Winter Preparedness

Getting The Most Out Of My DIY Alcohol Stove

I'll admit it, I'm a cheapskate. But for good reason...I cheap out on a lot of things so that I can have really really good stuff in other areas. For instance, I'll eat store-brand taco shells for dinner and have peanut butter sandwiches for lunch so that I can afford that Troy free-floating battlerail for… Read More

CJ’s Root Cellar Thoughts

Steve suffering in NJ asked about root cellars last week. I've fiddled around with this a bit, so I'm going to share some of what I've learned.  But I'm going to keep it simple, if you want to get into the nitty gritty details, I can't recommend highly enough, "Root Cellaring: Natural Cold Storage of… Read More

Gear Review: SOG F08-N Entrenching Tool

  "Well, THAT'S gotta be too good to be true." I thought. I was searching Amazon for a good Entrenching Tool, a small collapsible shovel, for my BOB/truck. I was really looking for a Glock E-Tool, but as I was scrolling through the results, this baby popped up for a mere $9 plus shipping. It… Read More

Survival Scenario – Hypothermia

It's late October, and you've been invited up to Northern Maine to a friend's camp for an awesome and much-needed week of hiking, fishing, and camping out. You've been driving your rental car north from the Portland airport for several hours, down dirt roads, rut-ridden by logging trucks and hunters scouting for the upcoming moose… Read More

TEOTWAWKI Solutions for Food Storage

I’m sure we’d all love a 10×10 cellar with proper humidity levels, sturdy shelves and a light for convenience.  Not all of us have the time/money/space for one.  Don’t despair though, ancient man managed quite a bit of food storing, with just holes in the ground and caves.   Proper root cellars will keep things longer… Read More

Taking Time For Yourself

Happy Wednesday, everybody!   In last week's post, I'd hoped to get a few five-gallon bucket build ideas, but we've only had a couple I'm going to stretch that out another week in the hopes we might get a couple more. On top of that, I've been bedridden sick with a nasty stomach virus… Read More

Calamity’s Misc.

No Water, Part 2 There was an interesting question last week in the comments of the No Water, No Warning post. Diana asked if any of the common filters we preppers have on hand could handle a chemical like crude 4-methylcyclo­hexanemethanol (MCHM)? Jarhead and I both agreed that none of them would. I saw this… Read More

Notes On the Christmas Ice Storm 2013 – A Firsthand Account

It's Monday night (Dec. 23, 2013) as I begin to write this article. It's 9:41 pm and the power has been out since we got home around 5:30. Ice at least  1/4" thick has accumulated on surfaces outside and today the power started going out around the state.  We've had it relatively easy here so… Read More


In between the sewing of presents and decking of halls, I've been improving on our winterizing. It seems like one of those never ending tasks. After I got all the major drafts and leaks taken care of, things seemed cozy. Then I started noticing the smaller leaks and drafts, and the ones in the out… Read More

You Never Know When You’ll Need It

The thing about accidents and disasters is you never know when they'll happen. You could be on your way home and find yourself in a life or death situation. After phoning for help in resuscitating her baby, a 25-year-old woman on a plane that crashed in remote southwest Alaska led searchers hampered by cold and… Read More

Keeping Warm When The Power Goes Out

You ask and we listen!  Here's a post from an idea I took from a comment awhile back.  Thanks for the ideas and please keep them coming. ---------------------- If you live in the north like I do there will come a time when the power goes out and it gets cold in the house.  For… Read More

Gear Review: Portable Military Wood Stove

Winter approaches and this season I thought I'd branch out a little.  If you've been reading for awhile you know that I've used the Ammo Can Stove in my 5 man ECW (Extreme Cold Weather) military tent as a heat source when it gets cold out. It's a good stove and you could even backpack… Read More

Surviving Winter

Storing the fall bounty is partly a matter of frugality. Get it while it's cheap and plentiful! It's partly a matter of habit. My mother put away for winter, her mother put away for winter. It's partly because there's something in my bones that just deals better with the chilly mornings when I know I… Read More