UCO Candle Lantern

Can you heat a tent with a candle?

We recently evaluated combining tealights and terracotta pots to create makeshift heaters. While we found that they could effectively heat very small spaces, they were a fire hazard, and we suggested using an UCO Candle Lantern as a safer and more portable alternative for heating a tent in the field. So we decided to put

News roundup for Mon, Feb 15, 2021

Fossil fuel pollution kills more than 8 million people per year. Pollution in the form of fine particulate matter is inhaled and increases rates of respiratory and cardiac diseases. Researchers say these estimates of disease burden, though shocking themselves, are probably underestimates. Industrial pollutants are also posing dangers to everyday folk—high concentrations of benzene have

ISS

How practical is using satellites for long-distance ham radio comms?

I recently wrote that BaoFengs are fine radios, but they don’t have hundreds of miles of range as a reality check for preppers who mistakenly think they’ll reach loved ones far away. But hams quickly chimed in to tell me that wasn’t true, and that you could bounce signals off satellites and reach hundreds of

News roundup for Thur, Feb 11, 2020

3 people stayed alive for 33 days eating coconuts on a deserted island. The Cuban nationals were rescued by the US Coastguard. Coconuts are an excellent survival food. 10 pounds of C4 explosives are missing from a Marine Corps base in Twentynine Palms, CA. The explosives are believed to be stolen. NCIS is working with

Hackers infiltrated a Florida water treatment plant a few days ago and almost poisoned the town with lye. How do you prepare for attacks like this?

Updated 2/10/2021 at 8 PM ET: In a statement, Express Water said that high concentrations of lye would wreck their reverse osmosis filters. Updated 2/9/2021 at 4 pm ET: The manufacturer of Berkey filters says they have no testing data on lye, and John Squires of St. Paul Mercantile told us that activated carbon does

News roundup for Mon, Feb 8, 2020

The switch to a more nomadic lifestyle is increasingly popular—sometimes because of preference, and sometimes because of economic distress or homelessness. Accelerating climate change could increase these stressors–some anticipate off-grid living to boom. The Super Bowl is going to cause superspreader events all over the country, not just in Florida. Folks are going to get

A terracotta heater

Can a flower pot and tealight candle create enough heat to save you in a cold emergency?

We’ve been testing various prepping memes, like turning oranges into candles and using Doritos to start fires. Around this time of year we often see people share memes about using tealight candles and a terracotta pot to craft a DIY heater. So we built a couple of different versions ourselves and measured the results. Yes,

News roundup for Thur, Feb 4, 2020

Back by popular demand! We didn’t intend on being a “news blog.” We started doing this when we were one of the first western publications to ring the alarm bells on COVID back in January 2020 when the mainstream media was seemingly dropping the ball. It seemed like the New Year was a good time

News roundup for Mon, Feb 1, 2021

Back by popular demand! We didn’t intend on being a “news blog.” We started doing this when we were one of the first western publications to ring the alarm bells on COVID back in January 2020 when the mainstream media was seemingly dropping the ball. It seemed like the New Year was a good time

Ration blocks in the oven

Baking ration blocks in the oven to see if they’ll take the heat

I recently worked on the best emergency rations review, where the top picks are “lifeboat rations” that compress fat, sugar, and vitamins into edible blocks. Those top companies, like Datrex, are approved by the US Coast Guard to survive in lifeboat-type conditions. But most people use those blocks as food in their go-bags or vehicle

A woman wearing a valved respirator and talking on a cell phone

New CDC study says valved respirators/masks do just as good of a job as basic masks

The ever-shifting official recommendations about masks over the past year have been frustrating because it seems that science takes a back seat to politics and incompetence. The Prepared said way back in January 2020 that you should get masks for COVID because it was simple science that respirators/masks will protect you and others against respiratory