Saturday, December 8, 2012


Survival Air Conditioner Evaporative Cooler
Swamp Cooler Evaporative Cooler
(AKA Survival Air Conditioner)

Ever think about what you would miss most during a real survival situation? If not... then you absolutely should! (One of the best ways to find out is to turn off your electric, water and gas for a weekend or week and find out!) Well... I absolutely have. I have a little list going, actually... and air conditioning is actually toward the top of the list!

When we think about survival, most of us are very aware of our need to keep our core body temperature up when it is cold with proper clothing, shelter, fire, and effective bedding. But we don't hear nearly as much about keeping cool. Hyperthermia (over-heating) is just as dangerous as hypothermia (over-cooling). Many still die every summer from heat waves and prolonged exposure to extreme high temperatures! So never underestimate the threat of overheating!

We "survivalists", are all about "surviving", right? Well... sure, but some of us are more about actually THRIVING than simply surviving. Taking on the apocalypse with a knife and some paracord may sound really hardcore, but let's face it... after a hard day "surviving" in the intense summer heat, wouldn't it be much nicer to call it a day and relax in a nice cool shelter? We certainly think so.

At E2S, our survival philosophy is pretty simple: Be prepared! If TSHTF and you are going to miss something after it does, then you need to set yourself up properly in advance and make sure you plan way to keep it around!

In the case of climate control, we find it of tremendous value to make devices like this and work out all the bugs in your system BEFORE actually need it! Figure out how it works, what you can do to make it perform better and really get familiar with it BEFORE you actually NEED to use it.

A device like this survival air conditioner requires another resource that you will need to need to prepare for properly as well: electricity. This survival air conditioner is going to require power, so the project assumes that you have already prepared for this important resources as well, via solar, wind, hydro, wood gasification or other.

So it may seem absurd to suggest that in a survival or SHTF scenario that you could ever enjoy a luxury like air conditioning ever again.... but this improvised evaporative cooler just proves that isn't necessarily the case! With a five gallon bucket, a fan and a few other supplies, you too can stay cool in your camper, tent, or shelter!

Fan and Copper Tubing Survival Air Conditioner Improvised
Survival Air Conditioner improvised from Fan and Copper Tubing.

Survival Air Conditioner Improvised from Cooler and PC Fans.
Survival Air Conditioner Improvised from Cooler and PC Fans.

Make survival air conditioner from a few household items.
Make survival air conditioner from a few household items.
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Sunday, November 18, 2012


Fire Roasted Twinkies! REI Hostess Bankruptcy
Fire Roasted Twinkies! YUM!
Is the Twinkie really dead?? That is yet to be seen, but they are definitely now on the "endangered species" list at the very least. While these little snacks are not the healthiest, they are an American icon and true culinary classic. Their demise is truly unfortunate. 

The future of the Twinkie, while bleak, is still a bit uncertain. The familiar cream-filled sponge cake may or may not truly be gone forever. It is quite possible that another company will buy the rights and recipe from Hostess and keep the Twinkie alive. It is yet to be seen. 

In the meantime, there are recipes online for making your own Twinkies at home. While not as convenient as purchasing them by the box at the store, for those of us who have an intense craving for a good ole "los submarino", there is an answer... and that if of great comfort!

I haven't eaten a Twinkie in years. I have to admit, I completely took them for granted and just assumed the would always be available at the store to purchase anytime I wanted one (which wasn't all that often), but for some reason the demise of the Twinkie this week made me... it made me miss them!! I miss having them with ice cream and fresh strawberries! I miss making fun of people who loved eating them battered and deep fried! 

And only now that the Twinkie may be gone forever do I discover that they are terrific toasted over a fire like marshmallows! I never knew! And I may never get a chance to try this!

Well, regardless of whether I am able to locate a box of Twinkies or someone buys the Twinkie recipe and puts it back on the market... or I simply make my own homemade Twinkies, I WILL get my chance to try fire-roasting Twinkies! This I swear!!!  ;)

Saturday, November 17, 2012


Bannock Bread Recipe!

Bannock Bread cooking over a fire!

Bannock Bread (also called "damper" in Australia) is a great way to cook bread in camping or survival situation. "Farls" and "scones" are also With no ovens in the wilderness, you simply make your dough (more on this in a moment) wrap it around a clean (or aluminum foil wrapped) stick and cook over your open campfire like slow-roasting a marshmallow!

