What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2017-11-11)

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Today, November 11, honors military veterans; that is, persons who served in the United States Armed Forces. To those veterans of our MSB readers, and all others that have served, thank you for your service.   This weekly post is an open-forum, though preferably focusing on what we all did this week for our prepping & preparedness. Comment and voice your thoughts, opinions, accomplishments, concerns, or questions for others on any general topic of preparedness. Is this your first-time commenting? Then let’s hear from you too!   ———————————– Note: For articles posted during the week we appreciate that you stay

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Building a Hexacopter

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Building a Hexacopter The drone is a powerful tool. We are only beginning to understand what is possible with a drone. That is because this tech is in its infancy. For now they are limited by certain things like wind, weight and accessibility. With a camera, a hexacopter can be the preppers best tool for …

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FN-FAL Sold

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Today I sold the FAL. It’s a great rifle. I didn’t really use it and it was expensive. With the cash I just freed up I am going to buy a bunch of ammo and put some money towards spare parts.

How Prepping And Minimalism Go Hand-In-Hand

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How Prepping And Minimalism Go Hand-In-Hand

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One of the basic tenets of preparing for an unknown future is saving up supplies for when they might be needed. Many preppers have full pantries and garages and basements. Some even have full storage units or bunkers or second homes.

The main idea of minimalism, on the other hand, is—just as the name suggests—owning a minimal amount of stuff.  No extra clothing, no extra toys, no extra electronics. Only what you need, and nothing more.

So how could a person be both a prepper and a minimalist? At first glance, there seems to be no overlap between these ways of life. But if you look below the surface, you’ll see that the two lifestyles which seemed to be polar opposites actually do have some commonality.

Those of us who are serious about any aspect of prepping know that it’s about more than just hoarding stuff. And those of us who embrace minimalism know that its purpose is deeper than simply reducing our volume of belongings.

And if you have tried the combination of the two, you know it’s possible. Furthermore, you may even agree with my theory that practicing both prepping and minimalism together is indeed better than either of them alone.

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The bottom line of both prepping and minimalizing are efficiency and intentionality. When you strip away everything else about these two ideals, they are built around those two key principles—and it turns out that these are the very same components that make them able to be melded into one lifestyle.

Too Wise For Consumerism

Experienced preppers are too wise for all-out consumerism, and avoid grabbing up every sale item in sight and store it for perpetuity for no other real reason than “just in case.” Many of us start out that way, but learn to tighten our focus on supplies for preparedness that we have reason to believe we will actually need. In addition, most of us reject the idea of waste—food, perishable goods, and money—and learn to tailor our prepping in a way that allows us to actually use our preps.

Minimalism is like that, too. Proponents of minimalism do not go without. We don’t live starving unpleasant Spartan lives in a vacuum of belongings. Not at all. Instead, similar to wise preppers, we tighten our focus, make a deliberate choice to own only that which we truly need, and avoid waste.

How Prepping And Minimalism Go Hand-In-HandWhat does the amalgamation of prepping and minimalism look like in real life? Each of these belief systems can look very different from one individual follower to the next, and certainly the two of them together result in wide variety of manifestations. But here are some ideas to help you get started.

First, it is probably a good idea to be fairly well-established in one before taking up the other. Despite there being compelling reasons for both and I don’t blame anyone for wanting to dive in  head-first, I would recommend that you get comfortable with one at a time. For me, it was a gradual progression from one to another—first prepping, then minimalism. Collecting supplies for preparedness necessitates a degree of inventorying, evaluating what makes sense to keep and what doesn’t. That endeavor, along with a nudge from a minimalist page I follow on social media, inspired me to pare down my supplies to only that which is realistic to keep.

Different Lenses?

Next, keep both sets of glasses handy all the time, figuratively speaking. Prepping sees life through different lenses than minimalism does. One places a high value in having the right supplies at the ready for a wide variety of possible scenarios, while the other embraces the freedom that comes with owning fewer supplies. For this reason, it makes sense to evaluate decisions as both a prepper and a minimalist, as in: What is worth more to me, having a closet that I can open without stuff falling out, or having that 17th rain poncho bought on sale just in case something happens to the first 16 in an undefined future disaster? Or, is it more important to have empty space in a room compared with being inadequately prepared for a catastrophic weather event or grid-down situation?

Third, keep your balance. Hang onto the joy and peace you get from not being weighed down by excessive belongings, while maintaining the comfort and confidence you get by knowing you are prepared to be self-sufficient in the event that any ordinary support systems break down. Always evaluate which is more rewarding with every dollar you spend: making sure you have enough supplies, or avoiding the stress that can be caused by overspending.

Lastly, divide and conquer. You can focus more on prepping and less on minimalism in some room and in some situations, and the reverse in others. At my house, some of the rooms are so sparsely furnished they look like a house flip staged for sale. Most of my closets are only half full. But I have a walk-in pantry chock full of canned goods and home food processing equipment, have enough necessities stashed in my car to get me home on foot or keep me comfortable in place in case either ever became necessary, and am equipped for reasonable self-defense.

Probably the best place to practice minimalism without infringing upon preparedness goals is in the area of décor. Knickknacks and mementoes and other decorative items serve little purpose in either lifestyles. Excessive clothing and accessories—especially that which doesn’t fit or is never worn—is another place where streamlining is a good common goal. More toys—for people of any age—and hobby equipment than one needs doesn’t support either prepping or minimalism either.  Anything that’s just clutter, or that has no solid purpose in your life, needs to go.

Owning unnecessary goods does not enhance prepper goals. The money, mental energy and effort it takes to buy, store and organize all that stuff could be better spent on items and space that would make a difference in the event of disaster. And if real trouble should arise, superfluous possessions can weigh you down.

It makes perfect sense to keep belongings pared down to only what we need, but not to less than we need.

The key is to strive for overall simplicity. If you can’t honestly envision a time when your life would not be significantly changed for the better—either now or later—by owning a thing, don’t own it.

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80-Year-Old Man Greets Child In Grocery, Gets Visit From Police

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80-Year-Old Man Greets Child In Grocery, Gets Visit From Police

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Simply talking to a strange child in public can lead to a police visit in Australia. An 80-year-old man was stopped by a plainclothes police officer and then visited at his home by two detectives — simply because he chatted with a boy at the supermarket.

The unidentified man stopped to speak kindly with a young boy and put his hand on the boy’s shoulder in September, the mom wrote in a now-public letter. That simple act – common in grocery stores across America – led to the mom reporting the elderly man. A policeman talked to the man in the parking lot.

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A few days later, two police detectives appeared at the man’s home in Winmalee, New South Wales, to question him. The detectives showed up unannounced, even though they admitted that surveillance camera footage verified the man had done nothing wrong.

The letter was first discovered taped to the wall of a shopping center in Winmalee. It was written by the man’s daughter, who noted that older people “take joy” in talking to young people.

“I cannot express how much your action of alarm has struck at the confidence of an older man,” the letter states. “His expression of goodwill undone by an overly zealous parent, who did not have the courage to speak of their opinion directly to my father, or guide the child away, or to join in and add to the conversation.

“Instead, you covertly and unnecessarily inform authorities,” it continues. “About what, I do not know. We were all strangers once to others we now know — overcome through communication skills, learned and improved by conversing with an array of persons.

“And a closed, dysfunctional society is formed of reading too much into a situation, and acting on exaggerated thought and impulsive negative action, rather than that of a considered positive outlook.”

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Pacing

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 Many outdoorsmen measure distance in the backcountry by using a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver.   GPS receivers are reasonably accurate, real time, and provide distance traveled and distance to a destination.
But what does the hiker do if they don’t have a receiver, the GPS fails or batteries die?

A proven method for estimating distance is known as pacing.  Pacing is not as accurate as the GPS receiver, but it can give a reasonable approximation of the distance traveled.  Together with a map and compass, pacing is an important component of evaluating a hiker’s track through the backcountry.  In darkness or periods of low visibility pacing helps to determine the hiker’s location through a process known as dead reckoning. 

Pacing is a method that begins with measuring one’s stride, with the intent of determining an individual’s length of stride. A pace is a measured two steps; a complete stride.  As illustrated below, every time the right foot hits the ground is one pace. Each pace (two steps) normally measures out to almost 50-60 inches.

Perhaps the best method to determine a hiker’s pace is to record it over a specific distance to determine an average.  Before embarking on the trail, the individual should develop a “pace average” over a controlled area first. 
For example, measure the number of paces for a known distance of 100 yards.  To achieve this, go to a high school foot ball field or track.  Walk along a sideline from end zone to end zone.  Count how many paces it takes to go 100 yards.  Do this eight times and record the total number of paces for each 100 yard event.  Determine the average for all eight 100 yard lengths completed.  The result is that the hiker may determine that the average 100 yard pace count to be 58 ½ paces.  (With children compensate and be mindful of their strides being significantly different, including a skip here and an off trail discovery there.)

Whatever the “pace average” may be, do keep the stride natural and smooth.  Don’t try to exaggerate and unnaturally lengthen the stride.

Don’t get too bogged down in the estimation of the accuracy of the average pace. Of larger importance is to understand the complexity of the terrain and how it will impact stride and a hiker’s “pace average”.   Anticipate strides being different.  Take the time beforehand to imitate a 100 yard course on sloping ground.  Further, try a 100 yard pace in soft soil and hard soil, smooth ground and rocky ground. Move to other locations once an average pace is found on a controlled level environment (football field).  Layout a 100 yard course on sloping ground. 

Pacing over long distance can become quite boring and the hiker easily distracted.  This is especially true when the pace count is in the hundreds.  Was that pace 545 or 554?  In such cases pacing beads may be a useful tool.  Pacing beads can be purchased from online venders or made at home using paracord and simple beads. 
A quick Google search will turn up several methods for using pacing beads.  For example, Wikipedia states that “As users walk, they typically slide one bead on the cord for every ten paces taken. On the tenth pace, the user slides a bead in the lower section towards the knot. After the 90th pace, all 9 beads are against the knot. On the 100th pace, all 9 beads in the lower section are returned away from the knot, and a bead from the upper section is slid upwards, away from the knot.”
Pacing beads can be an important asset when Dead Reckoning (known as DR) with a map and compass.  Vigilant compass sighting and a steady “pace average” helps provide a rough approximation of both distance and direction when moving through the backcountry.

