"I fear that so many feel that a long-term supply is so far beyond their reach that they make no effort at all. Begin in a small way…gradually build toward a reasonable objective.” -President Gordon B. Hinckley,

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Rocket Stove Group Buy

UPDATE: Effective July 12, 2013 this order has been cancelled and replaced with SilverFire stoves. All checks/cash are being returned. Stovetec was unable to fill our order after a month of waiting. I apologize for the inconvenience.

My sister Josi and I are organizing a group buy for Stovetec 1 and 2 door stoves, carry bags, water pasteurizers, and super pots.

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 More demo videos may be found on their youtube channel HERE. And their website HERE.

Dr. Larry Winiarski, Mech. Eng. and Technical Director of Aprovecho Research Center, invented the "Rocket Stove" and established the "10 Design Principles for Wood Burning Stoves" in 1982. StoveTec offers an optimized rocket stove that burns as efficiently and as cleanly as possible.

Here is the break down on prices:

                            StoveTec 2013 Dealer Pricing
                                                  48 Qty         96 Qty         MSRP
Economy 1 Door Stove            $46.64        $41.46           $82.95
Eco Ceramic 1 Door Stove      $57.92         $51.48         $102.95
Deluxe Metal 1 Door Stove     $67.48         $59.98         $114.95
Eco Ceramic 2 Door Stove      $61.98         $54.98         $109.95
Deluxe Metal 2 Door Stove     $73.10         $64.98         $124.95

Stainless Steel Water Pasteurizer -$39.99 ea.                   $55.95
Stainless Steel Super Pot              $39.99 ea.                  $59.95
StoveTec Carry Bag                   $44.95 ea.                       $64.95

The 1 Door Stove burns wood and biomass ("burnables" such as pine cones, corn husks, dry grass, etc). This also makes charcoal from the wood embers so you have "biochar" to put in your garden as a soil amendment. The 1 Door Deluxe Metal Stove is the best, most versatile stove they make.

The 2 door Stove burns burns wood and charcoal. Has better combustion and it's "left overs" are very fine ash.

As long as we have 48 or 96 of ANY combination of stoves or accessories we will qualify for the discounted price.


To sign up please email your name, phone number, type of stove, and how many. 

For those of you in Oregon contact Josi at tinkctr@hotmail.com

For those of you in Washington contact Jeri at jericolburn@gmail.com



For more information, or if you would like to speak with Todd,  the owner of StoveTec:

StoveTec Stove Store
3400 Franklin Blvd
Eugene, OR 97403 USA
Store phone: 1-541-741-4108




Monday, April 1, 2013

Girl's night

March 30 I had a girl's night with some of the ladies in my church. We discussed food storage and sampled some meals.   Here is a recap of the items we tried/made. Whole wheat bread, honey powder, butter powder, creamy potato soup, oatmeal cookies, spiff e whip, and fruit drink mix.

We made whole wheat bread from the recipe found here.

                 Augason Farm Honey Powder-
                                                    We reconstituted honey powder.  

                                 Slowly add 1/4 cup of cold water to 1 cup of honey powder.
                                                                       Mix Well
                                                     Heat on low to dissolve sugars.
                                 Place in a covered jar and cool. Use as you would fresh honey.

The taste of the honey was very sweet. It was rather syrup like, even after sitting on the counter over night. I put it in the fridge for a couple hours and that helped it gain more of a honey consistency. Overall I would use this product again.  It can be used as a sweetener. Substitute for sugar or honey in recipes cup for cup. For liquid honey substitution 1 cup of liquid honey is equal to 1 cup honey powder and 1/4 cup water.

Augason Farms Butter Powder-
I made oatmeal cookies using this. The consistency of the cookie turned out alright, but the nasty smell of the butter powder overpowered the cookie. I threw the entire batch away and remade them with real butter. 
Reconstituted it tastes nothing like butter. Even in the can it doesn't smell like butter, more like sour milk. I would not recommend this brand's product.

Augason Farms Dried Whole Egg-

I have been using powdered eggs for almost 2 years now. I use them in all of my baking. Everything I have made with it has turned out just fine. I use 1T of powered egg and 2T of water to equal 1 fresh egg,

Augason Farms Creamy Potato Soup Mix- 

2 cups of soup mix and 6 1/2 cups of water is a serving for 6 people. Directions: 1. Whisk soup mix into boiling water. 2.Simmer on low heat for 20-25 minutes. 3. Stir frequently (For a thicker soup lower water by 1/4 cup).
This soup was delicious. It had great flavor, little chunks of potatoes, and it is MSG free. I will be adding more cans of this to my food storage.

