Prepper’s Survival Hacks Gives You DIY Projects to Help You Survive and Save Money

Do it yourself now, and survive later. That’s the idea behind Jim Cobb’s latest book, Prepper’s Survival Hacks. It gives you creative DIY projects to help you survive and save money.

Jim is my guest on this week’s DestinySurvival Radio. What follows is a summary of our visit mingled with my comments about the book.

Incidentally, as our language continues to change, you may have noticed the word “hack” has taken on new meanings in recent times, as evidenced by its use in the title of Jim’s book. I’ll make use of the word below in a few of my headings. I don’t know if I’m using it correctly, but who knows what that is anyway?


Hacking the Author

Jim Cobb has been on DestinySurvival a number of times to talk about his books and advice on preparedness. We always have good conversations.

In case you’re not familiar with who he is, here’s a bit of background info.


Jim Cobb is the author of several books focused on disaster readiness, such as Prepper’s Long Term Survival Guide, Countdown to Preparedness, Prepper’s Financial Guide, and the #1 Amazon bestselling Prepper’s Home Defense. He has been a student of survivalism and prepping for about thirty years. He is the owner of, a rather popular disaster readiness resource.

Jim and his family reside in the upper Midwest and he is currently working on several more books.


Hacking the Book


Prepper's Survival Hacks


Prepper’s Survival Hacks offers a wide range of creative ideas for transforming cheap and widely available items into lifesaving gear. Find 50 nifty D I Y projects related to water, getting food, cooking, starting fires, having light, and more. It’s not marketing hype to say you’ll want this book in your survival library.

This is different than any of Jim’s other books, and he acknowledges that in the introduction. In our conversation we talked briefly of how this book came to be.

If you’re looking for hands-on, how-to projects while saving money, you’ll want this book in your survival library. Plus, the projects would be great to do with your children or grandchildren, whether you’re home schooling or getting the family prepared on weekends.

The book has plenty of pictures, unlike Jim’s previous works. They’re in black and white which is less expensive to produce. Otherwise, this could have been a coffee table book, but it would have been priced out of the reach of mere mortals. It’s meant to be a practical book, not a museum exhibit.

Headings for chapters and individual projects are large, making it easy to find your way around. A list of materials is given near the beginning of each project, which is helpful, too.

Jim’s intention is for this book to be a reference, especially when the Internet isn’t available. As I’ve said before about books, the advantage of having print is that it will be around if everything online ceases to exist.

Even before that time, you have no need for batteries or connectivity with a book. Plus, a book allows you to read the info about each project as many times as you like. If you’re like me–not very handy–you’ll appreciate the need to go over something several times before it soaks in.

I haven’t tried most of the projects, so I can’t say they’ll all work for you. But Jim and his family have tried them all, and you can have confidence, knowing he’s not just recycling theoretical stuff from other books or the Internet.

I venture to say some projects will work better than others for you, depending on the materials you have available and your ability for DIY projects.

Jim believes a big part of what we do to get prepared should make life easier for those times we’re facing down disasters. The less stress the better. Life is going to be abnormal enough without making things complicated and difficult.

Rekindling creativity in our imaginations is one reason Jim wrote Prepper’s Survival Hacks. You may see things you hadn’t thought of. And you may get ideas for projects of your own. What can it hurt to try something that could prove useful when the chips are down?


Hacking the Hacks

Below I’ll give you the headings of each chapter, followed by a bullet point list with a few of the projects it includes. Projects not bulleted are mentioned in the paragraphs that follow, along with a few more observations from my chat with Jim.



  • Transpiration Bag
  • Osmosis Water Filter
  • Layered Filter
The fact that projects on water filtration are given first shows the importance of water. After all, we’ll each die without it.

Should you build a solar still? We spent a few minutes talking about why Jim included instructions for a solar still, but doesn’t recommend making one.

This led to Jim’s thoughts on the importance of credible, tested information. was created to combat bad information because people’s lives are at stake. Maybe your own.


Food Acquisition

  • Pocket Fishing Kit
  • Bola
Why make your own MRE’s? Jim made a good case for this in his book and in our discussion. A word of caution–don’t buy cases of MRE’s (or any other storage food) without trying it first to see how it works out for you and your family.

That’s good advice for buying other prepping supplies as well.

