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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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