Happy 242nd Marine Corps Birthday: A Message From the Commandant of the Marine Corps

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A MESSAGE FROM THE COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS Seventy-Five years ago today, after months of fighting at Henderson Field and along Edson’s Ridge, Marines on Guadalcanal spent the night

In Flander’s Fields. And Why Veterans Increasingly Matter

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“In Flanders fields the poppies grow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead.   Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
DF-SC-84-11899To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.”

My father taught me this poem as a child. I can still recite it. At the 11th hour, on the 11th day, of the 11th month in 1918 the most horrendous war the world had seen up to that time ended. Unless you are a military historian, most people do not understand the horrific carnage that raged in Europe between 1914 and 1918. It was the first World War. I have been to the battlefield in Verdun France. The local farmers were still carrying gas masks to protect against the occasional gas shell that could still be dug up.

November 11 is celebrated in the United States as Veterans Day. It is also celebrated inhaig-fund-poppy-250 the UK and Commonwealth countries as Remembrance Day.  We celebrate it to honor all veterans of the armed forces. Memorial Day, which is celebrated on the last Monday in May, remembers all who gave their lives for our country in war. Replica poppies are often worn on both sides of the Atlantic to remember our veterans.

It is important to remember the sacrifices of our nations veterans in all of our past and ongoing wars. But the value of veterans is not only in what they have already done, but in what they are capable of doing. The United States of America was founded by veterans. Many of them veterans of the British Army in the French and Indian wars. Many of various European armies and continental wars. And up until recent years, veterans played a dominant role in government.

The United States is going through a major political crisis right now. Last November m-4-soldiermiddle America began waking up to the economic and political disaster we had become after eight years of Obama supported by 30 years or more of leftist indoctrination in our education system, and elected Donald Trump. Since that election, we have seen just how deep the corrosion and criminality of the Deep State and the mainstream of both parties had gone. And they will do everything they can to reverse that trend, legal or not.

The potential of serious upheaval in this country is the reason the Founders put the Second Amendment into our Constitution. And  the ongoing series of wars this country has been involved in has given us a tremendous number of combat veterans.

Every member of the Armed Forces takes an oath to defend the CONSTITUTION against all enemies, foreign and DOMESTIC. And millions of them are highly armed and remember that oath. And will live by it.

That is a factor that the Deep State, the corrupt establishment of both parties, and the Marxist/Leftist likes of ANTIFA need to remember.

Happy Veterans Day

 

 

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In Flander’s Fields. And Why Veterans Increasingly Matter

“In Flanders fields the poppies grow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead.   Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
DF-SC-84-11899To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.”

My father taught me this poem as a child. I can still recite it. At the 11th hour, on the 11th day, of the 11th month in 1918 the most horrendous war the world had seen up to that time ended. Unless you are a military historian, most people do not understand the horrific carnage that raged in Europe between 1914 and 1918. It was the first World War. I have been to the battlefield in Verdun France. The local farmers were still carrying gas masks to protect against the occasional gas shell that could still be dug up.

November 11 is celebrated in the United States as Veterans Day. It is also celebrated inhaig-fund-poppy-250 the UK and Commonwealth countries as Remembrance Day.  We celebrate it to honor all veterans of the armed forces. Memorial Day, which is celebrated on the last Monday in May, remembers all who gave their lives for our country in war. Replica poppies are often worn on both sides of the Atlantic to remember our veterans.

It is important to remember the sacrifices of our nations veterans in all of our past and ongoing wars. But the value of veterans is not only in what they have already done, but in what they are capable of doing. The United States of America was founded by veterans. Many of them veterans of the British Army in the French and Indian wars. Many of various European armies and continental wars. And up until recent years, veterans played a dominant role in government.

The United States is going through a major political crisis right now. Last November m-4-soldiermiddle America began waking up to the economic and political disaster we had become after eight years of Obama supported by 30 years or more of leftist indoctrination in our education system, and elected Donald Trump. Since that election, we have seen just how deep the corrosion and criminality of the Deep State and the mainstream of both parties had gone. And they will do everything they can to reverse that trend, legal or not.

The potential of serious upheaval in this country is the reason the Founders put the Second Amendment into our Constitution. And  the ongoing series of wars this country has been involved in has given us a tremendous number of combat veterans.

Every member of the Armed Forces takes an oath to defend the CONSTITUTION against all enemies, foreign and DOMESTIC. And millions of them are highly armed and remember that oath. And will live by it.

That is a factor that the Deep State, the corrupt establishment of both parties, and the Marxist/Leftist likes of ANTIFA need to remember.

Happy Veterans Day

 

 

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Ultralight doesn’t have to be Expensive

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Many people mistakenly believe going ultralight is expensive. While it can be, more often than not it is less expensive than your non-ultralight counterparts.

Here are some quick action steps you can do today to lighten your pack as well as saving you some money before you make the decision to buy.

The first obvious thing you can do is get rid of things.

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Ultralight doesn’t have to be Expensive

Many people mistakenly believe going ultralight is expensive. While it can be, more often than not it is less expensive than your non-ultralight counterparts.

Here are some quick action steps you can do today to lighten your pack as well as saving you some money before you make the decision to buy.

The first obvious thing you can do is get rid of things.

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How to Make a Carving Knife With Limited Tools

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How to Make a Carving Knife With Limited Tools Knife making and essential blade making is an incredible thing. It is a skill that I think more people should be exposed to. It is one of the most amazing advancements of human society that we were able to pull ore from the ground and burn …

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How To Run A Pellet Stove During A Power Outage

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Do you want to know how to run a pellet stove during a power outage? If you have a pellet stove and rely on it for your heat, then pay attention to this article. Should your electricity go out during the winter (severe storm, snow/ice, high winds), your home or cabin will get cold quick! It’s really not that complicated to set this system up. I will first run through the calculations to exemplify typical power consumption of a pellet stove. Then we’ll see what we can do to keep it running during a power outage / blackout.   How

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Prepping Your Wardrobe for Survival

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Let’s play a game! When I say “prepping,” what is the first thing that comes to your mind? What about “survival?” My guess is that most of you immediately thought of food, water, or other survival gear. And those are great answers.  We can’t live long without food and water. But if you had an … Continue reading “Prepping Your Wardrobe for Survival”

Canvas Tents – How To Find The Best One For You

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Canvas TentsIf you’ve been thinking about purchasing a canvas tent you’ve come to the right place.

First off, let me start out by saying – good for you. Canvas tents are hidden gems that tend to be low on the popularity scale – which is a shame.

In our current throwaway society, we overvalue the cheap stuff and undervalue the high quality – long lasting. And canvas tents fit into that second category.

Because it’s difficult to be popular when the alternative seems so much more affordable. But those who take time to research and learn will find canvas tents are often the better investment.

So today we are going to cover the following canvas tent topics:

  • What Is Canvas
  • Why Canvas Tents Are Better (pros/cons)
  • Best Canvas Tents For Survival
  • Who Are Canvas Tents For

What Is Canvas


To compare canvas tents to other tents we first must understand what canvas is.

Canvas is an extremely durable plain-woven fabric used for making sails, tents, marquees, backpacks, and other items for which sturdiness is required.

Modern canvas is usually made from cotton or linen, although in the past it was made from hemp and now there are some polyester versions as well.

The root of the word canvas originated from the Greek word cannabis meaning “made of hemp”. Which makes sense since the earliest versions of canvas were made with hemp.

Fast forward to today’s canvas tent industry and you’ll find two main canvas fabric variations used – (however there are more):

1 – Cotton Canvas

Today, cotton is the most common fabric used for canvas tents.

It’s a medium-strength fabric that’s between 10 to 20 times stronger wet vs. dry. New cotton canvas will absorb some water on the first contact and then the cotton fibers will swell.

Cotton canvas is slower to dry and is somewhat susceptible to mildew or mold if not allowed to fully dry before storage. Cotton fabric is also flammable.

Additional chemicals and coatings are often used with cotton canvas tents to improve water resistance and reduce flammability.

2 – Synthetic Fibers

A brand new type of canvas is now being used for canvas tents – namely polyester canvas.

Polyester canvas reduces the initial water absorption, reduces the overall weight of the material, increases the strength, and lowers the mildew concerns.

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Why Canvas Tents Are Better


To understand why a canvas tent might be better for your needs, you first need to understand what all the tent fabric options available to you.

Common tent fabric includes canvas, nylon, and polyester (plus many unique variations of these 3 options).

Now, nylon and polyesters are essential variations of plastic polymers. It’s the basic material you find in all the cheapest, lightweight tents on the market.

There are some differences between nylon and polyester but for this article’s purpose, they are essentially the same – thin, lightweight, plastic fabrics.

Canvas, on the other hand, is a heavy, plain-woven fabric typically made from cotton, hemp or a blend (again, some newer canvas tents are polyester based).

So, you can break your tent material options into two categories: cotton vs. plastic.

So, let’s compare these two types of tents carefully, to fully understand the pros and cons of each.

Canvas Tents Vs “Plastic” Tents


Pros

Let’s begin with a few of the benefits of choosing a canvas tent over other types of tents.

More Breathable                   

Canvas tents are more breathable than man-made nylon or polyester tents. Remember canvas is most often cotton based and this cotton woven pattern, by design, has tiny holes in it.

Nylon is a man-made fabric based on polymers and thus provides essentially no natural air transfer through the material.

This leads the canvas tents to trap less moisture and to have less condensation build up inside the tent. With a canvas tent, you avoid the stuffy humidity you can get with plastic tents.

Quieter

Due to the properties of cotton, and the thickness and weight of canvas, a canvas tent walls create a better sound barrier compared to other types of fabrics. It naturally dampens outside sounds and the canvas walls won’t flap as much in the breeze and when they do, the flaps are quieter.

So, you’re more likely to sleep through windy conditions and hear less of your noisy neighbors in a busy campsite (especially in the early morning).

Better Insulators

Canvas is a much better insulator than nylon or polyester.

So canvas tents remain cooler for longer in the hot direct sunlight vs. man-made tent fabric. They also stay warmer longer in the cooler evenings.

Polymer tents don’t retain warmth or stay cool very well, so you end up with much larger, quicker temperatures swings.

