Basic Brake Drum Forge for Under $40

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In America and most of the world, metal has changed things. When the Native Americans first got a look at metal they were ready to sell everything they had to get away from bone and stone. It was just a superior product. In the nation today we are weighed down with metal. There are whole …

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Top 10 Uses for Paracord

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There are some items that are sitting in everyones bag. While we all love a good gear argument, some items are just the best for what they do and the whole community has given these things the nod. One such item is paracord. There are other, too. While you could argue about the type of …

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Urban Survival Skills You Need

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Extreme natural catastrophes and zombie apocalypses might be just for the movies, but what if it really happens in real life? People usually brush off these thoughts as it seems unreal. Some might even laugh at the idea of having to prepare for the end of the world. But the real question is, are we …

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Five Urban Survival Skills to Learn

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 When disasters strike, and not just any disaster but something huge that can spell catastrophe, there will be an onset of chaos at the aftermath. The faint of heart will not survive the initial outbreak of looting and fighting. This is especially true in urban areas. The countryside is more vast, and survival can depend […]

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My Medical Trauma Kit

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I know that gadgets and guns are much cooler than CPR but they are just as important. If you are not putting a serious amount of effort into your first aid kit and training you could be leaving your team or your family at a detriment. That is because injuries and illness will happen. No …

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Uncle Sam is Biggest Brother

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Who is watching? In this age of infinite technology it would seem that we are always being watched by some app, service or search engine. You are not wrong about it. Privacy is one of those things that is going to be under assault in the next 10 years. There is going to be a …

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Establish a Position and Improve Upon it Daily!

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Where is your preparedness starting point? Not the place you are today but the place you want to be when you are on the road to preparedness.  You may already be there or you may not. The question is, where do you go from here? When the momentum is high you can make great strides …

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No Doubt About It, These Indicators Show We Have Economic Problems Headed Our Way

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While we are seeing job growth and economic prosperity, you have to remember that it is all built on a castle of over 20 trillion dollars of debt! That is not a number that can even compute for most people. You toss around the word trillion and people nod heads up and down like they …

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What to Do with $1000 Right Now

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This is one of  the most entertaining articles of the year, thus far. I have enjoyed this look at a lottery style situation with prepping. I think its an article that creates all kinds of conversation. What would you do with $1000 dolllars right now. What you might be surprised about is the fact that …

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8 Best Portable Stove On The Market Right Now – 2018

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The Ultimate Guide To Finding The Best Portable Stove For You

Portable Stove

A portable stove is a lightweight, compact stove. One light enough to transport from place to place with ease.

The critical word being – ease.

Sure, “technically” you can move your kitchen stove, but not with ease.

Portable stoves are the kind you can pick up, pack, and store in a vehicle or backpack without hassle.

For it to be genuinely”portable,” it must be small and lightweight. At least small enough for a petite human to carry it by themselves without throwing out their back.

Yet, just because they are small and light doesn’t mean they are not great at cooking food.

The best ones function as well as your standard kitchen stove.

You should be able to use a portable stove for cooking food or purifying waterin camp and on the go.

So today we’re going to be covering the following topics:

  • Difference Between Portable Stoves, Grills, and Skillets
  • Types Of Portable Stoves
  • Reasons To Invest In A Portable Stove
  • Key Features Of A Quality Portable Stove
  • Best Portable Stoves (With Review Videos)
  • Portable Stove Safety Tips

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Difference Between Portable Stoves, Grills and Skillets


Before we can get into all the different types of portable stoves there are on the market. It’s wise to sort out all the confusion between stoves, grills, and skillets.

Here’s the simplest way to think about the differences:

  • Stoves = Cooking food in pots, pans, or special cups over a controlled flame
  • Grills = Cooking food directly over grates (without pots or pans)
  • Skillet = Cooking food directly over a flat heated surface (again, without pots or pans)

See, that wasn’t so hard. Now you can impress all your camping and survival buddies with this new found knowledge!

And more importantly, you have a better sense of whether you’re truly in the market for a portable stove, a portable grill or a portable skillet.

If you’re still in the market for a portable stove, keeping reading…

Types Of Portable Stoves

Types Of Portable Stove


There are several categories of portable stoves and each has its pro and cons depending on your goals and your usage plans.

Here are the major categories:

1 – Fuel Source Categories

  • Portable Electric Stoves
  • Portable Gas Stoves
    • Propane Stoves
    • Butane Stoves
  • Wood Burning Backpacking Stoves

So let’s go through each of these categories in detail.

Portable Electric Stoves

As far as plug and play, electric stoves are the easiest and most convenient to use. You don’t have to worry about buying and storing a sperate fuel source such as propane or butane.

However, that convenience is a double-edged sword.

Electric stoves only make sense at locations with a reliable (and abundant) source of electrical power.

For a modern campsite (with electrical hookups) this is a decent setup. However, if the power goes out due to a major storm or out of control wildfires, etc. – your portable electric stove becomes a large, expensive paperweight!

So for certain locations, a portable electric stove is the way to go, but it’s not very versatile.

If you want a portable stove that will work at any location (no matter the circumstances), DO NOT get an electric one.

Portable Gas Stoves

Today, one of the most popular portable stove options is the ones that burn liquid gas. Here’s a list of the possible liquid gase stove choices:

  • Kerosene
  • White gas
  • Gasoline
  • Alcohol
  • Methanol
  • Ethanol

Now, some stoves can burn multiple fuels types without any modification – which is a nice feature! Other stoves need specific jet nozzles for each type of fuel used – which can be a pain to deal with.

Some portable gas stoves are designed to only work with one gas only.

Many liquid stoves require some type of pressurization or priming before they start. Some even need pressurization control during the operation.

Nowadays most gas-fueled stoves burn either propane or butane.

Propane is easier to find and performs better in the cold. However, the containers are often heavier than butane – which is a concern mainly for backpackers.

Butane stoves have a very high heat output per weight. This makes them fuel efficient but prone to scorching rather than simmering.

Butane containers are smaller and not easily refilled.

Both options are about turn-key simple as it gets. Just attaching the fuel canister, turning a valve and lighting the burner – that’s it.

However, with a gas stove, you can cook a meal anywhere – as long as you don’t forget to pack (or run out of) fuel canisters. 

So just double check all your essential camping gear before you head out and you’ll be just fine.

