We are a long ways from this yet, but I am thinking about a trickle pump to fill a cistern. The idea is that you have your cistern (1500 gallons) for your daily water supply. You have a low volume solar or wind power pump to fill the cistern. The pump only has to barely out match daily usage, the only question I have is developing pressure for the system. If I can put the cistern 50 feet up from the house I could use gravity to provide the pressure. Since we haven’t got any property yet (still 5 years out) I’m exploring options. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comhttp://www.survivalmonkey.com/forum/ /> <FONT face=<font size=" /> <FONT face="Times New Roman"><FONT size=3>News from the home front; this weekend I put up a fence (well fence posts) to enclose our small raised beds for vegetables. I have 1 rabbit hutch built but have not got any rabbits yet, still waiting until I have more time. I installed gutters with catch barrels for water. I still have no working fireplace or alternative fuel source to gas or electricity other than my smoker in the back yard. I looked at converting out gas fireplace back into a wood burning one, but think I will be better served by putting in an efficient gas insert. The goal is to still sell this house once I am finished restoring it (house built in the 1880’s) and buying land. <FONT face="Times New Roman"><FONT size=3>We have about 3 months of canned goods stockpiled and now are concentrating on dry goods (beans, rice, flour, etc…) I think we are doing ok , unless there is a complete social collapse. <FONT face="Times New Roman"><FONT size=3>So my questions are 1) the cistern pump idea and a cheap (power wise) way to pressurize a home water system? And 2 a way to cook and heat the home if there is a prolonged collapse or shortage of fuel (we have backpacking stoves). Cooking is more important than heating.