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Kelly Kettle Trekker Review: Good for Boiling Water …

Kelly Kettle Review

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

Survival Knives 101


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Long Term Food Storage: #10 cans or Mylar-Type Bags

10 cans or mylar-type bags

#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?

MRE vs. Freeze Dried Foods

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.

MRE vs. Freeze Dried FoodThese 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…]

Survival Food Storage Do’s and Don’ts

Survival Food Storage Do’s and Dont’s

5 Golden Rules of Survival Food Storage

Having been in the survival food business since 2008 we have seen a lot of survival food storage companies come and go; as well as a lot of different marketing techniques. These strategies can leave the consumer guessing on which way to turn when considering survival food storage for their family. So, being self proclaimed survival food storage experts, we decided to put together a short tutorial to help shed some light on the subject.

If you’re new to this, and depending on how much survival food storage you intend to buy, this tutorial can actually be worth hundreds or thousands of dollars. We suggest that you take a few minutes to understand how survival food storage is packages and sold. First read the Five Golden Rules, then you can read the rest of this short tutorial to learn everything you ever wanted to know about survival food storage. [click to continue…]

Bug out Bag Gear Redundancy Solutions

Bug out Bag Gear

Redundancy in Bug out Bag Gear

This may seem obvious but redundancy in bug out bag gear doesn’t always mean having two of something. It’s closer to the old saying, “There’s more than one way to skin a cat.” Redundancy in survival gear means having more than one way to cover a basic function. For example, some kind of stove can do the cooking, such as a backpacker’s butane stove. You can also cook over an open fire. The trick is that either way you also need an appropriate cooking pot.

That’s the key to redundancy; you need to have all the pieces that can be used to achieve the same effect in different ways. If you know your movies, the classic example of improvised redundancy was in “Apollo 13,” where NASA figured out how to replace the function of the broken carbon dioxide scrubbers by building something with a pile of everyday items found in the space capsule (socks, duct tape and the like).

That kind of redundancy is a little extreme, but it saved the astronaut’s lives. Redundancy in bug out bag gear can do the same for the survivalist. This doesn’t mean you fill the bags with a lot of miscellaneous gear, just for the odd case where it can be repurposed into something vital. It’s better to look at your survival gear and figure out some redundancies ahead of time – and stock your bag accordingly. [click to continue…]