Smoke Detector Placement In Your House- Daily Prep Episode 341

Smoke Detector Placement

So where is the best smoke detector placement in your home?

Short answer….it depends (can’t be too easy right?).

For starters, how big is your home and how many levels are there? A very large home could need 10 or more smoke detectors, whereas a small home or apartment may only need a couple.

In general though, you should [Read more…]

Is the Jetboil Stove a Good Prep?

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When I was in Alaska for 12 days, I used a Jetboil stove to do my cooking (i.e. boil water for my Mountain House).

They are really efficient, hot burning stoves that will bring water to a boil in a hurry!

Even so, I don’t feel like these things are the greatest prep for a few reasons:

  • They are limited to burning only your fuel canisters
  • They are relatively fragile and can easily break
  • They take up a good little chunk of space (much more than a lighter!)

In short–I would categorized them more as a convenience for ultralight camping/backpacking than a piece of survival gear.

I would tell friends to save the money and load up on lighters and matches. If you are looking for something that will concentrate your heat and make cooking a little easier, I would recommend the Emberlit stove over this guy. Emberlit can burn fuel tablets, but it can also burn the sticks and trash you collect on the trail. Less “lazy man comfort” but more “utility” and durable.


Check out Jetboil stoves here

Check out the Emberlit stoves here.

See the other items on my survival gear list.

Emberlit Stove Review


Last month I caught up with my buddy Ben from Financial Survivalist, and did a little dispersed camping up the road from me.

While there I finally got to test my Emberlit Stove, and really liked it. For today’s Gear Review Wednesday, I wanted to give you guys a little look at it.

It’s lightweight, SUPER durable, and burns anything.

Currently comes in 2 options:

  1. Stainless Steel  11.25 oz. Price: $35
  2. Titanium 5.45 oz. Price: $55


Check out the complete details on the stoves on Emberlit’s site here.

Check out Ben’s review here.

See my other gear recommendations.

Daily Prep Episode 183: Utah Wildfires Part II


On the coattails of yesterday’s prepisode about the fire, today another fire sprang up–this time pretty close to my house!

BE SAFE TOMORROW if you’re going to light off fireworks! Don’t take a chance of lighting something off near brush. In addition to the hazard of starting a fire, make sure your kids are supervised if they are going to be lighting off fireworks.

A lot of accidents happen when 10 year old kids grab fireworks and run out to the back porch to light them on their own–even when the parents are maybe just inside in the kitchen.

Daily Prep Episode 161: How To Make A Hobo Stove


Hobo stoves are a classic urban survival solution to making a cook fire.

They require very little surface area, provide a level surface for cooking, and display almost no flame signature. And you can make one out of a can you find in the gutter.

As an added bonus, they work great with alcohol fuel (or even hand sanitizer as I demonstrate).

In this prepisode, I show you how to easily make one, and use it with hand sanitizer for the perfect urban survival cook fire.

Daily Prep Episode 156: UCO Waterproof Matches Gear Review


If you haven’t seen the UCO Stormproof Matches in action yet, you definitely need to check these guys out!

They are windproof and waterproof–REALLY windproof and waterproof, and fairly inexpensive.

They belong in your preps! (check out my other recommended gear here)


Check out a list of retailers you can buy UCO Matches from here.

Or save yourself a couple bucks and buy em online here.

Daily Prep Episode 153: What Is Fatwood?


I recently got some fatwood from Jeepinator, our good friend and fellow prepper.

He found a ton of it on his property in North Carolina, and was kind enough to send some my way.

So what is fatwood?

Quite simply, fatwood (or “heartwood”) is wood from the core of a pine tree. It’s saturated with pitch, so it’s EXTREMELY flammable, and burns for a long time. It’s like the candle version of wood.

Some people even claim they can light their fatwood tinder when it’s soaked.

All this amounts to one thing–fatwood makes awesome tinder.


Buy fatwood online here.

Check out Jeepinator’s channel here.

Daily Prep Episode 110: Review of The 36 Hour Emergency Candle


In today’s Gear Review Wednesday, I give you a look at the 36 hour emergency candle. It’s made of liquid paraffin wax, and features:

  • smokeless and odorless burning
  • adjustable wick
  • super light weight construction–no glass or metal
  • lid for the wick

If you want to pick a couple up, check them out here:

100 Hour Candle

36 Hour Candle

Daily Prep Episode 101: Zombie Squad Winter Mock Bug Out


Field Trip Friday!

Remember the mock bug out in the fall that I did? Well, I just did another one in the snow.

My good buddy Ben from Financial Survivalist invited me to join him for Zombie Squad’s Winter Mock Bug Out Competition. Although it was cut short by what was definitely a surprise ending, we had a good time nonetheless.


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Daily Prep Episode 67: Review of The Coleman Magnesium Firestarter


In today’s Gear Review Wednesday, I give you a look at the Coleman Magnesium Firestarter, available at Wal Mart, Big 5, or probably any other sporting goods store.

The concept of magnesium firestarters is simple–scrape off a small pile of magnesium filings, then strike a spark into it with a flint.

Magnesium is easily ignited, and burns hot. So if you have a handful of tinder ready to go, it can make firestarting a cinch.

The one downside to starting a fire like this, is that if you are hypothermic, stressed, or otherwise unnerved, the small objects and fine motor skills required for this method could be a little difficult.

(and the other downside is the “fallout cloud” you have to deal with after it burns out)


Daily Prep Episode 49: Field Trip to Boise


Road Trip!

After the 72 hour urban bug out that I did in downtown San Diego last May, Cody In Boise had been reaching out to me to come up and do some survival stuff in the Idaho mountains.

A few months of mis-matched schedules later, we finally found a time to make it work. Cody is a former Boy Scout, currently flies Apaches in the U.S. Army, and is an avid survivalist.

Although we might not have been “surviving” for the entire trip, it was a TON of fun and pretty educational. Some of the highlights include:

  • sheltering in the rain
  • making a hobo stove with a can
  • tactical Dakota hole fire
  • my first go at some rappelling
And much more! This is just a smattering of some of what we did. I have some more good footage and some killer still shots that will make an appearance shortly.
Thanks again Cody!