Augason Farms Spiff E Whip-
Whipped Topping
1. Combine one cup Spiff-E-Whip dry mix with 8 oz ice water.
2. Beat on high speed for 3-5 minutes until peaks form.
3. Serve immediately or keep refrigerated after mixed.
YIELD: 1 cup of dry powder yields four 2/3 cup servings

For Frosting: “Just add water”
1. Combine 1 cup Spiff-E-Whip dry mix with 4 oz. water.
2. Beat on high speed until smooth.
Chocolate frosting: Add 1 tsp of cocoa and 1 tsp of powdered sugar or add to your favorite cocoa drink mix.
Fruit flavored frosting: Add 1 package dry flavored drink mix such as strawberry, cherry, etc.
1. Combine 1 cup Spiff-E-Whip dry mix with 2 tsp of cocoa, 2 tsp of powdered sugar, and 1 tsp of corn starch with 5 ounces of water.
2. Beat on high speed until smooth

We made whipped topping. I made it ahead of time and allowed it to cool in the fridge for an hour. We put this on our oatmeal cookies and it was absolutely amazing. I will be stocking up on this product for sure. 

Fruit Drink Mix from LDS dry pack cannery-
1 cup of fruit drink mix and 2 quarts of water. The drink was good. I thought it was very sugary, but I don't drink much soda or juice. I watered mine down even more and it was much better. If you had water that tasted funny, this would be the perfect "cover up".

We had a great evening and learned a little more about food storage and which items we would incorporate into our year's supply and which items we would pass on.  I look forward to doing this again in the future.

72 hour kits 6 month rotation

General conference is this weekend and that is my reminder to look at my 72 hour kit.

 Food- Here is all the food that needed to be rotated in my kit. I also needed to add baby food back into my kit and change the type of food I had for my toddler.

 Here is the food that is in my kit now. I divided the food up by days in plastic zip top bags.
For the adults- Day 1  Breakfast- Oatmeal
                                   Lunch - Bumble Bee chicken salad with crackers
                                   Dinner- Mountain House Chicken and rice
                                   Snack-  Clif bar, 2 werthers original, jerky
                        Day 2  Breakfast- Oatmeal
                                   Lunch- Bumble Bee tuna salad with crackers
                                   Dinner- Mountain House Beef Stroganoff with noodles
                                   Snack-  Nature Valley Protein Bar, 2 werthers original, jerky
                       Day 3  Breakfast- Oatmeal
                                   Lunch- Bumble Bee tuna salad with crackers
                                   Dinner- Mountain House Chicken with noodles
                                   Snack- Mojo bar, 2 werthers, jerky

The Mountain House are just add water meals and the pouches I bought are a 4 person serving.
For the kids- Toddler- Day 1 Breakfast- Oatmeal
                                               Lunch- Chicken salad with crackers
                                               Dinner- Sharing the adults Chicken and rice
                                               Snacks- Zbar by clif bar, 2 fruit snack pouches
                                     Day 2 Breakfast- Oatmeal
                                               Lunch- Tuna salad with crackers
                                               Dinner- Sharing the adults Beef Stroganoff with noodles
                                               Snack- Austin peanut butter crackers, 2 fruit snack pouches
                                    Day 3 Breakfast- Oatmeal
                                               Lunch- Chicken salad with crackers
                                               Dinner- Sharing the adults Chicken and noodles
                                               Snacks- Zbar, 2 fruit snack pouches
 For the infant I have a variety of jars and pouches of baby food. I am going to replace the jars with all pouches though since they are lighter. I will have a total of 9 pouches of food. He is still nursing also.

Water- I dumped out the "old" water and refilled my bottles with fresh water.
Clothing- I replaced winter clothes with summer clothes and I vacuum sealed them to create more space in my kit. I vacuum sealed the diapers as well.

Medicine- I rotated any OTC medicines that were near expiration. I added infant gas-x, and rotated children pain medicine. I rotated our vitamins as well. Take a look at your first aid kit and ensure that those items are still fresh and sterile.

Entertainment- I rotated the toys that I had for the kids to age appropriate items.

                                I replaced the pocket rocket stove, fuel, and pots and pans for a Jetboil
             The Jet boil is lighter, takes up less room and can boil water faster than the pocket rocket.

As always my diaper bag is stocked with toys, diapers, some food, blankets, and a change of clothes.