Wood Burning Backpacking Stoves

Finally, there’s the new kid on the block – wood burning backpacking stoves. These units are becoming more popular with campers, backpackers and even for backyard bonfires.

With a wood-burning backpacking stove, you haul the stove around but use natural fuel in the form of downed wood. The smaller versions take a few sticks, while the bigger versions need larger branches.

Not worrying about transporting gas or depending on electricity is a very attractive feature for those interested in self-reliance.

These units don’t care if the power is out or if you ran out of propane. You eliminate these headaches completely with a wood burning portable stove.

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Reasons To Own A Portable Stove

Reasons To Invest In A Portable Stove


Nowadays modern portable stoves are designed with camping and recreation in mind.

From backpacking stoves only weighing a few ounces. To “suitcase stoves” with several high-output burners.

But in order to make a wise purchase, you must understand what, where and how you want to use a new portable stove.

Camping

Portable stoves make an excellent addition to a campsite.

I enjoy cooking my camp meals over a nice campfire. However, sometimes it makes more sense to cook over a portable stove instead.

One reason is to manage the high cost of firewood. Instead of using costly firewood for your meals, save your firewood for sitting around after the sun goes down!

Not to mention the increase in widespread summertime campfire bans across the arid US.

Because there’s nothing quite as disappointing as showing up to a campsite with no way to cook your food.

If you’re only cooking method is via campfire and their’s a bane on campfires – you’re going to be one unhappy camper 🙁

Backpacking

Backpacking and portable go together like macaroni and cheese – which is to say they are inseparable.

If a piece of gear is not portable, then it’s not for backpacking.

That’s why so many backpackers add a lightweight portable stove for there backcountry meals.

Sure, you can pack meals that don’t require a stove, and many backpackers choose this option. However, for me, a nice warm filling meal while on the trail is hard to pass up.

With the minimalist lightweight stoves designs on the market today, it’s not a much of a burden to add a portable stove to a backpack.

Bugging Out

Bugging out and backpacking are technically very similar.

With both activities, you’re carrying gear in a backpack in order to survive a long distance trek. However, with backpacking, you doing this to enjoy nature and explore the wilderness.

With bugging out you’re preparing for a dire emergency when you’re forced to leave your home.

But regardless, portable stoves are an ideal solution for both situations.

Power Outage Emergencies

What’s your survival cooking strategy? How do you plan to cook food if electricity is out for several weeks, a month, or a year?

Extreme? Maybe, but we like to plan for the worst and hope for the best.

So having a portable stove (and a means to fuel it) not only provides you with warm meals just about anywhere. It also provides a warm meal at any timeno matter if the power is out indefinitely.

Investing in some piece of mind is always a good thing.

Survival Emergencies

In a wilderness outdoor adventures, every member of your family (or group) should have a lightweight, portable stove.

If you get split up, a single stove isn’t going to cut it. Someones going to be without an emergency stove – a dangerous situation for survival.

They don’t all have to be able to cook a 4-course meal.

But everyone should carry a stove capable of heating up a freeze-dried meal or boiling water to make it safe for drinking.

Tailgating

Tailgating and grilling go hand in hand, so many people may prefer to go with a portable grill. And while that works just fine, maybe you’d prefer no to buy both a portable stove and a portable grill.

Instead, maybe it makes more sense to get a portable stove for all the other reasons above, and then use that same portable stove for tailgates.

You can pan sear just about any tailgate foods you can think of – plus you can keep your cheesy salsa deep warm on a low burner!

Key Features Of The Best Portable Stoves


The best portable stoves share several key features you’ll want.

Lightweight

The “portable” part of “portable stove” means the stove is designed to be lightweight, but that can mean different things to different users.

A backpacker may consider anything over a couple ounces to be too heavy. While someone who’s traveling by car, boat or horse may be happy with a camp stove weighing several pounds.

So pay close attention to what your “lightweight” needs are, but in general, the lighter the better.

Durable

Anything designed to be portable is bound to get banged around every once in a while. If you are lucky enough to be staying in one place, that can be pretty minimal after initial set up.

However, if you’re always on the move, that means extra wear and tear on valves, fuel lines, and moving parts.

Besides, dropping your heavy pack down to rest has been the cause of many portable stove malfunctions.

This abuse makes a durable proven design a must.

Reliable

Something as crucial as a stove should be reliable if it’s worth adding to your camping or survival gear.

This means it has to light under just about any conditions – wind, rain, high altitude, freezing cold.

Many stoves have a piezoelectric starter. But I still keep some windproof matches and a survival lighter with most stove kit in case that spark fails.

A repair kit for crucial parts and the knowledge of how to use it can be a lifesaver as well.

Easy To Use

Another critical factor in choosing a portable stove is the ease of operating it.

You want one with fine-tune controls over your heat adjustments. The simplicity of design and setup and availability of fuel all play into this factor.

Making heat control one of the most important variables.

Some stoves are hard to put together but work almost like a standard kitchen stove once setup. Others are simple to setup but need tedious adjustments and fuel management.

At the end of the day, choose a portable stove that matches your ability to use it properly.

Best Portable Stoves


Over the years, we’ve had the opportunity to test a lot of different stove models across a wide range of designs.

Each different type has its great features, but no stove can be the single best one for all situations.

Here are a few of our favorites for some of the most common stoves on the market today.

The Coleman “Suitcase” Stove

The quintessential camp stove that nearly everyone grew up with. The Coleman white gas stove has been a mainstay of the campground for decades.

Set on a flat surface like a picnic table, they opened like a suitcase. With the lid and side screens providing a wind block.

They were easy to use and relatively indestructibleand you can find many from decades past still in use today.

Over the years, many other manufacturers have copied the design. There are now dozens of options.

Some based on simpler propane burner designs that don’t need priming the fuel tank.

You can find models with 3 burners and over 20,000BTU of heating power.

Others feature a single burner on one side and a griddle on the other for pancakes or eggs.

Adapters allow you to use the large BBQ-style propane tanks.

Often fueling multiple stoves and even lanterns at the same time. Which is GREAT if you’re in a large camp and cooking for more than a couple people at a time.

If you’re traveling by car, boat or horse, this is the camp stove you need!




GAS ONE GS-3000 Portable Gas Stove 

This classic butane stove is smaller than the Coleman because it only has a single burner.

However, that can be a major plus if portability is high on your priority list.

