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  • February 24, 2014

    How to Make a Quick Can Stove - 1

    If you suffer sticker shock after shopping for wood-burning camping stoves, you’re not alone. I’m not about to pay $60 to $100 for a titanium backpacking wood stove when I can make one out of a bean can for nothing. Sure, you could build a fire without any containment at all, but the low weight, efficiency, and minimal set-up time of a tin-can stove could make you a believer. And as long as there are sticks to burn, your stove will have fuel. Follow these easy steps, and you’ll have a lightweight bug-out-ready survival stove in no time. [ Read Full Post ]


  • February 21, 2014

    Survival Gear Review: Aurora 2SA Fire Starter - 0

    If you’re already a fan of ferrocerium spark rods, then you know how indestructible and long lasting they can be. These fire starting tools are completely unaffected by water, which would kill your matches or even some lighters. Spark rods are also impervious to the degradation of time. The spark rod you’re using now will work just as well in a few decades, providing you don’t lose it or use it up entirely. But before you run off and buy the first product you see, you should know that not all spark rods are equal. I recently had the chance to work with a product from Solo Scientific, a company who is committed to keeping production in the U.S. Here’s what I found out when I got the opportunity to light stuff on fire with their Aurora 2SA. [ Read Full Post ]


  • February 19, 2014

    Survival Skills: 4 Ways to Build a Fire Without a Match - 1

    Even if you don't have matches or a lighter, you can still spark a blaze with the right tools and techniques. Be sure to have your tinder bundle, kindling, and fuel wood ready before you start.

    Bow Drill Method

    Notch a board or a flat piece of bark. To make a bow, stretch a string between the ends of a flexible branch and tie it in place, then use a second stick as a vertical spindle. Place the spindle inside the bow with one end in the notched base. Turn the bow once to loop the string around the spindle, then hold the spindle's other end in place with a stone. Place a leaf under the notch and saw back and forth to create a coal. Then move it to the tinder bundle, and blow gently into flame. [ Read Full Post ]


  • February 18, 2014

    Survival Skill: 10 Ways Snow Can Keep You Alive - 0

    A white-out storm during a hunt or a vehicle stuck in a snow drift can often lead to a deadly serious situation. But, strangely, that same snow is a versatile and useful substance that can help to get you out of trouble. Here are my ten favorite ways to use snow for survival purposes. Your first concern in an emergency is shelter. Snow can be turned into many styles of survival shelter. From igloos and quinzees to snow caves and tree wells, a shelter of snow can mean survival on a sub-zero night.

    Your second survival priority is water, which snow can also provide. Just be sure to melt it first for safe consumption. Boil the water if the snow is old and potentially contaminated by animals.   [ Read Full Post ]


  • February 15, 2014

    Step-By-Step: How to Tie the Fisherman's Knot - 0

    Got two short ropes, but need a long one? A fisherman's knot can join the short ones together.

    Step One

    Loop one rope's end around the other rope, then bring it over both ropes. [ Read Full Post ]


  • February 14, 2014

    Survival Gear Review: Zippo Outdoor 4-in-1 Woodsman - 0

    Feeding your campfire and pitching your shelter are major chores for both recreational camping and survival scenarios. The new 4-in-1 Woodsman from Zippo Outdoor was built to handle many outdoor tasks with just one easy-to-modify tool. So how did it work in my camp?

    Right out of the package, the Woodsman was easy to handle and had enough heft to chop respectably. The entire tool weighs 2 pounds 13 ounces, making it a little heavy for backpacking, but plenty light enough to take to deer camp or for strapping onto a Bug Out Bag. The ax handle seemed a bit long, but the 20-inch length is necessary to accommodate a saw blade of decent length. [ Read Full Post ]


  • February 13, 2014

    Survival Skills: How to Find and Use Birch Tinder Fungus - 2

    Birch tinder fungus (Inonotus obliquus) is a woody type of fungus that grows on a variety of species of birch trees. You’ll find this crusty, black growth primarily on yellow birch and white birch trees, often at higher elevations. And if you’re looking for something raw from the wild that catches sparks like char cloth, this is it.

    Although birch tinder fungus (also known as clinker polypore and chaga) is often used for alternative medicine treatments, its value for survival fire starting really puts it on the map. This punky material is better than traditional char cloth, even without being charred. Here’s where you’ll find it, and how to make it work. [ Read Full Post ]


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