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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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The L.T. Wright Next Gen (top) and Rouge River are great user knives.

How to: Baton firewood with a butter knife

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Most survival knife reviews at some point show the blade being pounded – or batoned -through a block of firewood. But batoning is not a big deal if you use the right technique. This method is so simple you can baton firewood with a butter knife.

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The C.T. Fischer four-inch bushcraft knife is a wonderful all-around knife.

Knife Review and Video: C.T. Fischer Four-Inch Bushcraft knife

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There are knives you need and knives you want. My latest Four-Inch Bushcraft Knife from C.T. Fischer fits both categories! The Bushcraft just may be that elusive all-around, do-everything knife you’ve been looking for!

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Black Confederates honored at Mississippi Civil War monument

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War monuments are ubiquitous to the Deep South. But a monument in Canton, Mississippi may be one-of-a-kind. It honors African Americans who fought for the Confederacy.

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Video: Antique German shotgun provides touchstone to WWII history

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My dad’s shotgun was a handmade drilling shotgun/rifle he brought home from Germany in World War II. It’s my personal connection with the last days of the war in Europe.

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Video: How to make an Altoids tin pocket survival kit

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The only survival gear you have is what you have with you. And that gear is only as good as your ability to use it! Here’s what I carry in my Altoids Tin survival kit.

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Here is a Trekker completely disassembled. With no moving parts to break or get jammed, the Kelly Kettle is extremely reliable.

Survival kits: Video gear review of the Kelly Kettle Trekker backpacking stove

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Biomass-fueled outdoor implements are the way to go, IMO, and here is a great way to cook and boil water quickly, using sticks, twigs and other forest debris.

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Survival recipe video: How to cook trout in foil over a campfire

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Does your area have stocked fishing ponds for kids? Here is a great fishing and cooking method to “hook” the youngsters!.

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Video how to: Cook with your indoor Dutch oven using charcoal

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Suppose your Dutch oven is designed for inside use, with a rounded top and flat bottom. Can you modify it to work effectively outdoors? Yes, and here’s how.

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Edible plants video: How to tell look-alike poison iris from cattails

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Every part of the cattail plant is edible. But don’t mistake a cattail for a toxic look-alike. Here is how to tell the difference.

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