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Video: Start a survival campfire with gasoline and matches

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There is no probably no deadlier combination than gasoline and matches when it comes to causing serious injuries outdoors. But, if there is no other choice, here’s how to use gas and matches safely start your survival campfire.

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How to Make Charcloth: A miracle material for catching sparks and making fire

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Catching a spark and blowing it into a flame is a skill that can save your life. Charcloth is a material that has been “cooked” like charcoal is at high temperatures until it becomes black. Properly-made charcloth will easily catch a spark and grow into an ember. This ember can be transferred to a tinder bundle and blown into a flame.

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Book review: Newsweek “Off Grid” special section provides critical information

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Does Newsweek’s most recent special edition “Offgrid” mean that survival and preparedness have gone really mainstream? Well, the header at the bottom of the cover proclaims: “Exploring the End of Life as We Know It. Are you prepared?”

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Video review: We check out the Lightning-Strike mini survival firemaking kit

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Do you need a Lightning-Strike firestarter? You decide. But the ability to start a fire might someday save your life. And the inability to start a fire could cost your life.

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Survival firemaking: Make a tinder bundle from a piece of natural fiber rope

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Gathering the materials and making a tinder bundle or nest is a critical part of survival firemaking. Basically, the nest is a collection of natural flammable fibers, small enough to easily ignite. But here’s where the survival skills come in – what if it’s really wet out, and the right materials are scarce?

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Ten ways to recycle and reuse empty prescription pill bottles

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It seems like everybody has some sort of prescription medication. Most of them come in plastic bottles with seal-able caps. Here are some ways to make the best use of this underused resource.

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Video: How to make charcloth, a miracle survival kit fire starter

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Catching a spark and blowing it into a flame is a skill that can save your life. Properly-made charcloth will easily catch a spark and grow into an ember.

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