Have you ever tried taking an afternoon nap in a nylon or polyester tent? It can be sweltering with the sun beating down and the warmth getting trapped in the tent.

A canvas tent’s temperature swings are much smaller making for a more comfortable camping experience.

Higher Durability

There are two major durability advantages with canvas tents; UV rays and punctures.

First, man-made fabrics deteriorate in harmful UV rays. So, leaving your nylon or polyester tent in the direct sunlight day after day will reduce its useful life.

This process weakens the fabric which creates more sagging and it becomes more susceptible to rips and tears.

Canvas can handle those harmful UV rays. Yes, over time the sun’s rays will cause some slight discoloration of canvas, but it won’t affect the durability and useful life of your tent compared to “plastic” tents.

While both canvas and nylon/polyester fabric will rip if met with a sharp object, a canvas tent won’t rip or tear as easily.

This is where a canvas tent excels, if properly cared for, a canvas tent can be a one-time, lifetime, purchase.

I’ve never met anyone at a campsite who’s still using the same cheap plastic tent from 30 years ago…

Can Add A Heat Source

Many large canvas tents are designed to include a heating stove. This is due to the larger size of most canvas tents and the materials used allow this setup.

You’ll find these large canvas tents include a stove jack vent flap in the roof of the tent. This allows you to generate and trap this heat in your canvas tent.

Of course, you must always follow the manufacturer’s specs carefully to avoid any mishaps but it’s a nice bonus for those who like to camp, hunt, or fish in the winter.

You can even live comfortably in a canvas tent with a stove in the dead of winter, the same cannot be said for nylon or polyester tents.

Cons

Like most things, there’s pluses and minuses, so let’s cover the minus.

Weathering

Brand new cotton canvas tents usually need to be weathered before they are completely leak proof. This is because of the small holes in the cotton weave pattern in new “unweathered” canvas.

But this is normal and just a one time concern.

You just need to set it up in the rain (or hit it with a water hose) before you take it on its first adventure. This process will force the cotton to absorb a small amount of the water swelling the cotton fibers. This weathering process makes your new canvas tent watertight going forward.

It only needs to be weathered once and you’ll be good to go from there.

Heavy

On a pound per square inch basis, canvas is much heavier than plastic fabrics. And this weight difference gets more noticeable the bigger the tent.

So, canvas tents are a poor choice for backpacking or bugging out. Trust me, you don’t want to carry a heavy canvas tent on your back (or very far to pitch it either).

For camping, as long as you can fit the canvas tent in your car or truck, it’s no big deal. Yes, canvas tents can take a bit more time to setup but it’s worth it for the benefits we discussed previously.

Mold / Mildew

Canvas is more susceptible to mold and mildew if not properly cared for.

This means you must take care and set it in the sunlight to dry before stuffing it back into its carrying case and into your gear storage closet at home.

If you do this, you won’t have any mildew, mold, or rot problems.

Upfront Cost

Canvas tents do cost more upfront. The manufacturing process and material costs that go into a canvas tent are greater, thus the tent itself costs more.

But if you take care of your canvas tent it can last a lifetime, often many decades longer than a cheaper plastic counterpart.

Canvas tents are a great option for a survival tent, cold weather tent, and a high-quality camping essential.

So if you’re looking for a tent you can enjoy for decades to come, invest in a high quality, durable canvas tent!

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Best Canvas Tents For Survival and Recreation


Now that you understand what makes a canvas tent so great, it’s time to focus in on the best canvas tents on the market.

We’ll start with a couple of smaller single person options and then move up to larger canvas tent options (cabin style).

Smaller Canvas Tents (single to 8 person)

The following canvas tents are portable options that are relatively easy to setup, takedown, but also give you all the benefits of canvas as opposed to plastic fabrics.

Kodiak 1-Person Canvas Swag Tent

This is a very spacious 1 person canvas tent. It’s 6 feet 8 inches long and nearly 3 feet wide.

The Kodiak Canvas Swag Tent has a zip open window at the head and foot of the canvas tent to allow for ultimate airflow and temperature management.

Its made with 100% Hydrashield cotton duck canvas for maximum breathability but also watertight protection.

The Kodiak Canvas Swag Tent also comes with a nice 2-inch foam pad with a cover.

Here’s an excellent overview video of this impressive single person canvas tent.

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Kodiak Canvas Truck Bed Tent

If you have a full-size pickup truck and want the ability to camp anywhere you can take your truck, then the Kodiak Canvas Truck Bed Tent is for you.

The tent is also made with Hydra-Shield, 100% cotton duck canvas. So you know it’s durable, breathable, and watertight.

Here’s a list of the compatible truck models for the Kodiak Truck Tent:

  • Ford F Series
  • Chevy Silverado
  • GMC Sierra
  • Dodge Ram
  • Toyota Tundra
  • Nissan Titan

And just when you think this setup would be too small, the design maximizes interior space with a tall 5-foot high ceiling!

It includes 5 windows to provide excellent ventilation and a feeling of openness. One of the windows faces the cab access window so you’ll still have access to the interior of your truck if your truck’s rear window opens up.

Here’s a promo video showing you the details of this portable truck canvas tent.

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Kodiak Canvas Flex-Bow Canvas Tents (4 person / 6 person / 8 person options)

Again, another excellent series of canvas tents made by Kodiak Canvas.

The Flex-Bow Canvas Tents are well made, high-quality tents using the same Hydra-Shield cotton duck material as the previous 2 tents.

The Flew-Bow has a 4 person, a 6 person, and an 8 person tent options. The only design difference between the three options is overall size and height.

For example, the 4 person tent is 9 ft by 8 ft and includes a nice tall ceiling at 6 foot 1 inch. The 6 person tent sports a 10 ft by 10 ft dimension with an impressive 6 foot 6 inches ceiling height. The 8 person tent is 10 ft by 14 ft with also a 6-foot 6-inch ceiling.

The Kodiak Bow Flex series includes 2 large D shaped doors in both the front and back and 4 windows.

It also includes 2 vent flaps to help control airflow and temperature management.

If your family’s serious about the outdoors, this is a seriously good canvas tent.

Kodiak Canvas Tents Rating Chart


Large Cabin Canvas Tents


The next tents are the best options for larger excursions, adventures, events, or temporary housing.

These very large canvas tents tend to be in the shape of a cabin and are big, strong, and durable. They are perfect for hunting outfitters, large group excursions in the cold outdoors.

Elk Mountain’s Canvas Tents 

Elk Mountain Tents makes excellent large sized canvas tents.

They sell three sizes of their classic rectangular cabin style canvas tent are (13 X 13), (13 X 16), and (13 X 20).

You can fit a lot of people and gear in these tents. For example, you can comfortably fit 10 people in the 13 x 20 tent (without a wood stove).

These Elk Mountain Canvas Tents are well crafted and use a synthetic canvas made with polyester to reduce the negative issues that are associated with cotton canvas (such as the need to weather it and mildew problems).

This polyester canvas also makes Elk Mountain Tents stronger than the competition.

For example, Elk Mountain Tents use 11 oz canvas with a breaking strength of 449 lbs (warp direction) and 382 lbs (fill direction). Making it significantly tougher than traditional canvas – which has a breaking strength of 382 (warp) and 241 (fill) for 12 oz canvas and about 210 (warp) and 140 (fill) for 10 oz canvas.

The tear strength is 67 lbs (warp) and 40 lbs (fill); this is roughly double that of the Sunforger canvas material used by other tent companies.

These large cabin sized canvas tents include 6 windows provide as much openness or privacy as you desire. These tents also have vent flaps at both ends of the tent to provide temperature and airflow control.

Each tent also has a build in stove jack flap. This allows you to add a wood stove to the corner of your Elk Mountain Tent and providing a nice warm cabin feel even in the dead of winter.

I really like the quality construction of the materials for the Elk Mountain Tents.

They use steel poles for a strong internal frame that will withstand the most brutal wind and snow. And the canvas is both strong and durable polyester canvas which is stronger and water resistance compared to cotton canvas.

Plus, Elk Mountain you also get the best value for three reasons:

1) They don’t have retailers who take a cut of the profits so there is no retail markup on their tents.

2) They don’t need to maintain a storefront (rent, utilities, displays, repairs, etc.) so they can lower prices.

3) They’ve streamlined the process – all three tent sizes include all the best features. This efficiency saves time and expenses so they can focus on making more tents at affordable prices.

Simply put, low overhead = low prices.

So if you’re looking for a single room, cabin style canvas tent, we highly recommend Elk Mountain Tents.

Old School Tent

Who Are Canvas Tents For?


Avid Campers

If you camp often or plan to in the future, you should upgrade to a canvas tent. For all the reasons stated above, it just makes more sense. It’s quieter, more durable, a better insulator compared to cheap plastic tents.

It’s better to buy a high-quality canvas tent once and use it for a lifetime than buy a cheap nylon tent every 2 or 3 years.

Fishing Expeditions

One of the great features of most canvas tents is their height.

With most canvas tents, you can stand up straight in them meaning you can store your fishing poles in the tent without having to break them down or store them outside.

Plus, canvas tents are the ideal shelter for ice fishing excursions. Canvas walls do a much better job of keeping you and your fishing mates warm while out on the lake.

Hunters

Serious hunters know multiday hunting excursions takes a lot of gear and food and supplies.

So, if you want to enjoy your down time in camp after a long day of hunting, you’ll want a canvas tent. It provides more room for all your gear and supplies, and you can add a stove for heat during cold weather hunts.

Expeditions / Rescue Operations

Canvas tents make the ideal home base for expeditions and rescue operations. Similar to military operations outside the battlefield, canvas tents are portable structures that can easily become remote command posts.

Special Events

Street fairs, farmers market, backyard weddings, small concerts are all great uses for a large canvas tent. They will help keep guest warmer in the colder months and cooler in the hot months.

Most events only last for a short period of time (day, week or month) – then once the event is over, you need to take down the structure. This is where a canvas tent excels, portable and substantial.

Temporary Housing

Whether it’s a natural disaster or your fumigating your home, you’ll need a temporary shelter.

You may be able to move in with a friend or extended family for a few days or you can break out your canvas tent and make it a cozy comfortable adventure.

