Category Archive: Survival Gear

Making a Chippewa Kitchen

It’s the ultimate camp kitchen pioneering project, providing a huge element of convenience to a wide range of camp cooking operations. The Chippewa Kitchen can provide a raised surface for food preparation, a nifty place to hang tools and utensils, a framework from which a pot can be safely suspended over a cooking fire, and primarily, a …

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Making an ARC Welder

Did you know you can make an AC arc welder using parts from your microwave? I used 2 transformers from 2 different microwaves, and about 50′ of 8 AWG stranded copper cable from a local hardware store. You could probably save some money by scavenging for free wire, but I decided to look at the “end of …

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How to Build a Fire Bed

Did you know that you can have your fire and sleep on it as well? Most people are content to sleep as close to a fire as possible in order to stay warm at night. However, we all know that this doesn’t always work as effectively as we would like. Parts of our bodies get really hot …

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How To Make Slow Burning Fuses

For this project I used items from around the house to create a pyrotechnic time-delay. Here’s how to make a simple form of a slow burning fuse, because when experimenting with homemade pyrotechnics, you don’t want to be too close if your composition explodes. WARNING: The maker of the video assumes no liability for use of …

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Pick a Lock in SECONDS with a Bump Key

Picking locks is easy once you’ve made a bump key. Plus: learn to prevent break-ins. A lock, in its simplest form, is just a series of pins, each of which has two parts that are illustrated in red and blue to the left. To pick a lock, you simply need to insert a pick and push …

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Make Thermite out of Sand

Here, I show you how to make a thermite composition out of sand! Just get some sand (the whiter the better), aluminum, and sulfur and make sure everything is a very fine powder. You’ll have to grind the sand in a mortar and pestile (interesting side note: I found that’s a pretty good way to clean your …

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How to Make Fire Starters out of Straws

One of the biggest problems with using pre-made fire starting material is that it can be messy and difficult to store or transport. However, there is a nice technique that you can use to create portable and self-contained fire starters with some straws and other common materials. Look at the steps below and see how this option …

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Homemade Camp Shower

Having a shower when you are in the out doors is a must.  Here is a great DIY that anyone can do.  Just follow the step by step instructions in this video.

How to Preserve Cast Iron Products in a Few Simple Steps

Cast iron is one of the most durable and long-lasting material out there, but it is also one of the most corrosive.  Following a few simple steps during each use can reduce or eliminate the need to treat and restore oxidized items.  Let’s take a look at some common suggestions and you can start to put them into …

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Incorporating Military Camouflage Into Our Appearance

Effective concealment is one of the fundamental principles of survival in hostile or unsafe areas.  The military has virtually perfected the art of camouflage over the years, and we can benefit from incorporating their guidelines into our own preparedness efforts.  Let’s look at some general things to think about when the need arises to blend in with the surrounding …

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