3 Elements For Ferro Rod Fires Success

Ferro Rod Success

Security, water, shelter and fire. Good start.

So the guy (the skinnier one) on that Weather Channel show makes it look easy igniting fires with his ferro rod. Well it can be if you use the right metal match. And (1) the right tinder. And (2) the right technique. And (3) you practice, practice …. and practice.

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Ferro Rod CampFire


Those are the essential 3 elements that lead to a ferro fire success.

Here are the details:

For those not familiar with a ferro rod, “ferro” is short for ferrocerium. A ferro rod is also called a metal match, fire steel or a mischmetal rod. It’s a rod of various pyrophoric material that creates sparks when scraping off small amounts using the back of your knife or a striker.

Those sparks reach roughly 3000 degrees Fahrenheit and can catch dry tinder on fire. The best reasons to use a ferro rod over matches or lighters are because matches get wet, and lighters can fail at certain temperatures. Ferro rods work in any weather condition.

Just making sparks from your ferro rod doesn’t guarantee you fire. What you need in order to be successful are these three things:

The right tinder: If you are trying to catch your tinder on fire and it just won’t catch a spark and produce a flame it’s probably because you don’t have the right tinder. I ran into that on my last camping trip in the mountains of Colorado …

The right technique: Not correctly using your ferro rod will make starting a fire with it frustrating as hell. Trust me from experience. I had to suck up my pride and watch some YouTube videos to get a technique that works for me because …

Practice, Practice, Practice: The final key to ferro rod fires sounds like a cliche, but it’s some seriously good advice. Don’t wait until your life depends on …

Source:  The complete details of Paul Bauer‘s metal match post are found on his Bauer Vs Wild blog. Good stuff.

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[Video Review] Primal Gear Survival Long Bow

Three-Piece Long Bow

Here’s a video review of Primal Gear’s folding survival long bow.

David, of Ultimate Survival Tips, demonstrates the bow he’s been using for a over a year. This is a one-piece, three-part, made in the USA survival tool that’s compact, rugged, and easy to use.

This long bow weighs under 2.5 pounds and folds out to 59 inches. Check out the other specs …. and David’s bow skills.

And, as always, the comments after the video make great reading.



Food Preservation With Yogurt Fermentation

Don’t get me wrong here. This is not food preservation using yogurt. It’s about the fermentation properties of yogurt as an example of food preservation. It’s a DIY cooking skill that frees funds for other prepping needs.

Yogurt Fermentation And Food Preservation

Fermentation is a basic food preservation technique, and this post simply gives insight to another skill area. Check it out:

Here’s what I did.

First, I bought some plain Greek yogurt (with active cultures) as I normally do. Greek yogurt is significantly thicker than ordinary yogurt. (I didn’t include the price of the store-bought yogurt because this is something I would have purchased anyway, and I can keep using a half of a cup of the homemade yogurt as the starter for the next batch. Like kombucha and kefir, you only need to purchase the starter once.)

When I got home from the store I set out a half of a cup of the store-bought yogurt in a bowl on the counter to let it warm as I started making the homemade yogurt. Next, I poured just over half a gallon of milk into my Dutch oven and heated it on medium-high to 200 degrees.

It took about 20 minutes, standing in front of the stove whisking the milk to prevent scorching. Next I cooled the milk in a water bath. (I just put the whole pot into my sink filled with ice water, and stirred it a few times to prevent a skin from forming on the top of the milk.) I did this until the temperature of the milk dropped to 120 degrees. This took about ten minutes. (This initial step is necessary to alter the structure of the milk protein.)

While the milk was cooling another five degrees (to 115 degrees), I scooped out about a cup of warm milk and mixed it with the room temperature store-bought yogurt. When the pot cooled to 115 degrees I poured the diluted yogurt-milk mixture into the pot, and whisked it well. (This step inoculates the warmed milk with the live yogurt culture.)

Next, I put the Dutch oven in a homemade warmer box …

Source:  Post author Bam Bam (yes, Bam Bam) continues on The Survivalist Blog.

Image:  Lisa Rutledge From Montreal, Canada


10 Tips: How To Protect Your Food Supplies

Food Storage Tips

You’re getting serious about your survival food supplies storage.

  • How do you prep a storage area?
  • How do you make sure your food investment lasts as long as it should?
  • And just what are these “oxygen safeguards” you’ve heard about?
Protecting Food Supplies

Protecting Food Supplies

Well, check out these tips to minimize costly mistakes. You’ll be glad you did.

Having restricted space and living in a hot sticky atmosphere for no less than 120 days out of the year, I am extremely acquainted with capacity issues.

Preferably, sustenance ought to be put away at around 50-55 degrees, without any that 15% dampness. Does that mean you can’t store food in the event that you don’t have these perfect conditions? Obviously you can! The conditions depicted are “ideally” sort situation, and we all know it’s not impeccable, else we would not have to store sustenance.


Summer temperatures in California achieve more than 90 degrees with 70% stickiness. To spare power, we keep the aerating and cooling at around 68-70 degrees. The A/C eliminates dampness, however dampness still leaks in. This is something we can’t overlook. We simply consider that the nourishment put away won’t keep going the length of it would have at cooler, drier temperatures.
Here are a few tips:

1. Clear out a section before obtaining started, or as you provide grows. Clean out the junk closet and sell or present things, leaving free area for food storage. Attempt exploitation below utilized areas like under the beds, within empty suitcases or TV cupboard.

2. Keep away from waste and store just sustenance that you’re family eats. Fight the temptation to stock up marked down or stopped things simply due to the low cost.

Pick canned food that have the longest close dates. Try not to purchase jars that are scratched or distorted regardless of the fact that they are vigorously marked down. Albeit a few studies have indicated they can last a couple of years past their termination dates, I lean toward not to hazard it, particularly after a companion’s heartbreaking knowledge. Getting sick from eating ruined sustenance is not justified, despite all the trouble.

Source:  Please review the remainder of John Turner’s tips in the Patriot Direct blog. They include those pesky oxygen standards.

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