Canvas tents are roomy, portable and durable making it an ideal back up option if you find yourself without a home for a while.

Final Word


If you’ve made it to this point of the post, I know you’re seriously thinking about getting a canvas tent. And if you’ve read this site before, you know we focus on survival and preparedness.

When it comes to survival and preparedness gear, it’s always better to invest in tools and supplies that will last in the harshest of conditions. And canvas tents are one smart upgrade that serious survivalist and avid campers should make.

Don’t be turned off by the slightly more upfront investment because the price is what you pay; value is what you get.

With canvas tents, you’re getting much more value for your dollars.

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Boston Fern: How To Grow And Care For Nephrolepis Species

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Did you know that the Boston fern can reduce pollutants in the air? Well, every plant can, but this one is one of the highest-rated species to do so. It’s also beautiful when grown in pots or in hanging baskets. It can really brighten up the house with its vibrant green or greenish-yellow foliage. And … Read more

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Boston Fern: How To Grow And Care For Nephrolepis Species

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Did you know that the Boston fern can reduce pollutants in the air? Well, every plant can, but this one is one of the highest-rated species to do so. It’s also beautiful when grown in pots or in hanging baskets. It can really brighten up the house with its vibrant green or greenish-yellow foliage. And … Read more

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The Protector And His Fighting Rifle

As I watched the coverage of the tragic church shooting last Sunday, my initial thoughts covered how impossible it would be for me to even imagine being in that small town and losing that many friends at one time. My secondary thoughts automatically went to how this event would be used by the MSM and […]

The Protector And His Fighting Rifle

As I watched the coverage of the tragic church shooting last Sunday, my initial thoughts covered how impossible it would be for me to even imagine being in that small town and losing that many friends at one time. My secondary thoughts automatically went to how this event would be used by the MSM and […]

Survival Medicine Hour: Active Shooters, Respiratory Infections, More

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Survival Medicine Hour: Active Shooters, Respiratory InfectionsCurbing the active shooter

Curbing the active shooterThe shooting at a Texas church came fast upon the Las Vegas shooting and the shooting at a church in Tennessee. it seems like you can’t get away from headlines about some deranged, disgruntled, or politically motivated person out to do harm to innocent people. Joe Alton MD and Amy Alton ARNP discuss some common sense tips for average citizens and some advice for our society to prevent becoming soft targets.

Also, Dr. Alton goes through various respiratory infections so that you can identify, treat, and prevent infections. Different infections require different treatments, from the common cold to strep throat to influenza to pneumonia. Plus, how infectious diseases spread from person to person to cause an epidemic.

All this and more on the latest Survival Medicine Hour with Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy.

To listen in, click below:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/survivalmedicine/2017/11/09/survival-medicine-hour-influenza-active-shooters-infection-spread

Wishing you the best of health in good time or bad,

Joe and Amy Alton

Joe and Amy Alton

Joe and Amy Alton

Learn more about respiratory infections and many more medical topics in our Third Edition of the Survival Medicine Hour: The Essential Guide for When Medical Help is Not on the Way.

 

 

 

6 Ways To Curb Active Shooters

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6 Ways to Curb Active Shooters Attacks

Can we end active shooter events?

Can we end active shooter events?

The recent shootings in diverse settings greet Americans with tragic news on a regular basis. Gunmen identify soft targets in diverse settings, from concerts in Las Vegas to church services in small towns.

it should be clear to you that there is no place safe from the bad intentions of the deranged, disgruntled, and politically-motivated. Vehicular attacks, bombings, shootings, even stabbings indicate that we’re likely to be in for a rough ride in the future.

You might think that the “successes” achieved of late by active shooters are random occurrences. New records for casualties, however, show there is a blueprint that is being refined to deadly effect.

The selection of soft targets is becoming a science, and is leading to higher numbers of deaths and injuries. If those with bad intentions are getting better at creating mayhem, it stands to reason that our society must get better at thwarting those intentions. Here are six ways that would, in my opinion, decrease the number of shooter incidents  (and casualties):

  1. Improve security in areas at risk. I would define an “area at risk” as just about anywhere where a crowd of people would gather. Better protection at malls may be a matter of hiring more trained personnel, but establishing a safety team in other places, such as a church or workplace, can increase the level of vigilance and identify threats early.
  2. Establish volunteer safety officers in rural areas and small towns where there may not be law enforcement and emergency medical personnel just around the corner. These persons should have training in security, firearms, and first aid for bleeding wounds. If there are volunteer fire departments, while not trained volunteer safety departments?
  3. Instill a culture of situational awareness in our society. Situational awareness is a state of calm, relaxed observation of factors that might indicate a threat. These are called “anomalies”; learning to recognize them can identify someone who may have bad intentions. Situational awareness also involves always having a plan of action when a threat occurs, even if it’s as simple as making a note of the nearest exit at a concert. Seems like common sense, but in these days of smartphone distractions, many are oblivious of their surroundings.
  4. Teach our citizens to avoid the natural paralysis that occurs in an unexpected event. This paralysis occurs as a result of “normalcy bias”, the tendency to discount risks because most days proceed in a certain standard manner; we assume that today will be the same. By teaching simple courses of action such as the Department of Homeland Security’s “Run, Hide, Fight” triad, the decision-making process may be more intuitive and more rapidly implemented. This is more effectively taught and ingrained at a young age.
  5. Teach our students simple first aid strategies to stop bleeding, the most likely cause of death in these scenarios. Rapid action by bystanders is thought to decrease the number of deaths from hemorrhage. Add “Reduce” hemorrhage to “Reading, ‘Riting, and ‘Rithmetic” as part of school curriculum, and lives might be saved.
  6. Provide first aid kits for bleeding in public venues that can be accessed by those at the scene. With supplies, the Good Samaritan will be more likely to save a life. I predict that these kits, already on the market, will be fixtures on the wall next to the fire extinguisher in the uncertain future.

Despite the above recommendations, our response as a nation has been to do little to correct the problem. I say that era must end. Let’s stop being “soft” targets. We must forsake the notion that shootings are just part and parcel of the New Normal, and begin the process by which we change our attitude and level of vigilance, not in isolated cases, but as a society.

I’m not an official with the Department of Homeland Security, but I know that there are more active shooter events in our future. A prepared nation wouldn’t be invulnerable to attacks, but its citizens would have a better chance to survive them.

Joe Alton MD

Dr. Alton

Dr. Alton

 

Medical kits to stop bleeding are good items to have in these uncertain times. Check out kits specially designed by us for workplaces, schools, places of worship, and other public venues that might save a live in the hands of the Good Samaritan.

Multi-person Kit for Bleeding

Multi-person Kit for Bleeding

 

Gun vs. Bow – Which One Do You Need for Survival

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Editors Note: A guest contribution from Robert Gate of Archerytopic.com  to The Prepper Journal. As always, if you have information for Preppers that you would like to share and possibly receive a $25 cash award as well as be entered into the Prepper Writing Contest with a chance to win one of three Amazon Gift Cards  with the top prize being a $300 card to purchase your own prepping supplies, enter today.

Sometimes you can end up in a situation that needs you to apply any survival skills that you have. Having the right tools and weapons could mean a lot when it comes to your survival. With many options available as survival weapons, for most, it would either be a bow or a gun. So, which one would be the best to use?

The debate about bow vs. gun has been around survivalist forums for years. They always want to know which weapon would help them protect themselves and their family in a critical situation. Some might prefer guns over bows and vice versa, today we get to go into detail to understand which weapon would be the best.

Bows

The bow weapons would come in different shapes and sizes just as it would be the same for the guns. You have to look at the experience you have when it comes to handling the bows. For the sake of survival, you do not want to be an amateur at using the weapon. The same goes for the choice of the bow. Multiple bow types exist today each requiring a different way of handling. No matter whether it is the best compound bow or the best recurve bow, if you are not careful, you might end up with the victim of an accident when shooting the bow as opposed to protecting yourself and family.

The Pros of Using Bow Weapons

  • One good thing about bows is that making the weapons and components, such as arrows, should be easy for many people. Even if the last deer ran off with your last arrow, you can always make new arrows from materials around you. The same could not be said for the guns whereby if you are out of ammo, there is nothing you can do.
  • With a gun, you will make noticeable noise that will make your enemy know your exact position. Having a bow is considered better in some situations due to their quiet nature. Your enemy might end up being defeated by the bow silence and being unable to track your position.
  • The slow speed of the arrow can be a blessing in disguise. If the enemy is smart enough, he can track your position by looking at where the arrow is flying in from. The slow speed should allow you to move from your current position before the arrow hits the target.

Cons of Bow Weapons

  • The first disadvantage can easily be directed towards the rate of fire for a bow. Take the crossbow as an example, it would take long to add the arrow to the bow before firing. This takes time as compared to using a gun. Newer guns will have an increased fire rate and reduced rates of misfires.
  • The amount of training needed to be able to use a bow takes time. The time might not always be on your side in a survivalist situation. Ask anyone who has trained as an archer, the answer is always that the process takes long to master it.
  • Taking bow shots needs the archer to be closer to danger as compared to when using a rifle. You can see that your stealth skills have to be at the top or else you will be noticed before you can take the shot.

Guns

There is no doubt that when compared to bows, guns will easily be seen as a more powerful weapon for survival. New rifles today can deliver impressive ranges, some up to 600 yards easily and still maintain accuracy. The ammo used in guns has the ability to drop the target easily if you know how to handle the gun.

Pros of Guns

  • The ability to deliver the ammo over a longer distance than a bow makes a gun preferred by many people. You can aim easily, in the comfort of your stand, and send the bullet towards your target. A number of factors can affect the type of gun and ammo to use, but on overall a gun would be better at shooting over long distances.
  • The stopping power of a bullet has been always enough to take down the target with ease. It is a minimal effort as compared to using the arrows. You might have to shoot your target with several arrows to get it down.
  • How about learning how to use a gun? As compared to using bows, the guns are always easier to master. You will be a pro in using a gun within a short time as when compared to shooting arrows over a long time.

Cons

  • The shortage of ammo always makes the gun useless. It is not the same as for the bows where, again, you can make arrows in the wild.

By now you have an idea which weapon you would choose. Each weapon has its best applications, so make sure that you keep that in mind before picking a gun or bow.

