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The Top 8 Deadly Myths About Survivalism

Our survivalism story, in a nutshell Hi! I’m Sheila. For the last several years, our family, my husband Dan, our son Jesse and I, have been living what some may call the “survivalist” lifestyle.  Actually, we live off-grid (so far off the grid that there is no landline and no cell phone service available), self-sufficient life.  We’re not here to get away from the world for a few days while chaos happens and calms down. We don’t think that’s what …

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The How and Why To Storing Charcoal

It’s summer! Summer means barbecues, and barbecues mean grills. And grills need fuel. Of the potential fuels for grills, charcoal is the easiest and safest for a prepper to store long-term. Add the fact that it’s cheap, lightweight, and regularly goes on sale in the summer, and we have a real prepper winner! And the cherry on top? Unlike propane and many other fuels, you can make your own charcoal if a disaster goes on for long enough, and charcoal …

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Learn Off-Grid Living Skills for Survival

Living off the grid is a dream of millions of people. No interruptions by telephone and away from the intrusions of technology and modern life — living as God intended, in fact. Knowledge of off grid living skills makes this dream a reality for many. Well, living off the grid works for some people but for most of us, it’s not a practical choice. However, that’s not to say that we shouldn’t learn off-grid living skills. Those come in handy …

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The 5-Minute Rocket Stove

Rocket stoves come in many shapes and sizes, from store-bought cast iron models to DIY projects made from tin cans. No matter the size or materials, the basic design remains the same — a small combustion chamber at the bottom and a vertical chimney that provides updraft. The idea behind a rocket stove is that it uses a relatively small amount of fuel to create high heat. So, rather than building a campfire just to heat up water for coffee, …

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Rice & Beans on a Rocket Stove

A lot of you know that I love and highly recommend the Stove-Tec Rocket Stove.  It’s a highly efficient cooking stove that uses very little fuel, either wood or charcoal, but is sturdy enough to take on multiple camping trips.  Reader RWM (RightWingMom) recently sent me an email detailing her experiences making a rice and beans dish on her stove.  I’m going to let her words and photos tell her story.  (Thanks, RWM!) “I still need to work on my …

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