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Home Made Fire Making Kit -By Grumpy G

After I submitted my article “How To Make Water Proof Matches,” Andrew asked me if I’d be willing to post some pics and descriptions of my home made fire making kit.  I said sure.  So, for your viewing pleasure and critique, here is my Home Made Fire Making Kit – Contents  Here is the kit itself.  The plastic container was purchased at Hobby Lobby for $1 USD.  It measures 5.5in x 5.5in x 1.5in, and has a hinged lid.  It is not waterproof; more on that later.  The next photo shows the kit opened up.  There are 5 compartments, 1 larger center compartment and 4 smaller ones.  I’ve numbered them for ease of identification in this article.# 1 A portion of the strike strip from a box of wooden matches.  I used spray on contact glue to affix it to the inside of the lid.  #2 60 home made water proof matches.  Click here to read the Prepography pictorial article on how to make them yourself.   They are wrapped in a bit of aluminum foil to keep them from rattling around in the compartment,  #3 2 tea light candles and the instructions for the magnesium fire started that is in the kit.  The candles came from a bag full of misc candles purchased at a local thrift store.  I needed something to keep them from rattling around in their compartment, so I used the fire starter instructions.  These instructions are made from card stock and folded to take up the extra space and keep the candles quiet.  There’s also an added benefit to including them, not only do they provide instructions for the person who does not know how to use the fire starter…but in a pinch the card board can be used as tinder. #4 Magnesium fire starter and a length of braided hemp rope.  The fire starter came from...

How To Make Water Proof Matches

How To Make Water Proof Matches – Materials Needed “How To Make Water Proof Matches” Materials: Wooden Matches ($1 for three 300 count box-strike matches from Dollar General) Candles ($1 bag of cast offs from the thrift store) Small Pot (preferably not one used for cooking) Tin Can (large tuna/chicken can, free) Stove, or some other cooking heat source (free) How To Make Water Proof Matches – Instructions 1) Fill the pot with about 3/4 inches of water. Take the candle and put them in the tin can, and place it in the pot. Put the put on the stove and turn on to medium heat. Allow the water to heat up to a point right before it starts boiling, in order to melt the candles. 2) Once the candles have melted, take the matches and dip them head down in to the wax. The wax should cover about 1/2 the match. 3) Stick the dipped match in to the Styrofoam, and allow the wax to cool down.4) Repeat steps 2 and 3 several times, until each match has a good coating. How To Make Water Proof Matches- Use and Storage Use – Now that you have learned how  to make water proof matches, to use them, simply take your finger nail and scrape the wax from the tip of the match head. Strike the match on an appropriate surface to light.Storage: Store your with your fire making kit, or some other easily accessible place. Mine (seen at the left) are wrapped in tin foil and are part of my fire making kit. Andrew’s Note:  The same process works with Strike Anywhere Matches or turn your strike on the box matches into Strike Anywhere Matches using this technique.  As one who’s been out in the wild with strike on box matches and a disintigrating box consider the more versatile...

Be Prepared For World’s End Infographic

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Full Spectrum Preparedness and the 5 C’s of Survival

“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to move in the opposite direction.” – Albert Einstein In the quest for preparedness, we constantly face the challenge that Albert Einstein discusses above. How do we approach the exceedingly complex topic of preparedness and survival in the way that makes it as simple as possible. We’re not geniuses here at Prepography by any stretch of the imagination but we do think that we have done a pretty good job creating and expanding the concept of Full Spectrum Preparedness (FSP). We’ve tried to develop a comprehensive approach to preparedness in as small a form as possible. Additionally, FSP is a scalable approach that can be used equally well whether you’re building a Bug Out Bag (BOB) or a survival retreat. Just because we’re partial to the concept of FSP does not mean that other approaches are not valid or worth considering. This is especially true when making sure FSP is as simple as possible, while remaining comprehensive. Recently, I have been looking at a more simple preparedness model and how it relates to Every Day Carry (EDC) items, as well as FSP. This concept is called “The 5 C’s of Survival” 10 Fundamentals of Full Spectrum Preparedness Before going any further, let’s do a quick review of the 10 Fundamentals of Full Spectrum Preparedness Security Preparedness: Items, skills and knowledge necessary to keep your family and provisions safe. Shelter & Clothing Preparedness: Items, skills and knowledge necessary to protect you and your possesions from the elements. Health (Personal), Fitness and Medicine Preparedness: Everything needed to keep you and your family healthy. Transportation Preparedness: Items, skills and knowledge necessary to support your family’s transportation needs. Family & Community Support: Building family and community networks and ties focused...

