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Wood Ash

Its 10 Survival Uses
Wednesday, December 30, 2015, 7:41 PM

10 reasons to give wood ash from the fireplace or firepit a different label than that as a waste product. 

http://prepforshtf.com/wood-ash-10-survival-uses/#.VoRmNnvOjAK

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Baking a pie with the Vermont Bun Baker.

Cookstoves and the Prepared Lifestyle

Cooking with wood
Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 5:42 PM

A fun article on the ins and outs of cooking your food with a wood cookstove. 

http://www.theprepperjournal.com/2015/01/27/cookstoves-prepared-lifestyle/

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How to Stack Firewood

Preparing your wood stack for seasoning and drying
Monday, February 2, 2015, 6:22 PM

Why stack firewood?

Stacking is necessary to dry out wood that is not yet seasoned. If you have green wood that was recently cut, it must be dried to burn efficiently. Ideally, it needs to be stacked outdoors and in the sun if possible. You should never store green wood indoors. This can result in mold because of the moisture coming out of the wood. Another benefit to stacking is getting the wood off the ground so it can dry out faster. It's important to get good air circulation underneath and around your stack. Another great benefit to stacking, it looks nice and orderly compared to a big heap, and is easier to deal with when taking wood to your wood stove or boiler. » Read more

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Survival Skills - Fire Making with a Hand Drill

Primative / Bushcraft fire making
Friday, August 29, 2014, 7:19 PM

Learn the basics of making fire with the hand drill method.  Also check out the the WSID article on 9 Ways to Make Fire Without Matches.

http://www.outdoorlife.com/blogs/survivalist/survival-skills-hand-drill-fire-making

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Uses for Wood Ash

15 ways to use wood ashes around the homestead
Thursday, November 14, 2013, 2:58 PM

With the colder winter months in front of us, fireplaces and woodstoves will start to get more use.  With woodburning, ash is always an end product that needs to be disposed of.  With a little pre-planning and the tips from this article, you can turn a waste product into a valuable resource around the homestead and in the garden. 

Before we begin our discussion of the uses of ash, a special note of caution needs to be mentioned.  Take wood ash away from the woodstove or fire­place in a metal bucket. Never store it in plastic, at least not until the ash is absolutely cool. This way, you avoid burning down buildings (a potentially devastating risk) or damaging surfaces in your house. » Read more

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Fiskars X27 Slitting Axe

Best Axe Ever!

Fiskars X27 Splitting Axe
Monday, April 29, 2013, 1:44 PM

If you are looking to get stocked up on firewood while the winter season is a distant thought and you need a splitting ax,  the Fiskars X27 Super Splitting Axe is a great choice.  I recently invested in this new axe after getting a free load of log rounds from a friend and I can't recommend it enough.  It is super sharp, relatively lightweight, nicely balanced, and splits like a dream.  So if you need a new axe as part of your resiliency tool set (for those with wood stoves and outdoor wood fired ovens), take a look at the Fiskars line of axes

Fiskars X Series Axes

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How to Fell a Tree

A visual guide to learning to bring down a tree safely
Monday, April 15, 2013, 2:11 PM

Learn the steps to felling a tree and get it to land where you want it to with this great visual article.

http://modernfarmer.com/2013/04/how-to-fell-a-tree/