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Extreme Survival: The House Fire

When most of us think of “extreme survival” it’s usually some worst-case scenario like surviving an EMP, being lost in the Alaskan tundra, or waking up to a zombie apocalypse.

The truth is that extreme survival scenarios are common across the country and around the world in the form of house fires. It wasn’t until a house about a mile from our own caught fire and burned to the ground that I realized what a massive loss a house fire can be.

A family loses everything — furniture, family heirlooms and photos, their clothing, pets, and sometimes, loved ones. When I think of how vulnerable my wife and kids would be, it makes me more determined to check our home for electricity issues, make sure our smoke alarms work, and look for any barriers to emergency exits, and

It’s that last item there that worries me the most.…

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Fire Protection for the Homestead.

Over the years I have often wrote about having fire extinguishers around the house and practicing good fire prevention.  Here is a post that was sent to me that gives some idea of how you can provide yourself fire protection and help your local volunteer fire department.  There are some good ideas in it.


We have a fire safety company in our town.  They have supplied us with old but still full fire extinguishers that were taken out of service, that would have otherwise been dismantled and thrown out. These units are used in our neighborhood watch program for training.…

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Starting Fires with Resin

Yesterday, I took one of my grandsons out for a hike and at the end we practiced a little fire making.  One thing I often do when walking in the woods is gather dried resin from the trees.  Where I live, it seems to be easier to find on the evergreens.  Dried resin is an excellent fire starter.

My grandson and I compared it to cotton balls rolled in vaseline.  A piece half the size of a cotton ball will burn 3 or 4 times as long.  If you watch the trees for damaged areas, you will have no problem finding resin.  …

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firesteelA fire is an extremely important survival tool and can be used for the following purposes:  purifying water, cooking food, creating smoke and light signals, providing warmth, keeping animals and predators away,  drying your clothes, aid in the making of tools, and keeping insects away.  Also remember that a few smaller fires provide more heat than one large fire.  Knowing how to build a fire is considered to be the best survival skill to have so start practicing and become an expert.

Always have at least two, preferably three ways of making a fire on demand.  With waterproof matches, a butane lighter, and a magnesium fire starter or firesteel you should be able to create a fire at anytime and any place no matter how harsh the conditions.…

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Wood Stoves and House Fires

In a long-term emergency, we would have to adapt to several old technologies all of which would made a house fire more likely.  The use of kerosene, wood stoves, charcoal, and other open flame devices create problems that we are not used too.

The incorrect installation of a wood stove is a common cause of fires.  One of the problems is that people do not understand pyrophoric action or the chemical decomposition of wood due to the continuous or intermittent application of heat.  The normal ignition temperature of wood falls in the area of 400 degrees.  After being exposed to a lower heat from outside sources for a prolonged period of time the ignition temperature of the wood lowers.  …

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A Discussion of Retreats or BOL (bug out locations)

Retreats are something that most of us would like to have, but never will be able to afford it in today’s market. I define retreats as a hideaway in the back country (bug out location).  I am not a big believer in retreats unless they are your permanent residence.  If you are young you may want to consider a career that permits you to live where you want.  Too many of us are trapped by finances, employment and family.

I know of people whose retreats are located several hundred miles from where they live and work.  It is easy to use all your resources to construct such a retreat. …

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Fire Prevention in Your Home


Smoke is responsible for three out of four fire related deaths.

Install smoke detectors on every level of your home, outside of sleeping areas and in bedrooms.  Don’t install in kitchen, the false alarms will drive you crazy.

Test every smoke detector once a month. Replace the batteries once a year or more often if the detector makes a chirping sound.

If you buy a new one make sure if is approved by U.L. and the State Fire Marshal


Your fire extinguisher should be a minimum of 4A10BC (see specifications on name plate) and U.L. or State fire Marshal approved.…

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The Art of Fire Starting

A fire is an important survival tool and can be used for many purposes.  They can include cooking food, purifying water, signal fires, providing warmth, keeping animals and predators away, drying clothes, and keeping insects away.  Fire also is a psychological factor; it can be a big morale booster.

Always have at least two, or three ways of making a fire in your bug out bag (72 hour kit) or on your person.   I always have matches, a firesteel and dry tinder with me. With waterproof matches, a butane lighter, a magnesium fire starter or firesteel, you should be able to start a fire anytime and anyplace regardless of the weather conditions. …

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Home Security Tips Part 2


  • Is your heating system in proper working order and inspected for dangerous leaks yearly?
  • Is there ample air circulation around appliances that are likely to overheat?
  • Are there any overloaded circuits, long extension cords runs, or too many devices plugged unto one outlet?
  • Is your fireplace or wood stove chimney free of dangerous build ups that could catch on fire?  Do you get your fireplace and wood stove chimney cleaned on a regular schedule?
  • Do you have a protective grate in front of fireplace to prevent sparks, hot logs from rolling into room?
  • Is your kitchen oven hood clear of greasy build-up that could cause a fire?
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Fire Starters

Fire starters

Today’s post is on homemade fire starters.  They are easy and cheap to make.  The one I have used for years and always works is cotton balls and vaseline.  Simply impregnate the cotton balls with vaseline.  This can be done easy by rolling the cotton ball in warm vaseline.    By warm I mean set it out in the sun warm, I do not recommend liquefying the vaseline on a stove.

For years I have carried these in my seventy-two hour kit by stuffing them in a 35mm film can.  You can squeeze quite a few in one.  But with the advent of digital cameras, film cans are no longer easy to obtain. …

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