It includes heat resistant knobs (so you don’t burn your fingers adjusting heat controls). It has the convenience of a piezo ignition switch. And can pump out an impressive 9,000 BTU’s.

So it’s a bit of a tradeoff from a two-burner setup to single burner but it that might make sense for you.




JetBoil Flash Personal Cooking System

Suitcase stoves may still dominate the campground, the backcountry belongs to JetBoil.

In the early 2000’s, JetBoil released it’s “personal cooking system.” It was a combination of a small butane canister and miniature stove.

One with an insulated 1L cooking pot and integrated heat exchanger.

The whole thing snapped together. This means it was easy to keep things from tipping and making cooking time more streamlined.

Boiling 1L of water took only 2-3 minutes, lightning fast compared with other stoves of the day.

When finished, the entire system nested inside the cooking pot and slipped easily in a pack.

Now, the original JetBoil has been replaced by the JetBoil Flash. A new version of the JetBoil with an improved heat exchanger and lighter materials.

It’s an excellent option for one person, especially if you have a lot of freeze-dried meals!




SnowPeak LiteMax Titanium

When every ounce matters, even the JetBoil seemed like a brick of lead to the designers at SnowPeak.

A company dedicated to super lightweight gear for thru-hikers.

When you’re hiking 20-30 miles per day, a 2oz stove that fits inside a coffee cup is an impressive upgrade.

SnowPeak has upped the game with their LiteMax Titanium. Cutting weight while bringing the boil time down to just over 4min for 1L of water.

There are also few moving parts, making it reliable and simple to set up.




Solo Stove

solo wood burning stoveHow about investing in the #1 wood-burning backpacking stove recommended by Backpacker Magazine?

If you want a wood burning backpack stove, then look no further than the Solo Stove.

These compact stoves have proven themselves to be lightweight and efficient. Plus, you don’t need to carry any fuel canisters around with you.

Just pick up the twigs and small branches on the ground, use a bit of fire-starting tinder and you’ll be cooking your meal in no time.

The solo stove has several size options including:




BioLite Camp Stove 2

biolite camping stove

The BioStove is the latest in portable stove technology!

The BioStove is not only a wood burning backpacking stove, but it allows you to turn the heat you generate from twigs and sticks into usable electricity.

The unit weighs a bit more than the Solo Stove, however, that extra bit of weight comes with a very nice feature.

There just something awesome about being able to use your portable stove to cook a meal and charge your phone at the same time!




Trangia Spirit Burner

An alcohol-based portable burner stove is not for everyone but some people absolutely love it.

Why the disparity? Because it’s an alcohol burner.

It’s one of the most versatile and user-friendly alcohol burner on the market.

The Trangia’s O-ring lined screwcap allows you to store excess fuel inside the stove without leakage.

The stove could hardly be simpler to operate. Just fill it up with your preferred alcohol fuel and light it aflame with a match, lighter, or fire rod.

Simple, lightweight and user-friendly, what’s not to like.




Emergency Pocket Stove

sf pocket stoveLastly, I want to show you the ultimate solution for lightweight portable stove emergencies – an emergency pocket stove.

They’re the perfect emergency stove option.

Stick on in your pocket for hikes, or in your car during road trips. Because having this thing available at all times, just in case, is smart.

However, they are not the best solution for regular use. They are known for creating a messy residue of burned fuel and the chemical taste.

Making these stoves great for emergencies and less desirable for everyday use.



caution

Portable Stove Safety Tips


Of course, any article about stoves has to come with a few safety tips and warnings.

A quick glance at a manual for any portable stove and you’ll see it comes with pages of warnings.

What does it all boil down to in the end? Make sure you read all the warnings thoroughly, but here are a few highlights:

Stoves are hot. (Duh!)

Even after you turn them off, most stoves remain hot for several minutes (or longer). You can burn yourself or your gear if you don’t let them cool before packing away.

Fuels Release Toxic Fumes

Burning any fuel releases carbon dioxide and other exhaust gases into the atmosphere.

Without ventilation, operating a stove in an enclosed space can be dangerous.

If you need shelter from the weather while cooking, make sure you take care to open some kind of vent for fresh air.

Be careful with stove fuel.

You should clean all fuel spills immediately but with care. In extreme cold, spilling fuel on exposed skin can cause frostbite as the fuel evaporates.

Also, allow any fuel vapors to dissipate before starting a stove. If excess fuel vapors accumulate, a spark can create a dangerous flash explosion.

Cannot Fly With It

If you plan to fly with a stove, it’s nearly impossible to take fuel (or even used, empty fuel bottles) with you on the plane.

So consider fuel availability at your destination when selecting your portable stove.

Final Word


If you’re this far into the article, you’re serious about investing in a quality portable stove.

However, in order to get right portable stove for you – it’s important to understand how to intend to use it. You should also have the key features you want in your portable stove as well.

Once you’ve done that, you can make a purchase with confidence. An investment purchase you can be proud of and will last a lifetime.

Jason K.

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There are a lot of natural nuclear shelters in the US that are absolutely free. And one of them is near your home.

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It Looks Like 2008 Only MORE DISTORTED So Expect MORE CHAOS

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There is much to be concerned about on the forefront of the economy. It would seem that many of the people in this world are struggling to understand why the economy even works. More still don’t even give it the time of day. This is an interesting outlook but its also a big part of …

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Experts Warn that the Amount of Drugs Flushed into our Rivers and Lakes will Increase 65% by 2050

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It wouldn’t make much sense, as preppers, to not care for our planet. Contrary to popular belief we are not actually looing forward to the  of the world. If anything we are getting ready for what seems like the inevitable. Honestly, how long can things go on the way they are going and there not …

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Not All Doom and Gloom

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This prepping thing is about so much more than just the end of times. I mean, it seems that way at first but once you really get along the path it becomes so much more! You struggle to realize it in those first years because you are in total panic mode. When you first start …

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How and When to Plant Tomatoes in the Garden

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Even if we weren’t worried about the end nearing us and the wheels coming off of society, we would likely still plant tomatoes. There is something so right about a hot tomato plucked from a summer plant. Its a flavor that cannot be denied. For most of us its just something that you eat raw, …

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Dad’s Get Home Bag – So He Can Get Home to Us!