We talked about making your own seed tape using toilet paper folded to half width. Jim gets a lot of favorable comments on this one. Consider this. It’s a project you can do this winter while binge watching your favorite shows.

You’ll find tips on making cold frames as well as small greenhouses from food containers you get from restaurants. We expanded on the notion of using containers for starting seedlings.

If you’re going to take his suggestion to grow your own potatoes from those you buy at the grocery store, you may have trouble. They’ve likely been sprayed with substance that prevents them from sprouting. I’d suggest checking for organic spuds at a local farmer’s market.

Jim says he’s had mixed results raising potatoes over the years, and he can’t grow enough to suit his likes. My experience has varied, too. This year was a bust.



  • Buddy Burner
  • Brick Rocket Stove
  • Hobo Stove
  • Altoids Tin Alcohol Stove



  • The Original DIY Fire Starter
  • Egg Carton Fire Starters
  • Self-Igniting Fire Starter
  • Cotton Pad Fire Starter
  • Fire Straws
  • Fire from Electricity
  • Fire Kit
Jim admits he loves fire and making fire starters. If you’ve seen the Panteao Make Ready to Survive DVD’s where he’s featured, you’ve seen him make some of the fire starters he writes about.

Since melting wax is essential for several of the fire starter projects, he puts info on how to do that in the first part of the chapter.

Dryer llint was the focus of our conversation for a while. Who knew there could be a difference in kinds of dryer lint?

Why aren’t magnifying glasses included in Jim’s chapter on fire starters? Hear his answer in our visit.

The fire kit described includes several kinds of fire starters and various types of tinder.



  • Altoids Tin Candle
  • Altoids Tin Oil Lamp
  • Solar Landscape Lights
  • Milk Jug Lantern


Survival Kits

  • Altoids Tin Survival Kit
  • Workplace Emergency Kit
  • Belt Pouch Survival Kit
A couple of these survival kits might be used for everyday carry (EDC). The brevity of the chapter on this may be disappointing to some, but Jim recommends a couple of books with thorough survival kit building info.



  • Gift Card Cordage Storage
  • Bucket Clothes Washer
  • Portable Heat
  • $1 Door Fortification
  • Coupon Stacking
Be sure to look carefully through this section because several gems which defy categorization are hidden away there. For example, don’t miss the tips on improvised gear or the numerous ways to use aluminum foil and garbage bags.

During our visit we discussed the idea he shares about using a pool noodle or pipe insulation to make a toilet seat on top of a bucket toilet. That’s one small, but important means of providing comfort which family members may truly appreciate.

You’ll enjoy Jim’s comments from our chat about the clothespin alarm trigger.

You’ll like the bucket mousetrap project in the book. Could this be the proverbial better mousetrap?

If you haven’t yet saved copies of your important documents on a flash drive, you’ll want to give heed to Jim’s advice in the book concerning the preparedness flash drive.


Hacking Deeper

What’s Jim’s favorite project from the book? You’ll have to hear his answer in our conversation on DestinySurvival Radio for October 22, 2015. (Right click to download.) Check out Jim’s site– Sign up for his newsletter there. And catch up with him on Facebook. Also, check out

Order Prepper’s Survival Hacks by clicking on its title wherever you see it in this post.

There’s room for your comment below if you have thoughts on what you’ve read above or heard in my conversation with Jim Cobb. What’s your favorite DIY project for making life easier after a disaster?


Is WD-40 in Your Survival Kit?

You may be ten steps ahead of me on this one, but a friend suggested that I encourage you to put WD-40 in your survival kit. After all, it has hundreds of uses.

When I also saw a piece on ABC nightly news promoting WD-40, I figured it must be time to reckon with it. Or, to be cyhnical, maybe it’s just a sign of how the news media yields to corporations.

Whatever the case, recently The Ready Store ran an article on its blog entitled WD-40 Survival Guide, mentioning 13 uses for WD-40. The comments below the post give many more uses and tell us what not to use it for. I recommend you take a look.

It’s been said, “You only need two things in life: Duct Tape and WD-40. If it moves and shouldn’t, use Duct Tape, if it doesn’t move and should, use WD-40.”

By the way, WD-40 is a solvent, not a lubricant. Keep that in mind, since it’s not the cure-all for the world’s ills. But it is great stuff, and you should have it in your survival kits, if you don’t already.


