The Art of Barter: When Money Has No Meaning

You See the Precedent Throughout History. A Collapse of the Government, Economy or Catastrophic Disaster Can Make Money a Thing of the Past. In many undeveloped...

The Chemistry, Physics and Science of Food Preservation

Whether you call it pickling, canning or jarring there’s more to food preservation than a recipe  Many people engage in canning and pickling foods.  Everything from...

How to Make Pioneer Candies and Treats

When There Was No Candy Store You Had to Improvise A sweet tooth is nothing new.  Candy has been a favorite going back to when primitive peoples first discovered the...

Wood Stove Vs Pellet Stove: Which One is Right for You?

Both Types of Stoves Have Advantages and Disadvantages.  Here’s How to Weigh the Options. The idea of wood heat is appealing to many people.  In many ways it...

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. ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

The Art of Barter: When Money Has No Meaning

by | April 10, 2019

You See the Precedent Throughout History. A Collapse of the Government, Economy or Catastrophic Disaster Can Make Money a Thing of the Past. In many undeveloped countries a barter system is an accepted way to do business. People meet at local markets and exchange things for things. Haggling is part of the process and is […]

The Chemistry, Physics and Science of Food Preservation

by | March 7, 2019

Whether you call it pickling, canning or jarring there’s more to food preservation than a recipe  Many people engage in canning and pickling foods.  Everything from jams to jellies, vegetables and fruits and even meats and fish.  The process seems simple but there are some critical things to understand related to the chemistry and physics […]

Natural Materials You Can Use in Place of Goose Down

by | January 29, 2019

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 insulating materials to keep the heat in and […]

Keep it Simple, Stupid: Applying the KISS Principle to Your Survival Planning

by | August 24, 2018

Survival can be an extremely complex business, especially for the unprepared. But even for those of us who take the time to prepare, surviving is filled with challenges. Enough challenges that it could take all our time to fulfill our basic needs. The last thing any of us need to do, is make survival more […]

Prepping Supplies You Can Buy at Garage Sales

by | July 23, 2018

It seems like trying to find ways to save money on prepping is a never-ending task; at least for me it is. I’m always finding more that I need, but the money doesn’t seem to expand to fill the need. Instead, I have to find ways of getting the things I need, without spending money […]

The Prepper’s Medicine Chest. Are you sure you’re ready for everything?

by | June 29, 2018

It’s not just about bandages, splints and OTC pain killers. Are you prepared and knowledgeable about minor surgery, suturing, poisoning, major burns, dental problems, infections and resources for prescription meds? Some of the key areas that people focus on in terms of preparedness include food, water, shelter, defense and medical supplies.  Those are all important but […]

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