How To Make Moonshine Infographic

Andrew’s Note:  How To Make Moonshine is a reprint of an infographic we first ran a little over a year ago.  For some inexplicable reason I’ve received a bunch of e-mails lately asking about home distillation and specifically about avoiding methane poisoning and how to legally distill.  I’m no expert having only played with a buddy’s system and enjoyed his production but I’ve added some links in the introduction below for those adventuresome souls who wish to experiment with creating this multi-talented liquid. Needless to say, fire, pressurized vessels, ATF, State Liquor control, blinding yourself…there are lots more things to know about how to make moonshine than just what’s presented here but this infographic is a nice overview of the process and you really can make your own moonshine safely is it’s legal in your neck of the woods with a little research and experimentation.  Moonshine can be used socially, medicinally, as fuel, for cleaning and for barter.  Looks like the guys that built this How To Make Moonshine infographic aren’t around on the internet anymore…maybe they’re just consumers now.  Links to Get Started Making Moonshine: To buy your own, affordable ($149 as of this writing) copper still kit check out Clawhammer Supply If you prefer to buy a finished copper still instead of a still kit, check out what The Whisky Still Company has to offer. Easy steps to avoid methanol poisoning (which isn’t presented in the infographic below) A primer on the legalities of distillation.  Remember to keep it legal, safe & sane. FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

September is National Preparedness Month

The following is the announcement on FEMA’s Ready.gov regarding September is National Preparedness Month: During National Preparedness Month we ask you, your family, community and workplace to take action by planning a National PrepareAthon! Day on or around September 30th. We recommend using digital media tools as a way to promote National Preparedness Month, September 1-30th. What you can do to promote National Preparedness Month: Check out the How to Get Involved in NPM Quick Guide Download the 2014 National Preparedness Month Digital Engagement Toolkit Share NPM messages on Social Media View and share the new Ready Campaign Public Service Announcements Join our Thunderclap message on let your followers know that it’s National Preparedness Month with your followers. How does Thunderclap work? Once you sign up, Thunderclap will sync your social media accounts to release an automatic Facebook post, Tweet or both on September, 2, 2014 at 2:00 PM reminding your friends and followers to make a family emergency plan. Join the National Preparedness Community and download the high resolution NPM logo Promote NPM by updating your Facebook and Twitter cover photo and profile image For NPM materials in Spanish please visit: www.ready.gov/es/septiembre Register for National PrepareAthon! Day: www.ready.gov/prepare via 2014 National Preparedness Month NPM | Ready.gov FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

Green Beret Says Prep

The only blog I pay to subscribe to, SOFREP is run by a group of Special Operations veterans and features great news stories, (recent) history stories, commentary and analysis.  Recently they updated a short article by one of my favorite authors on the site, Blake Miles called ‘It Has Begun’ in which the Green Beret says prep. If you and your family is not prepared for disaster and war, you should really, really, get your head in the game… like yesterday.  US Army Special Forces Veteran Blake Miles via Best of SOFREP: It Has Begun… | SOFREP In the article, Miles describes what he feels was our modern Archduke Ferdinand moment and there’s no doubt that the world is devolving a number of anti-American and anti-Western factions with massive economic and increasing military power as we abdicate our position as a world leader and eviscerate our military strength.  The comment in this short article that chilled my blood was Mile’s vision of a ‘night of 1000 jackals’ for having experienced Washington D.C. during the sniper attacks in October 2002…I have long imagined what would happen if hundreds or God forbid thousands of John Mohammads and Lee Malvos descended on Main Streets across America. It’s especially concerning now that we no longer feel the need to secure our borders.  The Green Beret says prep…and beware the night of 1000 jackals! FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

Top 10 Tips For Dehydrating Frozen Vegetables

Top 10 Tips For Dehydrating Frozen Vegetables Buy Store Brands:  Store brands are less expensive but are often sourced and prepared exactly the same way as their more expensive, name brand alternatives. In normal circumstances, most people won’t be able to tell a difference anyway.  In a survival situation the extra food that you can put away for the same cost could be the difference between life and death. Shop The Sales:  Different stores have sales at different times, so search around for the best price.  You don’t have to process your veggies on a set time schedule so hold out for the best deals. Stay Cool:  Place your vegetables in the freezer as soon as you get home. Even if you plan to dehydrate your vegetables the same day, keep them frozen… your finished products will be better if you start with a completely frozen bag of vegetables. Don’t Refreeze:  Don’t refreeze your vegetables once they thaw as frost will form on vegetables as they refreeze and this will make for a poorer end product. Use Tray Liners:  Be sure to use your dehydrator’s tray liners. Once your vegetables start dehydrating they will shrink and fall through regular trays. Just One Layer:  Make sure your vegetables are laid out in just a single layer.  If you pile your vegetables up on one another or put them in your dehydrator in frozen clumps you may have uneven dehydration, and you could end up with un-dried bits. Airless:  Once they are dehydrated, get them in to an airtight container as quickly as possible.  Air, and the moisture it contains is the enemy of your dehydrated foods. Seal Them Up:  Glass jars with tight fitting lids which are not suitable for canning may make good containers for your dehydrated vegetables. Suck it up:  Vacuum Sealed Bags also make a great storage option and...

Confucius on Preparedness – Today’s Quote

Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure. Confucius   FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

Sharpen Your Tools – Today’s Quote

The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius   FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

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