Tuesday, February 21, 2017

5 Ways to Use Hot Rocks in a Survival Situation

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Tim MacWelch
Cooking on rocks is a great option in a survival situation—you just have to pick the right rock. Here's what else you can do with a pile of stones in the field.
Fighting the cold? Need help cooking? Don’t underestimate the power of hot rocks! Stones can hold a lot of heat, and radiate that warmth for a long time when properly insulated. Start with rocks from a high, dry area. Never use rocks from a wet area. They may have trapped moisture which can cause them to explode when heated. Avoid glasslike or crystal filled stones. Don’t use slate or shale, either. These are prone to explosion and breakage near heat. Just grab some plain old ugly rocks from a high dry location, heat them up and enjoy the results.

1. Bed Warmer

For a warm and comfortable night, heat large flat stone to about the same temperature as scalding hot tap water. Wrap it in tough cloth or clothing, and put it in your bed or sleeping bag. The heat will soak into your cold bedding and you’ll drift off to a snug night of slumber. I’ve had rocks remain warm as long as seven hours this way.

2. Rock Boiling

Rock boiling can be used to prepare soups and teas, and boil your water to disinfect it. Collect about two dozen egg sized or slightly smaller stones to rock boil 2 to 4 quarts of water. Heat them in your fire for 30-45 minutes. Use sticks or split wood tongs to pick up the rocks and drop them into your water. Use one or two at a time, and rotate “cool” ones out and hot ones in.

3. Rock Frying

For small cooking tasks, chuck a flat rock into the fire for ten minutes to heat it up. Once hot, slide it out of the fire with a stick and dust off the ashes. Drip a little oil on the stone and set your food on the rock to cook. This is a dead simple way to make delicious fried foods, and you don’t even need a frying pan! And for a more permanent set-up, place a large slab of stone over a trench or on top of stone legs. Build a fire underneath, heat the stone, drop your food on top and listen to your meal sizzle!

4. Heat On Injury

For sprains, strains, cramps and other maladies, a warm rock can provide soothing comfort when held against the affected area. Warm stones can even help with problems that are severe, like hypothermia (cold exposure that can lead to shock and death). To treat this with hot rocks, place a warm stone under each armpit and between the thighs of the exposure victim. Wrap them up and repeat the treatment until their body temperature rises.

5. Punch Holes in Ice

Want some fresh fish, but you lack the tools to bore a hole through the ice? Step back a few thousand years and use something our remote ancestors would have used – a hot rock. Simply burn a large fire on the shore, heat up a large stone in the blaze. After an hour of heating, use a shovel to carry the dangerously hot stone to your ice fishing spot and set it on the ice. It will begin to melt the ice immediately and work its way downward. Soon the rock will melt through the ice and drop into the dark water below. Your ice fishing hole will be open, smooth and ready to fish.

Source: http://www.outdoorlife.com/5-ways-to-use-hot-rocks-in-survival-situation

Friday, February 17, 2017

5 Reasons To Bug In & 5 Reasons To Bug Out

The bugging in versus bugging out debate is probably one of the biggest in the survival community, most likely because it’s impossible to predict the future. Everyone’s got an opinion. You have your extremists (who see themselves doing either one or the other) and then you have those who prep for both.
Instead of siding with either of the two, let’s try to find good reasons for doing either so we can at least figure out which one is more important for our unique situation.
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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Doomsday Prepping

Common Sense Survival Basics

With December 21 of 2012 just around the corner I'm not standing on a street corner saying the end is coming but I thought I would do a Hub Page on some basic common sense survival basics. If you live in the coastal areas of the American southeast you should also be getting ready for hurricanes before the hurricane season even gets here. I'm not telling you to become a doomsday prepper but I am telling you to be prepared.
Well if you're reading this then we all know that December 2012 has come and gone. But let me ask you a very important question. If something really bad were to happen tomorrow are you and your family prepared? Are you ready if something really bad does happen.  Continue reading from the source.

Friday, February 3, 2017

17 Basic Wilderness Survival Skills Everyone Should Know

We frequently hear stories in the media of people getting lost in the wilderness. Getting lost might not be such an issue if everyone were equipped the knowledge of some basic survival skills.
Whether you are just going camping for the night, hiking on a busy trail for an afternoon, or backpacking across the Rockies, you need to be prepared for any situation! Today we will share 17 basic wilderness survival skills everyone should know. Read more from the Source

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Stuck in a blizzard? Here's an inexpensive emergency heating system


