Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Preparedness Project - A Bucket of Charcoal!

Today's Project is FAST and EASY . . .
It's a Bucket of Charcoal Briquettes!
You Will Need:
1 or 2 5-Gallon Buckets with Lids
1 to 2 Bags of Charcoal Briquettes
The Printed PDF
I haven't been able to confirm an expiration
date anywhere for the briquettes.
I would recommend using them within 5 years,
but if you have different information than
I was able to find, please let me know!
The Document below says that Charcoal properly stored
can last Indefinately!
Charcoal Document PDF:
I would recomend printing the page and storing it inside of
your charcoal buckets.
This Document on Charcoal was sent in by
Mel Blocks from the Homeland Security Website.
It will answer any of the questions you have about storing
and using Charcoal.
Thank You for sharing such valuable information with us!
Did You Know . . .
That 1 Bag of Charcoal Briquettes will make it possible for
 you to cook 1 Meal a Day for a Whole Month?!?
It's a great storage item to have on hand.
Add a couple bottles of starter fluid and you're good to go!
Don't Forget the Matches!
Here's the PDF:
 Another House of Order Project is on the way
with more Laundry Hints and Helps
as well as the rest of the Mix Recipes.
It's going to be a busy day!!!


CindyG said...

where to you get your 5 gallon buckets?

The David and Tricia Smith Family said...

I get my buckets from Walmart. Their buckets and gamma lids are a really good price. Gamma's make it easy to use the briquettes a little at a time.
Hope that helps!

Fruit Hts Preparedness Forum said...

Go to Industrial Container in West Salt Lake. They are less money there and worth the trip if your getting several containers. They have more than buckets. I love their 1 gal glass jars for storing dehydrated fruits and veggies in with an oxygen absorber. I have about 30 bags of charcoal so I guess I'm good! I put mine in a 55 gal drum, and some in small metal trash cans lined with garbage bags to keep out moisture.

Fruit Hts Preparedness Forum said...

One more thing....sorry! Instead of lighter fluid which I do have a case of, but I also bought one of those metal charcoal lighter can things, that you put the charcoal in and light from the bottom, let set awhile and then remove the can. You don't need lighter fluid with those so it eliminates the hazard of the fluid being stored in your home. Wish I could remember what you call those cans, but I think everyone has seen them around.

The David and Tricia Smith Family said...

Thanks for the heads up on the containers and the great hint for lighting the charcoal!

Vicki in UT said...

The metal charcoal lighter can things, are called chimneys.

James said...

According to Kingsford's website,

What is charcoal's shelf life?
The shelf life of Kingsford Original charcoal is indefinite so long as the product is stored in a cool, dry place. If the briquets become damp, they will not light efficiently. Kingsford Match Light® and Kingsford Match Light with Mesquite have a shelf life of 1-2 years if stored properly. If a Kingsford Match Light® charcoal bag is left open or becomes torn, the solvent will evaporate. This will also prevent the briquets from lighting properly. To extend shelf life, we recommend that you re-close the bag properly after each use.

Hope this helps!!