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Video: Bushcraft Basics teaches wilderness skills to help urbanites survive

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Can bushcraft skills and techniques be adapted to urban settings? I think so, and that is what my new book is all about: “Bushcraft Basics: A Common Sense Wilderness Survival Handbook”.

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Video: Make a tasty, healthy tea with common ‘weeds’

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Summer is here, and if you’re doing anything outside you need to stay hydrated. Try weed (or herb) tea. Drinking lots of water isn’t enough – you also need electrolytes. This video shows a simple tea recipe that supplies vitamins and minerals and uses common weeds

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This improvised block rocket stove could be invaluable after a natural disaster strikes.

Build an emergency biomass block stove for $4

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Here’s how to make a high efficiency biomass stove out of concrete blocks. This design can be made from debris in the aftermath of a tornado or other disaster.

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Video: Five things to avoid when choosing a survival/hunting knife.

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What qualities need to be included the best survival/hunting knife is the topic of endless discussion. But maybe the conversation should start with the attributes you don’t want. Here are some suggestions.

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Video: Save big bucks with these laundry and dishwasher soap recipes

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My personal rebellion against high-priced laundry soap has spread to dishwashers. Check out this video and simple, easy recipe that will save you money!

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Knife review and video: Donavon Phillips Drop Point Kephart

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Ever wonder where some knife designs come from? At Big D Custom Knives, the maker is also a user. And his competition credentials are very impressive.

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Pilot Bread: Try Alaska’s modern day version of hardtack

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Hardtack has been an emergency ration since time immemorial. Here’s a look at pilot bread, a modern day version of hardtack widely used in rural Alaska, and why you should consider including it in your survival gear.

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Build a brick rocket stove: Is it safe to use concrete blocks?

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Will concrete blocks “explode” if you make a rocket stove out of them? Here’s feedback I got.

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Snow accumulation on roofs can present hazards.

Should you remove the snow off your roof?

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More winter storms and blizzards are on the way. Do you need to shovel the snow on your roof?

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Video: Make a brick rocket stove for emergency situations

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If you can stack bricks, you can make an effective biomass rocket stove. The materials are cheap, and usually readily available during a disaster. Most importantly, it is a very simple survival skill to learn.

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