Supplies and gear

8 Amazing Survival Uses for Coffee Filters (and 5 that just don’t work)

WARNING: This article dispels commonly held beliefs about the uses of coffee filters for preparedness uses. One principle of survival is to use what you have available to accomplish your goals. One way to do this is by taking common household objects and discovering what else they can be used for, especially those that are survival related. However, before knowing what an item is good for, you need to test it thoroughly. There are two maxims preppers need to always …

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Make Your Own Altoids Tin Stove

Try it Today! Altoids Tin Alcohol Stove

Altoids are curiously strong mints and the tins they come in are curiously useful.  Of course, there are innumerable variations out there for survival kits that fit into an Altoids tin.  Those kits are fun projects, especially if you’re a fan of putting together puzzles.  This Altoids alcohol stove project is a bit simpler than trying to Jenga-fit a bunch of odds and ends into a small kit. Here’s what you’ll need: Altoids tin Metal window screen Scissors or tin …

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The HERC: The famous tea light oven

One of the most important rules of preparedness is to always have at least 3 different methods for cooking food and heating water. In an emergency that goes on for more than a day or two, eating cold soup out of the can will get old, and sooner or later, you’ll need to boil water for sanitation purposes, at least. The HERC Tea Light Candle Oven* is a newcomer to the scene, and it’s a welcome one. It’s design and …

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getting started dumpster diving

Getting Started Dumpster Diving

Sometime back in the early nineties I was between jobs, having been laid off and was trying to broker some printing jobs in Denver. During the course of my attempts to sell printing I drove by a large bookstore, and being the bibliophile I am, I had to stop in and do some browsing. In the very large self-sufficiency section I came across The Art & Science of Dumpster Diving by John Hoffman. Just a few seconds of flipping pages convinced …

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50 Things that Immediately Disappear from Stores in an Emergency

Have you ever noticed how, whenever a big storm is predicted, people start rushing to stores to clean them out of every food item and supply they have on the shelves? There’s a predictable list of things that disappear in emergencies. In one sense, it’s probably good that they are trying to anticipate the emergency, despite being last-minute about it. It sure beats those people who don’t bother to prepare at all, then complain when emergency services are overwhelmed by …

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Tips for Selecting the right face mask for any emergency

I have an irrational fear of falling into an ice-covered lake, being trapped, and drowning. I can easily imagine that feeling of slowly suffocating and being helpless to stop it. When I’ve had to wear a face mask, I get the same feeling, and I really, really don’t like it. A lot of us have face masks in our survival/emergency kits and plan to use them in case of a fire, an epidemic, or some other crisis that makes breathing …

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The BioLite CampStove Review

Millions of Americans remember well the power outages that occurred in the summer of 2012. They quickly found out how difficult life can be without lights, refrigeration, or a way to cook food. For years, I’ve been stressing the need to have at least 2 methods of cooking food and heating water in case of a power outage. These alternatives should be: 1.  Fuel efficient. If your power is out and you’re looking for fuel for your camp stove or …

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All-Purpose Prepping Lists for North Texas and beyond!

Guest post by Kathleen H. After experiencing a 3-day span of no electricity in a snowstorm that took out hundreds of utility poles, we survived. We did the best we could with what we had, which at that time wasnt much. My mother-in-law and brother-in-law lived up the road one mile. During the aftermath of the storm, you could travel by tractor, but not by car. There was one small generator between the two houses with options to plug in …

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Life Straw: a portable, affordable water filter

Disclaimer: Life Straw provided a fee and a sample product for this review because they felt their product was something Survival Moms around the world should know about, and we agree! In the world of survival and preparedness, there are many excellent choices for filters that provide safe water. The Life Straw stands out as unique because of its portability, simple design, effectiveness, and price point. This month I had the chance to try out a Life Straw and right …

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The Wondermill Junior: It can do anything!

I think it wasn’t until I’d purchased my eighth bucket of wheat that it suddenly dawned on me that I had no way to grind it.  Buying the wheat was the easy part!  Figuring out what to do next, well, that took a little more thought.  I knew I wanted a manual mill but wasn’t sure which brand to buy.  I knew what I was looking for, though: a sturdy mill and one that produces the maximum amount of flour …

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