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Isaiah Ari Mattathias
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Presently I have a wood stove and everything in the double wide is electric (no gas connections out here).
I was wondering what I should get in terms of survival stuff for a family of 6? Let's say a 6 month food/water/necessities prep?
I have lots of canned food/fruits and Augason Farms type things, but wondering if there are any better that are more nutrient dense/healthy?
Also, I've held off for a long time and am at the point where I really need a stove and a dishwasher- are there any products out there i should consider (most efficient for example)?
Just seeking general direction. Thank you
 
R Scott
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A man-year of food basics per LDS (I'm not a member, but they have excellent budget prepping resources)

8 lb salt
10 qt oil
60 lb legumes
16 lb powdered milk
60 lb sugar
400 lb grains.

Multiply it out for How big the family and how long you want to store. That is basically a loaf of bread and bowl of beans every meal every day. You can put rice in for some of the grain and choose any mix of dried beans you like. Just a starting point to make sure you get the basics, most people don't think about oil and salt.

Can you get propane? I would switch the stove to propane and get an old school one with pilot light or battery powered starter (I think the brand is Brown's). And Several 100 lb bottles (at least two to start with) or a big tank. Fill them in the summer when it is cheaper.

Dishwashers, read the reviews and shop around. Some last longer than others, but all of them have potential problems. I am happy with my Bosch, but some don't like them because they don't have a heated dryer. And I did have to replace parts at about seven years. I got a special order return or a floor model from Lowe's for half price, it pays to not be set on a color or model.
 
Andy Moffatt
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You already have four dishwashers don't you?
 
Jay Grace
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Gas stove, gas hot water,( or gas on demand hot water)
As long as a propane truck can get down your drive way I doubt there is anywhere you could get that some company wouldn't have that area covered.

I'd suggest to buy a larger 500 to 750 gal tank.
These can be had fairly cheap rather than " renting" one from a gas company.
my neighbor has TWO 500gal tanks. stove, hot water heater, and a couple gas wall heaters on one tank.
The other has an on demand generator that powers his whole house.
much more convienent than a gasoline generator that you have to fill every 5-6 hours.


they are an older couple that don't want to have to deal with any of the problems we have down here in the south due to tornadoes or ice storms knocking the power out for a week or more at a time.
 
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