Alcohol stoves are very popular with backpackers and campers who look for lightweight cook systems that burn inexpensive fuel. There are no moving parts, no electronics, no valves, and no pipes. Simplicity. They are also inexpensive and can be made from common household materials if so desired.
Alcohol stoves are mostly used for boiling water for preparing freeze dried and dehydrated foods. Fuel selection varies with denatured alcohol being very popular.
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I am a flashlight junkie. With the continued improvements in LED technology and power efficiencies lights are getting more powerful and and lasting longer. This bodes well for those of us who prepare for power failures and grid down events.
I received an offer to review the Sunwayman C22C from GearBest.com. It was provided to me free of charge to perform test and evaluation. When I review a piece of equipment I review it honestly
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This post was originally published here – http://modernsurvivalonline.com/review-esbitt-pocket-survival-stove/.
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I recently had the opportunity to try out a classic survival item – the pocket stove.
Being able to boil water for purification purposes as well as heat/cook food in the field is important. Many foods – such as MRE’s and freeze dried camp foods – can be eaten cold but just flat out taste
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Happy New Year! I was wondering if any of your readers could offer ideas for a problem or two I have encountered. My wife drives an import minivan, which seats 8 people (2 front, 3 middle, 3 rear with a well in the back that the rear seats fold into). She uses all of the seats on an almost daily basis. I have been putting a car kit together for her, but it is
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From Rourke: The following post was previously published here on ModernSurvivalOnline. It can be seen in its original format HERE.
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I have been into emergency preparedness for more than 14 years. It all started when a family member asked if we wanted her friend’s #10
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We have all heard of “BOB” bug out bag, “GHB” get home bag, “GOOD” get out of dodge bag, and about a dozen”other” types of bag. Each member of my family has a “INCH” bag, (I’m Never Coming Home).
Why an INCH bag, when I live in a rural area, on top of a mountain with a good water source? Our bug out location is our home, family members from other states will be
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The predominant culture often views those who value disaster preparedness as fanatical and irrational. Their predictions may sometimes sound apocalyptic; their preparations, drastic. The idea of an implosion of the national infrastructure and financial system simply strikes some as the stuff of fantasy. An honest look at the numbers, however, reveals that survival planning is actually a wise and prudent endeavor. In fact, academic research, practical business experience and good old common sense corroborate
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This post was originally published back in July of 2012. It can be seen HERE in its original format.
I was recently contacted by the folks at SoloStove.com about testing out one of their Solo Backpacking Stoves. Of course I said “Yes!” and within days arrived at my door was a small cardboard box containing the stove.
Upon initial inspection the fit in finish
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The following is a guest post entry into our Survival & Preparedness Writing Contest.
(Ultra) Lighting Up Your BOB by Lou Levy
Today’s typicle BOBs can weigh between forty and seventy pounds. For many of us that’s just to much weight to haul. Happily, significant backpack weight reduction is possible without giving up the necessities, and even some of the comforts.
For our growing population of aging, and with our
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I love knives and like most any survivalist own many. Knives have to be one of the most important and useful preparedness tools in existence. Ever try cutting rope without knife? Not easy.
Several months ago I picked up a Gerber Warrant. This knife is generally considered to be within the “tactical” genre -whatever that is. Basically – it is a lightweight, tanto pointed, aluminum handled, 9.5″ inch knife. Reminds me a lot of the
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Incorporating Your Survival Kit Into Your Normal Routine
Survival kits are one of a prepper’s most essential items. They contain everything we might feasibly need to survive in the immediate aftermath of an emergency situation. For this reason, most preppers keep their survival kits close at hand.
Whilst there is some debate over what to include in a basic survival kit, most preppers seem to be in agreement on the ten
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I am not usually one for buying “ready made” survival kit. Far too often they are packed with inexpensive lower grade supplies in a bag that is less than ideal for long-term use. I received an offer a couple months ago to receive and review the J.R. Bullivant Solar Backpack.
On the with show…..
J.R. Bullivant offers several survival kits at various prices. This particular one – in their Professional-series, is considered their
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10 Things You Must Have In a 72 Hour Kit
In the event of a natural or man-made disaster, it may take emergency crews days to actually reach you. That’s why it’s so important to be prepared with a 72-hour emergency kit. Your kit should include all of the essentials needed for you to survive when you have no other options.
All emergency kits should be organized and stored in a convenient carrier, such
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MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM BROTHER AND SISTER THE SURVIVALISTS!
by Irish-7, Editor-at-Large
My wife came up with the idea to make “Crisis Buckets” for our loved ones as Christmas presents. I thought it was a monumental concept in that none all of our family and friends put as much effort into disaster preparation as we do. After all, what greater gift can you bestow upon someone
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My e-can (emergency vehicle canister)
By C. Faraday Everyone should have an emergency kit in their car. I was disappointed with the ready-made, store bought kits offered in the big name stores which typically come in a canvas bag containing gloves, jumper cables, a road hazard sign (or small pylon) and a call police flag to place in your car window, some included a first aid kit and flashlight. I found them
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Irish-7 was nice enough to share his survival kit/bug out bag system with all of Rourke’s Patriot’s – that’s you. He sent this in response to my article http://modernsurvivalonline.com/redoing-my-get-home-bags/.
As mentioned in my post, attached is the listing of the different size kits that I put together in the past 18 months. Some things to keep in mind: 1) My Survival Kits are backpack /
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When the power goes out…….have a black out kit
By John Rourke
Power outages can be caused by a wide variety of sources including general utility problems, winter storms, lightening strikes, wind storms as well as grid overload. There are numerous other causes but for the purpose of this article the fact remains the same…….the power is out.
Depending upon your geographic location, housing type,
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by John Taylor
The ability to make a fire I think is an assumed skill that many people think they have and in turn decide that there is not skill work needed. Packing a lighter, some waterproof matches, and maybe a Ferro rod and some sure fire tabs is what some consider adequate preparation for fire making. For many people you can make a fire by lighting a match or sparking a
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As I write this I am sitting in a hotel room approx 160 miles from home. I considered the question – “What if the SHTF while I was away from home?”
There are more questions going through my mind.
– What could the SHTF event be?
– Would phone lines or email still be up so I could contact my family?
– Would there be electricity?
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I have been into emergency preparedness for more than 14 years. It all started when a family member asked if we wanted her friend’s #10 cans of wheat. It wasn’t just a few cans either. We accepted and have since added to it again and again.
As part of our preparedness plan, we have a well stocked 72 hour kit. This kit is not a “go bag”. Don’t get me wrong
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I am in the process of putting together a new bug out/get home kit. The revision of my kit comes from my recent bout with severe lower back pain. Although my back is better I have put some thought into changing things to reduce weight. When my back was really bothering me the pain was agonizing and my mind wandered into to several “What if’s?“. Having to trek on foot
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Sometimes a little can go a long ways. I remember as a teenager reading an article in SURVIVE Magazine where the author was going on an overnight trip on a houseboat with some friends. He wanted to bring a few supplies “just in case”. He managed to put a small kit in his suitcase – along with an Armalite AR-180 which had a folding stock. I was impressed with the article way back then.
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I recently received a new bag from SurvivalGearBags.com – called the Paladin Mission Pack Expedition.
This is a larger capacity bag which could serve many purposes – from backpacking, camping, to a full-fledged “bug out” kit. Let’s get straight to the bags dimensions:
The Paladin Mission Pack, Expedition is comprised of: (1) large capacity main compartment 6 in. x 5.5 in. x 20 in. (2) large external pockets 3.5 in. x
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