Bannock is the originally Scotch name for what is actually a type of soda bread, a sort of "quick bread" made using sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) as the leavening agent as opposed to the more commonly used yeast. One of the other traditional key ingredients in bannock (besides flour & salt... some recipes contain eggs) is buttermilk, which contains lactic acid. This lactic acid reacts with the baking soda and produces tiny bubbles of carbon dioxide causing the bread to "rise". "Quick breads" are a very cheap and minimalist way to make bread.

Try this recipe with your family while camping or bushcraft outing! Simple recipe, few ingredients, yet campfire deliciousness!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012


Cheaper, bigger, more! Way better deal than the popular WetFire survival tinder!

Familiar with WetFire waterproof fire starters? This is the same exact stuff only you get SO MUCH MORE for FAR CHEAPER! Amazing waterproof fire tinder! The Weber version gets you MANY more cubes, LARGER cubes, and works exactly the same! Try it! You will not believe how much cheaper this stuff is!

WetFire waterproof survival fire starter.


Under Bed Preparedness Prepper Storage Solution
Under Bed Preparedness Cache
Need a concealed place to keep your bug out bag and other disaster preparedness supplies? Why not make use of a frequently neglected space in your home with this clever storage solution? Don't ever buy a box spring again!




Very clever POT STAND idea for cooking over a fire! Repurposed shelf brackets! Notice both short and tall configurations! Idea from stealth

Wednesday, October 31, 2012


Ford Amatoya : Perfect Zombie Fighting Vehicle?

OK, so remove the water cannons and replace with machine gun turrets and the argument could easily be made for this bad mamajama to be THE vehicle to drive during the eminent Zombie Apocalypse!!! Where can we sign up???

Thursday, October 11, 2012


Rocket Stove Bed


So most of us have seen the typical little "rocket stoves" that efficiently cook food in the outdoors using very little fuel. You load twigs and sticks into the bottom side of the unit and the heat rises up the chimney and concentrates at the chimney opening where you can take advantage of that heat concentration by putting a kettle or a pot or pan on for boiling water or cooking. They typically look something like this:

G-3300 Envirofit Rocket Stove

Well, this same concept can be beefed up to create a heat source that you can not only cook from, but you can use it to heat your water, your bed, seating, and even your home!

But why would you want to do that? Wouldn't a fireplace do the trick? Well, sort of... but this method burns so much less fuel because it does the same job with less wood, burns the wood far more efficiently and completely! What does this mean? You have to invest far less time and energy processing firewood to keep you warm during the winter!!

I am fascinated by this concept at the moment because I have seen both the small portable versions of rocket stoves for cooking and have seen the larger home heating versions, but didn't really connect the two together in my mind as being so closely related. It's obvious to me now, but for some reason it wasn't before. These pumped up versions are referred to as Rocket Stove Mass Heaters. Here's how they work:

Image Detail for - Rocket Stove @ CIDEP

So... my question is this: Couldn't we potentially really tap into this concept in a post SHTF scenario? Absolutely we could, and I would really like to try a few experiments with this concept of my own. I have seen "super shelter" designs that allow heat from your camp fire to pass through the transparent plastic sheeting and then get trapped inside, but the downfall to this concept is that it is fairly inconvenient to add more fire to your fire in the middle of the night as you are nestled in your shelter and your heat source is outside of your shelter. The rocket stove concept could allow you far more safely and conveniently add fuel to your fire from inside your shelter, and your actual heat source could run directly through your shelter like duct work in your home!

Here are some fancier versions of what I am referring to, but could not a far more primitive version be fashioned from natural materials like clay, straw, stone, brick and dirt?? Absolutely!

Rocket Mass Heater or Heating Rocket Stove

Rocket Mass Heater or Heating Rocket Stove Internal

The caTo Stove Rocket Stove Cook Top and Mass Heater

Beautiful Modern Concrete Rocket Stove & Cooker


How To Cook Over A Fire Without Burning or Stirring!

