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The Plain-Language Guide To Buying The Right Log Splitter

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By Kathy Bernier Off The Grid News

There are a lot of variables involved in splitting firewood for heat. Methods vary widely, depending upon individual needs and skills and upon the wood itself. There are still some people out there who split wood by hand, either because their firewood is soft, or they don’t use much of it, or they are just plain tough as nails. For people like me, who do not fit into any of those categories, there are many machines available for splitting wood.

If you are in the market for purchasing equipment for splitting wood at home, there are some useful things to know before you shop.

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By Ken Jorgustin – Modern Survival Blog

I used my pull saw again this weekend. I have had it for a number of years and it is the most versatile saw in my carpenters toolbox… It is one of the best hand saws for quick and general purpose cutting of lumber that you can possibly have.

From a preparedness point of view, while there are all sorts of hand tools to consider having in one’s toolbox (particularly some of those which do not require electricity), when it comes to saws, this particular pull saw is excellent.

I thought I would point out its simple and effective attributes:

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By  – SurvivoPedia

When you are on a tight budget, it is very tempting to buy the cheapest tools you can find. For example, if you need handsaw, you may be inclined to pick one up in a dollar store and then hope that it will get you through a few projects.

While these, and other tools may get you through a small project, they can also be very dangerous and of little or no use in a crisis situation.

The tools you have on hand may well need to last for decades or even be passed along for generations before suitable replacements can be made and distributed at an affordable price. That’s why, when choosing tools for your homestead, or other bug in needs, you should keep the following ten points in mind.

Continue reading at SurvivoPedia: 10 Secrets To Choose Your Tools For Homesteading

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By  Priscilla Cash Off The Grid News

Temperatures are cold, and your stack of already-prepared logs is getting smaller and smaller. You find yourself dreading heading out to split more logs. Perhaps this year is the time to make that purchase — you know, that log splitter you’ve been dreaming about with every downswing of your splitting maul. Manually splitting logs burns about 440 calories an hour and, for some, causes back pain. Not light work. Before you go out and buy the first log splitter you set eyes on, let’s look at a few important elements of log splitters first.

First of all, there are three basic types of log splitters (although there are variations in each): manual, electric and gas-powered. Manual log splitters can provide more power for less up-front cost, although they can be slow and cumbersome to work with. They save your shoulders, but take about the same amount of time to split logs as it does to use a splitting maul. With a splitting maul, you can estimate to split 20 to 30 logs an hour. With a manual log splitter, you generally can split between 18 and 24 logs an hour.

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By Tess Pennington – Ready Nutrition

When it comes to survival, there is nothing more important than a dependable knife. This tool, in my humble opinion, is indispensable. It will cut down branches for a survival shelter, used to cut down branches to make a fire, make traps or skin animals. It can also be used for cooking and defense, if need be. Because of the many uses this survival tool has, I highly recommend having a knife in your bug out bag, your vehicle and anywhere you feel you could be if the SHTF and you aren’t at home. Because so much emphasis is being placed on a knife, you want to ensure that it is of good quality. Many have learned that not all knives are the same and understanding this before investing in one will help you make the most of your investment.

I carry a knife with me everywhere I go. If I’m not carrying my multitool, I’m carrying my ESEE. That said, be careful about where you walk into with your everyday carry blade. Once, I went into a museum and had forgotten to take BOTH of these knives out of my bag and the security guards kept scanning my purse and looked suspicious at me. I grew more and more impatient and started asking them what the hold-up was. When asked if I was carrying any weapons, I emphatically denied it because I thought they were removed. Turns out, I had both of them in a secret compartment in my bag. Luckily, they allowed me to go through, but the point is, there are some knife-free zones such as airports, government buildings and some museums, etc., that do not allow knives – so make sure you don’t have them on you when you are near these locations.

Tier of Blades

If you are anything like me, knives are badass. I love them all and am an avid collector. I have bought different types of knives for family members in the hopes that they will also see how awesome knives are. There are so many to choose from and there are times I have to refrain myself from going overboard.

knivesThat said, I want to emphasize that in a survival situation, having any type of blade on you will be good and perhaps, lifesaving, but there are some that will serve you better than others. These seven tools vary in accordance to their uses and practicality, but have been found to be essentials in a grid down TEOTWAWKI environment. They are all useful in both urban and bush survival, as well as essential to carry in your bug out bags and even your vehicle. The following are blades you should consider for your preparedness endeavors. Starting with the most basic everyday carry to the tools used for daily living and moving on to tools used for outdoor or primitive survival.

