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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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Pimp your Bic for survival use | video

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There is no single method or technique for survival fire starting that works 100 percent of the time. That said, I carry a mini Bic butane lighter in my pants pocket, my coat pocket and in my pack whenever I go out. Here is what you can do to improve this product for survival use.

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Video: MS River sets new flood longevity record

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The Mississippi has set a new record for flood longevity, eclipsing even the epoch, benchmark flood of 1927. Things are not looking good along the big river.

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A drainage ditch might be the only source of water you can find.

Video: How to stay hydrated under all circumstances

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Water is necessary for life. Here is how to find it in the desert.

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This stack of garage sale cast iron skillets can be restored to usefulness with a little work.

Video: How to season cast iron cooking implements on a barbecue grill

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Cast iron cookware will last forever if you take care of it. But what happens if an implement is neglected and develops some rust? Or what about that crusty, dirty relic of an unsuccessful camping trip you find at a garage sale?

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Survival fishing: How to make a trotline from paracord

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Time is precious during an emergency. If you can make a fish trap or run a trot line, these can gather food, even while you’re doing something else.

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Video and Review: Camp Chef Explorer Double Burner Propane stove

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Among the preparedness products I wouldn’t be without is a Camp Chef Double Burner. It can’t be beat for preparedness and/or camping

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Video: Make your own solar powered emergency interior lights

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Have some of those solar-powered outdoor garden lights on the path outside? Here’s how to adapt them to an interior emergency lighting setting.

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Video: How to find dry firemaking tinder in wet weather

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The ability to start a fire under survival conditions can save your life. The inability can cost your life. Here are some tips for finding dry tinder under wet, stormy conditions.

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A steel dryer basket makes a safe, cheap fire containment unit. (Pantenburg photo)

DIY video: Keep your campfire safe with a cheap dryer basket firebox

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One safety problem with building campfires is how to contain them. You can buy an expensive fire container, or make your own at virtually no cost. Here is how.

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