The Smokeless & Easy-To-Build Off-Grid Cooking Stove

By Mitra Cazaubon – Off The Grid News

Outdoor cooking is a major part of my off-grid experience, and so a reliable outdoor stove was a must-have. And with many options of wood-burning stoves out there, fuel-efficiency and minimal smoke were at the top of my list.

After much research, the rocket stove because our outdoor stove of choice. In this article, I will share with you the concept of the rocket stove, how we built two of them, and its advantages and disadvantages.

A wood-burning smokeless stove sounds impossible, right? Let me explain it this way. Smoke is un-burned fuel. The rocket stove makes use of all the fuel. Everything gets burned in the combustion chamber before leaving the chimney. This concept is also seen in the Dakota fire pit

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By Ryan – Modern Survival Online

I think it is fair to say that the ability to start a fire is arguably the most important aspect of survival. Fire allows you to purify water, cook food, avoid hypothermia, dry clothes, deter insects, keep away predators, and see at night. Dehydration and hypothermia are the two most common ways that people die in a survival situation, and fire helps with both of those threats.

Of course being able to use a ferro rod or make a friction fire are essential skills for a survivalist or prepper. That being said, I always want a good lighter with me to make things easier if possible. You never know when you may need to start a fire quickly in less than optimal conditions. A reliable lighter is the best way to do so.

There are several different types of lighters that are popular with survivalists, so it can be hard to decide which one is right for you. In this article I will cover the benefits and drawbacks of each style so you can make the most educated choice possible.

Zippo Lighter

The Zippo lighter is a classic, it is made in the USA, and is what I used back when I have used since I was a teen. There are several advantages to a Zippo over other lighters. One is its durability. The Zippo is almost indestructible, and all Zippos come with a lifetime warranty.

Another selling point for the Zippo in a survival situation is its versatility. Not only can you refill the fuel as many times as you like, but you can use almost any flammable liquid. In a SHTF scenario finding fuel would be tough, so this feature is very valuable.

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Things That Make Splitting Wood Simpler, Easier & Even Fun

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By Kathy Bernier – Off The Grid News

When maple leaves are glowing red and gold, Canada geese are honking overhead, and patches of white frost accent the path to the barn, it is time for homesteaders to turn their attention to seasonal matters.

The rhythms of those who heat their homes with wood vary from person to person. Some stay a full year or more ahead on their firewood, cutting and splitting all their wood for the winter of 2016-17 during the year 2015. Others get the current season’s wood done just in time to chuck it into the woodstove as the snow starts flying. Most of us hit it somewhere in the middle of those two extremes.

No matter how far ahead you may or may not be, you probably like to take advantage of the cooler autumn temperatures to split firewood. And now that wood-splitting season is upon us, it is time to get serious and get ready. If a weekend set aside for firewood processing is in your future, make sure you have all you need to keep things running smoothly from start to finish. Here are some things you may have forgotten – things that will make the day’s task much easier.

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Image source: Cody Assmann

By Cody Assmann Off the Grid News

“If you don’t have the right tool, make it.”

This advice was given to me by full-time bushcraft instructor Doug Hill a few years ago and has really stuck with me. What Doug what alluding to is the simple fact that tools make our lives easier. With them we can perform jobs we could not otherwise accomplish, and in an easier fashion. People interested in survival or self-reliance need to be selective about the tools they carry. Tools take weight and space, two valuable commodities for a person who is living light.

Another bit of advice buried in Doug’s motto is to recognize what you can’t recreate in nature. Important tools such as steel knives and hatchets that cannot be recreated easily in nature are items that should find their way into your survival or backwoods kit. Other items, such as an extra hatchet handle, fire starting materials, and even shelter, should be created when you need them.

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What You Need to Know About Matches for Survival | Backdoor Survival

By Gaye Levy – Backdoor Survival

How much do your really know about matches?  Chances are you know more about a magnesium fire starter or BIC lighter than you do about matches.  It is just that they are so ubiquitous.  Everyone knows about wooden kitchen matches, right?  And heck, back in the day folks used to collect books of matches from fancy dining establishments and keep them displayed in decorative jars.

I know I am dating myself with that last statement but seriously, how much to you really know about matches?  One thing for sure is that I can not purchase strike anywhere matches locally.  Our grocery store refuses to stock them for fear that they will spontaneously combust.  That is a true statement; they actually told me that.

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About the author:

Gaye Levy started Backdoor Survival so that she could share her angst and concern about our deteriorating economy and its impact on ordinary, middle-class folks. She also wanted to become a prepper of the highest order and to share her knowledge as she learned it along the way. On Backdoor Survival you will find survival and preparedness tools and tips for creating a self-reliant lifestyle through thoughtful prepping and optimism.

To read more from Gaye, visit her website, Backdoor Survival. You can also follow Gaye on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest or purchase her eBook, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage on


By Joshua Krause – Ready Nutrition  

Nobody ever said chopping firewood is easy. If anything, that’s what makes it so satisfying. It takes skill, precision, and endurance to build up enough firewood to last all winter, and being able to accomplish that is rewarding to say the least. Still, it’s a task that should never be more difficult than it needs to be. Any tip or trick you can find is fair game.

One of the simplest things you can do is to find a way to keep the log together as you chop it. Otherwise, every successful chop you make will mean having to bend down to pick up the pieces and adjust the log. It will also help you steady those uneven logs that simply refuse to remain standing on their own.

Probably the most popular way to do this, involves nothing more than one or two car tires.

Alternatively, a chain and a rubber bungee cord can also help you keep the log together.

In that guy’s case, it probably also helped that he had a really high quality wood splitting axe. Nonetheless, both of these methods are pretty useful for making your firewood chopping session a little shorter, and a lot less tedious.

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition: Take the Frustration Out of Chopping Firewood With This Quick Tip

 About the author:

Joshua Krause was born and raised in the Bay Area. He is a writer and researcher focused on principles of self-sufficiency and liberty at Ready Nutrition. You can follow Joshua’s work at our Facebook page or on his personal Twitter.

Joshua’s website is Strange Danger


How To Ensure Your Wood-Burning Stove Lasts Forever

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By Steve Nubie Off The Grid News

Wood-burning stoves are essentially simple machines that provide heat for warmth and cooking when we need it most. But like everything else, regular and annual maintenance are essential, especially if you are totally dependent on the stove for heat.

Summer is obviously the best time for maintenance. You can’t do much with a wood stove that’s blistering hot — and it’s a long day in the winter when you have to shut it down and let it cool for repairs. But there are weekly if not daily tasks that have to occur while the stove is hot.

Regardless of the design of your stove, coals and especially ash are inevitable. Some catalytic stoves burn more efficient and result in less ash, but even they need regular cleaning.

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