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While much of the prepping world is wrapped up in the idea of the bugout bag, I think we could all benefit more from having a get home bag. This is the bag that assures you can make it home from work or from that day trip.  This is an incredibly important consideration. When you …

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Build Your Own Ammo Can EMP Shield

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The threat of the EMP is terrifying. Just the idea that 90% of the nations population would be dead in a year is enough to make you quiver a bit. Would you make that 10% cut? Of course, the majority of that would not come from violence but from sanitation and hygiene. The spread of …

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L.A. Antifa Group Hangs Trump in Effigy, Calls for ‘Revolutionary Violence’ Against ‘the Capitalist State’

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We have real terrorists on our midst. These are black masked killers who are going to flip this nation on its head. The scary thing is that behind the mask there aren’t radical Muslims that are killing for some twisted version of their religion. Instead, these are regular Americans. They are people who might sit …

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Conquer The Frontier Like An American Pioneer

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There is something to be said about the pioneers of old. Well, there is a lot to be said about them. Maybe the most important thing is to say that they figured it out. They figured out how to live off the land like very few people had. They did so under some of the …

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EMP Protection – How To Plan For A Massive Magnetic Pulse Attack

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It’s Time To Take An Electromagnetic Pulse Attack Serious By Putting An EMP Protection Plan In Place Today.

EMP Preparedness and EMP Protection

As Kim Jong Un continues his North Korean nuclear tests, it’s time to start figuring out how to protect yourself from a massive EMP attack.

  • But what would an EMP attack really look like on United States soil?
  • How bad could the destruction be?
  • What are your EMP protection and survival options?
  • What’s the best EMP Emergency Management Plan?
  • What the heck is an EMP anyways?

EMP stands for Electrical Magnetic Pulse. Sounds technical; seems complicated.

But at first, it doesn’t really sound all that scary.

Sounds like something you’d hear a boring physics professor talk about. Not a serious national security concern.

And that’s why today I want to educate you – by discussing the following EMP topics:

  • Simple Example Of An Electric Magnetic Pulse
  • The One Weapon That Can Produce A Massive EMP Attack
  • Introducing High Altitude Detonations
  • So What Kind Of Damage Are We Talking?
  • An EMP Protection Plan To Protect Your Electronics
  • Introducing The Faraday Cage
  • Massive EMP Strike – The Worst Case Scenario
  • Your Two EMP Preparation Options
  • The Best EMP Protection Plan

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Simple Example Of An Electric Magnetic Pulse


When a conductor moves through a magnetic field it produces an electrical current. This technology is how generators work at your local power plant.

Likewise, when a moving magnetic field passes a conductor, it creates current. This phenomenon is called Electro-Magnetic Pulse, or EMP for short.

But what happens if the magnetic field produced is much stronger when it passes through a wire?

Perhaps a pulse large enough to damage the wire. A pulse so intense that it could fry the microscopic wiring in small circuitry.

Given a strong enough magnetic field, microelectronics are destroyed by an electrical burst.

By destroyed, I mean entirely burned out.

Destruction of electrical components in this manner is called an EMP attack.

Nuclear Attack Bomb Explosion

The One Weapon That Can Produce A Massive EMP Attack


The phenomenon is called Electro-Magnetic Pulse, or EMP for short.

One way to create a broad scale EMP pulse is to detonate a nuclear warhead like a hydrogen bomb.

The energy release of a nuclear blast creates a sizeable electromagnetic pulse. This pulse radiates outward in all directions.

Any electrical wiring in the path of the pulse will burn out.

The nuclear explosion does not have to be very large to generate a dangerous EMP. At least one hazardous for our computer friends, not so much for us.

Unlike the radiation from a nuclear explosion, an EMP is not dangerous to people. Unless you have a pacemaker installed.

But it will destroy most unshielded electrical components.



A nuclear EMP pulse is fairly complex and is often broken into three component pulses:

E1 Pulse

An E1 pulse occurs when gamma radiation from a detonation ionizes atoms in the upper atmosphere.

The E1 pulse is the fastest component of nuclear EMP. It’s brief but intense.

As the E1 pulse moves through the earth magnetic field, it creates microwaves. These microwaves strike the surface with an intense surge of power.

It induces high voltages in electrical conductors. Thus causing significant damage by electrical breakdown voltages.

The E1 pulse can destroy computers and communication equipment.

E2 Pulse

The E2 pulse is comparable to the pulse created during lightning strikes.

Fortunately, our national infrastructure is (for the most part) already prepared for an E2 pulse.

E3 Pulse

The E3 component is different from both E1 and E2. E3 is a much slower pulse.

The E3 component has similarities to a geomagnetic storm caused by a solar flare.

Like a solar flare, E3 can produce powerful currents. Intense enough to damage power lines and transformers (i.e., critical infrastructure).

Introducing High Altitude Detonations


An EMP pulse travels line of sight. So it can cover a vast area if the nuclear detonation occurs high in the atmosphere.

Most nuclear military weapons are not intended for high altitude detonations. Because high altitude detonations do little damage to the enemy and less fallout.

However, at high altitudes, the EMP would travel towards everything in its line of sight. Covering thousands of square miles!

It’s true that an EMP diminishes with distance. But it may still be strong enough at thousands of miles to fry most microelectronics.

Making the nuclear EMP a near perfect weapon for a terrorist and rogue nations.

Here’s an interesting question.

If you were a terrorist organization and could only lay your hands on one nuclear weapon. Would you want to blow up one city? Or detonate it high enough to wipe out the electrical systems for thousands of cities?

Aside from nuclear weapons, there are EMP-generating devices. These are called “explosively pumped flux compression generators.”

These use electromagnetic physics to generate large pulses of electromagnetic energy.

The basic idea is to generate an electromagnetic pulse in a coil surrounding a metal core. While at the same time compressing the coil into the core using explosives.

This change in core geometry causes a compression of the electromagnetic field.

EMP’s (whether nuclear or flux compression) has the potential to change the world.



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So What Kind Of Damage Are We Talking?


Any devices not shielded against a large EMP attack is likely to be damaged or destroyed.

We’re talking damage to the following:

  • Power Grids
  • Laptops
  • iPad
  • iPod
  • Smart Phones
  • Cell Phone Towers
  • Telephones
  • Desktop Computers
  • Mainframe Computers
  • Routers
  • Automobile Engine Management Computers
  • Jet Aircraft Systems
  • Air Traffic Control Systems
  • Banking Systems
  • Hospital Diagnostic Machines
  • Televisions
  • Internet Servers
  • Refrigerators
  • Thermostats
  • Plus Anything Else With A Micro Chip

Which is damn near everything these days.

