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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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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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