A Unique Light Source When the Power’s Out Gives You That UV Glow

When the power goes out, and it’s dark, the first thing we want is light–even before food and water. It not only helps us see, but it provides us with comfort and reassurance. Of course, you want a dependable light source. My DestinySurvival Radio guest and I talked about a unique light source for when the power’s out that gives you that UV glow.

Steve Nagel of 4EverLight International, Inc., and, is this week’s guest. Way back in December of 2011 I had him on the show. If you’re curious, read about it here. Steve provided me with a couple of UV Paqlite samples then, and I bought some of the company’s little Toob Lites. I knew right away there’s a reason his company calls the UV PaqLite the amazing light. These aren’t your ordinary glow in the dark products.

If you haven’t heard of UV PaqLites before, you’ll want to find out what they’re all about. If you have heard of these nifty glow in the dark items before, you’ll be interested in hearing about new innovations and new products. Either way, I think you’ll want to put some of the things Steve and I talked about in your survival kits and prepping supplies.


UV Paqlite


The Man Behind the Glow

Steve was eager to talk about his company and its products with me. I can imagine he’s not shy when telling others about what he has to offer when he travels to trade shows and expos. Perhaps you’ve seen him or his daughter at a prepper expo, demonstrating their products. Let me tell you a little about him because he’s quite an entrepreneur.


Steve Nagel is a father of 4 children and now a grandfather of 7. His youngest child, Alexis now 31, has worked with him since 2011 on this new venture of creating a new form of light or illumination.

Steve has a varied “venture start-up” background, starting in 1976, after he graduated with his law degree from the University of Wyoming and his graduate and undergraduate degrees in business from Arizona State University.

His ventures have included 3 successful IPOs of microcap companies in the construction chemical sector, consumer electronics, and patented 3 dimensional decoration process for any shaped objects.

Steve was an IFR and multi-engine pilot for 20 years in his own aircraft and spent most of his life in Colorado, Wyoming and Arizona–now living in Las Vegas, Nevada the past couple of years. He and his daughter have been working on the development of products and markets from 4EverLight International, Inc.


The Name of the Glow

You might think UV in the name of these products stands for ultraviolet. That’s a good association with light, but in this case UV stands for Steve’s Uncle Vernon, who played a role in in teaching the family about survival.


The Need for the Glow

Do you have any glow in the dark items among your prepping supplies? If not, maybe it’s because they’ve been a disappointment. Glow sticks can only be used once. Glow in the dark tape doesn’t glow very brightly.

UV products provide good illumination in a small area. However, in the dark they’re also visible from a considerable distance. UV Paqlites and Glow In the Dark Spots (G.I.D.S.) can be handy for marking a trail or fence line. Put G.I.D.S. on light switches around the house, in the bathroom, or on your circuit breaker box. Or put one on your backpack so the person behind you can follow more easily when you’re hiking.


UV Paqlite Glow Lights for Life


The Nature of the Glow

UV Paqlite products contain nontoxic earth elements that glow in the dark brighter and longer than typical glow in the dark products. They’re not as bright as a light bulb, but you’d be surprised to see how bright they are and how many hours they hold their glow.

One of the neat things about them is their glow can be recharged in a minute or less with a flashlight or car headlights. They’ll even charge up in regular daylight.

Since powered lighting recharges these UV items, the company decided to create what they call the Orb Mule Lite, which combines UV material with a high quality LED light that pulses three seconds every two minutes to keep the glow at its brightest. There’s more on the Web site about this nifty inovation.


The Orb Mule Light


Passing on the Word About the Glow

Sales have been direct to consumer, such as at various expos and events. They also sell through their Web site. They haven’t gotten into retail sales yet.

One of Steve’s goals is to keep the products affordable. And they are, especially when you consider the cost of glow sticks you can only use once.

When I looked at recently, I was surprised by the number of products they have available. The company has come a long way since I first heard of them back in 2011. Several products are patent pending, so perhaps one day these items will get greater recognition and wider distribution.

Customers are happy with the products, and they don’t return them. That’s definitely a sign Steve’s company is doing something right.

Newer products, such as the UV Matlite, are designed to be more attractive then the original UV Paqlites. Of course, all the products work well, regardless of appearance. Some of the other products include the Tooblite, Scooblite and Glostik.


How People Are Using the Glow

I’ve mentioned a few possibilities already, but throughout my conversation with Steve, he told stories of how people are using his company’s products in all sorts of clever ways. It seems you’re only limited by your imagination.

