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  • Title: Tactical Intelligence
    Descriptive info: .. Skip to content.. Skip to navigation.. Skip to footer.. Tactical Intelligence.. Intelligent Know-How for the Concerned Citizen.. Home.. Blog.. aStore.. About TI.. Archives.. Contact TI.. Links.. Food Storage Calculators.. feedburner.. youtube.. twitter.. RSS.. Featured Articles.. How to Make a Paracord Bracelet.. Because of the article I've written on my every-day carry kit as well as the How to Put Together the Ultimate Survival Kit article, I've had a number of readers ask me for the instructions on how to make a paracord bracelet.. Like I've mentioned in both.. Homemade Lamps from Everyday Objects.. Having the ability to create light without needing electricity should be part of everyone's emergency essentials.. While flashlights are certainly helpful, batteries quickly die out so having a store of candles on hand can provide the light and morale boost that one needs to make it through a dark night.. The Fantastic Four 4 Essential Wild Edible Plants that May Just Save Your Life.. Did you realize that knowing just 4 wild edible plants could one day save your life? If there were any four categories of plants that I would recommend all people to know how to use and identify it would be these: Grass, Oak, Pine, and Cattail.. For the knowledgeable.. The Color Code of Awareness: Developing a Combat Mindset.. Used by soldiers and CIA agents alike, The Color Code of Awareness will help you see danger before it strikes and may just save your life.. In this article I describe a mindset used by our soldiers, special agents, and law-enforcement personnel that heightens your awareness and allows.. How to Choose a Survival Knife.. Ever wonder how to choose the perfect survival knife? This article will show you how.. In my opinion, a survival knife is your most important tool when caught in a wilderness survival situation.. While it's true that you can improvise a knife out of stone or  ...   the items you choose to be in a survival kit can be very different based on the situation you.. Getting Started with Food Storage.. Although this site covers various topics such as wilderness survival, personal protection, and getting your financial house in order -- if there were just one topic that I would want you to work on, it would be this: Food Storage.. If possible, every family should have some amount of food.. Recent Blog Posts.. How to Use Barter to Fill Your Prepping Needs.. 11/25/2013.. Before currency was even conceived as a means of convenient value exchange, there was barter.. I m sure all of us at one time or another in.. Read More >>.. Emergency Home Heating on the Cheap.. 11/22/2013.. With winter fast approaching, those of us who live in the temperate or boreal climates are already starting to feel the cold setting in.. One thing.. FREE DOWNLOAD The Preparedness Review Fall 2013.. 11/12/2013.. My friend Todd, the editor of the Preparedness Review, has just released the Fall 2013 edition as a free download.. For those of you new to.. LifeStraw Family 1.. 0 Winner Announced!.. 11/03/2013.. Drumroll please.. Alright, the winner for the LifeStraw Family 1.. 0 water filter, chosen by a random number generator is John (comment #62).. John, I ve sent you an.. LifeStraw Family Water Filter Review.. 10/30/2013.. A few weeks ago I did a review on the LifeStraw personal water filter.. I found it to be a fantastic addition to my bug-out bag.. Visit the blog.. Featured Video.. Learn How to.. Build the Ultimate.. Bug-Out Bag!.. Discover the Untold Secrets to Building the ULTIMATE Bug-Out Bag that 99% of Preppers Have NEVER Considered.. Giving you the Utmost Confidence to Survive, Thrive, and Dominate when the SHTF! for INSTANT ACCESS leave your name and email below:.. We respect your.. email privacy.. TI's Exclusive Sponsor.. Copyright 2013 Tactical Intelligence..

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    Descriptive info: The following is a growing list of recommended and related sites.. Be sure to visit them!.. Activist Post.. Independent News Blog for Activists.. Original articles, video and documents/legislation research pages, exclusive interviews with activists, liberty quotes, and more.. AlertsUSA.. AlertsUSA offers a specialized emergency threat alert service for mobile devices.. If you want to stay informed of breaking events in a number of in your face threat areas posing a risk to you and your family, this service is well worth a look.. Armageddon Online.. Featuring daily updated news about disasters, survival, science astronomy, paranormal activity, war and much more.. Backdoor Survival (aka The Survival Woman ).. Survival and preparedness tools for creating a stylish, sustainable and frugal lifestyle using self-reliance, thoughtful prepping and optimism.. Food Storage Made Easy.. Jodi and Julie have put together a site that simplifies the whole food storage process.. Internet Prepper.. The smart way to prepare.. Some great prepper products at fantastic prices.. Check them out.. ITS Tactical.. Imminent Threat Solutions Started in early 2009 as a joint venture between Military Veterans and those serving in the Special Operations community, ITS Tactical has quickly grown into a definitive resource for skill-set information, tactical gear reviews and DIY projects.. Modern Survival Online.. A blog focused on survival, self-reliance, preparedness, firearms and thoughts on the world today.. My Family Survival Plan.. Keep Your Family Safe.. My Food Storage Cookbook.. Megan s got a great site that guides you through the process of cooking with your preps and making your own custom food storage cookbook.. OnPoint Tactical Tracking  ...   Weblog for Prepared Individuals Living in Uncertain Times.. Jim Rawles has a solid site with loads of information.. The Survivalist Blog.. Live Better, Live Cheaper Survive When things Get Tough.. Survival Spot.. Dedicated entirely to the practice and philosophy of survival.. Survival Topics.. Your online survival kit!.. The Survival Mom.. Survival is a Mom s Job.. Catered to matriarch of the family, Lisa has put together a site with topics ranging from food storage, to family preparedness, to finances.. Survival Outdoor Skills.. Dedicated to Teaching Survival Tips Outside the Box.. Ranger Rick has got some great survival tips in his Ranger Digests as well as quality products.. The Survival Podcast.. Helping You Live the Life You Want, If Times Get Tough, Or Even If They Don t.. Shepherd School.. In a World of Wolves Don t be a Sheep.. A Tennessee based firearms school that teaches you how to be better prepared to protect yourself and your family from human predators.. Survival Cache.. Dedicated to bringing you the most relevant survival information.. Excellent articles and gear reviews.. Definitely check them out.. Surviving in Argentina.. Life in Argentina after the 2001 crisis.. A blog on survival by someone who is living it.. The Prepper Journal.. Information you need to help you prepare for anything.. Women of Caliber.. Women of Caliber is committed to empowering women through physical and firearm self-defense, for women – by women.. ZombieLyptic.. SHTF Survival Forums.. Here s a list of prepper resources:.. aftermathpreparedness.. AmmoForSale.. Faraday Cage A faraday cage to protect and shield your electronics from EMP..

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  • Title: Food Storage and Space Calculators
    Descriptive info: Food Storage and Space Calculators.. Recommended Food Storage Amounts Calculator.. This calculator will help you determine how much food you will need to store for a given number of adults and children.. Categories are left fairly broad since not everyone enjoys eating the same kind of staples (ie some prefer rice over wheat and others like both).. Input Data.. Enter the number of weeks of food you wish to store:.. Family Members, Ages 7+:.. Family Members, Ages 0-6:.. Recommended Food Storage Amounts.. Each category below gives you a basic list of food categories with their total weight.. You should store the items you like to eat and would use on a regular basis.. Grain (includes wheat, white rice, oats, corn, barley, pasta, etc.. ):.. lbs.. Legumes (dried beans, split peas, lentils, nuts, etc.. Dairy Products (powdered milk, cheese powder, canned cheese, etc.. Sugars (white sugar, brown sugar, syrup, molasses, honey, etc.. Leavening Agents (Yeast, baking powder, powdered eggs, etc.. Salt (Table salt, sea salt, soy sauce, bouillon, etc.. Fats (Vegetable oils, shortening, peanut butter, etc.. Water:.. gallons*.. *NOTE: The  ...   of food, this next calculator will tell you how many 5-gallon buckets you ll need to purchase in order to store all that food, as well as the amount of floor space (in square footage) you ll need based on how high you want to stack your buckets.. Note: Keep in mind that some 5-gallon bucket lids are not heavy duty.. If you are using a thinner type, there is a possibility that the lids will crack under the strain of multiple stacked buckets.. For this reason it is recommended that you only stack 2 high.. The other option is to place a small piece of plywood on the rim of the buckets you will be stacking on.. Enter how many buckets high you are willing to have for each stack (the recommended number is 4-5):.. Select checkbox if using Metric Units:.. Enter the amount of food you need to store (in pounds or kilos).. Wheat:.. Beans:.. Rice:.. Dried Milk:.. Flour:.. Sugar:.. Oats:.. Macaroni:.. Estimated Storage Requirements.. Total number of 5-gallon buckets needed:.. Total square feet of floor space needed:..