Can you imagine everyone within a thousand-mile radius losing all power and technology?

How about a city like New York or Los Angeles? We are talking 8-10 million people finding themselves in a pre-industrial world without power!

The only things that still work are mechanical in nature (i.e., guns and bullets).

Near instant anarchy.

An EMP Protection Plan To Protect Your Electronics


There are several ways to protect against an EMP attack.

One EMP protection technique is known as electrical shielding.

If an electrical cable includes a grounded shield, the electromagnetic pulse won’t penetrate the shield.

It will induce a current in the shield and release that current harmlessly into the ground.

This is great for cables, but what about smaller devices, such as microelectronics?

Galvanized Trash Cans

Introducing The Faraday Cage


You can shield entire devices using something known as a Faraday Cage.

Named after Michael Faraday, an early scientist in the field of electromagnetics.

Faraday discovered electromagnetic fields won’t penetrate a container made out of certain metals.

Instead, the field impinges on the exterior of the cage. Since all sides of the cage are electrically connected, there’s no induced electrical current.

For current to flow, there must be a differential in electrical potential.

It’s as if there is a short-circuit before the current even begins to flow.

Devices held inside the cage are then protected from damaging currents.

Nested EMP Faraday cages are even better for EMP protection. Essentially, nesting is a cage within a cage.

You can build a simple Faraday cage by covering a box in aluminum foil. If you want to protect your devices, wrap them in a layer of aluminum foil.

But take care, they must be completely covered with no gaps in the foil.

Also, if you wish to use multiple layers of foil, place a layer of insulation between them. Insulation is any material that won’t conduct electricity – like cardboard.

Adding the extra layers of thickness to the foil means nothing. The only reason to double wrap is to prevent gaps in the foil.

A galvanized trash can is also a great solution to store several devices.

Or use both foil and a trash can. Just put your electronics inside a foil-lined cardboard box and place the box inside a trash can.

Ensuring the trash can lid closes entirely and creates a perfect seal.

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Massive EMP Strike – The Aftermath


Now that you have all your devices protected when the terrorist EMP event strikes you’ll be ready. Assuming you knew in advance an attack was coming and took these defense precautions.

So let’s say you did.

The “Event” Happens, And The Lights Go Out

You quickly retrieve your fully functional cell phone from your foil lined trash can, a.k.a. Faraday Cage.

And presto, you have one of the very few functioning cell phones in the Northern Hemisphere. Congratulations!

  • Did your EMP protection plan pay off? Yes and no…
  • How many bars do you have? None?
  • Can you hear me now? No?
  • You pull out your protected laptop or IPad and boot up. Internet connection? Nope.

You’ve got a four-hour charge on the device, great.

Now, where are you going to plug in your charger (because you remembered to add a charger to your Faraday cage, right)?

  • No sweat. I’ve got a home generator – nope – it’s fried by EMP.
  • Oh, but I have home solar panels – nope – fried by EMP.
  • I installed a windmill – nope – the inverter is fried.

Bottom line: The power is out, and it’s going to stay out for a very long time (maybe even years).

  • The utility distribution system has been fried.
  • Cell phone towers are fried.
  • The water company’s filtration and pumping systems are fried.

Food will quickly begin to spoil, and we just lost a war without firing a single bullet.

Your Two EMP Preparation Options


So the way I see it, you have 2 EMP protection options:

EMP Preparation Option 1

Plan for an Amish future.

Plan to revert to an 1860 agrarian society. One with same survival skills our great-great-grandparents lived by.

The sort of skills our modern society has long since forgotten.

EMP Preparation Option 2

Store a disassembled home electrical power generation system inside a huge Faraday Cage.

Solar and wind are your best bet – since you won’t be able to get gasoline or natural gas.

So those are your two options, but most people will end up choosing option two.

Why? Because most people can’t afford to drop $10,000-25,000 on a home generation system.

Especially a system that you won’t immediately use and will remain in storage.

Most people don’t have funds for a grid-independent electrical system today. Let alone one kept stored in Faraday Cages!

However, if you do end up going with EMP Preparedness Option #2, you’d better be ready to defend it.

You’ll likely be the only one on your block (maybe your town) with any electrical power.

By the way, you Option #2 guys, I would wait until long after the attack before assembling your system.

Any good terrorist will be smart enough to allow time install backup systems. Then pop us again to destroy the rest of it.

An EMP blast from a single nuclear device at 20 miles altitude will cover a significant portion of the US with an EMP.

An enemy doesn’t have to destroy the entire nation to destroy its society. It only needs to kill off large portions of the population!

Even the US Government admits as many 9 of 10 Americans could die within one year of an EMP attack on our homeland!

There are too many people, with too few survival skills. The majority of the US population would quickly perish with no power for a year.

Looting, rioting, and murder will be rampant – everywhere. Epic chaos.

That’s why it’s time to take EMP protection seriously and learn some real survival skills.

The Best EMP Protection Plan


EMP Protection is like most other long-term emergency disaster preps in many ways.

You need to have a massive stockpile of prepper food and lots of water. And the self-reliance survival skills to continually replenish your stocks.

Throw in some defense skills as well – to protect your resources and some basic medical supplies.

Food, water, and medicine.

Yes, it’s really as simple as that, but just because it’s simple doesn’t mean it’s easy.

The best way to describe the survival skills you need to learn to prepare for an EMP attack is this:

The skills our great-great-grandparents called everyday life we now call survival and prepping.

So look backward in time for inspiration via The Lost Ways.

That’s how you prepare for life without power long term.

Prepare, Adapt and Overcome,
Just In Case Jack

P.s. Do you know where the closest nuclear bunker is from your home?

There are a lot of natural nuclear shelters in the US that are absolutely free. And one of them is near your home.

Click on the image above to find out where you need to take shelter.

