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MrsPestilence Sat 28-Oct-17 11:00:30

This year we grew maize. Dried it, ground it and made johnny cakes.

Enabled by this bit of kit. Not going to manage full self sufficiency, but when the electric goes off it is good to have some manual tools.

What non-electric equipment do you have?

SideOrderofSprouts Sat 28-Oct-17 13:07:00

Sadly mine is basic at the moment dynamic torches and lanterns

cozietoesie Sat 28-Oct-17 22:08:03

Ordinary tools (saws, hammers, screwdrivers etc) plus lanterns and radio.

MrsPestilence Sat 28-Oct-17 22:14:40

Don't forget an ordinary drill or brace. Dowel in brace onto soft bit of wood equals fire.

cozietoesie Sat 28-Oct-17 22:32:03

Good thinking. (Although I suspect ours are gone now - along with the particular muscles needed to use them in earnest. As for many tools.)

Eyebooyanbooyaboo Sat 28-Oct-17 22:54:09

Ooh, we have a manual wheat grinder. I'd love to get a large-ish electric one, too.

cozietoesie Sat 28-Oct-17 22:56:42

Do you grow wheat? (Or know someone close who does?)

Eyebooyanbooyaboo Sat 28-Oct-17 23:39:47

No, I bought them through my church years ago (wheat berries last forever, basically) but they don't do it any more. There are farmers who sell wheat in bulk orders to individuals, however.

cozietoesie Sun 29-Oct-17 00:03:33

See if you can make friends with one or check out the full range of things you might use it for. (If there is one.) Milling your own is hard going though - there’s a reason why mills made a profit. wink

shhhfastasleep Mon 30-Oct-17 15:14:05

Suggest an old fashioned wind up watch that keeps pretty good time.

AdoraBell Thu 09-Nov-17 18:28:33

That looks interesting OP 👍

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