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  • Title: How to Make a Paracord Bracelet
    Descriptive info: by.. Because of the article I ve written on my.. every-day carry kit.. as well as the.. article, I ve had a number of readers ask me for the instructions on.. how to make a paracord bracelet.. Like I ve mentioned in both of those articles, paracord is such a useful tool in survival situations that you should always have some amount on hand and there s no better way to always have some with you than by wearing it! The design may look complicated but making your own paracord bracelet is actually quite simple.. Here s the process:.. How to Make a Paracord Bracelet Step by Step.. Get some paracord:.. You ll want to have around 15 feet of paracord to ensure that you have enough.. Fold the paracord in half:.. Take the full length of paracord and fold it exactly in the middle so you re left with two 7 1/2 foot lengths on either side of the fold.. For ease of maintaining the fold I usually wrap some tape at the end where the fold is.. Make the left-sided knot:.. Take the single cord on the left side and pass it underneath the central strands.. Complete the knot:.. Now take the right side cord and pass it underneath the cord from step 3, over the two central strands and through the left-side loop created in the previous step.. Pull in the slack:.. Pulling both of the free ends on either side, tighten the knot to pull in the slack.. Make the right-sided knot:.. Take the single cord on the right side, pass it under the central strands.. Now take the left side cord and pass it underneath the cord from step 6, over the two central strands and through the right-side loop created in the previous step.. Create the slide holes:.. At this point I usually will take the two little loops at the top of the cobra-stitch pattern and open them up a bit with my fingers.. These two little loops will be used as a sliding mechanism for tightening the bracelet when finished.. Repeat steps 3 7 until desired length is reached:.. You ll want to continue the alternating pattern until the cobra stitch is almost at the very end of the loop leaving about a half an inch of the loop open.. As a side note, be sure that you are alternating the left-right pattern.. Otherwise the knots become twisted in which case you can simply undo the last knot and continue with the alternating pattern again.. Insert the free ends into the slide holes:.. Depending on how much paracord you used in the braiding process, you will some amount left over (as you can see in the previous picture).. You ll want to take these free strands and put them through the slide holes you had made in step 9.. If you originally cut the paracord to get your 15 feet, the cut ends will be frayed.. At this point, it helps to burn them off to make a sharp tip.. This will make putting the strands through the slide holes a lot easier.. Tie off the end:.. Taking the two free strands, tie a knot at the point where the bracelet is just large enough to fit over your hand.. I like tying a square knot followed by a granny knot.. This makes a nice round knot ball that will be placed in the loop to secure the bracelet.. Cut the extra pieces.. Burn off the frayed ends:.. Using a lighter, burn off the frayed ends and while still hot, flatten the melted ends against the knot ball made in step 12.. Fit and secure the bracelet:.. Slide the bracelet on, pull the knot ball to tighten the bracelet, and insert the knot ball into the open loop to secure the bracelet.. Viola! you have made your own paracord bracelet.. Posted in.. Featured.. ,.. Gear.. feed.. |.. Trackback.. URI.. 140 Comments.. Comment by Jake Anderson.. 2010-01-25 23:54:09.. Hey Erich we should do this some time for scouts i think that would be great.. Reply to this comment.. Comment by Zack Miller.. 2012-02-01 20:15:38.. im in scouts and that would b great how much.. Comment by TacticalIntelligence.. 2010-01-26 01:34:54.. Good idea Jake.. Let s plan for it next month.. Comment by Tom.. 2010-04-30 21:12:29.. Is a good blog and article.. Comment by Tactical Intelligence.. 2010-05-02 19:57:46.. Thanks Tom!.. Comment by Frank.. 2010-05-03 14:40:56.. I m going to try making a belt from paracord, so as to have a longer, and possibly thicker, piece of rope handy.. What do you think?.. 2010-05-03 14:43:44.. Okay, so you already came up with that idea Great minds blah, blah, blah.. Good idea, my friend! So, perhaps making shoulder straps on a pack frame this way would be a good idea as well?.. 2010-05-03 23:28:25.. Paracord belts are great.. Here s an article I wrote about making one:.. Paracord Belt.. I m also making one with the Slatt s rescue knot and when I get some extra time I ll finish that one up.. 2010-05-03 23:29:41.. Now THAT S a great idea! Thanks Frank! Replacing your shoelaces with paracord is another way to carry more cord.. Comment by Ed.. 2010-11-24 00:47:14.. Congratulations on a great article! I appreciate the straightforward language and the helpful pictures.. It may also be cool to fold the three or four times instead of two times initially.. This way you end up with more length and a wider (and cooler) bracelet.. 2010-11-24 12:47:36.. Great tip Ed! Since I have to remake mine I ll give that a go.. Comment by Ben.. 2011-01-02 18:00:25.. Wow, this is the first time I ve attempted such a craft, your instructions are very clear and I managed to make a bracelet on my very first attempt.. I am an eagle scout and you can be sure I will be recommending this site to my entire troop.. Keep up the great work TI!.. Comment by.. TacticalIntelligence.. 2011-01-02 22:38:01.. thanks Ben! My scouts liked this too.. Glad to be of help for some fellow scouters.. Comment by Dani.. 2011-03-13 20:22:30.. This is the first that I ve heard of paracord.. Can you tell me what it is used for in emergencies? Thanks.. 2011-03-16 21:17:25.. Hi Dani,.. Welcome to the site and sorry for the late response (i missed the comment some how)!.. Paracord is really one of the most resourceful items to have in your survival kit whether that is a bug-out bag, wilderness survival kit, automobile kit or for home use.. Because it is so strong and the cord is actually a combination of an outer nylon sheath and 7 inner strands of smaller size, the list of uses are so extensive.. So much so that I couldn t list them all in this comment but here s some for starters:.. snares traps.. fishing nets (made up of the smaller inner strands).. fishing line.. securing items and gear.. hanging food from animals.. trip wire.. bowdrill fire.. shelter building.. spear making (attaching a knife to a long pole).. tool repair.. tourniquet.. rifle sling.. sling (as in david goliath).. garrote.. belt.. laces.. and more.. Comment by Dale.. 2011-03-21 07:35:00.. I m currently out in Afghanistan providing communications to our fine Marines.. I got about 50 feet this stuff lying around.. I believe I ll try this!.. 2011-03-21 12:05:08.. Good deal Dale.. Thanks for visiting and stay safe out there.. Comment by Amber.. 2011-03-21 22:38:25.. I don t know if this has been pointed out, but I feel the article could benefit if you add in that need to size the bracelet to your wrist before you begin braiding or it will be of any varying size.. 2011-03-21 23:21:25.. Thank you Amber,.. I appreciate the suggestion.. I ll make that update.. Comment by Megan.. 2011-04-01 21:59:03.. I made a belt using this method here.. I used 50 ft but depending on your waist size you may need more.. Typically 100 ft is more than enough.. If you do a single row it will be thin but if you go back over it it will be thicker and look more like a mens belt.. Here is the.. URL I also used.. http://chubbysurvivalist.. wordpress.. com/2009/07/31/braided-survival-belt-with-550-mil-spec-paracord/.. 2011-04-01 22:32:35.. Thanks for the great link Megan.. Comment by Kax.. 2011-06-08 13:02:38.. I ve been interested in this ever since my dad came home from work (he s a firefighter) and showed me his.. You re instructions are the best out of all the sites I ve searched.. Thanks!!!!!!!.. 2011-06-13 00:02:47.. Thanks for reading Kax!.. Comment by Dan.. 2011-06-20 10:40:54.. Nice! I will definitely be making one of these soon!.. Where did you buy your paracord? Are there different sizes?.. Comment by Jason.. 2011-07-09 19:40:39.. Not to advertise on your website, but you should look up the steps to make the zombie apocalypse bracelet, done by jd from Tying It All Together (TIAT).. He has recently stated on his Facebook that all of his designs, inclucing that, are fine for you to sell, or use for your own in any way.. Of course, giving him credit is cool.. Anyway, I made this bracelet and it is awesome.. You use 12 ft.. of paracord and once made, looks great and takes only a few seconds to take totally apart! Just undo the end knot and pull the two sides and it all comes undone.. Just thought it would be a great addition to your website, as you and JD are the only two website hosts that actually respond to their fans, you re the only two hosts I like.. 2011-07-10 21:34:44.. Dan,.. Check out vtarmynavy.. com, they have awesome prices and just about any color you could possibly imagine being on paracord! Hope I helped.. Comment by Matt.. 2011-09-23 13:35:51.. These are very cool, and I have just recently bought some paracord off of eBay.. My high school colors are black and orange, so I bought those colors.. I am planning on making Black and Orange paracord bracelets and selling them at school as a fundraiser for our football team.. This tutorial shows how to make a single-colored bracelet.. How do u make a two-colored one?.. Comment by chris.. 2011-10-07 07:47:59.. people are selling these for 10 bucks!!! it crazy its such a rip-off.. thank you for posting this.. 2011-10-07 08:01:00.. you re very welcome chris.. Comment by Dave.. 2011-10-10 07:55:34.. I d like to make several of these and be able to put some basic beads in them.. Would that work if I put the beads in near the knots? Also, do you think hemp would work for the cord material?.. 2011-10-10 12:49:01.. Dave,.. Hemp would definitely work however it would likely be a lot thinner of a bracelet.. I ve never done beading with this but it should be possible.. Good luck and thanks for visiting!.. Terry Smith.. 2011-10-16 11:45:31.. I started making those bracelets a few years ago.. I moved into all kinds of things like necklaces, lanyards.. Working at Safeway, I sold a bunch to my friends who work there.. I made enough to pay for my supplies.. I enjoy making knots and suggest this book to increase your knowledge for anyone who loves knots as much as I do.. The Ashley Book of Knots.. One of the most famous old time books around.. I signed up for your email and I put your link in my blog roll.. Will visit often and thanks.. Terry.. 2011-10-16 22:31:00.. Thanks for the tip Terry!.. Comment by Nicholas.. 2011-10-21 08:39:16.. Where do i start it?.. 2011-10-21 08:54:10.. It was so easy i wanted to know how to make these because ppl at my troop who went to phylmont (boy scout camp) learn so i like this becase it is clear.. Comment by Pfazzie.. 2011-11-26 11:52:53.. U r a lifesaver!! U are going to save me so much money.. I was about 2 buy one from my friend 4 $4.. I dont have 4 dollars.. this is way cooler that wut poeple r selling at my school too.. I just have 1 question.. Can you make this with some shoelace? I m all out of paracird right now and need 2 go 2 the store, but im addicted 2 it.. Comment by Chris.. 2011-11-27 16:37:46.. Hi,.. I just wanted to say thanks.. Being a former scout I always like to be prepared and have been looking at the paracord bracelets for a while.. When I bought a USB wrist strap memory stick off eBay and the leather strap was too small I figured I d make my own.. Following your directions it was very easy although I did wonder how to finish it as, although one lent itself to the two screws easily but the other end also needed two loops.. Glad reef knots are not too unsightly.. Thanks again, I m now prepared for my data emergencies and if I need 8ft of rope, I m sorted.. Chris.. 2012-02-01 20:13:06.. im in scouts and that would b great.. Rob.. 2012-02-05 05:25:36.. I started a site to offer people a kit that has everything you need to make a survival bracelet.. It comes with instructions and different colors of paracord 550,.. The buckles that are included are contoured side release and also available is stainless steel shackles.. Check them out at.. http://www.. survivalbraceletkits.. Thanks Rob.. Comment by Pamm Thomas.. 2012-02-20 00:59:33.. Can you please explain how to do this using more than one color? I m interested in using 2 colors to make them for my niece s military support group.. Her husband s unit is currently deployed in Afghanistan.. It s the same stitch I used years ago in macrame.. Thanks!.. 2012-02-20 21:16:35.. Pamm,.. The way they do multiple colors is to join two equal lengths of paracord by melting them together.. Then just follow the standard instructions.. Comment by Pamm.. 2012-02-22 01:56:31.. Thank you.. Since I don t have access to paracord right now, I thought I might try this using yarn, and see how it turns out.. I have camo colored yard for the first color and will use red for the second.. Red is the color for the Sappers my nephew s unit.. Comment by antonio.. 2012-04-23 02:42:41.. this will consume a lot of time unravelling.. a daisy chain knot is better.. the chain is about a 10th of its total rope length, stronger than the usual braided or twisted original rope, can be folded to as many starnds as you want, so the length is dependent on how much you are willing to carry.. the best thing is, everything unravels in just 1 pull after you untie the end knot.. and yes, you can make belts, wrist bands or as much as your imagination takes you.. Comment by Andrew S.. 2012-04-24 17:10:07.. how far from the loop made with the tape do you start making the braid ? do you make it as wide as your wrist with a little extra for ties?.. 2012-04-24 20:42:12.. Hi Andrew,.. Great question.. That loop should be able to wrap around your wrist completely with a little bit extra (about 1/2 to 1 more).. Comment by Sean Mosley.. 2012-04-29 05:54:59.. Just wanted 2 tell ya i thought your how 2 on this subject was pretty awesome.. 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  • Title: Homemade Lamps from Everyday Objects