Because Steve’s company does so much direct sales to consumers, they receive a great deal of feedback. That’s what prompts development of new products and tweaking of older ones. One example is the development of the UVO necklace, which children love to wear.

Here’s an example of a terrific way to use a UV Paqlite or UV Matlite. Place it near your bed at night to help you find something you need in the middle of the night, whether it’s medication or a firearm for self defense.


The Orb Mule Light Glowing


How to Get Your Glow On

Hear my conversation with Steve Nagel by listening to DestinySurvival Radio for March 5, 2015. (Right click to download.) And, by all means, check out Sign up to get their newsletter. Keep up with the company on Facebook, too.

Let me say here that I have no financial relationship with Steve or his company. I don’t earn a dime if you buy his products. I’m happy to get the word out about what he has to offer because his company has some fascinating, fun and practical light source options which preppers will want to have. These products deserve to be widely available to all.

As always, your thoughts are welcome. If you’ve read anything here or heard something in this week’s DestinySurvival Radio that gets you all aglow, leave a comment below.


Kevin’s Kandles – A Truly Safer Candle for Emergencies

Do you have candles on hand in case the lights go out? You may want to rethink that. Did you know that a startling number of accidental fires are started by candles?

My guest on this week’s DestinySurvival Radio is Kevin Dawson, creator of Kevin’s Kandles, a truly safer candle for emergencies. They provide you with a clever fire safety solution. Once you’ve heard Kevin talk about them, you’ll never see emergency candles in quite the same way.

Before I go on, allow a brief disclaimer. Other than receiving samples of Kevin’s Kandles to try, I don’t earn anything from promoting them. But this is one of those innovative products that could truly save lives and property, so I’m glad for the opportunity to share what follows with you.


The Kandle Kreator

Hey, if Kevin Dawson can misspell candles for branding purposes, I can misspell creator, just this once. And maybe another word or two as well.

But who is Kevin Dawson anyway? Here’s a little info.

Kevin is semi-retired from the fire service after 32+ years in Westmount and Montreal, Canada. He also served an appointment for the United Nations as the Fire Marshall for UNMIL in Liberia, Africa, in 2007 and 2008. As a member of the Fire Service for most of his life, he has a passion for fire safety and fire prevention.

You’ll notice that passion when you listen to our conversation. He’s (Dare I say it?) fired up about his subject matter. It’s his desire for fire safety and prevention that drives his candle endeavors.


The Kase for Kevin’s Kandles

If you can do it, have flashlights, especially LED lights, and fresh batteries on hand for those emergencies when power is out. But you know how things go. You might have flashlights all over the house, but how many work when you need them? As Kevin notes, we will have power failures, and people will use candles.

Candles sound like a great solution, and they’re the first thing many of us turn to in the dark; but as many as 10,000-15,000+ accidental candle fires are reported in the U.S.A. each year. In North America, 3-4% of residential fires are candle related. A majority of the deaths and injuries occur during power failures and in houses where the electricity has been disconnected. Kevin says, in his iexperience as a fire investigator, half the fires started by candles were caused by tea candles.

Kevin’s Kandles are designed to greatly reduce the risk of accidental fires. If a Kevin’s Kandle is left unattended, it will go out. So no worries if you fall asleep while it’s burning. In fact, even if it’s tipped over, it will go out. That may seem hard to believe, but watch the demonstration video below to see for yourself.


One Kandle to Rule Them All

Here’s how they work. Begin with a clear glass half full of water. Pour in half an inch of vegetable oil. Insert a wick into the center of a round, plastic, Kevin’s Kandles float. Place the float into the glass and light the wick.

Kevin says his candles help eliminate the “Stupid Factor” when people run out of batteries during extended power failures and “get creative” with their illumination. That’s because Kevin’s Kandles are Safer than traditional candles. They’re also inexpensive and environmentally friendly.

Since these candles are great for providing emergency light during storms or other times when power is out for hours or days, they would have come in quite handy during and after Hurricane Sandy.


The Kandle on Trial

Watch the short demonstration video below, then I’ll share my experience with Kevin’s Kandles as well as a few thoughts Kevin passed along in our conversation.



The Package

A package of Kevin’s Kandles contains 5 plastic floats and 100 wicks in a ziplock bag. That’s enough to get a family through as many as 20 power outages, if you use all five floats for burning candles around the house.

