10 Ways to Maximize the Heat from Your Wood-Burning Stove Across the Whole House

Wood-stoves are Space Heaters.  Here’s How to Get the Heat into Those Hard to Reach Places. Many of us enjoy the warm, direct heat of a wood burning stove.  At times they over-heat a room and we have to adjust dampers, flues and stove-vents to manage the...

Home Solar Power 101

Here’s What You Need to Know About Home Solar Power and How to Get Started How many of us think solar power is a good idea but just never seem to get around to it?  Well maybe it’s time to take the first step towards solar.  It doesn’t have to be expensive...

Natural Materials You Can Use in Place of Goose Down

When it Comes to Insulation, Goose Down is the Champ.  Here’s How to Find Natural Substitutes that are Just as Good. There’s a reason Goose Down is found in so many sleeping bags, parkas and pillows.  It has proven over centuries to be one of the best...

How to Restore Early American Lumber and Carpentry Tools

It’s Time to Get Those Antiques Off the Walls and Back into Our Hands Believe it or not, there was a time with no power tools.  Everything was done by hand and the only power was muscle and intelligent leverage.  It was the only way to get things done at a...

Mastering the Craft of Making Jerky

It’s Not Just for Beef Anymore.  Here’s How to Explore the Jerky World. It’s hard to say where and when jerky originated.  We’ve been drying food for millennia in the sun, the wind and over variations on a fire.  One idea attributes the actual word...

8 Ways to Turn Tin Cans into a Kitchen

Hobos Mastered the Craft of Tin Can Cookery and You Can Too. It’s one thing to forage in the wilderness for wild foods, but cooking them in a way we're accustomed to can be a challenge.  Fortunately, there are some old...

Food Dehydration Methods

Perhaps the Oldest Food Preservation Technique and One That We Should Understand as Another Step Towards Self-Reliance. It’s impossible to establish how food dehydration emerged as a food preservation process but it’s a good bet we have the sun to thank for it. ...

Instant and Natural Winter Survival Shelters

A Shelter can be Critical to Wilderness Survival.  But What Can You do When Time Isn’t on Your Side? Critical needs for effective winter survival make a short list.  Fire, water, food and shelter.  While fire and water may be the most important, shelter...

Building and Maintaining a Sustainable Fire in Winter

Any Temperature Below Freezing in the Wilderness Can be Life Threatening. Here’s How to Survive When the Odds are Against You. Fire and water don’t mix. That’s what makes building any fire on snow and ice so difficult. Any fire in the vicinity of snow covered or...

Clearing the Smoke on How to Smoke Fish, Game and All Manner of Meat

Smoke Cooking is an Ancient Food Preservation Method but Today It’s All About Flavor. The first foods to be successfully smoked were probably the result of a happy accident over a smoldering fire.  In ancient times food never went to waste even if it looked burnt and...
Home Solar Power 101

Home Solar Power 101

Here’s What You Need to Know About Home Solar Power and How to Get Started How many of us think solar power is a good idea but just never seem to get around to it?  Well maybe it’s time to take the first step towards solar.  It doesn’t have to be expensive...

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