I have decided to stick to one simple need and go into some detail about the problems of scavenging after a disaster. So the SHTF and the natural gas is no longer being delivered to your house and it is getting cold. You have seen all those beautiful wood burning stoves at your local big box store and decide to run down and get right now. Well first of all, several thousand other people are facing the same problem and the store has 10 in stock. Just in time delivery, etc, you know, but you arrived first and just after the last guard left and you loaded it up and got home with it. Now all your problems are solved, not really, you do have a stove board to sit it on so you don't set the floor on fire don't you? Well you took some boards and sand and now have that covered. Wife may have a nervous breakdown, but you are ready to start the fire. You do have a chimney don't you? Well not in the living room, so is it going out the wall or thru the roof? Back to the store, they had 5 wall thimbles but they are all gone and the mob is getting unfriendly, so you decide to run it out a window and use some sheet metal to replace a pane of glass and run the stovepipe thru it. Oh, that is a double glass thermopane insulated window and it easier to lower it and make a wood frame for the metal heat protection. You do have stovepipe don't you? Well you beg a few feet from a neighbor and go thru the window, up the wall 10 feet, get 2 elbows and get ready to connect it to the stove. You do have the adapter to connect the stove to the stovepipe don't you? Well the old neighbor who gave you the stovepipe figures out how to cut, bend, use screws, and connect the stove to the stovepipe. You go out in the yard, grab some scrap wood, some newspaper and start the fire. The whole house fills up with smoke and your whole family is now over at the old man's house. What do you mean it has to be high enough to create a draft and draw? He had tried to explain that to you, but he is just an old ignorant hick and you are a mid level management college graduate in the high tech world. You extend the chimney another 20 feet, fasten it together with screws, brace it off the building and now your fire is going gang busters. You did get a thermometer to measure the temp of the chimney so it doesn't either go out or burn your house didn't you? Well the old man said that if you touch it with a damp cloth and it sizzles, it is hot enough to turn it down a bit and under no conditions do you let it get red hot. 6 hours the living room is too hot, the bedrooms are freezing, and the stove needs to be refueled. You do have an ash shovel, ash bucket, and ash can don't you? The ashes contain hot coals that will smolder for up to 24 hours and can set your house on fire. You get a metal pail, some garden gloves, and a garden trowel and take the ashes out of the stove and place them in an old metal barrel out back. You reload the stove, watch it for 2 hours while the rest of the family sleeps and finally get a few hours sleep yourself and wake up to a freezing house. The old man explains that you need hard wood and bigger chunks to hold a fire all night and that the doors and windows in your house are letting the heat escape and that the stove will not heat your 3500 square foot house. He gives you a wheelbarrow full of wood and helps you cut down a couple trees and helps split the wood. You proudly take it into the house, place the wood in the burning stove, and the stove fills up with smoke and the fire goes out. He did mention something about seasoning the wood, whatever that means, and any wood you do cut will only be ready next year and 4 people with guns are looking at your house with smoke pouring out of the chimney and think you should share your heat and supplies with them as they are cold and hungry. You sneak out the back door with the little food you had in the house and join the old man and your family in his comfortable wood heated house. He politely informs you that you are a stupid sheeple, but he will take care of your family. they have been friends of his for years and he likes your kids, and you can stay if you behave yourself. Prepping and getting the bugs out of things is an option, scavenging and expecting to make an instant success with your actions is not. You could just as easily used getting water, planting a garden, preparing to defend yourself,bugging out, pick your own scene.