Complete instructions are on the inside of the cardboard labeling stapled to the bag. I’d suggest keeping these directions with the bag, since you may not be using these that often, if you only use them for emergencies. However, Kevin’s right when he says you’ll remember how to use the candles once you’ve burned one. But then I’m the kind of guy who keeps manuals for everything.

The whole package is small enough to fit into a shirt pocket. Therefore, they’re much easier to store than regular candles because they take up so little room.

I love the fact that the wicks and floats are in a resealable bag. It’s easy to keep everything together. The floats are reusable, so the only thing to throw away is the wick when it has done its job.


Our Test and Impressions

My wife thought these were similar to the float candles she’s seen at the Dollar Store. She’s seen them used at weddings. But Kevin says his candles aren’t the same thing because they’re not wax candles. His will each last 10 hours, not 2-4 hours. His are much cheaper, too.

My wife thought the wicks were a bit difficult to insert into the float because they’re small. The indention in the float isn’t very large either. I expect assembly would be easier the more it’s done. Kevin told me the wicks are the size they are because it has to do with compliance with certain safety standards.

We put our candle into a white glass bowl. (Sorry for not having a picture of it to show you here.) While there was some reflection from the sides of the bowl, Kevin recommends a clear glass because the illumination will be better. There’s more of a lantern effect, rather than that of a torch facing upward.

We experimented and found that if you blow the flame out, it can be lit again. We tried this a little while after we lit it initially. Then we let it burn five hours that evening. We left the bowl out out overnight, hoping our curious cats wouldn’t discover it. They didn’t.

We relit the wick the next morning. It was hard to light because it was so small. After a couple hours (about six or seven hours into the expected 10 hours), the flame wasn’t as bright. According to Kevin, we should have taken the float and wick out of the bowl to keep the wick from getting saturated. If we would have done so, we would have experienced a bright flame until the end. Or, if we’d have let it burn uninterrupted, the flame wouldn’t have dimmed.

The flame burned itself out after a little more than the anticipated 10 hours. The float was still in good shape, ready for reuse. Furthermore, the floats won’t melt.

Why are these so environmentally friendly? Floats are reusable. Wicks are made from cotton. No wax is involved. Water and vegetable oil are all that’s necessary to use Kevin’s Kandles.


The Oil You say

OK, the K-thing with the headings in this post could only go on so long. Maybe I’m just not klever (Er, I mean clever.) enough to make up more. So I’ll kwit while I’m ahead.

Now, back to more enlightening info on the subject at hand.

Any kind of vegetable oil can be used for Kevin’s Kandles, including olive oil, though it’s more expensive. Even used oil, such as from restaurants, can be put to use.

One key advantage of using vegetable oil is that it’s something most of us replentish as we use it. So it’s not as if it’s a peculiar item we have to scrounge for.

Here’s another advantage. The oil won’t burn, even if you tip one of these candles over. Kevin gave me a lesson in flamable vs. combustable fluids. Vegetable oil that has not been heated for cooking is combustable, not flamable. Both of those terms sound rather ominous, but just remember that the vegetable oil used for Kevin’s Kandles won’t start a fire.


Just Another Pretty Candle?

Would you believe restaurants are using Kevin’s Kandles? Though Kevin primarily wants to let you and me know about their uses for emergencies, you could use them for other purposes, too. Go decorative with colored water. Or make it a scented candle with a few drops of your favorite essential oil in the water.

There’s plenty of room for creativity. Again, think of the possibilities for introducing family and friends to a preparedness item.


Cheaper by the Dozens

Retail price of a package of Kevin’s Kandles is about $10. If that sounds costly at first, think of all you’re getting–100 wicks and five reusable floats. That’s about 10 cents per wick. And when you figure in everything else, including vegetable oil, your cost is roughly 25 cents per candle. Where can you buy a 10 hour emergency candle for anywhere near that price:?

The fact is, you might not ever need more than one package of these for yourself. That’s not good for repeat sales of Kevin’s Kandles, but you could always buy some to have a second or third package on hand for your bug out location. Or you might consider geting a few packages to give as gifts.

Incidentally, Kevin doesn’t want to be a candle retailer. He wants to get the word out about these candles and get product recognition. He’d love to have a celebrity like Oprah promote his candles. And as already noted above, he wants to contribute to greater fire safety and prevention.