    Descriptive info: Having the ability to create light without needing electricity should be part of everyone s emergency essentials.. While flashlights are certainly helpful, batteries quickly die out so having a store of candles on hand can provide the light and morale boost that one needs to make it through a dark night or two.. But what if you didn t have any candles available?.. Fortunately there are very simple ways to make homemade lamps from everyday objects found around the house.. In this article I ll be teaching you the principles of how a simple lamp works and showing you a few examples so that if needed you can make your own.. How a Lamp Works.. Both oil lamps and candles are able to continually burn their fuel (wax or oil) through a process called capillary action.. You can easily see this process by dipping the corner of a paper towel in liquid.. The liquid gets drawn up into the paper towel which is called capillary action.. Understanding this is the key to creating many different types of wicks for your homemade lamps.. As long as the material is absorbent, it will be able to draw the fuel up into itself to be burned by the flame.. Making a Tuna Fish Can Oil Lamp.. Here s a simple example of how to make your own oil lamp using a tuna fish can.. What you ll need is the following:.. Tuna Can.. Vegetable Oil, Olive Oil or any other cooking oil.. Old Cotton T-Shirt, Rag, or Sock.. Nail (or something sharp to poke a hole through the top of the tuna can).. What you ll need to do is:.. Poke a nail-sized hole through the center of the can with a nail or other sharp object.. Using a can opener, partially open the tuna can so that you can empty the ingredients.. Cut a 2 inch by 8 inch strip of material from an old cotton t-shirt, rag, or sock.. Roll the cotton strip into a long wick (you can optionally twist it as well).. Feed a half-inch length of the wick through the poked hole in the top of the tuna can with the remainder of the wick coiled in the bottom of the can.. Fill the can up 3/4 of the way with oil and let the wick soak up the oil.. You can also pre-soak the top of the wick.. Light the wick.. As the oil soaked up in the wick burns off, it will continually draw up new oil from the bottom of the can and provide hours of light.. The great benefit of using cooking oil is that similar to a candle if the lit lamp were to fall it will not ignite (kerosine lamps are dangerous in this way).. It s a very safe form of light.. Also if you re worried about the smell, it s actually quite minimal (with Olive Oil being practically scentless).. Making a Bacon Grease Candle.. Here s another example of a homemade lamp/candle.. In this example I ll be demonstrating how to make a homemade candle using saved bacon grease.. Bacon grease when solidified is nothing other than rendered tallow (lard).. When fat from an animal is heated it melts into a liquid and when filtered through a mesh and cooled until it solidifies you get tallow.. Tallow, similar to wax, provides a great source of fuel for a homemade candle.. Again, any type of cooking grease (such as Crisco) can be used.. To make one, what you ll need is the following:.. A glass container containing tallow (in this case bacon lard).. A cotton swab (Q-tips).. Cut a 2 inch by 6 inch strip of material from an old cotton t-shirt, rag, or sock.. Wrap the cotton strip around the Q-tip, covering it completely.. Stick the wrapped Q-tip in the bacon lard until only a half an inch is exposed.. Smear a little bacon lard on the exposed cotton wrapping.. As you can imagine, burning bacon grease can give off a slight bacon smell.. It s not entirely bad and plus if it were the end of the world you could light it outside to attract the neighborhood dogs providing a good source of meat for the family.. Resources.. With these two examples I hope you get a better idea of how to make your own homemade lamp and candle using common every-day household items.. Remember, all you need is a container, a wick, and some fuel.. The rest is up to your imagination.. Here are some other resources I ve found online to making your own oil lamps:.. Judy of the Woods homemade oil lamp.. Mother Earth News: Make Your Own Olive Oil Lamp.. Self-Reliance.. 59 Comments.. Comment by Troglodyte.. 2010-02-08 14:10:50.. Erich,.. I just made a bacon grease lamp, and it worked perfectly.. I used the fat from 1 package of Oscar Meyer Thick Cut, and followed your simple instructions.. The lamp burned for approximately 40 minutes, until it burned dry and cracked the glass jar (no I wasn t watching until the end, my bad- but the lamp was in the sink.. ) All in all, I d say it was a great success for my first time trying anything like this.. A thought on increasing the amount of fuel.. I didn t do it this time, but usually I cut any excess fat off the bacon, so as to get more meat.. This would double, perhaps even triple the amount of grease.. I also think I may need to get a bigger jar.. There was no discernable bacon smell, and it did smoke just a little more than I thought it would.. Tomorrow I ll try the olive oil in a tuna can lamp.. Thanks for the info!.. Trog.. 2010-02-08 18:07:24.. Trog,.. That s great! Thanks for letting us know the results.. Keep us posted with the olive oil lamp (especially amount used and time of burn).. - Erich.. Comment by Dawg.. 2010-02-28 00:10:53.. I started with 3 table spoons of bacon grease and cooked a 12oz.. pack.. With the remaining grease I did as suggested and placed in a container, happening to be a metal can.. I used the fabric and cotton swab as the wick.. It has now been burning for 4 hours and has atleast half of the original amount remaining.. I would not at all be surprised if I saw a flicker in the morning 10 hours from now.. 2010-02-28 15:25:59.. Wuzzup Dawg (sorry couldn t resist).. That s great! You said you started with 3 tablespoons and then cooked some more bacon.. So how much did you begin with.. I m curious (down to the numbers) how long 3-4 tablespoons of grease will burn for.. Thanks for experimenting, it helps us all out.. Comment by Hahacroz.. 2011-02-09 09:44:54.. I am a ceramic artist by trade.. If you know someone who is or can fire ceramics yourself, another thing you can do is make clay balls and poke holes through the center, to feed a wick through, and fire them.. You can set those on top of any glass wine or soda bottle.. Now that I think about it, they probably don t even need to be fired.. Just Let them dry.. 2011-02-09 11:48:06.. Hahacroz,.. Just to clarify, the bottle I assume is to hold the fuel and the clay ball retains the wick (to keep it from falling into the bottle)? Is that correct?.. Thanks for the info.. Comment by James Dills.. 2011-02-24 21:50:37.. Would this same idea work with something like Everclear or high alcohol content vodka?.. Comment by cpc.. 2012-08-28 20:08:06.. You don t want to use alcohol in these (safety aside) because alcohols will burn with a dim blue flame.. Albeit very hot, it will not provide much of light.. 2011-02-26 00:53:53.. James,.. It would work, however I must caution you that a flash fire (due to spillage etc) is a risk so I would recommend you use a cooking oil etc.. 2011-07-09 01:30:20.. I tried the tuna can with wesson oil.. It burned for about 5 mins.. The wick burned down to about 1/16 of an inch or so and the flame was so low, I could have gotten more light from a match.. Does the hole size have any bearing on the wick as far as being to constrictive on the oils ability to be wicked upward? I did have to pull the wick through with needle nose pliers.. 2011-07-09 14:59:56.. 5 minutes? Did all the oil get burned up? Mine typically last much longer than this.. The hole size I used was about the size of a wood nail.. I did not need to use pliers to pull it through however (just fingers).. It may be (as you surmised) that the hole/wick is too small/thin to create the necessary capillary action.. What did you use as a wick? Be sure it is 100% cotton and not partially polyester or nylon.. Hope that helps.. 2011-07-09 16:53:09.. Most of the oil was still in the can.. And to be honest, the wick I used I assumed (and you know where that leads) was 100% cotton.. I will, however, do this over again making sure the wick is as you instructed and that the material isn t choked for oil.. I ll get back to you.. Thank you for responding.. My wife thinks I m loosing it for doing all my little practice experiments.. But like I told her, if the SHTF she ll appreciate my thinking and this site.. 2011-07-09 21:37:37.. Wow, I never thought of bacon.. not talking about this, though.. Do you suppose you can use that bacon tallow in creating lye soap? I was reading up on making it, today,  ...   you can t reliably draw olive or other vegetable oil up at a consistent rate above 1 in.. vertical height.. The squatter and wider the fuel container, the better.. Use steel BBs instead of copper-plated ones.. The copper-plated ones end up turning blue green and that releases a copper compound into the olive oil fuel.. 3) Cut about a 3 in.. length of cotton clothesline for the wick.. Thread about 1/4 in.. of wick above the metal lid.. 4) Fill the glass jar containing the steel BBs with olive oil (about 1 oz.. worth).. 5) Coil the 2-3/4 in wick tail into the jar and screw the lid on.. 6) Let it sit for about 10 minutes so the wick becomes saturated.. Helps to kick-start saturation from both ends: Wet tip of wick above metal lid with a couple drops of olive oil.. 7) Light and enjoy.. I found I get at least 45 minutes burn time off 1 oz.. of olive oil.. And I can refuel without extinguishing the candle.. The lid gets hot but you can still unscrew it with your fingers, lift the lid with the wick still burning, pour some more olive oil in and screw the lid back on.. It helps when you don t screw the lid on tightly to begin with.. The best part about those pimento jar olive oil candles I described is that once you light them and get a just-right flame height at the beginning, that s it, no more tending, as in raising or lowering the wick or other fiddling.. I also make olive oil candles from empty 4.. 5 oz.. glass jars of chopped garlic that also have metal screw-off lids.. Those jars are about 2-1/8th in tall and about 2-3/4 in.. wide.. You just need more steel BBs to half fill them so fuel draw height is no more than 1 in.. Those provide 2 hours plus burn time before refueling.. With both, you can move them around while they burn (i.. e.. , find your way to the bathroom with it).. Coolest thing I made though was a five-wick olive oil burner from a 6 oz.. can of chunked ham.. I m guessing it s the same height and diameter as a can of tuna.. The chunked-ham can is about 3-3/8th in.. diameter, 1-1/2 in.. tall:.. 1) Drill a 1-1/4 in.. hole in center of an UNOPENED can with a carbide grit hole saw (Remgrit brand, they have them at home depot).. 2) Drill five holes each slightly bigger in diameter than the cotton clothesline wick in a star pattern, AROUND the 1-1/4 in.. center hole halfway between the circumference of the 1-1/4 in.. center hole and overall can circumference.. Picture a car tire rim with center hub hole and surrounding bolt holes and you get my drift.. 3) Evacuate (and of course, DISCARD) the now metal fragment containing contents by flushing with hot water.. 4) Cut five wicks about 3 in.. long and thread each one down through each wick hole until about 1/4 in.. of wick is sticking up from the top.. That s it.. The center 1-1/4 in.. hole is your fuel filler/make-up-air hole.. Fill to about 3/8 in.. short of the top of the can.. I get about an hour burn time per fill-up.. A quart-and-a-half pot of water sat above this five-wick burner comes to a gentle boil in about 50 minutes.. Another opened, empty can same size is used for the snuffer.. If you like coffee as much as I do, get a Bodum coffee press.. Whenever power goes out you can still boil water with the five-burner unit and make coffee with the Bodum.. In all three cases, the pimento and chopped garlic jar candles and five-wick burner, the most important design feature is that the wick is kept at a consistent height above the fuel as is the height of the wick above the metal lid or can top.. That s what makes for a no-fiddle consistent capillary draw and flame height for the duration after you first get it going.. 2012-10-14 15:22:12.. Wow.. Mike, thanks so much for the DETAILED comment.. Much appreciated (from me and my readers).. Keep up the good work!.. Comment by K R.. 2012-10-16 19:17:31.. I tried this with an olive jar and all I get is a wick that burns out after a few minutes.. I tried the rolled up t-shirt wick, and a piece of cotton rope and got the same result.. 2012-10-16 19:33:44.. My bad.. I didn t read ALL the comments.. I ll try poking the lid with air holes and let ya know.. Comment by KR.. 2012-10-17 19:15:01.. Well I poked three nail holes in the lid.. Got the same result.. Undid the lid.. Why is my wick getting charred and eaten.. I used vegetable oil: the same stuff I used in them dippy candles from 30 some years ago.. 2012-10-18 10:53:42.. KR,.. Did you saturate the wick in the oil before lighting it? Also, the hole that the wick sits in can t be too tight/restrictive.. 2012-10-24 16:32:42.. Yes I saturated the wick and enlarged the hole.. I ve been using an olive jar about 3 3.. I still only get about 15 minutes before the wick burns out.. I m hoping to incorporate the oil candle in a tent heater I m costructing on your concentric clay pot design only with concentric tin cans instead.. That way, if I knock it over in my sleep I have an oil mess instead of a tent fire.. 2012-10-27 16:14:51.. Fingered out the problem!! Somewhere I missed the part that says the oil won t wick past one inch above the oil level.. Once I d corrected for that I had a much longer burn.. All nite in fact!.. Comment by Dev.. 2012-12-05 01:53:10.. I was able to try the bacon grease tonight worked well but my parents aren t in to prepping and were also afraid I would burn down the house will hopefully do the olive oil soon I also am going to start printing all your things and others I find and printing them and putting them in a binder.. HistoryGeek.. 2013-01-04 22:04:21.. I have a friend who saves the dryer lint up, puts it between two old sheets and runs stitching on it in a block pattern and then gives the quilts to her dogs to help them stay warm in the winter.. katrina.. 2013-02-03 14:40:56.. Can I use hamburger grease also? I have some of the collected in empty metal cans from veggies like carrots or soup cans? Also can these candles be stored and possible frozen in storage and still have good wicks? Store like in outside shed where would freeze? Thanx.. 2013-02-10 01:14:01.. Hamburger grease works fine.. Comment by Colleen.. 2013-06-26 13:08:54.. What you said about the Bacon Candle drawing the neighbor dogs made me giggle.. But if the indians did I can too if things get that bad.. Comment by Laurie.. 