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...

Building and Maintaining a Sustainable Fire in Winter

by | December 3, 2018

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 frozen soil will quickly go out as the […]

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

by | November 26, 2018

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 overly done.  Imagine the surprise of someone who […]

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 […]

How to Develop a Strategy for Long-Term Food Storage

by | August 14, 2018

There’s more to it than stacking cans in the basement.  Are you truly prepared? A primary consideration for any prepper has to be the stockpiling of long-term food stores to feed family and friends when dire times limit distribution, manufacturing and the availability of the most basic goods.  Fortunately, there are many companies that specialize […]

How to Find Shelter in the Wild

by | July 26, 2018

Few people bother putting a tent in their bug out bag. They’re just too bulky. About the most you’ll find them bringing along is a tarp, some paracord, a small roll of duct tape and maybe a rain poncho. You can do a lot with that, but you can do even more if you start […]

Building a Wood Stockpile on the Cheap

by | July 3, 2018

One of the survival supplies you rarely hear people talk about stockpiling is firewood. Yet, if you talk to most preppers about their plans, they intend to heat their homes and cook their food with wood. This makes a lot of sense, as mankind has used wood as our major heat source for pretty much […]

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