The record-breaking winter storm that hit the Deep South was especially harsh to residents of north Georgia, and turned the entire metro Atlanta road network into an immobile mass of gridlock. As of presstime, there are still countless drivers stranded in cars and students stuck in schools or on buses, where they've been since yesterday afternoon.
Of all the reasons you don't want to ride out a winter storm stranded in your car, the most obvious is the danger of freezing to death. In an immobilized vehicle, running the engine to generate heat is a bad idea for two reasons: one, even with a full tank you'll run out of gas in a few hours, thus leaving you unable to move even when traffic does eventually clear out; and two, if falling or drifting snow or ice blocks your car's exhaust pipe, you and everybody with you could easily die of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Fortunately, it's easy to make heat without running the engine, and you can put together an emergency automotive heating kit for less than five dollars. You only need three items: an empty metal coffee can, metal-cup “tea light” candles, and some matches. (Well, make that four items: you'll want a resealable sandwich bag, too.)
First, the coffee can. Make sure it's actual metal, not one of those cardboard cans with a metallic coating. Remove the label, but keep the lid for storage purposes. Inside the can you store the sandwich bag, which in turn holds the candles and matches. (Regarding the matches: a box of wooden safety matches is better than a book of paper matches, because if your fingers are stiff and clumsy with cold, the wooden matches will be much easier to light.)

Tea lights

Coffee can radiant heater with tea lights burning on the bottom. The coffee can is sitting on the heat-resistant glass plate from my microwave oven's rotating carousel--in a power outage, the microwave is useless but some of its accessories still come in handy (Staff photo)
Tea light candles, or tea lights, are sold in disposable cups, usually made of metal. (They might also be sold under other names, including “potpourri candles”; what you're looking for is about the width of a votive candle, but less than an inch high.) The more upscale candle stores sometimes offer tea lights in glass cups, which definitely look more attractive than metal-cup lights.
But for heating purposes you want to stick with metal-cup tea lights, for two reasons: they're cheaper than glass and, more importantly, metal transfers heat far more efficiently. The cheapest tea light candles I've found are sold in the candle sections of discount department stores for as little as four to five cents apiece (when you divide the number of candles by the cost of the bag or box). Such tea lights are usually plain white, and unscented. You can also find fancier colored candles in a variety of scents in various upscale stores, but these can cost well over a dollar apiece, which is far too expensive for heating purposes.
Once you have these items, turning the coffee can into a radiant space heater is simple: put the can on a stable, level, fire-resistant base where nobody is likely to knock it over, and burn three or four tea lights in the bottom of the can. Your average tea light burns about four hours before running out of wax, and the wick usually doesn't need to be cut or trimmed at all.
By the way: if the wax candle falls out of its disposable cup, which often happens, make certain you put it back in the cup before you light it. A tea light candle, when lit, quickly melts into liquid wax, and without the cup to contain it, the wax will simply puddle all over the bottom of the coffee can, rather than be drawn up through the wick to feed the flame.

Coffee cans

When not actively used as a heater, the coffee can stores the matches and tea light candles, with room left to hold some high-energy snack bars, too. (Staff photo)
I personally can vouch forthe effectiveness of coffee cans as radiant heaters – though, granted, in a well-insulated apartment rather than an un-insulated automobile. In October 2011, I was living in Connecticut when a monster blizzard knocked out the power to half the state. So I had no electricity and no heat; living in a hotel for the duration would've been monstrously expensive, but neither did I want to sleep in the emergency shelter the city set up in the middle-school gym.
Fortunately, with coffee-can heaters sufficient to burn about 40 tea lights at a time, I was able to get my apartment's common areas up to 66 degrees at night, even as outdoor temperatures dropped to the high teens or low 20s. With four tea lights burning in a can, the heat rising out the top was so intense, I couldn't hold my hand directly above the coffee can without its getting scorched. Of course I never left a burning candle unattended, and extinguished all flames before going to bed (fully dressed) at night.
Granted, I lived in an all-adult household, with no small children, rambunctious pets, or other residents unable to show a healthy fear of and respect for fire. And my apartment, unlike most cars, was full of metal appliance-tops, tile floors and other nice, flat, fire-resistant surfaces on which to place a coffee-can space heater. (Also, when using tea lights and coffee cans for at-home emergency heat, a long-handled barbecue lighter is much better than short matches, to light the tea lights in the bottom of the coffee can. However, a liquid- or gas-fueled lighter isn't the sort of thing you want to keep in your non-climate-controlled car even if it is small enough to store inside your average coffee can.)
But then, even with no heat at all, your average dwelling is a lot more survivable than a car stranded on a highway; if nothing else, you can put on extra layers of clothes, snuggle down beneath extra blankets and stay in bed until things warm up again. Which is why you need to add such things to your car's winter emergency kit: the space-heater setup I mentioned is only a start. You'll also want a warm blanket (or more than one, if you usually drive with passengers), a hat that can be pulled down low enough to also keep your ears warm, mittens or gloves and, ideally, a good scarf and an extra pair of warm socks, too.
Pillows for everyone are not strictly necessary, but if you have the misfortune to sleep in your car they'll certainly make things less uncomfortable. You'll also want some individually wrapped, high-calorie snacks, like granola or energy bars, because your body requires fuel to generate heat just as much as your coffee-can space heater does.