Tag Archives: Self-Reliance

How to Make a Rocket Stove

The Rocket stove is based on an ingenious combination of principles: The combustion chamber is insulated in order to keep the fire hot (above 1,100 F.) to burn the wood more completely, reducing smoke, which is uncombusted fuel.  The cooking stoves are low-mass, robbing less heat from the pot.  An insulated chimney creates a very…

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How to Live Free – Simple Solar Homestead

I’ve been noticing somewhat of a “tiny house” movement going on and I think it’s pretty cool.  Lots of people are starting to reject the accepted notion (brainwashing) of becoming a slave to a mortgage, as they question the societal impetus to desire larger and larger homes.  I mean, do we really need all those…

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According to Survey: Over Half of Americans are Totally Unprepared

According to a recent survey this month conducted by the  Persuadable Research Corporation over half of survey respondents believe that they are unprepared for a disaster. The problem is that the prime factor that motivates people to prepare for disasters is largely personal experience.  If you’ve never been the victim of a disaster, you tend to…

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Road Kill for Self-Reliance

Who among us hasn’t experienced the joys of eating roadkill?   What’s that?  You haven’t?  Well, to be completely honest, I’ve never deliberately eaten roadkill (I ate some roadkill bear once, but wasn’t informed of the cause of its demise until after the fact). But when you think about it, what’s the big deal?  As…

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Foraging Wild Edibles – Never Take Cues From the Animals

One of the dumbest pieces of bad advice I’ve ever heard anyone give in the context of wilderness foraging is: “Watch what the animals eat… If they can eat it, so can you”. That is no way, I repeat NO WAY to determine whether a wild plant is edible or not. Animals have different physiologies…

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Scott B. Williams Releases Bug Out Vehicles and Shelters – PLUS – The Daily Prep

With this post, I wanted to kill two birds with one stone. First off, some of you may be familiar with my friend; Scott B. Williams’ work through his book: “Bug Out: The Complete Plan for Escaping a Catastrophic Disaster Before It’s Too Late”, which is an awesome resource, of not only great information about…

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Agent Orange in Our Food Supply?

When most people think about Agent Orange, they think of the Vietnam war. But now, Big Agro is planning to use it on our food crops! One of the primary chemical ingredients of Agent Orange; 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D), is a powerful defoliant that was sprayed over the jungles of Vietnam in order to expose the…

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HAM Radio for Survival Communications

One important factor to consider when planning for disaster survival is communications. The vital role that communication plays in self-reliance and emergency preparedness cannot be downplayed, but it is often overlooked. In a disaster, you may find yourself without even a single “traditional” communication system (cell phones, land-lines, etc) left functioning. This doesn’t even have…

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