DIY Copper Coil Alcohol Burner Stove (video)

This is a neat stove idea which incorporates not only a mini canning jar but some copper coil, plus it seems relatively straightforward to make and maybe a fun project for the weekend…

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Weed Eater Generator (video)

I’m not sure this is the most efficient use of gasoline or even a great idea for OPSEC reasons (due to the noise) but the idea is certainly a good one to begin to understand…

Note: I originally found this video here.

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Survival Hax Tactical Credit Card Tool Review

I have received this Survival Hax Tactical Credit Card Tool in exchange for an honest review.

It arrived on time and was well protected from damage during shipping, encased in a box and foam insert which was appreciated.

Upon unpacking one of the first things I noticed was its size. Yes, it’s length and width are about the same size as a credit card but it’s thickness is considerably larger as compared to one of those folding credit card knives you may have seen:

This, of course, is to be expected considering all of the tools included, but being a “credit card tool” I was half expecting it to be able to fit in my wallet. If I didn’t already have a ton of stuff packed in my wallet then maybe, just maybe, it would fit… but this tool really shouldn’t be expected to fit in a wallet unless you really carry nothing but a bit of cash and a few credit cards.

So, let’s talk about the various tools included (in no particular order) and here’s

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Wrangler “Rain Ready” Jeans (video)

If you like to wear jeans often consider a pair that are truly water resistant like these Wrangler “rain ready” jeans. You can watch his introduction or skip to about the 3:45 mark to see his tests and how repellent they really are compared to a normal pair of jeans…

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Pocket Bellows Collapsible Fire Tool (video)

Use this for in case you don’t want to stick your face that close to the fire or if you have bad back…

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Domed Aquaponics Greenhouse (video)

This is an awesome greenhouse design! Apparently, it keeps warm (around 62 degrees) all year long by only keeping the lights on. Just think about it, you can keep warm AND grow food at the same time with a little ingenuity and bit of power… now that’s a prepper’s dream house. 🙂

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Posted in Gardening, Skills / Knowledge, Water / Food

Booby Traps For SHTF Protection (link)

Have you ever thought about adding booby traps to your preps? I have, particularly where SHTF is concerned. Obviously, there’s a lot to consider when it comes to employing such devices since they can be quite devastating and even deadly; there’s something to be said for NOT wanting them to be used against people they shouldn’t be, such as neighbors and friendlies. In fact, there’s the whole liability thing too. That said, you should have some clue about how to employ traps in a post-SHTF world…

“Booby traps are devices set up with the intent to surprise, harm, or even kill a unknowing victim. They are triggered by the presence or unwitting actions of another.

Booby traps have been used since ancient times. Cave drawings indicate even prehistoric humans used them as a means of capturing prey, such as in “pit falls” where a large hole is dug and spikes placed inside. The hole is then covered.

Historically speaking, booby traps do not win wars. They

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Next Level Water Purification: GRAYL Ultralight Bottle (video)

Want a whole other level of water purification? Then apparently this bottle is it!

Perhaps one of the easiest of backpacking water filters to use, it’s not without potential drawbacks. For example, like he says near the end there may be some concern for contamination after purification due to design but if you’re careful that shouldn’t be an issue.

On the other hand, it works fast and according to their specifications does a wonderful job purifying all sorts of contaminants…

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Posted in Bug Out / Wilderness, Water / Food

Food Dehydrating By Pilot Light (link)

Got an old stove with a pilot light? Why not make use of it by dehydrating food. Apparently it’s actually possible…

“I have a really old oven that that has a pilot light flame rather than an electric ignition. I wanted to see if the oven was hot enough to dehydrate food with just the heat from the pilot light. Since the pilot light is lit and burning all the time, if this works I will be able to dehydrate food for free and also not have the expense of buying a dehydrator…”

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The Fire B.O.S.S. 33 Piece Fire Starting Kit (video)

Here’s a neat bug out fire starting kit from StanfordOutdoorSupply.com which includes quite a number of fire starting implements, including items you’d expect like a firesteel and lighter as well as “fatwood” and charcloth. There were several items I didn’t expect to see, on the other hand, such as magnesium capsules, steel wool, pocket magnifier, and a pencil sharpener (for making tinder) to name a few. At $19.99 this one looks like a winner and this video agrees…

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