2013-08-19 06:11:24.. I always wanted to try making soap but as a newbie to it,well it sounds overwhelming.. Anyone have step by step instructions or video?.. Comment by Patty.. 2013-08-26 03:43:25.. An easier candle Stick a candle wick, found at your local craft store, into a small can of Crisco.. Push the end all the way down.. Light it and you have a candle.. The metal can will not break, and it burns for a long time.. 2013-08-30 18:52:02.. Great tip Patty.. Marcos.. 2013-09-22 16:48:46.. I every time spent my half an hour to read this website s.. content daily along with a mug of coffee.. Comment by laurey.. 2013-09-24 19:29:57.. for anyone looking for lard; try the local slaughter house if you have one.. Lots of people don t want the lard.. When we butchered pigs or cows, I always took the lard and rended it.. There are two kinds of fat that come from the animal: dark, and white.. The white I used for baking and such; the darker lard went to soap and frying foods.. It could also be used, I now know, to make lamps!! (Pour the hot rended lard into canning jars and seal while still hot.. The lard keeps indefinitely if stored in a cool place like a cellar ).. Comment by Faye.. 2013-10-01 23:00:09.. Awesome.. Bacon candle in cleaned cat food can with trifold uses.. light the wick.. take a tsp of the melted fat.. put clean perforated lid on top of burning candle.. use small skillet.. put tsp of melted fat in skillet.. Fry an egg.. render more fat wala! Recycling in the rough!.. Comment by Kerry.. 2013-11-07 11:16:48.. MIke this is really great information thank you! All the information on this site is so useful.. Thank you to Tactical Intelligence too for the invaluable information that will undoubtedly save lives!.. Comment by Love.. 2013-11-19 11:58:37.. Appreciating this website and experimenters!.. We make plant medicine salves with rendered fat.. Will be lighting our yurt with fat oil lanterns once we try making them.. although confident!.. i have heard how to make soap.. Take unrendered fat and render with equal parts of ash (natural lye) and water.. No cracklings will be produced (because of the water).. 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  • Title: The Fantastic Four – 4 Essential Wild Edible Plants that May Just Save Your Life
    Descriptive info: Did you realize that knowing just 4 wild edible plants could one day save your life?.. If there were any four categories of plants that I would recommend all people to know how to use and identify it would be these: Grass, Oak, Pine, and Cattail.. For the knowledgeable survivor, knowing just these four plants can make the difference between life and death if stranded in the wilds – for each one is an excellent food source which can sustain you until help arrives.. Throughout this week and part of the next, I ll be going into details on how you can prepare and eat these plants.. For now though, here s a quick overview into what they have to offer:.. Grass.. Surprising to many is the fact that you can eat grass.. Despite there being hundreds of varieties of bladed grass found in the Americas, almost all (99% of them) can be eaten.. This ranges from wheat, oats, and bamboo to the wild meadow varieties.. The young shoots up to 6 inches tall can be eaten raw and the starchy base (usually white and at the bottom when you pluck it) can be eaten as a trail nibble.. The more mature the grass plant gets, the more fibrous the plant becomes.. For older plants the base can be chewed and spit out extracting the beneficial juices in the process.. Or a tea can be made from the fresh or dried leaves.. The best part of the grass plant to eat are the seed heads, which can be gathered to make millet for breads or filler for soups stews.. Of the 99% that can be eaten raw, about 1% have toxic seeds and require that you roast or cook the seeds first.. As a word of caution, stay away from blackish or purple colored grass seeds.. This is a good indication of toxic fungus.. Just make sure they are green or brown.. Also use common sense when gathering.. Don’t gather where there has been recent sprayings of weed killer.. Oak.. Oak – specifically the acorn – is a great source of food in the fall and early winter time.. Like most nuts, acorns contain a good amount of protein and fat which is beneficial in keeping you alive.. While White Oak species of acorns can be eaten right after shelling, the remaining oak varieties require processing of the acorns first in order to remove the bitter taste.. I found that many survival guides explain you only need to shell the acorns then boil them in a couple changes of water to remove the bitter taste.. However, in my experience, it takes far more than a couple of boilings and on top of that it is a waste of fuel.. The best way to do this is to crush the acorns into a course flour then immerse this flour into water and boil it.. Depending on how much water used, it can take only one boiling (at most two) to remove the bitter taste.. After straining the flour into a t-shirt, the resulting acorn dough can be eaten as is, set out to dry to be used as flour at a later time, or added to other flours for a great tasting bread – in fact, every Fall I make a killer ‘acorn bread’ that is a family and friend favorite.. Pine.. You can eat pine?! Yes, pine trees are an awesome food source that I ve eaten throughout the year.. OK so how do you eat it Good question, let me explain.. First of all, if you ve ever eaten pesto, chances are you ve eaten pine.. Pignoli or pine nuts are a common ingredient in pesto and are often served on ice-cream.. Every species of pine produces seed (or nuts in this case) and all can be eaten.. In the late fall and early winter, the cones can be gathered, opened, and the seeds extracted.. The only issue is that most pine don t produce large seeds like for example the pinion pine does.. In most other species the seeds are quite small and it takes quite a few to make a decent meal.. However, if you re lucky to live in the Great Basin or other arid areas where pinion pines love to grow you re in luck, if not and if you don t feel like spending so much time for a meager meal, read on.. In the spring, the male pollen anthers can be eaten and are high in protein.. The inner bark of the pine can also be eaten and surprisingly makes quite a tasty meal if prepared right.. And with some species – like the white pine – it can be surprisingly sweet.. In addition, pine needles can be gathered year round to make a great tea which contains a ton of Vitamin C (not in the least bit piney tasting as you would expect).. Cattail.. This is my favorite wild edible.. Not only is it referred to as the wilderness supermarket (because of its many edible parts), but it has some great medicinal and utilitarian purposes as well.. Cattail provides something to eat year round.. And the amount that you can gather is quite substantial.. In fact, a study was conducted at the Cattail Research Center of Syracuse University s Department of Plant Sciences by Leland Marsh.. He reported that he could harvest 140 tons of rhizomes per acre near Wolcott, NY.. That equates to more than 10 times the average yield per acre of potatoes!.. In the early spring the young shoots and stalks can be eaten raw or cooked.. The flower heads in late spring can be husked like corn and boiled in fact it has an almost corn-like taste.. Very yummy.. In summer, the brown-orangish pollen heads can be eaten raw or dried into flour.. Fall is the best time to gather the horn-shaped corms (the sproutings of next years plants) which are eaten raw or roasted.. And in winter, the root stalk is full of starch which can be broken up into water, dissolved, strained and dried into flour as good as wheat flour.. Conclusion.. Even if you can only identify the previous four categories of plants, knowing how to use them can give you enough nutrients to stay alive.. Supplement that with some additional plant knowledge and some hunting/trapping skills and you can forget surviving, you ll be well on your way to thriving out in the wilds!.. For the next week, I ll be going into detail on how you can process and use each of the above groups of plants for life-sustaining food.. Stay tuned!!.. Wild Edibles.. Wilderness Survival.. 105 Comments.. Jimmy.. 2009-10-28 00:02:04.. Very nice site.. First time here.. I agree with everything you ve written- and I would like to point out that the tanic acid you leach from the acorns can be saved and used to tan the hides of animals.. Soak a cleaned rabbit hide in a 5 gallon bucket of tanic acid for a week- stretch, dry and work it and you will have a very supple rabbit skin- for clothing, shoes, bags.. I ll be posting your site on my blog- hope it helps with traffic.. Comment by Erich.. 2009-10-28 05:55:21.. Jimmy,.. Thanks for the tip! Your absolutely right about the tannic acid used for animal hides, although I ve never tried that way (I ve only done the traditional brain-tan method).. It also makes a great astringent to be used on cuts and gargled for a sore throat.. Thanks for the link (I ve added you to my links section as well).. Lisa.. 2009-10-28 12:02:57.. I didn t know any of this! Thanks, Erich, for some great information.. Do you also know a bit about plants for medicinal purposes? That s something I d like to learn more about.. 2009-10-28 14:04:38.. Thanks Lisa,.. Yes I ve been taught quite a few medicinal plants as well (have used a number of them for my own and family ailments).. I ll be doing some future posts on this as well.. Comment by j.. 2009-11-20 07:41:40.. you my sir are a genious.. there is so much info on the web.. but this cuts it right to the point.. thank you.. 2009-11-20 11:07:47.. j,.. far from it.. But thanks for the kind words!.. Alltek.. 2010-01-02 17:02:45.. Stumble upon brought me to your site.. Great info! I think a major plant you missed though would be the much maligned dandelion.. Super high in nutritional content, with some medicinal properties and found almost everywhere in abundance.. Once again, excellent!.. 2010-05-03 13:37:53.. I tried a Dandelion salad two weeks ago, and found it to be horrendous! Any suggestions for a palatable dish from them?.. Comment by Carmen Reitano.. 2011-04-24 21:02:50.. I used to think that it was an accquired taste but I was wrong.. Try this receipe.. Take about two lbs of dandelions (fresher the better) cut off the bottoms and larger stems.. Rince the leaves in cold water and use a salad spinner to remove sand and access water.. Place dandelions in a salad bowl and pour over a Raspberry vinaigrette mixed with honey.. Stir and serve cold.. I have also used bacon bits mixed with the vinaigrette heating the honey and vinaigrette and pouring over the greens for a warm dish.. The combination of the bitter and sweet was pretty good for a weed diner.. By the way 40 years ago I tried the dandelion wine and have been looking for that receipe.. (Comments wont nest below this level).. Reply here.. 2010-01-02 23:03:57.. Alltek,.. First of all, thanks for visiting! Yes, I agree.. The dandelion is a wonderful little plant great source of food and medicine.. I will be covering it late this spring.. The Razors Edge.. 2010-02-21 22:11:42.. Great site I would have never thought you could eat grass, great info.. 2010-02-22 14:33:16.. Thanks for visiting! You can smoke it too (although not recommended).. Comment by Blacksmith.. 2010-03-09 08:45:55.. I like your article but have to ask one thing about cattails, HOW do you eat the white inner plant?.. I ve tried it on several occasions and to me, it simply tastes like crunchy swamp water.. Disgusting!.. Is there a method of cooking that will get rid of this flavor? Oh, and that included the rhyzomes too.. The seed heads are nice if you add the pollen to pancake mix about 50/50.. I ve never tried the horn but will certainly give it a try this year.. Again, thanks for the article!.. 2010-03-10 13:36:55.. Blacksmith,.. I m not sure if you ve read it already but my article on.. details the process for eating cattail rhizomes and corms (I ll be adding to it this coming spring and summer for the foods it provides at that time of year).. Let us know how it works out for you, we d love to hear from you again!.. Dave.. 2010-04-02 10:56:05.. As a kid someone told me that you shouldn t eat acorns till after they laid on the ground for a certain amount of time.. Something about them making you VERY sick, could that be the tantic acid?.. 2010-04-07 00:03:11.. It may be, consuming tannic acid in large amounts probably isn t too healthy.. I can t imagine that someone would ever eat that many acorns without removing the acids given the bitterness of them (caused by the tannic acid).. However, if you process it the way I outline in.. you will effectively remove all the bitter tannins.. Thanks for the comments!.. 2010-05-03 23:26:37.. yeah, check out both of these articles for awesome tasting dandelion dishes:.. Dandelion Greens.. How to eat Dandelion Flowers.. Angela Faith.. 2010-05-13 04:16:25.. I am so very encouraged by your blog I too will be posting on my blog as well and try passing this wonderful info around.. Faith.. happee holler.. 2010-05-14 21:54:09.. Thank you Angela!.. Sherri Canjar.. 2010-06-08 08:23:13.. I would probably not have chosen the pine, acorn or grass as their availability is too dependant on seasonality or location.. The gathering and processing of these 3 are also too labour intensive to be a realistic survival food.. Things like dandelions, chicory, plantain and nettles are more readily available and have no processing time.. Dandelion is available all year round.. Burdock root is an excellent choice too,but more labour intensive.. Probably one of the best is Daylillies since their flowering season is so long.. Ramps, fiddle heads and asparagus are great early spring choices, dandelions, plantain and nettles are late spring foods until berries become available in the summer along with milkweed buds, lambs quarters and purslane.. The fall is the time for roots and tubers, nuts and seeds, but, in a survival situation, they should be evaluated based on caloric return.. Jerusalem artichoke is an easy and rich target in the fall but the consumer will be plagued with flatulence until a tolerance is built.. For those who raised the issue of tannic acid in acorns, there is a difference between oak species.. White oak (rounded leaves) have less tannin than red oak (pointed leaves).. The meat needs to be ground, rinsed for several days in running water then dried if it is to be stored.. If the nutmeat processing is delay by even a day, the acorns should be baked to kill the worm.. Even delaying the processing by one day could result in the loss of your whole find to the worms.. I am happy to see discussion on these wild foods.. People who are looking at these foods as part of their survival or eco initiatives should be incorporating them into their diet now so they can learn how to best identify and prepare them.. 2010-06-09 12:31:47.. Thanks for the great input Sherri.. You ve got a great resource available with your site.. wes.. 2010-06-10 09:53:25.. Great info.. i would add earth worms to the list for a little extra protein and nutrients.. yum.. 2010-06-10 12:03:01.. Just don t chew them ;(.. Comment by milo.. 2010-07-27 23:55:29.. Acorn is a commonly used as a Korean appetizer.. I have had it as a jelly type snack that is quite good.. 2010-07-28 08:02:59.. That s pretty cool Milo, I didn t know that.. Jenna.. 