  1. Multitool – This is probably the most used of my knife collection. I purchased a Leatherman Wave and use it every time I am camping outdoors, doing my outdoor chores and even to unscrew a broken windshield wiper while traveling (long story). This has many uses, and the blade itself has remained sharp for many years. It is a bit bulky, so I do not carry it in my pocket.
  2. Pocket Knife – Pocket knives also deserve high marks as an everyday carry. These handy little knives fit easily in a pocket and can be used for almost anything. I personally love having my pocket knife available to cut boxes and to use it while working outdoors. Living on a ranch, I use it almost daily!  In an outdoor situation, carrying a pocket knife, like a good old fashioned Buck knife can be used to cut small branches to make a fire, to cut away clothing in an emergency situation, used when hunting.
  3. Skinning Game Blade – If you are a hunter and want to cleanly remove the hide of a big-game animal, you need a skinning knife. This type of knife is relatively short and has a curved blade to keep the tip from puncturing the hide or spearing the meat. Also, these knives should have a sturdy handle to give you a good grip even in wet conditions. The SwingBlaze is a favorite amongst many hunters. Personally, I have a Ka-Bar Game Hook Knife that works really well too. I have used to clean out animals and because of its small size, it’s great when working inside of a cavity.
  4. Hunting Knife – If things go wrong in the outdoors, you want a high quality hunting knife with you. Their usefulness in the field is immeasurable. I hate to break it to all the Rambo die-hard fans out there, but  knives with huge blades really have no practical use for hunters. They make pretty good substitutes for hatchets or machetes but aren’t useful for skinning game or other common hunting tasks – so keep the blade between 4-8 inches. Here is a good article on the considerations of a good survival knife.
  5. Filet Knife – My grandfather was an avid outdoorsman and fisherman and always had a filet knife around. Filet knives like the Rapala Filet Knife are very useful at filleting fish or removing and trimming fat and silver skin from tenderloin.
  6. Axe – Having an axe is paramount in a survival situation and should be one of first investments you make in survival tools. While there are smaller axes that you can take with you while camping or outdoors, you will also want the full size axe at your home to chop wood for fires. Like with all of these knives, you want to ensure that these are high quality. These tools could be a lifesaver if you find yourself in an outdoor emergency situation, so make the necessary investment.

As mentioned, having any blade on you is better than none at all in a survival situation. But I also want to emphasize how important it is to know what your knife is capable of. Can it cut cordage? Could you depend on it to assist you in building a shelter? Is it sharp enough to cut branches? The point is: Know your tools and how to use them. As well, keep in mind that if you plan on using your knife or axe outdoors, you want it very, very sharp. Make sure that you have proper knife sharpening supplies on hand.

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition: Six Must-Have Blades for Off-Grid Living

The Prepper's BlueprintTess Pennington is the author of The Prepper’s Blueprint, a comprehensive guide that uses real-life scenarios to help you prepare for any disaster. Because a crisis rarely stops with a triggering event the aftermath can spiral, having the capacity to cripple our normal ways of life. The well-rounded, multi-layered approach outlined in the Blueprint helps you make sense of a wide array of preparedness concepts through easily digestible action items and supply lists.

Tess is also the author of the highly rated Prepper’s Cookbook, which helps you to create a plan for stocking, organizing and maintaining a proper emergency food supply and includes over 300 recipes for nutritious, delicious, life-saving meals.

Visit her web site at for an extensive compilation of free information on preparedness, homesteading, and healthy living.



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By Jane W. Off The Grid News

Whether you are an urban homesteader or have several acres all to yourself, there are tools that you need to manage your resources.

Here is a list of 15 must-have tools for any homesteader’s barn or shed.

1. Zip ties. These are wildly useful on the homestead. You can use them to secure fencing pieces on a semi-permanent basis. You also can use them to hold tarps over feed buckets, wagons or whatever needs to stay dry or out of the sun.

Continue reading at Off The Grid News: 9 Must-Have Tools For Your Barn Or Shed

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By Zach D. – Off The Grid News

I will be the first to admit I am a through and through firearms nut. Like many fellow firearms “nuts,” I frequently cruise online rifle forums where just about everyone with a keyboard, an ego, and an AR-15 likes to gently and quietly share opinions about just about everything. If you are a fellow gun nut, then you know I only stretched things a bit. If you’re not, I apologize — and I have a point.

A common topic on any firearm forum is often: “If you could only have 5-10 items ….” But I have yet to see a solid list on any website of what the average homesteader should have before starting out. So I thought I’d give it a try.

This list is based on personal experience in running a small farm, fixing just about everything entailed with the farm, and hunting wild game.

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