. I put a fillet of fish on each rock and cooked them to perfection. It just goes to show how easy it can be to survive and feed your self out doors.
     I believe it is very important to actively practice your prepper and bush craft skills. Until you go out and actually do it your self; experience the pain and frustration of messing up and working through trial and error, you will never be successful.
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Friday, September 8, 2017

Top 5 Tiny House Mistakes

Top 5 Tiny House Mistakes

Welcome to another episode from Our Tiny Cabin Project. There comes a time in any project where you reflect on all of the hard work that you’ve done to get where you are. During that process of reflection you realize the things that have gone wrong or could have been done completely different. Charles and I have reached that point and have decided to share our Top 5 Tiny House Mistakes.

1) Not capping the tin roof! When a tin roof is installed on a building, the design creates grooves or tunnel like ridges that create space between the tin roof and the wood under it. We learned real quick that it was a major problem with wasps! The wasps would crawl up the ridges and find the smallest cracks to enter into the cabin. We had several occasions where we went inside only to be greeted by 40+ wasps on the ceiling. To solve this issue, we used spray foam to fill in every ridge and crack. This was extremely time consuming and made a big mess to clean up. If you get a tin roof, opt for the end caps!

2) Not insulating the floors. In the name of saving money, we also opted not to insulate the floors. With our cabin lifted on blocks wind is able to easily pass through under the cabin and create a freezing cold draft, which makes it harder to keep the cabin heated in the winter months. Our solution for this will be to insulate skirting to install around the cabin and block the air flow. This may be no surprise but it would have been cheaper to insulate the floors!

3) Kitchen placement… In our design of the interior, we placed the kitchen and cooking area against the back wall of the cabin. While this may look good, we soon realized that ventilation is a problem as we use unconventional butane and propane powered devices that require ventilation, especially in small areas. We should have built the kitchen near a window, pretty much on the opposite side of our cabin. To fix this problem, well have to install a vent that pushes the air to the outside.

4) The loft! We have a barn style roof which is super cute, but not head space friendly at all! Our mistake was not installing dormers to open up the space and make more head room. The solution? Well that ones a surprise and you'll have to subscribe to our you tube channel and stay tuned to find out!

5) Our choice of solar. When we first started this project, we were not very educated on solar power and thought that the harbor freight 45 watt set up was a great deal. What we found out is that its really only strong enough to push the lights and 1 or 2 small low power devices. Latter on in the project, we purchased the Rynogy 100 watt panels and that have worked great to boost our solar. We will end up purchasing another and bumping up our battery bank with stronger batteries.
Well there you have it! Hopefully you enjoyed this post and it helps you in preventing some of these newbie mistakes.

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Monday, September 4, 2017

Dickinson wood stove install in a tiny house part 4: Our first burn!

Dickinson Newport solid fuel heater part 4. In this video Jon and Charles do the final part of the install on their Dickinson stove to make their tiny house one step closer to completely off the grid. Having the ability to utilize the natural resources to heat their tiny home will make the cabin that much more self sufficient in a grid down situation. No longer will they need to rely on propane for heat. Coupled with solar power, wood heat and a soon to be rain water collection system, the cabin is slowly becoming completely self sustainable. After the install was complete, they did a test burn and the chimney was drafting properly and no smoke was present at the cap, which is an indication the stove is burning clean. Eventually, they may add a 1 inch shim behind the stove to knock out what little bit of slant is left in the stack but for now the fire box is working and is pretty amazing for such a small fireplace.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Metal detecting historical site: Antique brass buckle, coins and more!

     In this episode, I went to metal detect a previous historical site that hadn't been hit in years. I didn't find as much as I was hoping for but I did get some good digs. I found an antique brass buckle, some coins and even a modern fired bullet.
     I used the Garrett Ace 200 metal detector in this video with a basic pin pointer and a handheld shovel to be discreet.
     Have fun and enjoy my treasure hunting journey!


Fishing at the worst time of day... in the summer.

     In this video, per subscriber request, Charles sets out to make a fishing video. Unfortunately, the conditions were not the best. It was the end of summer, middle of the afternoon and on a high pressured lake. Despite this, Charles manages to catch a couple fish and take some time to show ya how he ties an improved clench knot. He also talks a little bit about the types of cover he looks for when fishing a small pond that has a lot of pressure.  As temperatures start to cool off, and we get closer to trout and walleye season, you can expect more livelier fishing videos to come.... Considering  Charles had the luck he did today, if e would have gotten on the water at 6 am or waited till after 6pm.... it probably would have been a slamming day of fishing.... Remember, in the summer and fall the fish are gonna be pushed up in the shallows, near lilies, tall grass, holding on ledges, logs and rocks. They are looking for cover from the sun and the hotter it is, the more likely they will be stacked in or near vegetation. The reason for this is because the vegetation provides more oxygen in the water and the fish has to use less energy to breath....