2010-08-22 22:58:06.. Amazing! I was wondering if people can eat cat grass as well.. I grow it for my cats of all year long.. I m going to be watching out for those cattail plants.. 2010-08-23 09:36:43.. Jenna,.. Both cat oat grass and cat  ...   in the direction of the wind that takes the smells away from them.. Bears live a long time some say 40 years near towns and others estimate up to 90.. Maybe the bears remember me when we use to grow potatoes? At any rate, hike safely.. 2012-12-10 12:37:01.. And, do not use fruity shampoos that attrack mostquitos, flies and bears.. 2012-12-25 13:08:34.. There is a word of caution when cooking in bear country.. Now, this is just gossip mind you.. Canadian Craft have a video on.. The Steam Pit.. Around the minute of about 5:37 (5.. 38) the tour guide is stating that, One of his favourite ways of cooking is the steam pit.. Look in the background, just over the left girl s hair and you will see, what was described to me, as a bear moving? Look to the right and someone said, over the hairlines, there were two more bears? FBI/RCMP did a quick investigation ?1987? as 1 man was found dead he may have been interviewed when Adam Beach went missing but found not lost.. The man was partially eaten by a bear/s before or after death.. It was decided by bear.. If you keep going to the same spot to camp alone you should make a stockade or semi-stockade be on the alert when walking thru the woods.. Bear odour is VERY strong.. Take a dog.. 2012-12-25 13:35:40.. Canadian Bushcraft that is the video of The Steam Pit and above the hairlines at about 5:37 bears in the background.. I usually spray oven spray on my old shoes and around where I camp.. I hike but I sleep in my car.. Even the cooking of the leaves or smoke, urine feces, can signal a bear.. I also spray on the trees that they have recently scratched.. If you are collecting mushrooms etc, in bear country, they know that you are invading their territory.. Penny Pincher.. 2013-01-01 21:00:17.. You can pickle purslane just like cucumbers.. They re really good with dill pickle recipes.. You can eat it raw in a salad.. Nice and crunchy.. I like it with ham and mayo and a few capers.. You can boil it in a soup also.. I don t weed the purslane out of my garden, I just keep picking it and pickling and eating it! You can leave the smaller stems on the purslane and just chop it into smaller sized bits to pickle it, or you can get picky and pick the leaves off the stems.. The larger stems are a little woody.. I also enjoy lamb s quarter as a pot herb (ie.. in soups).. It s related to spinach.. I tried pickling it, I ll have to open the jar and try it.. You can also pickle wild grape leaves.. I also enjoy bishop s weed in soup, but only before it flowers, because afterwards, it s a laxative.. I like to put broad leafed plantain seeds in my pancake batter.. They taste a little like mushrooms.. Finally, Jerusalem artichoke roots are pretty good, but it s an aggressive plant, and the roots will make you fart just like the cat tail roots.. You can also eat the leaves (boil them they re tough).. 2013-01-01 21:11:26.. All the bushcraft stuff I ve read or watched says you should cook and eat at least 50 (or more, I can t remember) yards away from where you sleep, and you should do the same kind of thing (but not where you eat of course) with your latrine.. If you have food you should hang it up in a bag in a tree, and not anywhere near where you sleep.. If I had the choice to sleep in a car I would do that rather than sleep in a tent it s stronger and would stay warmer.. 2013-01-04 19:44:05.. The ancient Mexicans developed corn from grass : ).. Comment by arla nummelin.. 2013-02-03 21:05:28.. Eat them early in the spring!!! Young plants.. Otherwise mix them into your sandwiches and know they are good for you.. blog designers.. 2013-02-23 20:41:50.. You really smashed it again my friend keep up the great work I.. usually get excitement from the posts: ).. Comment by Steve.. 2013-03-13 09:22:37.. If anyone is thinking of trying grass seeds, get them direct from the grass, not a bag of store bought grass seed.. The seed bought in stores is coated with chemicals to fertilize and speed growth, and is extremely toxic.. When collecting Pine nuts, get the Pine cones if they are closed up heat them in an oven or frying pan and they ll open up so you can get the nuts.. 2013-03-14 10:21:37.. If you gather them when they are mature-soak in cool water,changing twice to remove the bitter white sap(spin in salad spinner if using for salads)add water to about 1/2 the amount of greens simmer till tender,drain,add butter and cider vinegar to taste-enjoy! If gathering as baby greens you just need to wash+spin for salads,(replaces part of spinach in any recipe).. Hope this helps.. 2013-03-17 20:22:49.. Good tips Laurie, thanks!.. Comment by Mike.. 2013-04-06 12:52:02.. Even though acorns from the white oak group are less bitter, they still contain taanins-which are anti-nutrient, so you still have to leach out the tannins.. This is an awesome video on acorns, by research botonist/ethnobotonist Arthur Haines.. He has many extrememely informative videos and newsletters at his website: Delta Institute of Natural History.. Keep rewilding!.. youtube.. com/watch?v=QitkIGNwUgs list=UUUvWxcysE0u667sKYLJapAQ index=1 feature=plcp.. 2013-04-06 14:44:40.. Thanks Mike.. Great vid.. Comment by Wanda.. 2013-04-08 13:29:31.. Another common plant that is good for food is purslane.. It s a good source of Omega 3s.. It can be used fresh in salad or just eaten out-of-hand.. It can be dried or canned, but I don t think it would be as good or as nutritious as fresh.. My mom puts it on sandwiches just like you would use sprouts.. I think it has a slight lemony or sour tang.. Tasty!.. Comment by Ditchdog.. 2013-04-08 20:24:44.. I find the smaller leaves to be really yummy and eat them as I gather.. I also really like the flowers as a snack while I m working outside.. I m guessing washing them is a good idea but I m not hung up on that.. A bug once in awhile is just extra protein.. You could start off by mixing the greens with some young lettuce.. Another good edition to this is the bloom and leaves from wild purple violets.. Tasty.. Don t give up.. Comment by John.. 2013-04-10 12:23:54.. Erich, have you ever tried young nettle tips, you pick just the tips of the young plant, better to wear gloves, then wash and boil the leaves.. they are very tasty and contain quite a lot of vitamins including Iron.. Comment by James G.. 2013-04-10 14:05:25.. I ve eaten them a number of times and have found that dandelions growing in the woods where they get some shade taste much better than those from more sunny spots.. 2013-04-10 18:39:41.. Yes, stinging nettle is one of my favorite wild edibles.. I m looking forward to this season s crop.. convert to wordpress.. 2013-04-26 04:07:29.. @Tactical Intelligence yes sir cant wait for this years crop too !!!!!!!!!!!!!.. Comment by Denise.. 2013-05-16 13:00:43.. Erich, I recently just started reading your blog and I am very impressed.. Being a single mom of a 13 son, I find your info so extremely helpful but has it been your experience that people tend to call you chichen little ? This has been mine.. I have been told many times that I am raising my son to be an alarmist.. I was raised as an Army Brat and I could remember my dad eating things that I thought were GROSS! i was his only daughter and his opinion was that he wanted me not to rely on others especially in emergencies.. This is my goal for my son.. So, if you should have any further advice on how to deal with this I would greatly appreciate it.. Comment by Tammy.. 2013-05-19 01:27:27.. Every Spring I collect pollen from cattails use it as a spice to eggs, veggies and such.. Really gives em a nice flavor.. The young cattail heads really do taste nice too.. I always thought of them in taste something like cross between asparagus corn.. Didn t know about the grass.. I was under the impression we couldn t really digest it well.. (thinking of the stems and leaves ).. but chewing to get the juice makes perfect sense.. Few other greens I love to forage for because they are so tasty.. Nice info!.. Thanks.. 2013-05-21 21:04:07.. Thanks for the comments Tammy.. I love the pollen as well.. 2013-05-19 01:42:04.. Dandelion flowers are good too! I collect these (who does not have dandelions) cook em up with eggs.. (I like to cut the stem part off because I don t like the bitter stuff).. They make a nice addition to tea as well.. Just be sure wherever you are collecting them that no chemicals are being used.. Tammy.. beuna.. 2013-06-06 10:23:36.. Thanks for the info! Do you explain somewhere how to tell the difference between conifers since many people call all of them pine trees?.. Man and Van London.. 2013-06-09 01:14:13.. Yes surely can get some great flavourings for food and I too use dandelions quite a lot awesome flavouring!.. Air Conditioning.. 2013-06-10 08:28:28.. Not sure about eating sting nettles to be honest !!.. Comment by Tina.. 2013-06-28 22:33:01.. Only eat the small leaves as they are not as bitter.. Also the flowering tops are great dipped in egg and rolled in flour and fried.. When fried they taste almost like fried zuchinni.. Also dry the roots and use later in tea form to detoxify the liver.. Comment by Jeremy.. 2013-07-15 22:34:37.. eattheweeds.. com/acorns-the-inside-story/.. Green Deane describes three ways to leach acorns.. 1.. Bury them whole in a river bank for a year.. 2 Grind them into a course meal and soak several days or weeks (depending on the species) in many changes of cold water until the water runs clear.. 3.. Boiling (IN A VERY SPECIFIC PROCESS).. He says not to bring to a boil or to place in cold water after boiling, or else the tannins will be locked in.. Deane says that you should place them in already-boiling water until the water turns dark, then to place those acorns in another pot of already-boiling water, repeating the process.. He also claims that boiling cooks the starch and removes the oil.. Comment by Jodi.. 2013-08-08 11:28:34.. To eat dandelion greens raw in a salad, they are best when they are very young and small (the later-seaon bigger leaves are pretty icky tasting, but will still help you survive if you are starving).. The flavor of the younger leaves tastes like arugula, so if you re expecting an iceburg lettuce salad, you will be let down, but if you like a spicier green, dandelion is free, and there is usually an abundant supply.. fangxuela.. 2013-08-22 17:50:46.. One is the job that would normally be done in a company, but where employees.. are given a flexibility to work pretty much from anywhere,.. including home, and the other type is a job that has sort of grown up in the internet era, and is almost.. home grown, although it can be done in an office as well.. Flyers can be printed on glossy paper to achieve a higher quality.. compared to other types of paper.. However I will only mention a few of.. the most popular website types of which the majority.. of the users tend to buy.. Comment by alain piola.. 2013-09-06 20:11:28.. dandelion salade is best in spring , when they just emerge from the earth.. Yeah , its a little bitter , but you may aquire the taste for it.. When they mature , you may want to cut them fine and cook like spinach mixed with some sweeter greens.. And dont forget the flowers !.. Comment by Bryan.. 2013-09-18 10:45:39.. I believe WHEN you pick dandelion is very critical.. It should be young and before it attempts to set flower.. After that, it s just downright bitter (much like some lettuces).. You can also look for varieties specially bred for eating.. Comment by jimbow.. 2013-09-26 19:56:14.. there is another acorn that can be eaten with out processing it it s call a pin oak.. It has a long acorn.. Comment by 1more boyscout.. 2013-10-19 06:24:00.. Dandelion (yellow) tops aren t bad, the leaves, and the roots.. But never the stems.. Blech.. bitter, bitter, bitter Cut the stems off, you ve got a pretty good salad going on.. Throw in some early spring cattail shoots, wild onions, black walnuts, good stuff maynard!.. Comment by Oldtimer.. 2013-10-27 15:11:11.. As far as earthworms go, wouldn t you gently squeeze them from head to tail slowly to get the dirt/poop out of them first? I d wash the mucus off them too, if I could.. Might make them a little more palatable.. 2013-10-27 15:17:18.. Also, any dandelions, greens, grasses, leaves, whatever is going to be better if they are young so as to be more tender, less fibrous, and less bitter.. I always was chewing on a grass seed shoot by pulling them upright out of the rest of the stem and chewing on the tender part that was enclosed.. Why do you think they called the country folks hayseeds ? They are good tasting and juicy.. All this advice, of course, depends on what part of the country you are in.. Obviously in the southwest these won t be available, but you have succulents that are easier to gather.. (As long as you don t get pricked.. 2013-10-27 15:22:51.. Stinging nettles, if I remember right, should be picked (with gloves on) and boiled like spinach.. Isn t that right?.. Clay Roberts.. 2013-12-07 11:25:51.. I guess there s still a lot of things that I need to know.. I was really surprised with this post, I didn t know almost all of these.. Thank you, at least now I know more about the uses of these plants.. The Fantastic Four Project Rolling Freedom!.. The Fab Four of Foraging.. The Fantastic Four 4 Essential Wild Edible Plants Shared Survival Knowledge.. Eat You Weeds | The Forage.. Eat Your Weeds | The Forage.. Plants That Could Save Your Life.. How to make acorn flour.. Edible Wild Plants that Could Save Your Life | LPC Survival..

