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...

7 Ways to Find Your Way in the Wilderness Without a Compass

by | October 9, 2018

Finding North, South, East and West is Easier Than You Think… If You Know How and Where to Look. Most of us who hunt, fish, backpack or explore the wilderness take a little time to glance at a map and carry a compass.  But sometimes we forget or get lost even in the most familiar […]

Where To Find Water In The City When There’s Not A Drop To Drink

by | October 4, 2018

When the faucets don’t work, and the toilet won’t flush, and the bathtub is a desert – here’s what to do. Life in the city can be tough.  Life in a city without water can be a whole lot tougher.  People in Flint, Michigan have lots of experience with that reality.  In fact, many parts […]

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 […]

3 Rules for Finding Water in the Wild

by | July 17, 2018

Water is our second biggest survival need, beaten out only by the need to maintain our body’s core temperature. This could tend to indicate that we should always carry a lot of water along with us. But water is heavy and bulky, making it hard to carry much at one time. Whether you’re in a […]

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