Robert Gate is the founder of Archerytopic.com. He was enthusiastic about hunting from the first shot, from then he decided to become a pro hunter. If you find something helpful on his blog, he would be proud to hear from you.

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Gun vs. Bow – Which One Do You Need for Survival

Written by Guest Contributor on The Prepper Journal.

Editors Note: A guest contribution from Robert Gate of Archerytopic.com  to The Prepper Journal. As always, if you have information for Preppers that you would like to share and possibly receive a $25 cash award as well as be entered into the Prepper Writing Contest with a chance to win one of three Amazon Gift Cards  with the top prize being a $300 card to purchase your own prepping supplies, enter today.

Sometimes you can end up in a situation that needs you to apply any survival skills that you have. Having the right tools and weapons could mean a lot when it comes to your survival. With many options available as survival weapons, for most, it would either be a bow or a gun. So, which one would be the best to use?

The debate about bow vs. gun has been around survivalist forums for years. They always want to know which weapon would help them protect themselves and their family in a critical situation. Some might prefer guns over bows and vice versa, today we get to go into detail to understand which weapon would be the best.

Bows

The bow weapons would come in different shapes and sizes just as it would be the same for the guns. You have to look at the experience you have when it comes to handling the bows. For the sake of survival, you do not want to be an amateur at using the weapon. The same goes for the choice of the bow. Multiple bow types exist today each requiring a different way of handling. No matter whether it is the best compound bow or the best recurve bow, if you are not careful, you might end up with the victim of an accident when shooting the bow as opposed to protecting yourself and family.

The Pros of Using Bow Weapons

  • One good thing about bows is that making the weapons and components, such as arrows, should be easy for many people. Even if the last deer ran off with your last arrow, you can always make new arrows from materials around you. The same could not be said for the guns whereby if you are out of ammo, there is nothing you can do.
  • With a gun, you will make noticeable noise that will make your enemy know your exact position. Having a bow is considered better in some situations due to their quiet nature. Your enemy might end up being defeated by the bow silence and being unable to track your position.
  • The slow speed of the arrow can be a blessing in disguise. If the enemy is smart enough, he can track your position by looking at where the arrow is flying in from. The slow speed should allow you to move from your current position before the arrow hits the target.

Cons of Bow Weapons

  • The first disadvantage can easily be directed towards the rate of fire for a bow. Take the crossbow as an example, it would take long to add the arrow to the bow before firing. This takes time as compared to using a gun. Newer guns will have an increased fire rate and reduced rates of misfires.
  • The amount of training needed to be able to use a bow takes time. The time might not always be on your side in a survivalist situation. Ask anyone who has trained as an archer, the answer is always that the process takes long to master it.
  • Taking bow shots needs the archer to be closer to danger as compared to when using a rifle. You can see that your stealth skills have to be at the top or else you will be noticed before you can take the shot.

Guns

There is no doubt that when compared to bows, guns will easily be seen as a more powerful weapon for survival. New rifles today can deliver impressive ranges, some up to 600 yards easily and still maintain accuracy. The ammo used in guns has the ability to drop the target easily if you know how to handle the gun.

Pros of Guns

  • The ability to deliver the ammo over a longer distance than a bow makes a gun preferred by many people. You can aim easily, in the comfort of your stand, and send the bullet towards your target. A number of factors can affect the type of gun and ammo to use, but on overall a gun would be better at shooting over long distances.
  • The stopping power of a bullet has been always enough to take down the target with ease. It is a minimal effort as compared to using the arrows. You might have to shoot your target with several arrows to get it down.
  • How about learning how to use a gun? As compared to using bows, the guns are always easier to master. You will be a pro in using a gun within a short time as when compared to shooting arrows over a long time.

Cons

  • The shortage of ammo always makes the gun useless. It is not the same as for the bows where, again, you can make arrows in the wild.

By now you have an idea which weapon you would choose. Each weapon has its best applications, so make sure that you keep that in mind before picking a gun or bow.

Robert Gate is the founder of Archerytopic.com. He was enthusiastic about hunting from the first shot, from then he decided to become a pro hunter. If you find something helpful on his blog, he would be proud to hear from you.

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13 Creative & Clever Uses for My Favorite Solar Lantern

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When the winds and torrential rains of Hurricane Harvey slammed our home and left us in the dark, I didn’t reach for candles and matches or one of my flashlights.

13 Clever & Creative Uses for My Favorite Solar Lantern via The Survival Mom

Instead, I chose something that didn’t use an open flame to provide light; something that didn’t require batteries. I opted for the Luci Solar Lantern, one of my very favorite Survival Mom products and one that I now represent as an affiliate.

This inflatable lantern provides light in emergency scenarios, powered by a small solar battery which quickly charges from the sun or just indoor lighting. A full charge lasts about 12 hours, and because it’s inflatable, it’s easy to deflate and store in small spaces. I’ve even added a Luci to a small, vacuum sealed emergency kit I made for my kids. With just a few puffs of air, it reinflates and is ready to become a lantern again. When I needed it for reading, I turned it upside down and created a lamp for my reading area.

It’s not often that I jump fully on board with a product but my family has had Luci lights around now for several months and they are a reliable source of light whenever we’ve needed one. What more could you ask from an emergency preparedness product? I talked about the Luci and demonstrated some of its features in this recorded Facebook Live chat.

My friend and assistant, Erin, took on the challenge of finding even more ways to put the Luci to work, and I’ve got to give her a lot of credit. These are creative and convincing for anyone wondering if a few Luci lights around the house might be a good idea. Here’s what Erin came up with.

  1. Use the Luci as a night light for a child’s room. With its 3 brightness settings, you can set it on Low — just enough light to provide comfort. With the Luci around kids, you won’t worry about a plug-in night light with a hot bulb and electric outlet, easily within reach of a young child. And, the Luci isn’t a fire hazard. If you have grandkids, this would be a great way to have the Luci for emergencies AND as a night light when they spend the night.
  2. Place a few Lucis along a back patio railing for nighttime BBQs and then one in the middle of each table. Safer than tiki type torches — no fire hazard, and you’ll use them again and again.
  3. These are great gifts for kids and teens. If you are going to read under the covers at night, this is better than a flashlight with no expensive batteries. If you fall asleep while the Luci is on, there are no dead batteries to replace.
  4. On road trips you can charge the Luci on the dashboard while driving during the day, and then have a soft light source for the kids while driving at night. This is perfect! Kids can read, play games, etc. without the car’s overhead light on, distracting the driver.
  5. Great for hotel rooms, where we all can wake up a bit disoriented. Place the Luci on the bathroom vanity, on its Low setting.
  6. Every camping family needs at least 2 or 3 Lucis. They are perfect for tent lighting, provide a light source at night while the family is playing cards or just visiting, and in between camping trips, you can easily store the deflated lantern with your camping/outdoor gear.
  7. Feeling creative? Hang a few Lucis with big ribbons from trees, gazebos, patio umbrellas for charming nighttime entertainment.
  8. The Luci can be used to create beautiful, luminous centerpieces for outdoor or dimly lit indoor weddings and parties.
  9. Attach a Luci to a bicycle for nighttime rides. It can light up the path ahead of you and is large enough to make the bicycle and rider visible to others.
  10. On Halloween, it makes a great trick or treating light!
  11. Wherever you would place a tiny tealight (real or battery), use the Luci light instead for a safer and long-lasting glow.
  12. Because few people are familiar with the Luci Solar Lantern, they make great gifts for all sorts of occasions: thank you gifts (being the shining light of the PTA, you are the brightest teacher, etc.), stocking stuffers, a Festival of Lights gift, or a thoughtful “I really want you to be prepared for emergencies” gift.
  13. Have an elderly loved one who could use some soft lighting during the night? The Luci lantern never gets hot and with its 3 settings provides just the right amount of light when needed.

Looks like I might need to give Erin a raise — or maybe reward her creativity with a Luci light!

For the best prices on the Luci, I like and recommend Survival Frog because they offer the Luci in multi-packs, which saves money. You can learn more about the Luci and order here. If you think of other creative ways to use the Luci, leave a comment below!

13 Clever & Creative Uses for My Favorite Solar Lantern via The Survival Mom

Radiation Being Distributed In Propane — A First Hand Report

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James Tekton (Pictures at the Bottom)


This is so darn hard to do, but here goes.

Talk about finding radiation. We recently made a shocking discovery that was reported to ENE here to post as a story about a month ago, but Admin did not post it.

Do the homework people and use your tools to verify and report your own results. This is a worthy story that deserves its own thread.

From 10-10-17

It was a horrible and shocking discovery to make this warm sunny Tuesday that started out as another beautiful fall Indian Summer Day. Little could anyone know that today would reveal a secret that no one could have ever had any concept of, except the evil that causes it.

Some history: long has there been a big proven suspicion that propane being burned indoors IS RADIOACTIVE. Higher radiation than the normal background amounts in this area of So. Colorado, and northern New Mexico.

Yes, that’s right. EVERYONE that is using propane in the four corners region, perhaps the country, or even the world, is sucking in forced radioactive heated air from the burned propane. Most likely Natural gas too.

This is also why so many heart attacks happen during the winters. Counts upwards in the 70-80’s CPM(100 CPM is alert level) have been measured indoors during past winters by placing the counter in front of the blowing air from a propane heater. We do not use Natural gas, so that still needs to be checked.

Our families have stopped using that forced air propane heater, and will always use a small wood stove after finding this information to be true. It has done the job of getting through a few good winters so far. Anyone can easily check this out with a good counter. Not a cheap one like many people get. The cheap counters do not count as much as a mid-range or high dollar one will.

There was a time when we checked the small propane tank we have for BBQing and it was found to be hot(radioactive) too. We wondered about the source and found that areas north and south had been nuked to get it to come out of the ground. Why else would they frak gas using nukes to do it? More so, why do they sell this poisonous substance to people to heat with?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Rio_Blanco
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Gasbuggy
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Rulison

Propane comes from Natural Gas. Here is some info about LPG and Nat gas:

http://www.elgas.com.au/blog/486-comparison-lpg-natural-gas-propane-butane-methane-lng-cng

So when the propane truck showed up for the regular winter filing just recently, here was the chance to check it out. A big source of the propane. Not the original source, but a carrier itself to see how hot(radioactive) it might be. On prior occasions the driver was told that there was the possibility that the propane he was carrying was radioactive. He did not believe it then, so this was the opportunity to prove, or not prove the suspicion was true.

