Great post Brian, I think especially because this is an inexpensive yet very pragmatic way to provide both light and heat in a room if needed in a time of emergency. It is also something which most of us can find locally sourced as well. I have mentioned this before because of the time of year but canning supplies are all but non existent in our local shops. Of course this is that time of year when most have put up their canning for the year so this is to be expected. However, this winter is the time to buy supplies for next years canning not next year. supplies will be prevalent in most places and in very low demand in my experience. This will be the time to put up stores for the coming next year. I always buy and have on hand plenty of lids and a few cases of jars in reserve in the attic for those just in case moments. Also, one can lay in quite a supply without worrying that you are taking more than your share and putting others in a pinch because demand will be almost nil and prices will be better also. Canning is a much better way to lay in food in all forms versus freezing IMO. It lasts and stays fresh for a much longer period and retains more nutritional value if taste is any indication.