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  • 7 Methods of Primitive Fire Starting

    Anyone can produce a heat source (sparks, burning coal) in any weather conditions. The trick is to convert that brief heat source into a sustained fire. Even the experts like Cody Lundeen have failed to produce a sustained fire when conditions are bad and have spent miserable nights in the wild as a result. The lesson there is two-fold, that shelter is your number 1 priority in a survival situation - NOT fire - and that you must practice, practice, practice. The technique you use is dependent on the materials available so don't focus on just one. If you're new at this, I would recommend watching the TV series Dual Survival and Alone as well as YouTube videos on the various techniques. Some videos are better than others but you'll quickly learn which are which.That said, I'd like t...see more »Anyone can produce a heat source (sparks, burning coal) in any weather conditions. The trick is to convert that brief heat source into a sustained fire. Even the experts like Cody Lundeen have failed to produce a sustained fire when conditions are bad and have spent miserable nights in the wild as a result. The lesson there is two-fold, that shelter is your number 1 priority in a survival situation - NOT fire - and that you must practice, practice, practice. The technique you use is dependent on the materials available so don't focus on just one. If you're new at this, I would recommend watching the TV series Dual Survival and Alone as well as YouTube videos on the various techniques. Some videos are better than others but you'll quickly learn which are which.That said, I'd like to register my vote for my #1 spark/coal EXTENDING method and that is a char tin (think Altoids or chewing tobacco tins). Forest fires produce char material that can be gathered (dried if necessary) and carried in that tin. Even if you're using friction techniques, dump that smoldering coal into your char tin and blow away - you've got a mini coal fired forge! Once you've produced your firstfire, it's easy to make your own charred material for your tin to keep it full. Check out video FYEnrb or search for "The truth about flint and steel + unspoken tips" on YouTube.

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  • Apocalypse - Survival Prep: Bug-out bag - EDC

    Go to a bicycle repair shop and get several sizes of old inner tubes for Ranger bands. No limit to their usefulness!

    After shelter/fire, potable water is your greatest need. Pre-treat the cotton balls with the vaseline and use the other container for water purification tablets. Filter stream/pond/etc. water (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2S3SpD3eszs) into liter sized, double zip lock plastic bags and then you can use your purification tablets to make the filtered water potable.

    100 yds of dental floss, removed from dispenser, weighs nothing, takes up no space, is strong and is useful all over camp and for fishing.

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  • PaulS28 commented on Blue-Jazz's instructable How To Get Fresh Water In The Wild1 month ago
    How To Get Fresh Water In The Wild

    I explained why you want to use clear plastic - you want the infrared rays to reach the foliage and the soil inside the hole. Will opaque work? Probably but not as well. If I have the choice of wearing a transparent rain poncho or an opaque one as I bug out, I'll choose the transparent for precisely that reason or I'll carry a sheet of transparent plastic in my BOB if I feel I need to wear camo rain gear.At any rate, there's no need for us to argue the point, everybody should go out and actually do it to develop the skills and practice is a great time to try both ways to see which works best so you know what to carry.

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  • PaulS28 commented on Blue-Jazz's instructable How To Get Fresh Water In The Wild2 months ago
    How To Get Fresh Water In The Wild

    Clear plastic is absolutely critical as it allows the infrared rays to enter and warm the soil/vegetation rather than being converted to heat on the plastic which escapes to the surrounding air.While the hole doesn't have to be deep, the deeper it is the greater the surface area from which water can be extracted and the more moist will be the soil. A hole four feet in diameter is preferable to one that is two feet in diameter for the same reason but would have to be deeper to maintain the slope of the plastic down to the can.Seal the edges of the plastic with a mound of soil to prevent as much vapor from escaping as possible.A rubber tube from the cup/can up and out of the hole at the edge of the plastic sheeting allows you to drink without destroying your setup.Always recycle your uri...see more »Clear plastic is absolutely critical as it allows the infrared rays to enter and warm the soil/vegetation rather than being converted to heat on the plastic which escapes to the surrounding air.While the hole doesn't have to be deep, the deeper it is the greater the surface area from which water can be extracted and the more moist will be the soil. A hole four feet in diameter is preferable to one that is two feet in diameter for the same reason but would have to be deeper to maintain the slope of the plastic down to the can.Seal the edges of the plastic with a mound of soil to prevent as much vapor from escaping as possible.A rubber tube from the cup/can up and out of the hole at the edge of the plastic sheeting allows you to drink without destroying your setup.Always recycle your urine and this works with salt water also (deserted island scenario :) )

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  • PaulS28 commented on MiiBooth's instructable Make your own charcoal at home (Video)2 months ago
    Make your own charcoal at home (Video)

    ...but stay away from Yarrow which is poisonous.

    No need to burn the wood. You're just driving off the volatiles and water.

    and water filtration

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