It was decided to place the counter on the nozzle on the side of the truck. The good man offered to open up the relief valve and was immediately told, no thanks, this will do. Rads would go through the metal. In the setting of the counter on a spot atop of the nozzle on the side of the truck where it would count and not fall off, the audio sound was on and it was already ticking very rapidly. No doubt this was going to be a high reading, but how high? It would take ten minutes to do the quick counting to find out.
….

We waited and talked some more and then the timer went off. Beep beep…beep beep…beep beep…it was the sound signaling the end of a ten minute count. We could already tell it was going to be high, but had no idea how high. The count registered 1671 total counts in ten minutes, for a count of 167 CPM.

We were shocked! Simply waylaid to see how high this reading was just sitting atop the nozzle. Did not even want to imagine what the count would have been if the propane gas was openly exposed to the counter.

Then, for further evidence of what we found, the hand held counter was placed up close against the outside of the truck almost touching the large tank itself to check what the reading would be in uSv/hr. It actually went higher before this picture below was taken when it was at .772 uSv/hr.
The poor guy was shocked. That made two of us. Totally shocked to find out this horrible truth. Told him to mumms the word, not to tell his boss, and to talk to his wife about how important this job really was, considering it was killing him at a faster rate than anyone could even have imagined.

This added to the abnormally high background radiation of the area, Fuckushima, Hanford, and all the other leaking nuke plant fallout coming from west of the Rockies, makes this one heck of a dangerous occupation, much less how harmful it is for the average person who is using Propane or Natural gas heating indoors. The very word ghastly, comes to mind.
Someone mentioned the ashes of the wood and a measurement from that some time back revealed that yes, it too is hot. Not as bad as the propane truck or forced air heating though. The ashes are more or less contained then disposed of into a burn pile for more recycling. Remember, radiation only adds up in the body. It never goes away.

Here below are the pictures that were taken on 10-10-17 of the propane truck and counter in action. What a day to remember. For any who doubt how dangerous this is, you are invited to get your own higher-end Geiger counter(Inspector Alert) and check this yourself. If you do your homework and learn about slow radiation poisoning, the causes and effects, you will not be happy to find out what you will uncover. The sad part of this story is, no one will care or do anything to stop it. Big babylonian oil oligarchs will not stop robbing and killing the people. When it comes right down to it, the really extremely horrid part of this is the fact that people are actually paying the propane suppliers to kill them slowly. Paying big money to kill themselves off. Is that sane?

Links to photos:
Counter On Nozzle:
https://imgur.com/a/7ezVn
https://imgur.com/a/X8NoI
.772 uSv/hr on outside of Propane Truck:
https://imgur.com/a/Nnhkw
1671 Total After Ten Minute Count:
https://imgur.com/a/FlKi3
Back Ground Check Right After Checking the Propane Truck And Closed Nozzle.:
https://imgur.com/a/7ezVn
This is a sad report to make, but perhaps this information can help save some lives.
Do your homework.
S&F.

Radiation Being Distributed In Propane — A First Hand Report

James Tekton (Pictures at the Bottom)


This is so darn hard to do, but here goes.

Talk about finding radiation. We recently made a shocking discovery that was reported to ENE here to post as a story about a month ago, but Admin did not post it.

Do the homework people and use your tools to verify and report your own results. This is a worthy story that deserves its own thread.

From 10-10-17

It was a horrible and shocking discovery to make this warm sunny Tuesday that started out as another beautiful fall Indian Summer Day. Little could anyone know that today would reveal a secret that no one could have ever had any concept of, except the evil that causes it.

Some history: long has there been a big proven suspicion that propane being burned indoors IS RADIOACTIVE. Higher radiation than the normal background amounts in this area of So. Colorado, and northern New Mexico.

Yes, that’s right. EVERYONE that is using propane in the four corners region, perhaps the country, or even the world, is sucking in forced radioactive heated air from the burned propane. Most likely Natural gas too.

This is also why so many heart attacks happen during the winters. Counts upwards in the 70-80’s CPM(100 CPM is alert level) have been measured indoors during past winters by placing the counter in front of the blowing air from a propane heater. We do not use Natural gas, so that still needs to be checked.

Our families have stopped using that forced air propane heater, and will always use a small wood stove after finding this information to be true. It has done the job of getting through a few good winters so far. Anyone can easily check this out with a good counter. Not a cheap one like many people get. The cheap counters do not count as much as a mid-range or high dollar one will.

There was a time when we checked the small propane tank we have for BBQing and it was found to be hot(radioactive) too. We wondered about the source and found that areas north and south had been nuked to get it to come out of the ground. Why else would they frak gas using nukes to do it? More so, why do they sell this poisonous substance to people to heat with?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Rio_Blanco
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Gasbuggy
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Rulison

Propane comes from Natural Gas. Here is some info about LPG and Nat gas:

http://www.elgas.com.au/blog/486-comparison-lpg-natural-gas-propane-butane-methane-lng-cng

So when the propane truck showed up for the regular winter filing just recently, here was the chance to check it out. A big source of the propane. Not the original source, but a carrier itself to see how hot(radioactive) it might be. On prior occasions the driver was told that there was the possibility that the propane he was carrying was radioactive. He did not believe it then, so this was the opportunity to prove, or not prove the suspicion was true.

It was decided to place the counter on the nozzle on the side of the truck. The good man offered to open up the relief valve and was immediately told, no thanks, this will do. Rads would go through the metal. In the setting of the counter on a spot atop of the nozzle on the side of the truck where it would count and not fall off, the audio sound was on and it was already ticking very rapidly. No doubt this was going to be a high reading, but how high? It would take ten minutes to do the quick counting to find out.
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We waited and talked some more and then the timer went off. Beep beep…beep beep…beep beep…it was the sound signaling the end of a ten minute count. We could already tell it was going to be high, but had no idea how high. The count registered 1671 total counts in ten minutes, for a count of 167 CPM.

We were shocked! Simply waylaid to see how high this reading was just sitting atop the nozzle. Did not even want to imagine what the count would have been if the propane gas was openly exposed to the counter.

Then, for further evidence of what we found, the hand held counter was placed up close against the outside of the truck almost touching the large tank itself to check what the reading would be in uSv/hr. It actually went higher before this picture below was taken when it was at .772 uSv/hr.
The poor guy was shocked. That made two of us. Totally shocked to find out this horrible truth. Told him to mumms the word, not to tell his boss, and to talk to his wife about how important this job really was, considering it was killing him at a faster rate than anyone could even have imagined.

This added to the abnormally high background radiation of the area, Fuckushima, Hanford, and all the other leaking nuke plant fallout coming from west of the Rockies, makes this one heck of a dangerous occupation, much less how harmful it is for the average person who is using Propane or Natural gas heating indoors. The very word ghastly, comes to mind.
Someone mentioned the ashes of the wood and a measurement from that some time back revealed that yes, it too is hot. Not as bad as the propane truck or forced air heating though. The ashes are more or less contained then disposed of into a burn pile for more recycling. Remember, radiation only adds up in the body. It never goes away.

Here below are the pictures that were taken on 10-10-17 of the propane truck and counter in action. What a day to remember. For any who doubt how dangerous this is, you are invited to get your own higher-end Geiger counter(Inspector Alert) and check this yourself. If you do your homework and learn about slow radiation poisoning, the causes and effects, you will not be happy to find out what you will uncover. The sad part of this story is, no one will care or do anything to stop it. Big babylonian oil oligarchs will not stop robbing and killing the people. When it comes right down to it, the really extremely horrid part of this is the fact that people are actually paying the propane suppliers to kill them slowly. Paying big money to kill themselves off. Is that sane?

Links to photos:
Counter On Nozzle:
https://imgur.com/a/7ezVn
https://imgur.com/a/X8NoI
.772 uSv/hr on outside of Propane Truck:
https://imgur.com/a/Nnhkw
1671 Total After Ten Minute Count:
https://imgur.com/a/FlKi3
Back Ground Check Right After Checking the Propane Truck And Closed Nozzle.:
https://imgur.com/a/7ezVn
This is a sad report to make, but perhaps this information can help save some lives.
Do your homework.
S&F.

Guest Post: Tampons as Survival Item?

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Thoughts on Tampons as Survival Medical Items

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(Joe Alton MD says: Today we have a guest post by Eric Richard, Registered Nurse, former Army Combat Medic, and founder of Medical Survivalists Facebook Group. Tampons are commonly on survivalists’ lists of survival medical supplies as a way to stop bleeding; but are they really effective for anything more than the purpose for which they were manufactured? Eric gives his opinions below:)

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So I’m still seeing posts and comments about tampons as wound dressings. I’m going to try my damnedest to nail it home why this is a incorrect assumption. First off let me say I’m an Army Combat Medic of 8years, now a Registered Nurse who’s been working in a Level one Trauma Center for going on 10years, I got a pretty good idea about what I’m talking about.

A tampon is designed to be inserted into the vagina of a woman in order to absorb menstrual fluids, which are discharged over the course of a few days. Now menstrual fluid is made up of roughly 40-50% actual blood, and then several other types of tissues, such as lining of the uterus, unfertilized eggs that have been broken down, some excreted hormones, and possibly vaginal secretions. None of these fluids are pressurized, like arterial blood, is throughout the body. Last time I checked menstrual fluids weren’t pressurized or required to sustain life to other organs of the body, like the brain for instance.

Now let’s look at a tampons packaging for a minute, in a high-stress event trying to open, deploy, and apply such a small device with limited fine-motor-skills due to an increase of adrenaline is going to prove to be difficult. You have to open the package three times before you can even use it, for me that rules it out alone right there. Some come in plastic or cardboard applicators that can be confusing as hell, even for a grown woman who has been doing this her entire adult life, let alone a grown man trying to plug bullet holes with them while in a environment like a gunfight.

Another thing to mention is tampons are not sterilized when they leave the manufacturer, and there really is not a need for them to be.
When using a wound packing from QuikClot, Celox or otherwise, it is pretty damn obvious that a tampon doesn’t remotely come close to filling a ballistic wound cavity.

