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Enhancing the Volcano Grill

Posted on May 25, 2016

Anyone who has gotten their hands on a Volcano 3 Collapsible Grill likely has been happy with its performance with charcoal or a wood fire, but using the grill with propane usually leaves a lot to be desired. In this article, I will be discussing some simple modifications that I made to the Volcano Grill in an attempt to improve its performance, and how I modified it to operate with natural gas. But aside from a brief summary of the Volcano Grill, I am not going to cover the grill itself as an alternative cooking system in this body of text. I’ll leave that for some other time…

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Jetboil Joule Cooking System Reviewed

Posted on May 4, 2016

When it comes to prepping for survival scenarios, I usually opt for gear that can be used over and over again relying on renewable resources whenever possible. For this reason, I typically choose biomass stoves over stoves that utilize gas, liquid or solid fuels. However, biomass stoves are certainly not the best option for every scenario. There are times when you just can’t beat a compressed gas stove. Today, I’ll be looking at the Joule Cooking System from Jetboil to see how well it fits into my preparedness plan. So let’s get on with it and see what this thing can do…

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Ball Fresh Preserving Kit Reviewed

Posted on Jun 28, 2015

As I’ve grown as a prepper, so have my survival skills. Early on I decided that I should learn as many skills as I could in order to keep my family safe in the event of a catastrophe. Along with gardening and the bounty that comes with it, attempting to master the art food preservation is a natural progression. As a result, I thought a waterbath canner would be a great place to start. In this article, I will be taking the Ball 21-qt Fresh Preserving Kit for a test drive and can some fresh salsa. Read on to see how well comes out…

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Kelly Kettle Hobo Stove Reviewed

Posted on Jun 19, 2015

As a followup to my review of the Kelly Kettle Stainless Steel Scout a few weeks ago, I’ll be covering one of those “must have” accessories that is not included with most of the basic kits that they sell. It is called the Hobo Stove. Read on for more on this…

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Kelly Kettle Stainless Steel Scout Reviewed

Posted on Jun 1, 2015

Recently, I found an interesting kettle kit and cooking system known as the Kelly Kettle. Pioneered by the Kelly family back in Ireland for more than 100 years, the Kelly Kettle offers a very unique spin on a natural fuel cooking system. No tablets, liquid fuels or fuel cells required with this one. Read on to see how well it stood up to the challenge…

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GSI Outdoors Halulite Pressure Cooker Reviewed

Posted on Feb 20, 2015

Pressure cookers… They are good, they are bad, but they are not all ugly. Today we’ll be looking at the beautiful anodized Halulite 5.7 liter pressure cooker from GSI Outdoors, and when we are done we’ll cook up a hearty Guinness stew to give this thing a little test drive. Read on to see how it goes…

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Solo Stove Reviewed

Posted on Jan 27, 2015

Part of any good SHTF plan should accommodate a way to cook and purify water without gas or electricity. Additionally, that plan should maintain an emphasis on mobility. I’ve looked at many stove systems lately that utilize a variety of fuels. Today I’ll be looking at the Solo Stove, a compact packable, and environmentally friendly wood burning stove. Read on for more…

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TOAKS Ultralight Titanium Cook System Reviewed

Posted on Jan 14, 2015

I recently stumbled across the TOAKS Ultralight Titanium Cook System while searching for an ultralight, packable stove and cookware set that is both easy to use and very durable to include in my family’s bug-out bags. This cookset consists of a TOAKS 550ml titanium pot, a folding solid-fuel stove, a TOAKS titanium folding spork and a titanium windscreen. Read on to see how well it works…

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