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Survivalist 101 Annual Top 10 Survival Knives List!
bySurvivalist BlogonMarch 26, 2014
The list of knives below cost between $39 and $200. We chose the best inexpensive knives and moderately priced knives to cover everyone’s budget; and to find the BEST overall survival knives.Remember, it’s a survival knife … and it doesn’t work if you can’t afford it! However, if it’s worth it, it might be good to save up for the better knife. Let us know what you think.
Kelly Kettle Trekker Review: Good for Boiling Water …
byGaylon DavisonDecember 17, 2014
The Kelly Kettle Overview
The Kelly Kettle is a unique water boiler that is essentially a water jacketed double walled aluminum chimney with a removable aluminum fire pan. To use, a small fire is built in the pan, the water filled chimney is placed on top and the fire heats the jacketed water. The images show the Kelly Kettle’s operating principle and normal use, respectively.
Today we are reviewing the Kelly Kettle “Trekker” and the add on cook set. This is the smallest version you can get. For just boiling water the kettle is great, and it boils water within a few minutes using various natural fuels such as sticks, leaves, and pine straw.
When it comes to the kettle itself, the volcano effect created by the separate water chamber works as expected. Boiling water for purification is rather quick with the Kelly Kettle Trekker. Being made of aluminum the entire apparatus cools in an acceptable time frame. It’s great for starting fires in wet conditions and working your way up to a larger, warmer fire. [click to continue…]
Survival Knives 101: The Many Uses of a Survival Knife
bySurvivalist BlogonDecember 17, 2014
Instead of diving straight into the technical details of a survival knife, let’s start with something very basic – what a survival knife is for. Most everybody knows that survival knives are fairly large, arguably around 6 to 8 inches in blade length with relatively thick blades and sturdy construction.
They need to be strong and versatile; after all, they’re for survival, which can mean just about any kind of use. In fact, the many uses of a survival knife differentiate it from other kinds of knives.
There are an almost unlimited number of uses for a knife, although boiling them down into named types, such as splitting or slicing, there not quite so many. Still, unless you’ve handled a knife, especially a survival knife for a considerable amount of time – and in the wild – you may not realize all the potential uses. Here’s a list, some familiar uses, some not. A survival knife can perform all of them, although not always well. [click to continue…]
Long Term Food Storage: #10 cans or Mylar-Type Bags
bySurvivalist BlogonDecember 11, 2014
#10 cans or Mylar-Type Bags
If you have been shopping for long term food storage recently you’ve probably wondered about the difference between food producers that use #10 cans or Mylar-Type Bags. So I thought I would go over some of the differences to help you decide which one is best for you.
Unlike most websites that carry food storage, we carry brands that use both methods, so we really don’t have a vested interest in persuading you either way. Two of the three companies we carry use Mylar bags inside of buckets (Legacy and Wise) and Mountain House uses #10 cans inside of boxes.
Most food storage providers offer two different types of packaging, the shorter shelf-life “cook in pouch” meals and the longer term variety that is stored in larger mylar bags or #10 cans. This article focuses on the longer term variety. [click to continue…]
MRE vs. Freeze Dried Food – Do You Know the Difference?
bySurvivalist BlogonDecember 10, 2014
Do you know the difference when comparing MRE vs. Freeze Dried Foods? One of the most common mistakes people make when considering food storage is the mistake that MRE’s and freeze dried food are synonymous, which they are not.
The first and most noticeable is the difference in how the food is eaten and prepared. MRE stands for “meals ready to eat.” MRE”s come in sealed packages of already prepared food that can be opened and immediately eaten.
These packages usually contain “heaters” that set off a chemical reaction and warm your food within minutes. MRE”s are the “ultimate” on the go food and were designed for our military for that very reason.
Freeze dried and dehydrated foods come in packages where the food can be “cooked” or “rehydrated” in the container that it comes in by adding boiling water, or in larger packages that you pull a specific portion size out of and “cook” in a separate bowl or pot with boiling water. [click to continue…]