Now let’s talk about the type of bleeding one might come across from a single gunshot wound. Arterial blood is made up of oxygen-rich pressurized blood that transports minerals, vitamins, nutrients, and all sorts of other good stuff the body and its organs need in order to function. The brain requires several of these things in order to keep the rest of the body alive. This is why we assess and treat injuries in the order of Circulation, Airway, Breathing (CAB), or Major hemorrhage, Airway, Respirations, Circulation, Head (MARCH). The point is that we have to control the bleeding first, in order to ensure blood circulation. That way the brain can continue working and keep the rest of the body going, which is ultimately what you’re trying to achieve.

Modern-day pressure dressings are in fact designed to treat penetrating traumatic injuries related to austere or combat environments. They are designed from the ground up to control moderate to severe bleeding, including pressurized arterial bleeding. Pressure dressings like the Olaes from Tactical Medical Solutions are packaged for field-like environments. Most manufacturers use gamma irradiation to sterilize their pressure dressings.

Ask yourself: “What are you preparing for, just a gunshot wound, or are you preparing for as many different penetrating traumatic injuries as possible with this one bandage?” Most of us are far more likely to come across penetrating wounds and various lacerations resulting from a motor vehicle accidents (MVA) than we will from bullets.

Now let’s take into account the size difference between a real pressure dressing and a tampon. I’m not going to get into the anatomy of a ballistic wound cavity, at least not yet anyway. But let me say that a single tampon is not my “go-to” bandage for wound packing in a three-dimensional cavity that is bleeding profusely in the middle of a Combat setting, in the freezing rain, immediately following an attempted car-jacking/murder where a gunfight broke out and now my loved one is sprawled on the pavement bleeding out of the middle of their right thigh and left armpit. But hell if you want to count on “improvising, during such an event……good luck with that.

(Dr. Bones says: Thanks to Eric, who makes a lot of good points in his post. There are a lot of different types of wounds with various shapes and sizes. It would be a very rare circumstance, in my opinion, for a wound to be exactly the size and character where a tampon would apply any effective pressure on an arterial bleed.)

 

Find out more about bleeding wounds and 150 other medical topics in times of trouble in the 700 page Third Edition of “The Survival Medicine Handbook: The Essential Guide for When Medical Help is Not on the Way”., winner of the 2017 Book Excellence Award in the medical category.

Are You A Sinner or A Saint?

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     This question really makes you stop and think, doesn’t it?  I have to admit that when my husband, Mark, posited it to me, my immediate thought was, “Well, of course, I am a sinner.  There was only one human being who wasn’t, and that is Jesus”.  But then, I hesitated, and thought, “Wait a minute, but how does my Lord see me?  Isn’t that my true identity”?
     If you scour the internet, you will find a wide variety of opinions … some theologians and Bible teachers will call Christians sinners; while others declare we are all saints; and yet others try to walk the line and call us both saint and sinner.  But I wanted to definitively know in my heart what I believed, and the only resource that mattered to me was the Bible.  So, I began my quest to determine who I am … sinner or saint.
     In a sense, all human beings, as a category, are sinners because we are born in sin.  So, it is not difficult to think of ourselves as sinners because we know we are capable of sinning. But when we take a look at the word “saint” in the original Greek (hagios) it is used to designate all believers or people set apart for the Lord and His Kingdom.  It is not used to typify those Christians of exceptional holiness, or those who have gone on to be with the Lord in heaven, but rather any and all who are reborn into a new identity.
     And Scripture backs this up in 2 Thessalonians 1:10, which reads, “… when He comes to be glorified in His saints on that day [that is, glorified through the changed lives of those who have accepted Him as Savior and have been set apart for His purpose], and to be marveled at among all who have believed…”.  
     Now, there will always be those Christians who don’t see themselves as this new creation called “saint” and want to cling to their old identity.  They will tell you that if we don’t still see ourselves as sinners, then what value does the Cross have to us?  My answer to that is simple: the Cross is the reason that my identity has changed from sinner to saint; it is the catalyst that transformed me. Did not the Apostle Paul say, “If any man is in Christ he is a new creation. Old things are passed away, behold all things are become new.”
     True, Paul called himself “the foremost of sinners” in 1 Timothy 1:15.  But, as is often the case, we tend to read Scripture out of context. A more careful study shows that he is referring to his former self, i.e., the “old Paul” rather than the new one.  And that may be why he tends to refer to the readers of his letters as “saints” to remind them of who they are, and who they have been called to be.  And that is an important distinction.
     “Saint” is both a description and a calling of the Christian. This is made very clear in Paul’s letter to the Corinthians: “To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified (set apart, made holy) in Christ Jesus, who are selected and called as saints (God’s people), together with all those who in every place call on and honor the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours…”.
     To be a sinner is to be separated from God, with no relationship.  But Scripture tells us in Ephesians 2,  that “through Him we have a [direct] way of approach in one Spirit to the Father”.  When we are reborn we enter into a new relationship with our Creator, and we are”fellow citizens with the saints (God’s people), and are [members] of God’s household”.  We now identify as a saint!
     But what about the times we hurt others with our sins?  How can we possibly think of ourselves as a saint then?  That is where repentance comes in.  With this act of confession and asking God for forgiveness, we show a new nature that is in relationship with God; a new nature that is growing towards the image of Christ — and which definitely is not the nature of a sinner.
     So, after all this discussion, and back and forth, how do you view yourself?  Are you a saved sinner, or a sinning saint?  I will tell you how I have determined this question for myself… I know I am a Christian who is growing in holiness, while still struggling with sin in my life.  But that is the old nature that is still trying to control me.  I KNOW I am a new creation.  I KNOW I have been called to a special purpose and called to be holy because God is holy.  And I know Jesus is the ultimate picture of saint.  I also know that when we are saved, we are identified with Christ by grace through faith.  And I believe that my faith in Christ radically changes not only my identity and my walk, but how God sees me.  He no longer sees a broken vessel, but a renewed and restored receptacle of His grace and mercy.  How can that be labeled a sinner?  From now on, I will only answer to the name Saint. So, I ask my original question to you … Are you a sinner or a saint?

 1 Corinthians 6:11   And such were some of you [before you believed]. But you were washed [by the atoning sacrifice of Christ], you were sanctified [set apart for God, and made holy], you were justified [declared free of guilt] in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the [Holy] Spirit of our God [the source of the believer’s new life and changed behavior]. 
   
   
   

9 Tips To Smoking Meat Any Prepper Should Know

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Oh the delicious flavor of smoked ribs, brisket, or even fish and seafood…

It’s a distinctive flavor, but varies significantly based on your methods. It can be sweet and fruity, or deep and woodsy, or anything in between. The beauty is that you can mix and match and blend to find your favorites and make them your own.

Smoking used to be used as a preservation method but that fell out of use with the invention of refrigeration and isn’t a great method anyway, as it requires a smokehouse and another preservation technique such as salting to ensure food safety that changes the taste and palatability of the meat.

There are also seven ways to Sunday that you can ruin meat while you’re smoking it, too, and that’s not only expensive, but disrespectful to the animal. In a survival situation, it may also mean the difference between eating and going hungry.

Old Days. Old Ways. But The Food Never Tasted Better.

The main issue that you may run into is that you’re going to burn it up. Until you get the hang of it, it’ll be easy to go from not-quite-done to oops-I-made-leather.

So, to save you time and money, and to save wasting perfectly good meat, we’ve gathered some tips to help you get started.

Choose the Right Smoker

There are four basic types of smokers, and the first decision you need to make is which one’s best for you.

Electric Smoker

Electric smokers are probably the easiest to use because all you have to do is plug it in, put the meat in it, and forget about it until the timer goes off.

It’s basically a crock-pot for smoking meat. There are a couple of downfalls, though. It’s pricey, and you don’t quite get that deep smoky flavor.

Gas Smoker

This is the next step in easy smoking. Using a gas smoker gives you the safety measure of controlling your temperature while still being able to add wood chips for flavor, though it won’t permeate the meat and give it that deep, smoky flavor. Also, you have to have gas (propane) to run it, so it won’t be much of an option if SHTF.

Charcoal Smoker

Now you’re getting into an area that requires skill. Charcoal smoking is a favorite even among professional meat smokers because charcoal burns long and steadily and you can add wood to imbue the flavors that you want. You have to know what you’re doing if you’re going to successfully use a charcoal smoker, but it’s nothing you can’t pick up with practice.

Wood Smoker

Cooking with wood is the most difficult method but also imparts the biggest, purist smoky flavors. It’s tricky to cook only with smoke because it burns at different speeds depending on the type of wood you use and how seasoned it is.

You need to tend a wood smoker closely because you want to maintain an even temperature that’s hot enough to cook but not so hot that your meat will be charred on the outside and raw in the middle. You’ll use a combination of chips and blocks to maintain the temperature and you’ll also need to watch the airflow closely so that you’re not getting gusts that cause fluctuations in the temperature.

Choose Your Wood

OK, now that you’ve chosen your method, you need to choose your wood. Different woods imbue different flavors, and some go better with certain meats over others. In other words, match your meat to your wood, or even to the occasion and what other sides you’re going to be using.

  • Hickory will add a strong smoky flavor so it needs meat with big flavor. It goes well with lamb and beef. I like it with venison, too.
  • Cherry has a sweet, mild flavor. It’s good for meats that you aren’t going to be seasoning heavily because the seasoning will cover the delicate flavor of the wood. Cherry’s great for poultry, red meat, and pork, as long as you’re just highlighting the flavor of the meat.
  • Apple and Alder are kind of like cherry. It’s sweet and mild. I like it with fish because I’m not a fan of heavy smoke flavor on my fish. It’s also good for poultry and pork.
  • Mesquite is probably the most recognizable, along with hickory. Many barbecue sauces use these in their labels. Mesquite is great for big flavored meats like beef or pork, specifically ribs or steak, because mesquite is super strong and smoky. Use it when you’re grilling something quickly rather than smoking for a long time.
  • Maple is sweet and smoky. It’s not light like apple or cherry; it adds plenty of flavor and is great with poultry or pork.