How to Cook Over an Open Fire Without Burning Food or Having to Stir Pot

What a great tutorial! We do this on the stove top in our kitchen, why not in the woods? Such an obvious solution that did not even occur to us! Thanks to Bushcraftmyway (YouTube channel) for sharing this tip with us all!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012


Mountain Serape by Hill People Gear! (Multicam)

The Mountain Serape by Hill People Gear is part insulated poncho, part sleeping bag, part shelter system, and part concealment system. It is available in Coyote Brown, Ranger Green and Multicam. Hill People Gear took the traditional serape design used by people all over the world and added a hood, drawstring and zipper design that allows it to function as a half sleeping bag. This thing is great for hunting, bushcraft, wilderness survival, bug out bags, and vehicle kits. The Mountain Serape measures 88"x66", weights 2.5 lbs, is DWR coated and is filled with 2.4oz Primaloft insulation. 

Mountain Serape by Hill People Gear! (Ranger Green)
Mountain Serape by Hill People Gear! (Ranger Green)

Mountain Serape by Hill People Gear! (Ranger Green)
Mountain Serape by Hill People Gear! (Ranger Green)

Mountain Serape by Hill People Gear! (Ranger Green)
Mountain Serape by Hill People Gear! (Ranger Green)

Mountain Serape by Hill People Gear! (Ranger Green)
Mountain Serape by Hill People Gear! (Ranger Green)

Thursday, September 20, 2012



Helle Temagami Bushcraft Knife by Les Stroud

Awesome bushcraft knife designed by none other than the Survivorman himself, Les Stroud. Great balance, feel in the hand and a nice scandi grind makes this knife a great choice for tasks ranging from the intricate feather sticks to batoning wood. Rugged but sophisticated. Beautiful birch burl handle.

Try one out!



Yarrow... Nature's "QuikClot"!

Most of us are familiar with a product called "QuikClot" that is designed to keep in your first aid kit and is quite effective for stopping bleeding, but did you know that a wonderful natural coagulant Hemostatic) grows all around us (most of us) and is available starting in the Spring through most of the Fall? It's known as Yarrow.

Yarrow can be used fresh/crushed and applied as a poultice on a wound or laceration.  You can also dry it and crush it into a powder for future use. Yarrow also facilitates healing and new tissue growth in damaged tissues (Vulnerara).  Yarrow is even a bit of an antiseptic and even slightly antibiotic by nature and can be applied directly to a wound green Even in history Achilles had his troops carry yarrow with them into battle to stop their wounds from bleeding. How cool is that?


These eco-friendly, high-quality stainless steel Klean Kanteen water bottles offer a great alternative to plastic and lined metal containers. The extra wide opening is more than 2 inches in diameter and makes filling, pouring and cleaning the bottle a cinch.


  • Wide mouth for easy filling and pouring. Works with standard backcountry water filters
  • Made from high-quality food grade #304 stainless steel. BPA-free & eco-friendly. Reusable & 100% recyclable
  • All-stainless interior (18/8 stainless caps). Stainless steel threads. Doesn't retain or leach flavors
  • Dishwasher friendly

Get one here!



Awesome little containers that are nearly impossible to break but easy to pack! The silicon material makes them "squishy" so you can smash them down in your pack so they take up very little room! Available in several models including a bowl, cup, dog food bowl and even shot glasses!

Get them here!

Shot Glasses


Slatgrill Aluminum Collapsible Grill from "The Trail"

Simple. Versatile. Portable. Set up anywhere. Cook anything. The Slat Grill. Use wood, charcoal, gas - any fuel source you choose. The slats block the wind, while the vents let the flame breathe. Made of anodized aluminum, the Slat Grill is light and compact, so you can take it anywhere. It's quick and easy to set up, with no tools required. It won't rust. And since there are no moving parts, it's easy to clean. Perfect for camping, hiking, fishing, horseback riding, skiing, tailgating ... or just about anything. Includes 20 oz duck cotton canvas roll, lifting chains & 9 slats Unit weight: 3.75 pounds

Get it here!


Tactical Sammich from CMMG
Tactical Sammich from CMMG


When the Apocalypse does happen (oh, and it will), whatever tasks you find yourself taking on in said apocalypse (whether it be fighting zombies, setting trip wires and other security measures, creating reinforcing shelter or cleaning your guns)... all of this stuff is hard work and you are going to get hungry. And you aren't always going to be "feelin'" like busting out the old wheat grinder and grinding yourself some flour to bake some bread, etc., etc, just to make a quick sandwich. What a hassle, right?

The Apocalypse may be "challenging" at times, but who says it has to be downright inconvenient? Introducing the Tactical Sammich from CMMG (also the makers of Tactical Bacon). With the Tactical Sammich you have all the benefits of a quick and convenient sandwich but add to that the self life of 2 years!

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