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Trump Pulls Out of Iran Deal – U.S. Determined to Become a Rogue State

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One of the campaign promises of the now president was to pull out of the Iran deal. This deal was predicated on keeping Iran honest in their claims that they would not create a nuclear weapon. Of course, that was something we all turned our noses up at for a long time. This had a …

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How Central Bankers Rigged The World

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The hatred for central bankers is startling. There are some very real villains that people point to when it comes to the ruling and trouncing of our world. While you may or may not agree with the accusations, these villains are under extreme scrutiny. In a way you can even feel sympathetic for them in …

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Super Light and Super Tough: Why the Arc’teryx Alpha FL 30 May Be the Perfect Pack

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The battle for the best bag is a clash never ending. While we consumers are out seeking and searching, the producers are in their conference rooms discussing the next generation of pack to lure us. What’s wrong with that? To me the backpack industry is a win win situation. I am happy to see that …

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9 Simple Tips You Need To Buy The Best EDC Flashlight

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The EDC flashlight either seems like overkill or sheer necessity to you. Light in the darkness is valuable and don’t for a second think that darkness is only available at night. There are dark places all over, dark rooms and you should be prepared to shine light on those problems. The world deserves inspection and …

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80 Last-Minute Items To Get At The Supermarket

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I want you to imagine something for a moment. You wake up tomorrow on what seems like a typical day, go to the bathroom, get your coffee, or do whatever you do in the mornings, and then you check your phone or computer or TV… and discover that it’s happening. The shit has officially hit […]

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What Will Work After An EMP Attack?

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Quite possibly the biggest question in all of prepping is what will work after an EMP attack. we have a vision of a situation where all electronics are dispatched and we are left to an age before power. That is the general thought process and its also the way we go with our preps. I …

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Rapid Deployment of the 5.11 Rapid Origin Pack

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We see the articles all the time. There are numerous links and bags to consider. There is always someone out there trying to offer you the very best bugout bag for the money. That is just the reality of doing business. Of course, you can never know what the bag is going to offer you …

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You Can Use These 2 Kinds of Tree Fungus for Fire Tinder

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There are a few distinct parts of fire craft that you must master if you plan on being able to create fire reliably. Perhaps the most exciting and most notable is creating a spark. The ignition portion of the fire craft gets all the love. There are more products on the market for creating a …

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Can Stress Cause Vertigo?

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Being stressed is more than tension. Stress elevates your cortisol and adrenal fight or flight hormones and can lead to a number of other issues. So, can stress cause vertigo? Absolutely. In fact, stress is one of the common causes of vertigo. Vertigo is a period of prolonged dizziness, and can be mild, which you …

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76 Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar in and Around the Homestead

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We store many things and if we are smart we store things with many uses. There are lots of products out there that serve one unique purpose and that is fine. We should not shy away from special items that do one thing well. I mean you think about things like quick clotting substances for …

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What Are The Most Likely Causes For A Complete Societal Collapse?

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There are many thoughts on the topic. Everyone seems to have at least one situation that they are sure will happen. We have our little collapse camps. Some live in the world of the EMP and others think the Pandemic will wipe everyone out. There is a little fun in that, right. All fun aside, …

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Where should I find supplies in a SHTF scenario?

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Where should I find supplies in a SHTF scenario?

Where should I find supplies in a SHTF scenario?

Once SHTF, things will go south in a hurry. Whatever the disaster is, we should expect grocery stores to be robbed, mobs to form, homes to be raided, any many available supplies taken.

It is not a fantasy situation to imagine that gangs will go from neighborhood to neighborhood in search of life giving food and water.

Since many common ways of getting supplies (such as grocery or drug stores) will be destroyed, we must begin to look for alternative ways of finding, collecting, and storing supplies in a SHTF situation.

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Big Birch Bark Sheets; Deer Carcass Inspection; The Importance Of Tree ID In Bushcraft

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There are three serious topics in this podcast. Some of the most important parts of bushcraft are right here in this one. I was very impressed when I came across this. Tree identification is quickly becoming one of the most important pieces of the preparedness puzzle. Dave Canterbury says that they are a 4 seasons …

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Dandelion Soda Recipe: Naturally Fermented with a Ginger Bug!

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The vast uses for the humble dandelion are blowing me away lately. Homesteaders are putting out these incredible blogs about taking full advantage of this front yard weed and I cant get enough of it. You might remember the article on dandelion wine and what a beautiful drink that was. Well, you may have thought …

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White Vinegar Benefits and Uses

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  For years we tried various floor cleaners that would work for cleaning our floors. It’s tricky because we have a combination of tile, vinyl and wood flooring, so to find the perfect cleaner that could use place in one bucket for mopping them all come Saturday cleaning days, was not so easy, and it …

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Viking Blacksmithing on the Move

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One of the coolest instructables I have seen is gathered in this article. There is a pull on many of us to start blacksmithing. There is an incredible allure that pulls at many people to get back to some of the lost skills like blacksmithing. There has also been an explosion in craftsmen and artisans …

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Improved Stove Top Fan (from Junk)

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A big part of urban survival that is often overlooked is the manipulation of metal. We have extracted so much metal from the ground and brought it to the surface that we have created scrap yards full of that metal. What can you do with metal? What can you assemble, disassemble or re create altogether? …

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Emergency Shelters From a Poncho & Trekking Poles

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What do you depend on for shelter? What are the things that you really have on hand and the skills to make a shelter? There are a  collection of things that can be packed, carried or stored to create an emergency shelter that will keep you alive in a wilderness emergency. Its hard for most …

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Life Out There: Survival Kit

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To preppers OUT THERE may sound like something of a collapse. In fact, it could be a great title for the world following a full scale apocalypse. What is presented here is the idea of OUT THERE being the vast wildernesses that make up this great nation. There is something about getting knowledge about surviving …

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Turning our Lawn into Pasture

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The American lawn has to be one of the greatest  resource wastes in modern society. The second is the fact that we rake all of our leave up and let the city take them. Don’t people know that leaves and grass equal compost!? You are literally throwing the best growing medium away all the time. …

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The Power of the Prepper Compound and the Curse of Doomsday Preppers!

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This is a very powerful article. It is rare that we get to look at serious prepper philosophy and ya know what? That’s just what this is. You are going to see into the mind of a very influential prepper in the niche. I love the idea that this is possible and that these things …

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13 Factors To Consider When Planning Your Urban Bug Out Bag

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Lets take a minute and talk to our inner city preppers. When you face a serious disaster or collapse you have zero options outside of bugging out. There are very little options when it comes to sustaining yourself amongst millions of people in very tight quarters. If you are too prepared people will notice and …

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Why Military Action Against Syria Is A Really Bad Idea

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After the action we saw in Syria many people are torn about the situation. They see those who may have been killed by a chemical weapons attack and there is a desire for justice. Is America the entity to bring that justice. On the other side we are all concerned about the repercussions of our …

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The Incredible and Efficient Use of a Bicycle as a Bug Out Vehicle

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There is something to be said about the bike in a bugout situation. While we may not like to admit it, bikes can get some work done if you are well prepared. The obvious issue with a bicycle is the same issue that comes up with anything that isn’t tethered to your back in a …

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What Is An EDC (Everyday Carry) Bag? And Why It’s Important To Have A Well-Maintained EDC Bag?

