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Planning an Off-Grid Weekend for Survival (Video)

Planning an Off-Grid Weekend for Survival (Video)

I was thrilled to recently discover that the operators of one of my favorite survival YouTube channels, Full Spectrum Survival, also have a separate off-grid/homesteading channel called Off Grid With Brad and Kelly. A few days ago, they shared this great video on preparing for off-grid weekends. I think this is a really fantastic idea, and something that everyone should try to do from time to time. They have a camp set up for a friend coming to visit, who wanted to spend the weekend living without electricity, without dependence on the modern grid, for the sake of preparedness and survival. […]

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Should You Be a Homesteader?

Should You Be a Homesteader?

The worlds of survival, preparedness, self-reliance, and homesteading often overlap. There’s a big movement in our country right now of people who realize the precariousness of our global grid systems, and yearn to be free from the dependence on, and shackle to, modern life. Of course, these interests do not always collide. There are some people who homestead as a simple hobby and interest, some people who prepare for disaster in their urban or suburban homes, and some people who have their primary interest in wilderness survival. If you’ve ever considered homesteading and are already interested in survival and disaster […]

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Ways to Stay Cool Without Air Conditioning

Ways to Stay Cool Without Air Conditioning

Right now, where I live, it’s that ideal time of year in between winter and summer, when we don’t need to use the heater or the air conditioner. This is very effective for our electricity bill, but for many, neither heating or indoor air conditioning are an option. Air conditioning is certainly a modern luxury that many live without, and we never know how long we’ll continue to live in a world that supports such a heavily grid-reliant convenience. Whether you live off-grid, go camping frequently, or simply don’t have air conditioning, here are some tips for how to stay cool without it: […]

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The Ultimate Clay Cob Oven (Video)

The Ultimate Clay Cob Oven (Video)

I’ve always been really fascinated by all types of off-grid cooking. Not only is it interesting to see how people revive these ancient techniques, but it’s incredibly useful for any survivalist and prepper to know. Not only might you want to get your own home equipped with something like a clay cob oven, but understanding how they work can also be a valuable tool for a survival situation or rebuilding after a massive collapse or disaster. This impressive video features a very cool clay cob oven, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy seeing how it was made and how it works […]

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The Reality of Living Off-Grid

The Reality of Living Off-Grid

If you’re a survivalist, prepper, or aspiring homesteader, one of your goals is probably to live off-grid. And it is certainly a wise goal to have; our global energy grids are growing increasingly precarious and connected to bigger and bigger networks, making them more likely to be shut down by events like a solar flare, EMP, or terroristic hacking. Not to mention, you probably get sick of shelling out high energy costs and taxes to large corporations of government entities, and want to be free and independent. Going off-grid is great, but are you sure you’re really ready for it? […]

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Why You Need to Be Able to Cook Food After a Disaster

Why You Need to Be Able to Cook Food After a Disaster

When disaster strikes, one of your top concerns once your initial security is ensured will be to get a meal together for your family. But what kind of food should you be storing, and how essential is being able to cook it anyway? You might be tempted to stock up on jerky, nuts, and other long-lasting good that can be eaten right off the shelf, and skip bothering with cooking food. After all, what if you need to bug out or the grid goes down? Well, there are a few important reasons why you should definitely still plan to be able […]

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4 Ways to Cook Off-Grid

4 Ways to Cook Off-Grid

One of the primary reasons we rely on today’s energy grids, such as gas and electric, are to preserve, prepare, and store our foods. When you go off-grid, one of your top concerns will be on how to cook your food. Here are a few of the best ways to cook food entirely off-grid, whether that be for camping, homesteading, or when disaster strikes. What works best for you and what you plan to use for off-grid cooking might not work for someone else; only you can make the best choice for your purposes. Open fire This is literally the […]

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Never Rely on Your Electronics

Never Rely on Your Electronics

Most people today have an abundance of electronics they rely on for just about everything. They have electronics that help them navigate when they are in their vehicle, they have electronic fish finders, and all manner of items that have made life, including survival, much easier. However, if you are relying on your electronics and you have not taken the time to develop your actual skills as a survivalist, you are in for a world of trouble. Whether it is an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) that wipes out electronics, or your electronics simply run out of juice when you need them, […]

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Kerosene Heaters for Emergency Heat   

Kerosene Heaters for Emergency Heat  

  As temperatures continue to drop this winter, everyone should have an alternate method of heating their home.  Those who only have their heat through electric sources are particularly vulnerable, something as simple as a snow-laden limb falling on a powerline could have you without heat all night.  A larger storm that affects your entire region could have utility providers so busy that it takes days or weeks to restore electricity to your home.  If you do not have an alternative heating method, you may want to consider getting a kerosene heater, here are a few things you should know […]

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Battery Reconditioning-Never Buy A Battery Again

Battery Reconditioning-Never Buy A Battery Again

One of the biggest concerns for long-term self-reliance or survival is energy. Most energy sources that we rely on seem to be finite. Gasoline, propane, coal, even wood, all will run out at some point and are difficult to regenerate. Batteries in particular run out quickly, and rechargeable batteries can be costly and unreliable. But what if you could have nearly unlimited battery power …for nearly no cost? Enough to live off-grid and power all of your electronics and devices? Sounds too good to be true, right? I definitely thought so, but there’s actually a way to do this, and this […]

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The Off-Grid Room

The Off-Grid Room

I was recently browsing some of my favorite survival blogs and saw an article that I thought was brilliant. It was on the site PreppersSurvive.com and it was about “the Off-Grid room“. I was thinking it was about a room that you kept all your preps in or something, but when I read the article it got me very excited. The blogger got the idea from Fernando Aguirre’s book, The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse, in which the author described how his whole family would sleep and live in one room of their house during the economic collapse in Argentina […]

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How to Preserve Food Without Refrigeration

How to Preserve Food Without Refrigeration

Food storage is one of the primary concerns for any survivalist. The average American probably doesn’t realize how much their lives are dependent on refrigeration, which takes a lot of energy to maintain. But one of the key steps towards self-reliance and disaster preparedness is stocking up on food that doesn’t need to be refrigerated. Here are some of the tried and true methods for preserving perishables without refrigeration. While methods like freezing, freeze-drying or canning can seriously deplete the nutritional content of food, these methods will preserve them and, in some cases, enhance the nutritional value. Let’s begin: Drying: […]

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