Kevin and I talked about fund raising campaigns for fire departments and sports teams. These candles would also be great if you wanted to do a fund raiser for a school, church, or scouts. Perhaps you’d want to tell your local Red Cross or CERT group about Kevin’s Kandles. What a way to introduce people to fire safety and preparedness at the same time.

One other important point. Kevin was deliberate in his decision to have his candles manufactured in the U.S. No child labor is involved.


To Africa, and Beyond…

It was Kevin’s time as a fire chief for the U.N. in Liberia which heightened his awareness of the need for his candles in that part of the world as well as other lesser developed countries. Hundreds of shack fires can occur in a month in just one place like Cape Town, South Africa.

Plenty of places throughout the world don’t have electricity. In Africa, six hundred million people don’t have it. Kevin’s Kandles could provide a safe, inexpensive means of lighting. And they don’t give off particulate matter like wax candles. Therefore, they won’t aggravate breathing problems such as asthma.

We talked about how you can buy Kevin’s Kandles in larger quantities as well as an inexpensive way to ship hundreds of packages without paying high shipping costs. If you know of a charitable group or church that would be interested in helping distribute Kevin’s Kandles to far flund places in need, get in touch with Kevin.


Enlighten Yourself

I realize I’ve shared plenty here, but to get more info, you really do need to hear my enlightening conversation with Kevin Dawson when you listen to DestinySurvival Radio for February 12, 2015. (Right click to download.) Kevin’s Web site is


Smoke from a Distant Fire

Hey, I had to think up something to entice you to read these next paragraphs.

Kevin offered a discount to DestinySurvival Radio listeners–and readers in this case–which expired March 31, 2015. Nonetheless, it would be helpful if you would mention DestinySurvival when you order Kevin’s Kandles.

Also, when Kevin sent me samples, I received two packages. Each package contained 100 wicks and five floats. I announced that I would give one package away. Readers were asked to leave a comment below this post by March 1, 2015. I picked the winner by using Three readers left a comment by the deadline date, and the winning number was two. Brian was the second person to leave a comment, so he won the prize. Congratulations, Brian. And thanks to the other participants in the contest.


Your Turn to Enlighten the Rest of Us

If you got lit up about anything you’ve read above or heard in this week’s DestinySurvival Radio, feel free to share your burning thoughts below. Have you been through a situation where Kevin’s Kandles would have come in handy? Or have you been to any nice restaurants recently which could use Kevin’s Kandles to enhance their atmosphere?


A Simple Knife Sharpening Tip

Here’s a nifty knife sharpening tip. You’ll be surprised by how easy it is. Watch the short video below and let me know what you think. Is this a good idea? Have you done it before? How did it work out?



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SilverFire® Does It Again! Introducing the ‘Scout’

Editor’s note: Capt. William E. Simpson II shares this review of a compact camp stove you’ll want to have among your prepping supplies.

Capt. Bill is the author of The Nautical Prepper and was my DestinySurvival Radio guest twice in October of 2013. View posts about those shows here and here. He has occasionally contributed articles for your consideration here at DestinySurvival. – John



Arguably The Best Compact Gasifier Stove Today!

It doesn’t matter if you’re into backpacking, hunting or prepping, SilverFire’s new compact ‘Scout’ camp stove deserves a close look. I have to say that Todd (the brains at SilverFire) has a winner with this cool little stove that encompasses many of the features of larger stoves. In fact, the Scout is so awesome, that the copy-cats are already hard at work trying to flood the market with cheaply made look-alikes that aren’t even close to the quality and functionality of a genuine ‘Scout’!

First off: The Scout is small enough to fit into any Prepper ‘go-bag’ (bug-out bag), as well as easily fitting in any backpack. In fact, I see some advantages in carrying two units in my backpack; one for cooking and another for simultaneously heating water.

The construction of the Scout is absolutely top notch! The stainless steel parts are beautifully finished as if they were fine jewelry, yet are precisely made of durable heavy gauge stainless steel that will certainly withstand the test of time (plan on handing this one down to the next generation). Trust me; this stove is NOT like the other small stoves you have seen or used!

The Scout comes with its own nylon pouch and when you first take it out, it’s deceivingly compact as a result of some amazing engineering. My wife thought that it was just a small cooking pot! The entire stove is cleverly designed to fit within the cooking pot, including the metallic sticker!