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While EDC items have become rather fashionable its also important to understand that they are part of a very important process. The idea behind EDC is that you have everything you are going to need in a daily situation as well as an emergency situation. Companies all over the net are paying attention and they …

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Scotch or Bourbon? .556 vs. .300

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The .300 blackout round has taken the gun enthusiast community by storm. Its been an impressive thing to watch.  It has been long understood that the .556 round does not have the power that the 7.62 does. There have been tests and while power is not the defining factor in a rounds proficiency it is …

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The End Of Our Empire Approaches

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Perhaps the very basis of what we do is because, in some sense, we see it all coming to an end. We feel like America is the 21st century Rome. There are very real concerns about carrying capacity of this nation not just from a standpoint of resources but also from the standpoint of civility. …

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How to Carry Escape & Evasion Tools – Questions Over Coffee 04

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Many people are enhancing their EDC. That is, their every day carry. The items that the average American carries each day is changing radically. You see, we are coming to understand there are a good many threats that we can face. Its important that we know how to react and have the tools we need …

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3 Reasons for Using Hand Forged Knives

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Knives are an ultimate weapon and tool. Who would not want to have one in their collection? These tools can also be used for cutting and chopping wood and even has found utility in the kitchen. These knives have been around for so long that people have started forgetting about their power. Do you fall …

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OUTDOOR LIVING WITH ONLY A SURVIVAL KNIFE: IS IT POSSIBLE?

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The outdoor lifestyle is not for everyone, let’s be honest. This lifestyle requires a little bit of grit and determination and taking on the wild is not for everyone. I spend a lot of my free time browsing the web, looking for tips on how to make life in the wild more fun. Easy is …

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Sewing & Mending Kit Essentials For Preppers (And Everyone Else!)

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It seems like no one wants to carry this skill on. It could be the cheap clothing and our societies desire to throw away the things we could repair. Its just the reality of the times. That said, there are times when sewing can make a situation much better. There was a time when at …

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You Don’t Need To Be Wealthy to Homestead

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What are the criteria for a homestead? The truth of the matter is you can define it anyway you like. It doesn’t have to be some 20 acre plot of land that is miels away fro everyone else and is completely off grid. That is one form of homesteading. Across the nation there is a …

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Survival Debate: Which Dog is the King of Survival

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Mans best friend has long walked in our wake and helped us with a number of tasks. if you think that a survival dog is about having a creature that will attack and sacrifice itself to save you, you are missing the point of having a dog. You need only look through history to see …

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Clipping Chicken Wings-How And Why You Should

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Those little egg factories in the backyard are a vital piece of the puzzle to your homestead or just your self reliance goals. Chickens can add a lot of things to your family experience and your food sourcing. They can add a serious amount of frustration, if you are not careful. How you treat your …

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Can We Save Privacy by Treating Info Like Private Property?

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What happens with privacy over the next 10 years may very well dictate what we become as a people. Do we abandon our rights to privacy for convenience and advanced tech or do we scale back and focus on how to keep that precious privacy around? This is the biggest question of the 21st century …

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How to Build a Temporary Wilderness Shelter

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Whether you’re heading on a low-cost camping trip or you get stranded out in the wilderness without many supplies, knowing how to build a temporary wilderness shelter is incredibly important. A temporary wilderness shelter can get you through the night no matter where you are. Depending on where you are in the wilderness, there are many …

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Best Handgun for Bear Protection and My Thoughts as to Why

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Many preppers are depending on the woods as there backup home in times of disaster. I am referring to the bugout. All over this nation there are people who are planning on seeking refuge from a collapse within the local national forest. Now, we cannot know all that is in the minds of others but …

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Homemade Pontoon Boat

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The means of traversing water could certainly become a force multiplier in survival. Surviving on an island has its perks. Having a boat to cross a large body of water also has its perks. This is a very interesting thing. If you can master the water in survival you will have the edge that the …

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How to Put Together a Good Fire Starter Kit

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Imagine falling out of a helicopter and pulling a chute. You don’t know why or how you got under this parachute but you are floating down into a thick and rolling landscape of deep forest. There are trees everywhere and you see wildlife a buzz in the tops of the trees. When you hit the …

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Straw Bale, Rammed Earth, and Earthbag: Three Unique Building Methods for Your Homestead

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When you are laying out a homestead there are many decisions to be made. What type of structures are you going to add to your homestead? Do you want a root cellar? Greenhouse? Are you going to power with solar and is there a structure that needs to be build to handle that? How about …

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Water Bottles: Is the Packaging Now To Flimsy for Storage

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Water storage is one of those things that is really tough to sure up. You just need so much water, so much space and a ground that can handle it. Of course, water is one of those things that we lose sleep over. This is because we are struggling with our filters and are water …

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Why Bitcoin Is No Good For SHTF Preppers

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It would seem that bitcoin is here to stay. If it is not something similar will certainly show up in its place. Of course, the question many people are asking is: Does an electronic currency have a place in my preps. Well, there are a number of people who fall on both sides of this …

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WW3 Alert: NATO Readies 35,000 Troops For Combat Amidst ‘Russia Tensions’

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No matter what happened with the gas, the world is preparing for war. There has been no real investigation on the gas except for using other people on the ground. Did you know the president can bomb at will? So we can provoke a war but we cannot go to war without the consent of …

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13 Scary Things that Happen When an Economy Collapses

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In modern days, economic collapse is one of the most likely disasters that people all over the world must contend with. Even in an economic stronghold such as the United States, the possibility of economic collapse looms large. In fact, many experts predict that the U.S. is due for an economic downturn, the severity of […]

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Outdoor Home Security without Advertising that You are a Prepper

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You could set up your home to look like a Fort Knox- but that might not fly with the neighbors and could raise a few red flags for would-be-intruders. “What’s so valuable that they could be protecting in there?” is definitely a question that would run through my head if I was scavenging for supplies …

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Did You Hear About the Violent Teen Flash Mob That Took Over Chicago’s Fanciest Shopping Area Saturday?