Soak Smaller Chips in Water

You can either toss them in and they’ll burn up quickly, or you can soak them in water for several hours so that the wood doesn’t burn up quickly. Wet wood also smokes more. Remember, smoking is meant to be a long process.

The standard with the pros is to use logs and larger pieces dry and smaller pieces and chips wet. Another advantage is that if the wood is wet, it helps prevent flare-ups.

I have a friend who’s big into smoking and he soaks his in Guinness, which gives the meat a little extra something, and he says he’s also soaked it in wine, but I haven’t tasted it when he’s done that. Chances are good that if he did it, it was delicious.

If you soak your chips, wrap them loosely in foil and poke holes in it.

Pick Your Meat

Ahhh … the meat of the matter! The entire process that we just discussed depends largely upon personal taste and what type of meat that you’re going to use. Remember that smoking is usually long and low, or at least medium, so you can get away sometimes with using a larger cut of meat, and sometimes a tougher cut, though you don’t want to go too cheap on the meat.

  • Brisket
  • Ribs
  • Corned Beef
  • Ham
  • Venison Roasts
  • Brisket
  • Pork Roasts
  • Trout and other sturdy white fish
  • Salmon
  • Chicken
  • Turkey

Marinade or Rub?

Fights have been started over this question in parts of the country where smoking is a point of pride. If you decide to use a marinade, whether yours or one you buy, score your meat a little so it’ll soak it up better, and leave it in the fridge for at least 8 hours.

Find the Right Temp

Smoking is a low and slow game. You don’t want it to get over 220 degrees except in the very beginning before you put your meat on. As soon as you put your meat on, get it back down then keep close track of the temperature after that.

If you’re using a charcoal or wood smoker, you can use a pan of water to help keep the temperature regulated and keep the meat moist.

Too Much of a Good Thing is Bad

The general rule of thumb is that smoking shouldn’t take up more than half of the cooking time. Also, you want the smoke to be a steady stream, not huge and billowing.

White Smoke is Good, Black is Bad

White smoke means that everything – wood, meat, ventilation, temperature – is good. Black smoke means that you don’t have enough ventilation or your meat is dripping onto the wood and burning the fat. That’ll make your meat taste burnt.

Leave it Alone!

Leave the lid shut. When you open it, you let the smoke out and you mess with the temperature inside the cooker. If you want it to be awesome, leave it alone.

Respect the Meat!

The star of this show is the meat, not the marinade, the rub, or the smoke. Everything you do is to enhance and complement the flavor of the meat. Respect that. Don’t use anything that’s so strong that it covers up that natural deliciousness.

Now that you have a general idea about smoking, what are you waiting for?

Are you a long-time smoking pro? Share some of your tips with us in the comments section below.

This article has been written by Theresa Crouse for Survivopedia.

Podcast #162: #GratefullyPrepared

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November 10th, 2017: In today’s show I talk about my November 30 Day #GratefullyPrepared Challenge and invite you to join me here http://trayerwilderness.com/g-p Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It tunes what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion into clarity. It can turn a meal into a […]

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Podcast #162: #GratefullyPrepared

November 10th, 2017: In today’s show I talk about my November 30 Day #GratefullyPrepared Challenge and invite you to join me here http://trayerwilderness.com/g-p Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It tunes what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion into clarity. It can turn a meal into a […]

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Know Your Enemy: 9 Prepper Truths You Need for Defense Preparations

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ReadyNutrition Readers, we just covered a segment on self-assessment and knowing yourself.  I had mentioned a paraphrase from Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War” that covered that segment as well as this current article: “Know yourself and know your enemy.”  We are focusing on the latter part of that one: the enemy.  There are several subtleties attached to that short phrase.

9 Prepper Truths You Need to Prepare a Mental Foundation

1. As men are almost identical in many respects, if you know what you are, then you will know what your enemy is.

We’re going to really get into this one in a second.  Here is another subtlety:

2. By knowing your own weaknesses and shortcomings, you recognize things that can stop you in your tracks…where you become your own worst enemy!

We covered most of the thought of that in the first article.  But wait!  There’s more!

3. By knowing your weaknesses, you also understand weaknesses and shortcomings that other men are subjected to and suffer, just as you.

Oh, that’s a deep one!  The “drives” that you may have are the same weaknesses and drives that hamper other people…the ones you will have to face on the Day of Collapse.  Let’s summarize this and not “blow away” the English-speaking minds:

  1. By knowing your own qualities and capabilities, you can surmise those of others…for we are men (human beings).
  2. Recognizing your own qualities that are negative helps you to prevent them from making you your own worst enemy.
  3. Recognizing that where you are weak and fall short…others suffer from the same shortcomings.

Perhaps this sounds as if it’s a psychological treatise.  Perhaps.  Consider this: there’s a great deal that can be learned and accomplished in the application of this “pseudo-science,” as most people consider it…although many behavioral patterns and actions are spot on.  Know yourself, and know your enemy.  What are you?  What is your enemy?  Well, there was a psychologist by the name of Abraham Maslow.  He came up with a “needs pyramid” with the “hierarchy of needs” as human beings run.  Here it is:

There is a lot of truth to this.  Analyze the pyramid.  Here is the key:  You need all of these things, and so does the enemy.

4. The true challenge is to identify the enemy…when he is not you.  What will we face?  A foreign invasion?  A government that lapses into total tyranny?  A band of marauders?  Or will we simply be faced with neighbors that band together to kill us and take our supplies?

In any of those cases, all of the men and women you face have those needs outlined in that pyramid.  It is not so much an “oversimplification,” as it is examining humans from an anthropological perspective and trying to determine what drives them.

5. If you have anything you can use (foodstuffs, medicine, tools, clothing, or weapons, among other things), then you can bank on the fact that others will want it, as well.

I will give you some of my personal stances.  I don’t believe in a policy of appeasement.  What this means is (if you’ve ever watched the movie “The Postman,” for example) you can’t give an aggressor something to “buy off” his or her aggression and think you’re done there.  If anything, it will just be the beginning.  It didn’t work too well for the allies prior to WWII kicking off.  It never works.  It may buy you a little time, but the raiders will be back, to demand more and more from you, until eventually they’ll just swoop in and take it all away.

6. Appeasement is a weakness that leads to conquest, enslavement, and death.

This is why you must follow Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War!”  It gives the answer (albeit I paraphrase, and from different sections):

7. “Where strong in numbers, appear weak.  Where weak, feign strength.  All of warfare is based on deception.”

These are true.  They work if you will employ them.  Part of knowing your enemy takes another form, an aspect that is just as much a key to your victory as knowing the general makeup of man/humanity:

8. You must conduct proper reconnaissance and know your enemy specifically.

What are his numbers?  What are his strengths?  What are his limitations?  What weapons is he carrying, how mobile is he, and can he call on any allies for support?  What drives him?  Is he driven as a wandering Vandal or Visigoth, simply plundering and stealing at will, or does he have greater organizational capabilities and some kind of “vision” for himself and his marauding band?  How committed is he?  How experienced is he?  How strong is his personal leadership?  Is it augmented by cadre, by “officers” as committed to his cause and to him as he, the leader is?

Do you see how much detail there is to this?  You can’t just go through the motions: you must follow through!  I emphasize this because I know from experience.

9. I emphasize these matters because you’re my countrymen, and when the battle comes to you, your homes, and your families… I want you to win it, and live.

If you don’t have all of these bases covered, these strategies and approaches worked out before you engage, then you’ll have your “fourth point of contact” handed to you on a platter.  Trust me: I was instructed how to do all of this, and I truly learned these things by making the mistakes.

To summarize, know how we are as men/human beings.  Know the things that drive us (from positive and negative drives), and understand these inherent weaknesses and drives are common to all mankind.  When you have that base covered, conduct good intelligence…it is not found…it is made.  Make good intelligence out of recon conducted on your enemy…those that threaten your home and family.  Know everything about them, and then know when to engage and when not to.  When to hold ‘em, fold ‘em, walk away, and run…as Kenny Rogers would state it.  Fight that good fight, know your enemy, and most of all make sure you know the one who can be the greatest enemy: know yourself.  JJ out!

 

Additional Reading:

Adaptability: the Key to Ongoing Survival when the SHTF

Little Victories: Lessons in Mental Preparedness from SERE School

Hardcore Walking Dead Survival Tips for Preppers

The Warrior Mentality: Controlled and Purposed Action in a Post Collapse Combat Situation

Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods.

Mr. Johnson dries and tinctures a wide variety of medicinal herbs taken by wild crafting and cultivation, in addition to preserving and canning his own food. An expert in land navigation, survival, mountaineering, and parachuting as trained by the United States Army, Mr. Johnson is an ardent advocate for preparedness, self-sufficiency, and long-term disaster sustainability for families. He and his wife survived Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Cross-trained as a Special Forces Engineer, he is an expert in supply, logistics, transport, and long-term storage of perishable materials, having incorporated many of these techniques plus some unique innovations in his own homestead.

Mr. Johnson brings practical, tested experience firmly rooted in formal education to his writings and to our team. He and his wife live in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with their three cats.

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition

Disaster Preparedness: Surviving a Man-Made Disaster

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According to Eastern Kentucky University, disasters are unfortunate events that almost always end with individuals losing their lives. Perhaps the biggest difference between a natural disaster and a man-made is the human intent to cause environmental damage. A man-made disaster can generally be divided into different categories like terrorism, transportation hazards, environmental accidents, and technological … Read more…

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BUILDING THE PREPPER ARMORY part 2

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BUILDING THE PREPPER ARMORY part 2
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This time, we’re going to be talking about “Building the Prepper Armory: Part 2”. In the next installment of Building the Prepper Armory, we’re going to talk about various accessories, Optics, calibers and which calibers to stockpile, primitive weaponry, slings and sling bows, archery, blowguns, ammo for the more primitive of these weapons, and a whole lot more.

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BUILDING THE PREPPER ARMORY part 2

BUILDING THE PREPPER ARMORY part 2
Host: Dane… “The Gunmetal Armory” Audio player provided!

This time, we’re going to be talking about “Building the Prepper Armory: Part 2”. In the next installment of Building the Prepper Armory, we’re going to talk about various accessories, Optics, calibers and which calibers to stockpile, primitive weaponry, slings and sling bows, archery, blowguns, ammo for the more primitive of these weapons, and a whole lot more.

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