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  • Title: The Color Code of Awareness: Developing a Combat Mindset
    Descriptive info: In this article I describe a mindset used by our soldiers, special agents, and law-enforcement personnel that heightens your awareness and allows you to see potential threats to your safety ahead of time providing a window of opportunity to prepare for or prevent potential conflict.. The Need to Pay Attention.. Unfortunately there are not a lot of areas left in our world where you are immune to threats to your personal safety.. With increases in crime such as theft, rape, and assault, it is in our best interest to pay attention.. In nature, predators seek out easy targets the weak and the sick ones.. Similar to the animal kingdom, human predators also seek out targets of opportunity especially those who are unaware and oblivious to what s around them.. For this reason, it s necessary to take on a state of mind that can help you stay alert to potential threats at all times and be able to intelligently react should you be faced with one.. There s no better metaphor for this state of mind than the Color Code of Awareness.. The Color Code of Awareness.. The Color Code of Awareness has its origins in the U.. Military but the adaptation as given here was originally put forth by the late Jeff Cooper, USMC(ret) and founder of.. Gunsite.. This is not to be confused with the government s form of color code which corresponds to the amount of danger to which you are exposed to at a given time.. Instead, this refers to.. your current state of mind and willingness to take action.. regardless of real or imagined threats.. Condition White: the Unaware Masses.. The Unaware.. The next time you re out and about take a look at the people around you.. What are they doing and what do they notice? What you ll begin to see is that most people are completely oblivious to their surroundings.. This is Condition White.. Whether they are sitting on a park bench completely engrossed in a book or walking with their gaze focused on the ground three feet in front of them, their attention is drawn somewhere else and they lose sight to what s around them.. The Addiction of Thought.. In fact the biggest monopolizer of your attention is your thoughts.. Most people are addicted to thinking.. You become a slave to the incessant ramblings of your own involuntary internal dialogue.. In fact, the only difference between you and those crazy people you see muttering to themselves on the street is that you are not muttering out loud.. The mind is a powerful and necessary tool when used in the right context.. But like with any tool, we need to be able to put it down or in this case shut it off when we no longer need it.. This is especially true in order to be aware and safe in our immediate environment.. It s those who are caught up in their thoughts that make perfect targets for potential predators.. Absolute Vulnerability.. Condition White is where you will get surprised by your friends or a stranger that happens upon you.. In white you are unready to take action to prevent injury or death.. And it s in this state that the only way you ll survive a lethal attack is if your attacker is completely inept.. Avoid this state at all times.. Condition Yellow: Relaxed Alertness.. Learn to Always be Aware.. Condition Yellow should be your normal everyday state of awareness.. It s in this state that you ve accepted the fact that your life may be in danger at any time and you may have to do something about it.. There is no specific threat but you are alert to any possibility.. You are relaxed and alert.. You walk down the street with your head up and you re looking around.. You notice the late model blue Chevy pickup turning the corner, with an older gentleman driving.. Your aware of the group of teenagers talking in a tight circle in front of the convenience store.. You see a young couple crossing the street, heading your direction holding hands.. When you leave for work in the morning you look around the neighborhood noticing anything out of the ordinary.. Lose Your Mind and Come to Your Senses.. Most of all, your not caught up in your thoughts.. Your mind is in the moment and although yellow is a relaxed state and you could stay in it indefinitely, it is still an active level of awareness very different than white.. You are actively taking mental notes of those things around you.. In yellow you are aware of your surroundings and your mindset is such that I may have to defend myself today.. Condition Orange: Focused Alertness.. Noticing a Potential Predator.. If during Condition Yellow, something or someone triggers your attention indicating a potential threat you would immediately enter into Condition Orange.. It doesn t mean there is a threat only that there could.. potentially.. be one.. The only real difference between the orange state and the yellow state is you now have a specific point of focus.. For example, you re manning a store and in walks a guy who slips his hands in his inner coat pocket your radar goes up, you enter Condition Orange.. Or your heading to your car in the mall parking garage and you notice someone standing by a column up ahead instead of heading to his car or the mall entrance, you now have a point of focus and you are in an orange state.. It need not only be a person that triggers this, it could be any indicator that is out of context with what is expected, such as a light being off that you know was previously on, or an environmental choke point such as a corner block or an upcoming side alleyway.. Perform Evasive Maneuvers to Determine Intention.. When you ve entered Condition Orange, you begin to make evasive maneuvers if possible.. If someone in a car behind you triggered orange, you would simply turn at the next light.. It s as simple as that.. If they are still behind you try turning at the next left.. Then right again.. If they are still behind you it is a strong indication that you re being followed.. In the case of the man next to the parking column, you would change your trajectory or give him wide berth.. If it s a dark alley up ahead, try to keep your distance.. Create a Mental Trigger and Formulate Your Tactical Plan.. As you are performing your evasive maneuvers you ll want to quickly set up a mental trigger and formulate a tactical plan.. If he does x I will do the following , or If x happens when I reach that alleyway, I ll do this.. That x is the mental trigger that springs you into action.. Your tactical plan could be anything from more extreme evasive maneuvers to drawing your weapon on someone to a lethal response.. If the trigger never comes (either because that person or indicator is not a threat) or because of your awareness they decided they better not do anything you would deescalate to yellow again.. Remember, most predators want to have the element of surprise.. When they catch on that you ve caught on to them, they generally seek easier prey.. Condition Red: Ready to Act.. Locked and Ready.. In Condition Red you ve determined that the threat is real and although you may or may not be in the middle of a conflict you are READY TO ACT.. You re mentally prepared to carry out your plan.. The difference between Condition Red and Condition Yellow may at first seem unclear.. In Condition Red, not only have you determined that the threat is very real, but more importantly you ve made a mental decision to act if the trigger from Condition Yellow is tripped.. It s a very subtle but important difference.. You not only have a plan on what to do and when to act (Condition Yellow) but you are prepared to carry out that act.. This is especially important when the decision that you made requires a lethal response.. Let me give you an example that illustrates the difference:.. The Two Officers.. There are two police officers on duty.. Someone approaches them stating that around the corner there is some crazy guy waving around a gun.. As they quickly move to the corner and yell Drop your weapon! in a flash the man begins to draw his gun on them and the first officer shoots him right away while the other is standing there looking surprised.. What happened?.. The difference is that the first officer mentally tells himself, I ll tell the guy to drop his weapon and show us his hands.. If he complies  ...   Condition White.. Condition Yellow:.. When you are out somewhere practice being in Alert Yellow state.. Write what you observed around you.. Condition Orange:.. Now you know how to come up with a Tactical Plan instead of Panic And Run! Write how you think this is an advantage.. __.. Can you think of a time when you came up with a a Tactical Plan? What was it that made you feel that was necessary?.. Condition Red:.. Explain the difference between Condition Orange and Condition Red Alertness.. __.. Additional Information:.. In TI s last example he mentioned about calling out the name of the fellow he knew.. ALWAYS REMEMBER to look folks in the face if you feel threatened.. If they have 1/2 a brain and think you will be able to describe them they will back off.. When they look for an easy mark you have just let them know you are Aware and Confident (even if you are shaking in your shoes).. As a girl and a youth your best advantage is NOT to fight.. First: Use your brain.. It is your best weapon! If they are within three arm spans of you, begin thinking how you can talk your way out of trouble.. Second: As a girl we have discussed many times where you strength lies.. If at all possible, at any early break, use your LEGS and Run!.. Third: If you can t run use your other God given tool and SCREAM! Sound loud and long.. Comment by Chad H.. 2012-07-12 11:53:26.. Another reason for looking at people in the eyes, is by observing (don t fixate on one specific feature thereby developing tunnel vision) the facial area; head, eye, and shoulder movements will telegraph their intentions.. I disagree with the don t fight advice.. Victims fighting back can discourage an attacker and end the attack.. Better advice would be try to avoid a fight, but if attacked fight back with violence of action.. Eyes are a sensitive attack point.. A person needs to see to carry out an assault.. You can find so much information on the web/youtube on how to break away from various holds.. For example: if someone grabs your wrist to detain your hands/arms; make a fist with the hand of the captured wrist, turn your hand to line up your thumb with their grips weakest point-where their thumb and index finger meet (or the gap between them), and roll your hand out.. Even smaller children/weaker adults can break free with this simple technique, and it ll work if they use both hands to grap your wrist.. TI: I hope you contacted authorities about the near attack from Jameal, he or his friends could be potential unknown suspects in other unsolved assaults.. Joan Albright.. 2012-07-30 00:05:40.. I always thought I was weird for going orange and sizing up the people around me whenever I go places.. It s good to know that I m not the only one who does it.. Comment by Proofreader.. 2012-12-17 11:13:00.. In the description of Condition Red, the article refers back to Condition Yellow as being the one in which you have made a plan when in fact, this was described in Condition Orange.. Additionally, there ought to be no confusion between Conditions Red and Yellow (as described under Condition Red) but there could be confusion between Conditions Red and Orange.. 2013-02-20 16:16:45.. I like how you said all this Ti.. It s very easy to understand.. Comment by Adryana.. 2013-05-07 16:05:53.. I used to live in a place where most people feel safe enough to not lock their doors.. I moved here a few years ago and have gradually gone from code white to yellow.. I have a friend who doesn t lock her doors or keep weapons because she doesn t want to be paranoid.. She said I was only like this because my husband is law enforcement.. I proceeded to tell her: I have had experiences here that made me prepared.. I also explained that she has a pool.. She put her children in swimming lessons because she doesn t want the worst to happen.. More people are victims of violent encounters then the number of cases of people drowning.. We have a plan that I go over with my child if in our home we are ever in code orange.. Also I ask my five year old to watch and be on code yellow for me in parking lots when I have to buckle up my infant.. He loves to help me with this.. I also worked with a girl whose husband was in law enforcement longer than mine has been in it.. She told me she doesn t let her kids play with weapons because they have real ones in the house.. I told her that we do too but we keep them in safes.. Also we teach our children to be responsible with them.. My husband has been trained as a child to be responsible with weapons before he was law enforcement.. He knew this before he had a badge.. He also has taken many styles of self defense.. In martial arts the studios I love are the ones who make it clear that the belt shouldn t give you a false sense of security.. If you don t use it, you lose it.. My husband was wrestling with someone once who had just moved in the area and he had collegiate wrestling training.. He was skilled and fast.. He was also overly confident when he went anywhere.. When he wrestled my husband he was surprised by the techniques my husband used.. My husband told him that people on the streets are going to use techniques that are illegal in competitions.. That opened his eyes.. I think confidence is very important but I believe being aware, prepared, and not putting yourself in bad situations is also VERY important.. It is also important to realize their is a difference in being paranoid and prepared.. Thank you for making these codes even my five year old understands!.. 