posted on Jun, 13 2018 @ 12:40 PM
Modern inverter generators are a lot more fuel efficient than traditional ones, FYI. Quieter, too- they run at variable RPM to adjust for electric
One problem I have with the idea of survival is the first six months. Even if you have the equipment, own the land, have the preparation... have food
stores and fuel to keep those stores good, the first six months are still a total crapshoot. All the off-grid knowhow won't help you when hoards of
hungry, armed, scared people start roaming the countryside trying to stave off starvation or cold.
Two years in, the wildlife may have recovered to the point where you could hunt/trap enough to eat- but the first few months would be tons of people
eating whatever they need to - and after that you'd have a period where the wildlife population is too devastated to realistically live off of.
Of course, this assumes the collapse is financial and not related to war or some unforseen event (asteroid, supervolcano, etc) that kills the
Running a genny isn't a good long term plan, and it's not a great short term plan either- but those of us in the north wouldn't survive without heat.
Generating enough wood to get through a heating season without using gas tools (chainsaw, power splitter, etc) would take at least as much effort as
storing food for the winter. doing it alone would make for a hard year, I can't imagine also fending off the zombies.