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Why You Should Never Put Out a Grease Fire With Water (Video)

Why You Should Never Put Out a Grease Fire With Water (Video)

OK, I’m not really sure where these super bad firefighter demonstrations were at my fire drills when I was a kid, but if they’d been there, I might have paid more attention. I hope it’s common knowledge that you shouldn’t put a grease fire out with water, but you never know who might not know that. The fact is, it’s a serious safety risk. Before I share a very cool and sobering video demonstration of what happens when you put grease fires out with water, I’ll explain a bit what happens: When you throw water onto a grease fire, bear […]

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Hot Rocks

Hot Rocks

Sometimes the heat from your fire won’t be enough, or it might be too much.  Whether you have a low amount of fuel, or you are trying to dry your clothes and not burn them, a great option for long lasting slowly released heat is to heat rocks in your fire.  The rocks can then be placed in your shelter or sleeping bag at night to provide heat while you sleep, or in your wet clothes or boots to help dry them.  Here are some tips on how to do it.   Most important is rock selection. You do not […]

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Dakota Fire Hole

Dakota Fire Hole

Not all fires are created equal.  If all you know is the standard teepee style campfire, then your fire skills might be a bit lacking.  In this article, we will take a look at the Dakota fire hole, how to make one, and its strengths and weaknesses. How to Build a Dakota Fire Hole The basic design is simple, dig a hole about 18” to 24” deep, and about 12” wide.  Then dig a hole the same depth and similar width as the first hole about 9” away.  Then connect the two holes at the bottom by digging out the […]

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Carrying Your Fire

Carrying Your Fire

It’s getting colder this time of year, and if you find yourself stuck outside with temperatures dropping, fire could be the difference between life and death.  But starting that fire is only the beginning.  Unless you are in a situation where staying in one place is favorable, you are going to have to start a new fire after covering some ground.  One solution is to transport the fire that you already have to your next location. Why transport fire? Three benefits to transporting your fire instead of starting a new fire include: Saving time, if you are arriving late at […]

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Preparing for Life Without Oil

Preparing for Life Without Oil

We know we can’t rely on gasoline forever, especially after SHTF. While it is certainly prudent to store whatever gasoline you can for vehicles and generators, it will only last for so long. As grids fail and the infrastructure for large-scale industrial oil drilling is no longer in place, or even if you simply want to be more self-reliant and live off the grid, learning to be less dependent on petroleum is key. Here are a few ways you can take a few more steps towards preparing for life without oil. 1. Learn Fire Inside and Out Learning how to […]

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Starting A Fire In Terrible Conditions

Starting A Fire In Terrible Conditions

It’s an ironic twist of life that the situations where you most need a fire for heat and light are often the situations in which it’s hardest to start one. When the weather is wet, windy, cold, icy, or just downright miserable, fire doesn’t like to cooperate. But in these situations, staying warm and getting some hot food or liquid in your body is often a matter of survival. Here are a few tips for getting your fire going in bad weather. The driest part of available kindling with be at the heart of logs, not the smaller dead twigs […]

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Polynesian Firestarter

Polynesian Firestarter

This guy from the Polynesian cultural center has some pretty cool tutorials he releases on youtube. This probably won’t come in handy unless you live in a tropical area, but it is pretty amazing how fast he is able to start a fire by hand. This guy is so entertaining I had to add another one of his popular videos. Look how easy he makes this look… Click Here To Get The Best Survival Medical Course… Check Out These Mind Blowing Survival Skills… Please follow and like us:

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