2013-05-08 09:26:18.. Thanks for your comments Adryana.. Paranoia (in the layperson s mind) and a survival mindset are not too far apart.. You re definitely doing the right thing.. tadalafil on prescription in uk.. 2013-06-15 04:43:55.. Performance anxiety is the commonest cause of erectile dysfunction that there is.. It is often referred to as impotence, which actually includes all of the.. above mentioned sexual problems along with erectile problems.. Lime is a great source of antioxidants, folic acid, vitamin C.. all what is needed for men s health.. Also visit my web blog;.. Comment by Ralph.. 2013-08-25 15:33:12.. As an EMT (though on light duty since June) this article is nice to read.. This is something that I grew up learning hunting and fishing in the woods albeit in a different method.. It really came in handy when as a on the road construction worker I would often find myself in unfamiliar locations (never lost, always where I am at the moment) that this mentality of personal and spacial awareness developed.. Now as an EMT, going into the places the cops don t like, learning how actual predatory people act, react, and move; it is an invaluable resource to use.. This article should be a wake up to a lot of people, but at the same time a kind reminder for folks like me.. Thanks for the article, and I look forward to viewing more on the site.. 2013-08-25 17:50:07.. Thanks for the great comments Ralph!.. Comment by Thomas R.. 2013-11-22 00:06:57.. Erich.. I never had a technical term for this type of thinking but I have lived this way most of my life living in a seedy mixed race neighbor.. hood as a kid and at times working in some very bad areas and being attacked a couple of time from a young age, I dont go anywhere without circulating my thought processes around my immediate and near distant area.. You never know what is going to happen.. The couple of times I allowed my self to be caught flatfooted as you put it have forced me to take a different role in my own well being.. I have a new focus in the last 10 years that can create some imaginary elements of danger at times but I do see the things around me that most other s dont.. 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  • Title: How to Choose a Survival Knife
    Descriptive info: While it s true that you can improvise a knife out of stone or bone when out in the wilds, there s nothing that compares with the steel blade for its strength, versatility, and usefulness.. However, not every steel knife will do in a survival situation.. Knowing what to look for when choosing a survival knife is just as important as having one.. After reading this article, you will know what properties make up the perfect survival knife and you will be able to find one that is tailor made for your needs and situation.. Key Things to Avoid in a Survival Knife.. While there are many attributes that are less than ideal in a survival blade, here s a list the main things you should avoid when choosing a survival knife:.. Narrow Tang:.. If you were to take off the handle of a knife, the tang would be the part that extends from the base of the blade onward.. As you can see in the picture, this tang is relatively narrow.. This is fine for the purposes of a kitchen knife, but when put it up to the rigors of survival/outdoor activities (chopping wood, pounding the blade for splitting small logs etc) it is susceptible to breakage.. Folding Knives (including multi-tools):.. While I always keep a folder on me at all times, which more than adequately covers most of the activities I do in a survival situation, it is still less than ideal.. Remember, this article isn t about how to choose just any knife that will do, but about how to choose the perfect survival knife.. Huge Knives:.. Hollywood is to blame for filling up our minds with pictures of survival knives being these huge monstrosities (Rambo, Crocodile Dundee etc).. Although you could slay a crocodile with one mighty thrust, the larger the knife the more difficult it is to do the intricate work that a survival situation requires.. And for that reason, I d be more worried about getting fire going, making tools for hunting and trapping, and setting up camp than a crocodile attacking me especially since I live in New England!.. Hollow-Handled Survival Knives:.. While there are exceptions to this (see some of.. Chris Reeve s knives.. ) most hollow-handled survival knives that house a small survival kit in the handle are two-pieced and more for gimmick than they are useful.. Their two-piece design like the narrow tang can easily break when splitting wood or doing heavy work.. What to Look for in a Survival Knife.. Similar to the list of dont s above, here s a list of core requirements that every survival knife should meet:.. Full Tang:.. I consider this to be one of the most important attributes of a survival knife.. A full-tang knife s handle is the tang itself and is usually wrapped or covered with some material to make it more comfortable to carry and use.. Since the handle and the blade is one integrated piece, the chances of it breaking are very minimal.. Fixed Blade:.. Although there are numerous folding knives which do an excellent job in a survival situation, if there were to be an ideal (and again, this article is about the ideal knife.. ) you will want to have a fixed blade knife.. That basically means that the entire knife is integrated with the handle and cannot be folded shut.. Reasonably Sized:.. I realize that reasonably sized is a very relative term.. What I mean here is that it should be small enough to do most intricate camp work (trap making, notches for fire boards etc) but large enough to do heavier tasks like splitting small logs.. This ideal is obviously different for different people, but in general it falls between a blade that is 4-6 inches.. Now that the basics covered, if you want to go beyond them then you ll want to be aware of the following:.. Steel Type.. For the rigors and requirements of survival knives, not all steel is equal.. Steel quality determines the strength of the blade, its toughness (ability to take impact), how easy it is to sharpen, and how long it will hold that edge.. While I could write pages and pages about the various differences of steel types, for the purposes of this article I ll briefly cover the most important points.. Most knives are made from two broad classifications of steel: Carbon Steel and Stainless Steel.. As a general rule stainless steel is more rust resistant than carbon steel but can be more brittle (less tough) and more difficult to sharpen compared to the average carbon steel.. Carbon steel on the other hand can be made extremely sharp, is tougher when being used for splitting or chopping, is easier to sharpen, but if not maintained it will easily rust.. It s important to know that most of these differences disappear as you go up in terms of price and quality of manufacture.. Here is a list of steels that I recommend:.. Recommended Stainless Steels.. S60V.. BG-42.. S90V.. CPM S30V.. CPM 154 (this is my favorite stainless steel).. Recommended Carbon Steels.. D2.. A2 (this is my favorite carbon steel).. O1.. Carbon V.. CPM 154.. Blade Geometry.. The way a knife blade is shaped determines its overall functionality.. For example, a chef s knife is shaped in such a way that it is perfect for slicing tomatoes or dicing garlic.. That same knife however has no business out in the woods.. The same holds true for the double-edged spear point and tanto-style knives.. These knives are built for fighting and are perfect for thrusting and stabbing but do not hold out well in a survival situation.. Instead you ll want to  ...   enough to dispatch an enemy if you are specially trained.. 2012-09-14 14:16:57.. Rob,.. I love the Mora knives.. They are excellent.. 2012-09-12 00:42:05.. I meant MG (not SG!) for Military Green.. I was just playing my Gibson SG and had a brain fart.. Still the best knife ever!.. 2012-11-24 13:51:51.. My knife has a small twist-on flashlight, a sharp decent sized knife, a small pair of scissors, a corkscrew, a screw driver, a normal bottle opener, a sharp bottle opener, a saw knife strong, a file for your finger nails i think, and another little thing but i dont know what it is.. I just wanted to know if it is a good knife?.. 2012-11-24 18:33:22.. Jazmine,.. It sounds like you have a folder (folding knife) not a fixed blade.. It s my recommendation for out-in-the-bush survival that you carry a fixed blade knife in accordance to the specs I detail in this post.. If the folder is all you have though, by all means use that.. It s far better than nothing at all.. 2013-02-14 16:32:47.. I was in the Royal Navy for many years and managed to Borrow The MOD survival knife, it s a bloody corker and can be viewed on the net.. I ve built a raft and skinned coneys with it, it holds an edge, full tanged and is very heavy for it s size.. I acquired a Golock machette but the older ones weren t very good.. The new designs however are excellent, Sheffield steel and there s a short version which I have as jungle clearance is not a priority in Blighty!! It also fits in the scabbard cover of the SA 80 bayonet.. Multi tools and folding knives have a weekness the hinges.. Always go for the best you can afford even if you have to save up!!! I have a Leatherman which comes to pieces using an Allen Key so you can replace parts that break.. Be careful of all singing all dancing knives, a good carbon steel butcher s knife is good, they rust like hell but are easy to sharpen and hold the edge.. 2013-02-20 15:54:47.. I agree that Ka-Bar does have very good knives.. My favorite is the USMC.. 2013-03-21 16:35:42.. Take a knife with a full spine, remove the wood, plastic grip and replace with paracord using the same technique to make a bracelet.. Just use the spine as the center cord.. Comfortable and convenient.. Tim | Camping Knife.. 2013-04-10 03:00:17.. I always avoid a narrow tang, or half tang, they re just not worth throwing away your money.. When it comes to a good outdoor knife, I prefer a drop point or a tanto.. You don t really see the clip point on new knives anymore.. carte de visite métallique.. 2013-06-11 23:44:09.. Hi there! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a group of volunteers and starting a new project in a.. community in the same niche.. Your blog provided us beneficial information to work on.. You have done a wonderful job!.. Matthew.. 2013-06-12 02:03:47.. Nice article.. While steel is important I find consumers tend to get too hung up on all the technical details.. What s more important in my opinion is the overall design of the knife and particularly the ergonomics.. Give me a well balanced knife with 420HC than a poorly designed one with S30V anyday.. Paul @ Survival Knife Guide.. 2013-07-04 04:47:15.. Yeah! I love Mora knives also, those spanish guys made a really good job with that knives.. Brett.. 2013-07-11 14:04:28.. Good pointers.. I prefer the full tang, tanto point, and anything made by Benchmade.. roger.. 2013-07-22 16:24:50.. @Brett, I second anything made by benchmade.. Daveknife @ My Best Pocket Knife.. 2013-09-17 11:15:20.. Thanks for this guide! I know a lot about pocket knives but I m still learning about survival knives.. There s so much information and varying opinions out there, thanks for presenting the facts and helping me to get a clear understanding of what I should be thinking about and considering for my first survival knife purchase.. Take care and keep the great articles coming!.. Rock Cowles.. 2013-10-16 16:56:45.. The article itself was well written and informative.. However many of the comments are frightening.. I am not a knife snob, but firmly believe in buying quality.. As the old adage goes, Don t buy a five dollar knife unless you have five dollar fingers.. Blade steels, lock, and handles can and do fail, especially on cheaper knives.. You get what you pay for.. Cold Steel makes good affordable knives.. The Bark River Knives as seen in the articles photos are excellent, but being carbon steel require regular cleaning and maintenance.. Do the research.. A knife could save or cost you your life.. Tyson.. 2013-10-18 03:38:43.. Have youu ever thought about including a little bbit more than just your articles?.. I mean, wnat you say iss fundamental and everything.. Nevertheless think about if yyou added some great graohics oor videos.. to give your posts more, pop ! Yourr cojtent is excellent but wwith images and clips, this website couldd definitelpy be.. one of the berst in its field.. Awesome blog!.. Jake @BarkRiverKnife.. 2013-10-20 11:35:55.. In my opinion, the best survival knife is the Bravo-1 from Bark River.. It`s just my personal thought, but I`m talking from experience.. This knife has helped in some really tough situations.. I don`t live camping or hunting without him.. Michael @ Best Pocket Knife Tips.. 2013-11-07 10:19:25.. Very well written article regarding the survival knife, I personally Spyderco knife.. VAS Littlecrow:Daily Doodles: Clouded Knowledge |.. How to Choose the Right Survival Knife | OutLive The OutBreak.. How to Choose Your Survival Knife | Prepanation..