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All around this nation there are pockets of people who are falling off the wagon. There are more and more people who are subscribing to the idea of anarchy. Whether they are calling that chaos Socialism or something else is unimportant. Their actions are very important. The struggle to make it in this world and …

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Tangible Rewards: Mental Health Gains and Wild

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You have to get out in it. Armchair survivalists are just as bad as armchair quarterbacks. While getting in the woods is a great way to practice your survival skills its also a great way to balance this radically charged world we live in. Can you deny the fact that we are hindered most by …

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Corporate Social Media Behemoths are Systematically Censoring Independent Media

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How did you get started on your preparedness journey. Was it because of social media or the nightly news? Most people found their way on the path of preparedness through alternative media. This great bastion of hidden information has brought so many to the light. Without the shackles of large corporate sponsors these smaller outlets …

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Chipping Away at the Second Amendment

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The greatest equalizer for the individual is the second amendment. It takes a soft bodied human and turns them into a lethal weapon.  The second amendment assures that a woman need not walk defenseless down a dark alley and be prayed upon. It also assures, and this is not for debate, that the people of …

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Nowhere to Run, Nowhere to Hide: Globalism’s Inherent Systemic Threat

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The economy is on a global scale, communication is on a global scale, it would seem the only thing that isn’t is governing, yet. What does that mean to the world and to its people. There are many big players in our world that wish to see a one world government that makes decisions for …

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What is a Vole and How Do You Get Rid of Them

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There they were… slightly raised tunnels running through our garden like veins of soil feeding the plants. Except that it wasn’t feeding the plants. It was killing them.  Oh no!! Was it a mole or a vole this time? Upon closer inspection, it was a vole. Our greens were laying wilted on the soil, as …

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War and the Separation of Powers

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War affects us all. There is a reason why so many of us prep. Many are looking at the possibilities for WWIII and getting things in order. Who could fault them for that? Lately it would seem like the ability for our nation to go to war has been taken over by twitter. Our president …

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Blain: “Millennials Aren’t Buying Cars Or Homes Because They Are Indentured Slaves”

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This article is a stark reality for many people not just in the UK, where the subject matter is pulled, but in the united states as well. It is even more alarming in the UK because we have been told for so long that their socialist leanings are just the thing we need to adopt. …

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Designing Your Blade: Things to Keep in Mind

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Knives and blades have been designed and made since hundreds of years and modernization is taking place every year. Each era had its own trends and designs. History has thus given us different variations of the humble knives according to the different uses they were put to, and the owner itself. There were astounding designs …

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Silver Is A GIFT Right Now And Any Time Spent Below $16.50 Is A FIRE SALE

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There is no need to rattle of the many reasons a prepper might want to be stacking silver. Its pretty self evident. Silver is not only an investment for the end of the world but its also a pretty safe investment overall. Right now we are sitting at an incredibly low rate for silver. I …

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Nearsighted Legislation Prohibits Grid Upgrade in Puerto Rico

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With thoughts of recover on our mind from last hurricane season its hard to believe that we are just a few months away from the start of the next one! The electrical grid is one such upgrade that we must always be aware of. In fact, there is an ongoing call for EMP upgrades right …

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The War Machine Springs To Life Over Syria

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The connections between business, commodities and war cannot be denied. Nothing spurs growth like a decent war. That is a sad reality that we all must be aware of and we all must keep an eye on. Years ago we were warned of “no win wars” that were going to do little more than regulate …

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7 Bug Out Vehicles You Can Rely On In An Emergency Situation

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It’s often a worry that one should not put all their faith in a bugout vehicle because we do not know the conditions of the roads following a disaster. Depending on when you make it out could be the difference between success and failure. An outfitted bugout vehicle is nothing you want to leave behind. …

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Prioritizing Sheepdog Tendencies | Medical Management

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There is no denying that Americans are in need of a serious evolution. We need to get smarter, tougher and more self reliant. We need to me community minded and care for one another, despite ideology. These things are evident in the current downward spiral of our civility. Some people are strong on this sheepdog …

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Prepping Essentials: Duct Tape and WD-40 To The Rescue

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While the bushcraft skills are great there is something to be said about prepper essentials. What items do you lean on when you are truly desperate.  Follow me on  this thought. If you are in a true life and death situation are you going to reach for that stick and start making a bow drill …

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Roycraft Packframes; Sharpening & Oiling Knives; Bow Drill Moisture Content

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The expanse of wilderness knowledge is vast and ever growing. More people are heading out into the woods than ever before. There is no denying this. That means a few things to us the content readers. We need to know who to read, where to get our content and what to do with all of …

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Does This Homesteading Thing Really Matter?

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Some articles are so effective that the title says it all. There are those articles that help those spur debate and this is one of those two. Homesteading is an old concept. While it has recently been made popular it is only a resurgence of a long lost style of living. Never forget, it was …

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Here Are 5 Things You’ll Need To Survive If Trump And Putin Hit The Red Button

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I think we have all been worried about WWIII since about the end of WWII. After we saw what could happen when modern nations went to war all over the world our society has never really recovered. That is fine. Its probably best for our longevity. While we cannot seem to get out of the …

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7 Important Areas of Your Home Preparedness System

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The home is our fortress. Even though, as preppers, we often put a lot of focus on the fact that we may need to bugout, lets not jump into that too fast. Leaving your home should be the very last resort in a collapse. Remember, no matter how nice your bugout location is, it will …

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Storing Water? Read This First!

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While storing food is a light and affordable proposition, water can be just the opposite. Water storage is not the easiest thing when you really start to get to levels that are effective. The average person who has water concerns will likely store a few cases of extra water. To get through a month a …

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So You Want to Learn to Hunt with a Traditional Bow?

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Even in the day of the modern compound bow, a tool that is much more powerful, there is a great deal of passion for the traditional bow. When you string up that trad bow and shoot arrows through it, there is a feeling of doing something that has been apart of the human experience for …

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13 Rubbing Alcohol Survival Uses You Need To Know

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There is a little prepper in almost all things. That is a very interesting thing when you think about it. Even in todays world there are still ingredients that have tremendous potential and are old wonders from years past. It seemed like Grandmom had a few things that she used for everything. Now, our hyper …

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