Winter Preparedness

Good Stuff Cheap (er)

My dad always used to say “It only costs a little more to go first class.”  He drove Cadillac’s, flew Beechcraft Bonanzas, wore Hart, Schaffner, and Marx suits, drank Gordon’s Gin, and hunted with Weatherby rifles, because he thought those brands were the best of the best, and worth every penny regardless of what they… Read More

How to Make Your Camp Fire Burn All Night

Have you ever wanted a fire to last all night long, but didn't want to stay up feeding it hour after hour?  Most nights you lay down and open your eyes again two hours later just in time to throw more tinder and wood on just before it goes out.  Recently I was watching a… Read More

How to Navigate without a Map and Compass

A good survival kit always has a compass in it, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t find yourself lost in the wild without any way of gauging your direction. Being able to navigate without a map and compass is not only an integral skill to the survivalist, but an ancient art. With some knowledge and… Read More

5 Shoe Styles For Your SHTF Gear List

Survival shoes?  Really?  You bet.  I mean after all had you intended to run around the woods at your Bug Out locale in bare feet like a Hobbit?  I didn’t think so.  Even if you Bug In, you still need decent footwear for the durability and comfort of everyday task completions.  Anybody that works on… Read More

Maine Primitive Skills School

I was recently able to attend the Maine Primitive Skills School in Augusta, Maine.  Over the years I’ve spent a lot of time in the forests here in Maine and I’m very comfortable in that environment; however, I know what I don’t know.  Any woodsman will tell you they are always ready to learn more… Read More

A Basic SHTF Wardrobe List

What to wear, oh, what to wear?  Ever heard that coming from your wife’s closet?  It is not as though the next potential SHTF is going to be like dressing for a party or anything, but frankly I never read any prepper advice on what clothes to take.  Perhaps the concept simply sounds too rudimentary… Read More

Setting Up A Back Up Generator

In a recent article on SHTFBlog called "10 Lessons From A Multi-Day Power Outage", I fielded several questions about how my generator was set up for a power outage, so I thought I'd walk you through what I've done with my back up generator.  You'll need a few things and they aren't cheap; however, if… Read More

10 Natural Substitutes for Toilet Paper

While not the most pleasant topic in survival circles, it is one that cannot be denied. When nature calls, you will answer the phone. It took humans about 400 years to realize that paper could be used for more than just taking notes, and the Chinese were the first to document what would be later… Read More

Dwell Time

Never confuse dwell time with idle time.  AR rifle aficionados will know the technical understanding of the term “dwell time”, but here is the short course.  ARs or any gas operated rifle for that matter require a certain amount of gas pressure from the ignition of powder burning from a round in the rifle chamber… Read More

10 Lessons From A Multi-Day Power Outage

Electricity is the Achilles heel of most people's lives and preparedness plans.  You don't realize how much you need or use electricity until it is no longer available.  During Hurricane Katrina, an estimated 1.7 million people lost power anywhere from several days to several weeks.  Want to test your preparedness plans?  Go without electricity for… Read More

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