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  • Title: How to Make a Survival Stove (Car Heater)
    Descriptive info: As a result, everyone s emergency car kit should contain the ability to heat your car if you were stranded or holed up waiting the passage of a winter storm.. Even if running your engine is an option, you may need to conserve fuel for the return trip.. Also, carbon monoxide can build up inside a standing vehicle while the engine is running, even if the exhaust pipe is clear.. In this article, I will be demonstrating how you can make your own survival heater for your car that is cheap, safe to use, and easy to construct.. What You ll Need.. A small empty metal can:.. You want this to be slightly taller but thinner than a standard roll of toilet paper.. My can of choice is an unused 1 quart aluminum paint can found in most hardware stores.. You can also use an empty food can that fits this description.. A larger metal can that can easily accommodate the first one:.. I use a 1 gallon unused paint can (again found in most hardware stores).. Another option is a coffee can, metal bucket and so on.. Some type of lid that can be placed over the larger can:.. I also like to get a lid for the smaller can for which I will explain later.. Toilet paper (unscented).. Six bottles of 70 to 91% isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol).. Matches or some other fire starter.. How to Put it All Together.. Prepare the toilet paper:.. The first step is to take out the central cardboard tube from the toilet paper roll, leaving only the paper behind.. Squeeze the paper into the smaller can:.. Next you ll want to squeeze and roll the paper into the smaller can.. If the can is so small that a full-size paper roll has no chance of fitting inside it, then you can remove some of the external sheets (just like you would if you were going to the bathroom) until it does squeeze into the can.. It s important that it fills up the entire volume of the can.. Add the fuel:.. If you are now ready to use it, simply add the alcohol until the toilet roll inside the can is completely saturated.. One of the benefits of using a 1 quart unused paint can is that you can store the stove with the fuel already added by placing the air-tight lid over the can.. This saves space and allows you to have more fuel available.. The lid can also be used to control the output of the flame which I will explain below.. Place the smaller can into the larger one and position it in your car:.. The larger can provides an insulating barrier and some protection for passengers and your car.. You ll also want to position it in a place that s far enough from anything combustible.. Use the palm check.. Put the back of your hand against the surface you re worried about and if you can t keep your hand there without burning it then it s either to close or you ll need to.. adjust the flame.. Light the stove:.. First, open the window just a crack to provide some airflow and then carefully place a match (or throw some sparks using a firesteel) onto the saturated toilet paper and viola! you ve got yourself a burning stove.. Use caution in lighting as it will combust very quickly.. It s best to partially cover the smaller can with a lid to decrease the size of combustion (you can always increase it later (see next section).. Controlling the Burn Rate.. You may notice if you follow the steps above, that a pretty sizable flame results from having the smaller can s opening completely exposed.. While this is fine if you want to warm up faster, it does tend to go through the fuel fairly quickly and is not so efficient.. A better way is to partially cover the smaller can with a lid.. Or if you used a 1 quart paint can, you can make a small hole (about the size of a quarter) in the lid it comes with and place that on top of the can.. Both of these methods control the burn rate and allow the stove to provide a constant heat.. Another option is instead of completely saturating the toilet roll (as indicated in step 3 above) you can pour just a few ounces of alcohol on the paper and regularly add more as it burns out.. This will also control the size of the flame and conserve fuel.. I prefer to use the lid method over this one since you don t have to regularly add alcohol (it s nice to sleep for a stretch of time and not have to regularly add fuel).. A Word on Carbon Monoxide.. I m sure by now many of you are thinking, What about the dangers of carbon monoxide?.. Carbon monoxide is produced from the partial oxidation of carbon-containing compounds.. Partial oxidation is just a big word for what happens when combustion (fire) takes place in an area where there isn t much oxygen.. This is most apparent when one operates a generator inside a home or if their wood stove is improperly vented.. In the case of this alcohol stove, while there is risk of carbon monoxide emissions (rubbing alcohol contains carbon:.. C3.. H7OH) the risk is very minimal.. Opening your window slightly should provide sufficient oxygen for a clean burn.. If you still are concerned about it, I would recommend purchasing a battery-operated carbon monoxide alarm and turning it on (putting in the batteries) when running the stove.. This will provide you ample warning should there be an issue.. Video Instructions.. You can also watch the full instructions via Youtube:.. [youtube:http://www.. com/watch?v=xisVbmV48ug].. Preparedness.. Video.. 78 Comments.. Comment by Steven.. 2009-09-22 15:11:25.. I am curious if denatured ethyl alcohol would be usable for this application.. http://en.. wikipedia.. org/wiki/Denatured_alcohol.. The 10% methanol makes me suspicious as to its safety.. I see that pure methanol fumes are definitely toxic, but the fact that it burns completely cleanly without that nasty watery residue left by the diluted isopropyl makes it somewhat more attractive as a fuel.. With the 70 percent isopropyl, it seems like after refilling it a few times it would become saturated with the watery residue.. It s too bad that they don t sell pure non toxic alcohol.. 2009-09-22 20:07:18.. Steven,.. You are absolutely right in that denatured alcohol burns cleaner but like you I m not sure I d trust it in an enclosed space.. 90% isopropyl is probably the purest alcohol you ll find (and the one that I recommend in this application) that is relatively safe to burn in a small space.. I wonder how grain alcohol (homemade ethanol) would fare in this type of situation.. You can make it very pure.. 2009-09-23 18:22:22.. Erich, I thoroughly enjoyed this video! I truly didn t think that roll of toilet paper would fit in that little can! If I were to store these ingredients in my car, would they all fit in the larger paint can? I m thinking of putting the toilet paper in the smaller can and then storing that can and a couple of bottles of alcohol in the larger can? Do you think everything would fit?.. Great video!.. 2009-09-23 19:57:39.. Lisa,.. First of all, thanks for the comments.. The large can will accommodate the smaller can (with toilet paper already inside and filled up with alcohol) as well as another bottle of alcohol and another roll of toilet paper.. However, I would recommend you storing at least a half-dozen more bottles in the car (which is completely safe).. They should fit in a small area inside your trunk.. 2009-11-09 19:01:35.. Hey there, great video and description of this neat item!.. I have a question regarding fuel methyl hydrate burns quite nicely, what are the pros/cons comparing isopropyl to hydrate??.. Regards,.. Tom.. 2009-11-10 22:51:09.. Hey Tom,.. Sorry for the late response.. Methyl Hydrate (Methanol) is a great stove fuel, it burns super clean and is great for camping applications, however due to the toxicity of the fumes I m not sure it would be ideal in this type of situation (enclosed area etc.. ).. The bummer of isopropyl alcohol is the sooty residue and left-over water (although the 90% isopropyl is not so bad), but again, in this type of situation it may be ideal due to the less toxic nature of the fumes.. 2009-11-11 21:41:56.. Hey Erich, thanks for the insight, I may switch from isopropyl and Methyl as the situation dictates.. ie in a ground blind.. with good exchange of air.. using Methyl, and more inclosed areas isopropyl.. Good to have a choice of fuels it seems.. Do you have a preferance to the many tissue rolls available???.. I m thinking the roll closest to a cotton ball the better wick??? What is your thought?.. I m definately in the process of gearing up a heater asap.. 2009-11-12 10:07:58.. Tom,.. I m not sure which roll would be best.. I ve only used what s available at my house (which seems fairly soft but not super soft).. I also would stay away from the scented rolls.. As far as which is best, you ll have to experiment with that one.. If you notice a substantial time difference or heat output difference according to roll type used, definitely let us know!.. Comment by Ryan.. 2009-12-11 16:29:14.. I ve heard that the 70% alcohal would burn so that the flame would be visable much better than the 90%.. Seems like a good safety factor.. Have you found this to be true?.. 2009-12-11 17:01:31.. Hey Ryan,.. I agree that the 90% alcohol flame is less noticeable than the 70%.. Despite that, I still prefer the cleaner-burning of the 90% with its accompanying less water that is left over and longer burning times.. Comment by Michael.. 2010-01-11 15:45:08.. Erich, i have disfigured 2 quart sized paint cans just trying to tap the lid on tightly so that i can store this in the gallon can.. The lid just won t seat into place properly.. Any suggestions?.. Thanks!!.. 2010-01-11 21:00:59.. Michael,.. I m confused, what s blocking it, the toilet paper?.. 2010-01-13 12:27:31.. i don t think it is the toilet paper.. the lids rest in the circle ring that is in the top of the can, but when i press it down further, it won t stay.. i can lift it back out with my finger nail.. i did this with 2 new paint cans from ACE.. maybe i should go to a diff store.. 2010-01-13 12:48:43.. I d hate to have you pull out all the paper again after all that work.. But if it closes without the paper in it than it s got to be the paper otherwise it s the container.. In that case, yes, you should get a new one.. I got mine at Lowes if you have that available to you.. 2010-01-13 15:31:47.. Thanks Erich,.. actually i have not tried to close the can with the lid w/o the paper in it yet but from the looks of it, that won t work either.. i think the can/lid combo is just cheap..  ...   and keeps a safe fire with water in bottom of can.. A second large can can old 4 bottles of ice (H20) bottles and serve as a bathroom or snow dipper.. Comment by The One.. 2012-11-27 15:24:48.. In regards to Billy s comment on use of cheap vodka I wouldn t recommend the carry of drinking alcohol in your car due to legal issues with open container laws.. I would at least recommend you keep it in an old rubbing alcohol container to avoid a nosy cop busting you.. 2012-11-27 21:04:18.. Good point.. Comment by harold.. 2012-12-06 17:25:53.. After reading all about flames and fumes and storing flammable fuels, I think I ll stick with what I do now, which is to keep a couple of packages of Thermacare heat wraps in the car.. With those plus a sleeping bag, you re toasty for a couple of days.. Comment by Bailey McClure.. 2012-12-16 19:16:00.. While this is a great idea, I can think of a few better ways to use toilet paper out in the field if u know wat i mean.. A solutition to this is to store the toilet paper without the alcohol and add it all when you need to use it.. Vehicles.. 2013-01-04 00:40:37.. You are so interesting! I don t believe I have read anything like that before.. So good to discover another person with some original thoughts on this subject.. Really.. many thanks for starting this up.. This website is one thing that is needed on the web, someone with some originality!.. Comment by lantz.. 2013-01-12 22:44:48.. why not just fix up the smaller can and fill it with alcohol, then put the small lid on the can? that would eliminate the need to store one extra bottle of alcohol this is basically just a homemade sterno type heater.. I wonder if the alcohol fuel could be gelled with and used with out the toilet paper.. like sterno type fuels.. 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I can t say for sure for hours but for 30min, in my experience, it is safe BUT always monitor anytime you have a heat source sitting on flammable material.. One possible solution for those worried about burning or melting a seat, for about $15 at Home Depot, you can get a piece of carbon felt(in plumbing section).. This is designed to protect from welding and would be more than enough protection against this.. Sharlotee DO NOT place on dash, it is too close to the windshield of the car.. If you are using this when it is very cold outside, I would think that could be bad for the glass, sudden extreme temp changes will shatter glass.. 2013-11-14 16:13:47.. You could use it that way, but not nearly as safely as with the tp.. If the can were to tip or get knocked over with just liquid or gel alcohol you would have an even bigger problem to worry about.. 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