How to Make an Aluminum Can Stove (Soda Can or Beer Can Cooker)

March 16th, 2011
by urban

Would you like to make your own aluminum can stove? They are light weight, simple and practical little stoves fueled by denatured alcohol. I enjoyed making this DIY project and hope you do too.

For this project you will need:
3 Aluminum cans (2 if they are tall)
a marker
a box cutter or scissors (something to pierce the aluminum and cut)
screwdriver
scissors (to go back and cut the lines clean)
ruler
cutting board
pliers
angled pick or awl or push pin

You should be able to find denatured alcohol at your local sporting goods store in the marine department.

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Have You Thought About Making Laundry Soap?

December 4th, 2010
by urban

Making Laundry Soap is something I’ve been considering as a cost saving measure, but some folks do it as Preppers. Check out this video on how easy it is to make powdered laundry detergent:

and liquid detergent:

It’s pretty easy to get the ingredients at your local grocer, and the other supplies to make them at second hand shops or garage sales and the but just in case here they are on Amazon.

Oh, and if you want to see how the Zote soap worked out a couple days later, here’s the other video:

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Quick Tip: Dealing with longer amounts of cordage.

October 31st, 2010
by urban


This a handy tip for keeping your cordage/line/string under control and twist/knot free. He suggests that this tip is handy for longer lenghts (75-100+ ‘) and I agree.

Jon

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How To Make An Eye Splice

October 29th, 2010
by urban


This video highlights a sleek loop that you can use for snares and tent hooks/pegs along with other applications. Paul does a good job of explaining how to make this version of a simple eye splice in your natural fibered cord.

If you need some to practice with I highly suggest juke twine its an inexpensive cord you can find in the miscellaneous isle at your local market or check the link to amazon:

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Bug Out Tactical Vest Pt1.wmv

October 29th, 2010
by urban

It’s always nice to see how people set up their bug out bags. Hope you enjoy this video.

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Great Find for Dutch Oven Cooking

October 26th, 2010
by urban


Dutch oven liners are a great way to save water for clean-up especially if water is unavailable or rationed. This reviewer loved what she found at Wal-mart. If your local market doesn’t have parchment paper liners you can also try the plastic ones designed for the oven or Crockpot. You can even make your own with a roll of parchment paper. You may have a difficult time finding wide enough parchment paper, it typically comes in 15″ wide rolls. You can simply fold a seam to make it 30″ wide so it will fit your larger dutch ovens. You can also find aluminum pan liners, which look cool, but cost more for your easy water free clean up.

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Urban Woodsman Video How to Tie a Jug Knot

October 20th, 2010
by urban

This knot is so versatile, you can use it for lots of projects.   Check out my first Video:

If you’d like to learn more knots I highly suggest, “The Ashley Book of Knots”:

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Finding Food and Water

October 15th, 2010
by urban

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Discover all the skills needed for survival in the wild. Finding Food and Water shows you where to look, what to avoid and how to stay alive in all kinds of extreme environments… More >>

Finding Food and Water

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Machete Fire

October 15th, 2010
by urban


The machete touches on every aspect of wilderness survival and bushcraft here in Brazil. I often use this technique in rainy season to make primary tinder as well as kindling from Candeia wood. Candeia is filled with a very offensive smelling oil that reminds me of a wet dog or stinky cheese. It burns extremely well almost as well as fatwood and is used in much the same way. By scraping the wood with the right angle spine of the machete the Candeia log will yield up handfuls of very light tinder that will take a spark from a ferro rod. The same piece of wood can also be shaved and split to create a very hot base for a fire.

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Spare Magazine for Your Pistol

October 15th, 2010
by urban


A quick tip for an inexpensive, effective way to concealed carry your spare magazine.

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