Here is the Scout set-up and ready to use


When the Scout is setup, it provides a good size stove and cooking pot with an excellent capacity (about 1-liter/3 lbs.) for heating food or water quickly using locally available ground scrub (twigs, grasses, leaves, crushed pine cones, etc.). This stove is designed for a solo hunter or backpacker, and would serve Preppers in ‘bug-out’ mode very well.

You can learn a lot more about this amazing compact stove by visiting SilverFire’s official website here:

From my chair, this compact stove is a must-have item for Preppers, hunters and backpackers (heck it can easily fit into the glove compartment of most cars and trucks). And its retail price of less than $60.00 represents a great value. I just hope that Todd can keep these little beauties in stock!

Cheers! Capt. Bill

Capt. William E. Simpson II – USMM
Semper Veritas / Semper Paratus

Member: Authors Guild


Long Term Fuel Storage – How Long Will Yours Last?

There’s an abundance of information about long term food storage available. But how much have you heard about long term fuel storage? It is an important topic for preppers, and it’s the focus of this week’s DestinySurvival Radio.

Curtis Morton of Power Research Incorporated was my guest this week. He talked about PRI-G and PRI-D, which are two products that can greatly extend the life of gasoline and diesel. PRI-G is for gasoline and PRI-D is for diesel. He also shared a few tips about properly storing fuel.

You’ll want to hear my conversation with Curtis if…

  • Storing gas or diesel is part of your prepping strategy.
  • You regularly store fuel for long periods of time on your homestead or farm.
  • You’re involved in emergency management and are responsible for the upkeep of generators or vehicles which see little use.
Our conversation started with talk about the company. It started back in 1985 to meet certain industrial needs and later marketed products to those interested in preparedness. Here’s a brief summary Curtis sent me about both the company and its products.


Power Research Inc. are the makers of PRI-D and PRI-G industrial grade chemistries for over 25 years.

The choice of nuclear power plant operators, public and private emergency service providers and operators of more than 2,500 ocean going vessels.

PRI chemistry is much stronger than “lawn and garden” fuel stabilizers, allowing you to store fuel for years rather than months – ensuring quick startups each and every time.

The product can also be used at a double dose to restore de-graded fuels to refinery freshness.


Logo for PRI-G


Pint of PRI-G


PRI-G helps with issues that arise from ethanol in gasoline. In particular, gas deteriorates more quickly when it contains ethanol. It’s prone to attracting moisture over time. Plus, gas goes down hill faster than diesel.



Logo for PRI-D


Pint of PRI-D


PRI-D helps with issues like algae that can grow in diesel, as well as what’s known as lubricity. That has to do with how well a lubricant performs. PRI-D will help with biodiesel, but only if the fuel is up to 20% biodiesel.


Why These Products?

Both of these products are designed to make fuel last much longer than other fuel stabilizers you may be familiar with. Those products only help fuels to last a few months. PRI-G and PRI-G are made with stronger chemistries than consumer grade fuel stabilizers. PRI-G and PRI-D can keep your fuel in good condition for 5-10 years when fuel is treated once a year.

You can buy these products in various sizes, from an eight ounce bottle up to a 55 gallon drum. But it doesn’t take that much to be effective. The ratio is one ounce to 16 gallons. A pint treats 256 gallons. You can calculate from there to determine how much you’ll need and what size of container you should get.

Once you open the bottle, the shelf life is about three years. Otherwise, you could keep unopened containers around indefinitely.

You don’t have to use these products if you do normal driving and don’t set aside any fuel. However, Curtis says they can help you get better fuel economy and keep things running smoothly.


Find Out More

This week’s show is shorter than usual, but it’s information packed. Hear my conversation with Curtis Morton by listening to DestinySurvival Radio for November 13, 2014. (Right click to download.) You can get more product specific information at

You can find PRI-G and PRI-D online at a number of places listed on the PRI product site. But you can also support DestinySurvival by ordering from Nitro-Pak, Emergency Essentials, or The Ready Store–all of which are shown on the Survival Kits & Essential Supplies page in the DestinySurvival Prep Mart. You can also order through Amazon. Search for long term fuel storage or the name of the product you want.

Feel free to leave a comment on anything you’ve heard in today’s show or read above. How are you set for long term fuel storage?