$12 Storage Containers

Strong Box StorageWith Spring right around the corner, I was starting to get a bit of cabin fever. Since we recently moved into our home, there was still some organizing that needed done. I needed to get my shop more organized so that Ill be ready for upcoming Spring projects.

Strong Box StorageWith Spring right around the corner, I was starting to get a bit of cabin fever. Since we recently moved into our home, there was still some organizing that needed done. I needed to get my shop more organized so that Ill be ready for upcoming Spring projects.

While shopping around Home Depot the other day I found some very cost effective Homestead storage bins. I heard about these on another site, but didn’t think there would be any left. They are manufactured by Best Plastics and only sold through Home Depot. They are called the Strong Box.  They came in at just under $12 each.

I promise you for what they are, they are very durable. I tested them out, loaded them, dropped them from the top shelf, stacked them, strapped them, etc. I even sprayed them with water. Although they ARE NOT waterproof, no water entered during the water test. I am impressed at the amount of space you get for $12. The 27 gallons of capacity works great and makes them very manageable. They stack nicely and actually lock into each other. You can even mount them lid to lid and they stack lock. They have 3 slits on each side so you can run straps through and tighten them down. They claim to be able to load up to 750lbs. I did NOT test this, and honestly, I kinda doubt it. It may hold it, but would warp out of shape so bad that you wouldn’t be able to move it. I did load one half full with ammo. It was super heavy, and more than you would want to load into them, especially climbing a ladder. It held together just fine.

This lids have a grid design that really helps with sturdiness. The bottom and walls of the container are designed with similar grids to help strengthen the unit.

If you are in the market for cost effective storage containers, these are it!

Here are a few more pics:

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GrainMaker- The Hand-Crafted Grain Mill

GrainMaker is based out of Montana and builds one of the best quality grain mills that I have ever had the privileged to use. Their mill is designed to make quick work of grinding grains of all types.

GrainMaker is based out of Montana and builds one of the best quality grain mills that I have ever had the privileged to use. Their mill is designed to make  quick work of grinding grains of all types.

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They are designed to outlast YOU! I love this product! Every part of the mill including the body, handle, hopper, stainless steel GrainBreaker auger and high quality alloy grinding burrs are made  on-site, so they know they can guarantee the quality. Many of the GrainMaker’s parts are machined from solid material, including the dust cover, adjustment knob, main shaft and GrainBreaker auger.

The GrainMaker mill is easy to assemble and take apart. Simply turn the adjustment knob counter-clockwise to remove it, remove the front burr, lift off the dust cover and remove it, turn the stationary burr clockwise about 15° to remove, and pull out the stainless steel GrainBreaker auger. That’s it! Reverse the order and attach the handle to assemble.

grain-maker-partsI promise, this is the last one you will ever have to buy! Here is a quick video demonstrating it:

We are proud to announce that GrainMaker will be attending the upcoming Self Reliance Expo! So swing by their booth and get your hands on one!

My Visit to Emergency Essentials

I wms-l500as back in Utah last week and had a chance to finally visit an Emergency Essentials store. It was great! I look through their catalog every time it comes in the mail, but to actually visit the store was a real treat. They had everything that was in their catalog, but it was nice to hold it in my hand. While I was there a grabbed a couple of things we could use, but was easy enough to haul back to Colorado. The main cool toy was the Bucket Opener. These are super handy and cheap. Makes opening and closing food storage buckets a ton easier. They ranged from $1.95 to $14.95 for a full aluminum one that does it all. The plastic ones seemed fairly strong. I opted for the one picked below, they were $4.95 and included a bung opener for our water storage barrels. I bought 10 of them so if anyone in Colorado wants one, let me know and you can save the shipping. I also grabbed a couple other items. I bought the Sportsman Lighter , 8 Emergency Ponchos, and a Portable Toilet kit.

The portable toilet kit is great. You can use a regular 5 gallon bucket and snap this toilet seat setup on it. This gives you a nice portable toilet you can use and easily relocate if needed. I bought this more for camping, but would come in handy in times of emergencies.

This has become my new favorite store! Whenever I am visiting Utah I will be sure to swing in for more essentials.

Smith and Wesson Urban Survival Knife


Knife: Urban Survival Knife Designer: Morgan Taylor Maker: Taylor Brands LLC www.taylorbrandsllc.com —————————————- Knife Design: Survival Blade Pattern: Sawback Drop Point Grind: Flat —————————————- Blade Material: 440C Rockwell Hardness: 57-58 Blade Length: 8″ (20.32 cm) Blade Thickness: .196″ (5 mm) —————————————- Liners: None Bolster Material: None Handle Material: G-10 Handle Length: 5 3/4″ (14.60 cm …

Eglu-An Instant Chicken Coop

I thought this was a nifty product for urban homesteaders. The Eglu is an easy to setup chicken coop that can house 4 medium sized chickens or 6 bantams. The eglu features Twin wall insulation, draft free ventilation, perching bars, a nesting box, and plenty of trays that make it easy to clean and easy to collect eggs. Choose from 5 colors of 100% recycled plastic.

egluI thought this was a nifty product for urban homesteaders. The Eglu is an easy to setup chicken coop that can house 4 medium sized chickens or 6 bantams. The eglu features Twin wall insulation, draft free ventilation, perching bars, a nesting box, and plenty of trays that make it easy to clean and easy to collect eggs. Choose from 5 colors of 100% recycled plastic.

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