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Chad and Falenia's Tiny house delivery!

Chad and Falenia’s tiny house delivery. In this video, Charles and Jon walk around the mountain to help Chad and Falenia launch their own tiny house homestead project. The video starts out with the walk to their property and giving them a morning greeting. Then some work needs to get done clearing the land to make room for their 12’x 40’ tiny house. The tiny house is a shed/cabin conversion into a tiny house, similar to what Jon and Charles are also in the progress of doing. Chad and Falenia have purchased a few acres on top of the same mountain as Jon and Charles and they also plan on being completely off the grid. Their future plans consist of rain water collection system, wood heat, solar power, composting toilet and all around homesteading. Besides the basics that goes along with a subsistence lifestyle they also have plans in the works for a 4 season green house and some live stock. Much more will come as we follow their tiny house journey, which they affectionately named “Our Homestead Project”. When asked what her dreams are Falenia had this to say; “Our dream for the homestead.. We want to build a home and small farm that are fully self-sustaining. A place that will grow and flourish in to a beautiful home that our kids and their families can come to and enjoy. A home that doesn't just take away from our natural resources, but actually gives back to them”.

Monday, August 7, 2017

1 dollar faraday cage VS microwave, EMP protection

In this video, Charles does an experiment testing to see how effective tinfoil and a napkin would be at protecting electronics, in the event of an EMP or solar flare situation.  In contrast, to something as simple a foil and tissue paper, he puts a  long standing preppers myth that a microwave is also an effective barrier for an EMP burst up to a test to see which method would have a higher probability of blacking out your device and increase the chances of keeping it safe. The findings are rather surprising! Also do not for get to subscribe to stay tuned to upcoming content and be sure to enter to win our 1000 subscriber giveaway! 

Monday, July 17, 2017

Metal Detecting my FIRST PERMISSION ever! Using the Garrett Ace 200

It had been a while since I took my detector out for a spin, so I decided to go out on a hunt in rural Missouri to obtain my first permission. After some scary door-knocking, I finally got it! The owner said the main house was at least 125 years old and had three barns and a lake on the property. I used my Garrett Ace 200 metal detector in this video along with a pin pointer, a new hand shovel and a medium size foot shovel. I swung the detector around the barns and an old blacksmith shop and was hitting all of the iron tones, chatter and choppy signals. I found several old iron relics including a possible peace to old horse reins. I did not find any old silver coins or civil war relics and most of what I did find is unknown to me so I encourage you to leave some comments below and let me know your thoughts!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Tiny house tour: how to function off grid while building. Mr. Heater Bud...

How to use a coffee percolator: Tiny house life

Welcome to another episode of our tiny cabin project. In this video, Jon shows us how to use a coffee percolator. This is the perfect off the grid solution to making coffee as it requires no electricity or running water. This method can be used when camping or if you are a tiny house owner.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

116 square foot Tiny House tour: Alcohol burning stove: how to

116 square foot tiny house tour. Alcohol burning stove. Ill tell you what fuels can be used as well as tips and tricks on getting the most out of your alcohol stove. Please LIKE and SUBSCRIBE

Monday, July 10, 2017

Chimney adjustment on the tiny house.

In this video Charles and Jon pop down to their tiny house for a day and a half getaway. While there, they decided to adjust the angle of the chimney on their Dickinson solid fuel wood stove. A brief video, but they wanted to keep you guys updated on every detail that brings them closer to completing  their tiny house. To watch the Dickinson install from the beginning check out this video.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

116 sq foot Tiny House tour: Telescopic Loft Ladder review

Forest Park Bass Fishing

Sturgeon Fishing On The Missouri River

Tiny House Appliances: Panda washing machine

Tiny House Tour- New window install!!

Tiny House Tour: Solar crock pot, turtles, guns and special guest star!

Tiny House Tour: the view

Tiny House Tour: Quick overview of the interior thus far

Small Bug out Bag stuffed with a ridiculous amount of gear!

urban trout fishing

Tiny House New Years Weekend!

Tiny House retro! The day we had the cabin shell delivered.