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Why oil of oregano is a must-have for preparedness:http://ow.ly/rD31g
Posted in Preparedness
Ang She asks: “Anyone else feels that making a bow drill isnt practical? Need to carry a saw to cut the notch in the base board, an axe to plane down the base board, sandpaper to round a dull edge on the spindle… And can’t have any wind blowing! I deem this not ideal.”
- You should only need a knife and a boot lace max
- Pfffft…does she want a mirror and make up with her too?? Sheesh
- If you think you need all that stuff to prep a bow drill you obviously don’t know the first thing about bushcraft so I deem your judgement is invalid.
- whoever taught her did her a disservice!when i learned bowdrill i was taught with just a knife and my instructor made a point of telling us to practice with imperfect materials and try different things(like making your own cordage or doing everything without a knife) he explained that perfect tools will never be there in a real survival situation so get used to working without them. i have gone in the woods many times since and (though i had disappointments at first) made fire using nothing. never wait to practice under bad conditions because that will teach you the most.
- She didn’t say she couldn’t do it just that its impractical. With that being said there is little about being in a survival situation that is practical. I wouldn’t want to stake my life on the fact I’ll always have a zippo in my pocket. Even though the only two places I’ll ever be caught without a knife or means of fire or in bed and in the shower they’re still close by. Lol
- I have done all of those things with rocks and cordage. The point of having the tools is to make the task easier and more comfortable. Those 2 things will help your mindset tremendously, which is quite possibly the single most important thing in surviving a crisis or situation.
- Two is one, One is none. In my pack I carry a lighter, matches, flint, magnesium, knives, and an old fashioned hand drill. I have also practice starting a fire with nothing but my hands and wood. Maybe it isn’t “Practical” but I won’t be cold.
- You can use rocks to accomlish all of those things, or in many peoples case, I always carry a knife which makes the task even easier. It sounds like you are over-complicating it a little. They aren’t ideal, but they can be made with all natural materials. There are of course situations where you might not have those materials, but then you can use a different method of course. The need for them is completely situational.
Posted in Fire Starting
How would you currently rate your winter preparedness for major storms and long electrical outages?
A Few Comments:
- Pretty good. Could last a couple of months if need be. Harsh winters are common in Wyoming.
- Well insulated… and if you close it down to one room, you can actually get enough heat from a candle. It won’t be tropical comfort, but it’ll do.
- On the verge of being non-existant…lack of space and MONEY!
- way better. 3 burner coleman stove w/ extra gas. propane lantern with extra mantles and fuel cylinders, key to get into back of garage in case can’t use the power door opener, bunches of food. Water, that’s no problem here in Alaska. Shutting off rooms to keep warm. City well water and they have back up generators. so yes i would say in good shape.
- We wouldn’t like it, and I think our pipes would freeze, causing massive damage in our house if we had a prolonged power or heating outage. We’ve got food, a wood burning stove, and wood. We have a campstove too and can make an outdoor kitchen.
- It would be better if you were not out of stock on military MREs !
- We have food. We have the ability to cook it. We have the ability to heat our home. We have water. If all else failed, we have an RV big enough for us all in the yard. Full propane tank (with backups) plenty of gas, generator, and so forth. We don’t mess around .
- 1-10? an 8, have firewood, propane a grill, lots of canned items plus dry as well. Ability to use wood stove for heat and cooking along with the grill and a backup camping stove too. Gun safe is stocked, and two turtles in the pond should it come down to that. Oh and we have been feeding the squirrells peanuts and they are fat!
Posted in Power Outage
18 Microwave Snacks You Can Cook In A Mug:http://www.buzzfeed.com/arielknutson/delicious-snacks-in-a-mug
- Camping, survival and a microwave, really?
- Not used to seeing a microwave in camp LOL!
- You’d be surprised what people put even in pop-up trailers!
It would be amazing to make this garlic cheese dip at the campground:
1 1/2 lbs Italian fontina, rind removed and cubed into 1-inch pieces
6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 tbsp fresh thyme, chopped
1 tsp fresh rosemary, chopped
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp Kosher salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
Spread cheese out in the bottom of a 12-inch cast iron pan. Drizzle olive oil over the cheese. Mix together the garlic and herbs in a small bowl and sprinkle the mixture evenly over the cheese (you can have this prechopped and mixed). Sprinkle salt and pepper over the top of the cheese. Place your skillet on hot coals and let it melt. Enjoy!
Adapted from: http://www.smells-like-home.com/2011/11/baked-fontina/