Category Archive: Product Reviews

Product reviews of items that preppers often use or are interested in possibly purchasing

Nov 29

Valley Food Storage: White Bean & Lime Chili Review

I’m have a love hate relationship with beans, in that I can tolerate them but try not to go out of my way to enjoy them on any one occasion.  That stated I was willing to give Valley Food Storage a shot and post up a review, and I specifically requested that they send me …

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Nov 18

Clawhammer Supply 5 Gallon Still Review (Part 1)

By Geronimo. I was recently afforded the opportunity to assemble and provide a review of the Clawhammer Supply 5 Gallon Still for PJ and the great community. Let me put some disclaimers right out front. I come from a long line of Eastern Kentucky hillbilly moonshiners, I am a huge fan of whiskey and …

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Oct 19

Soto Pocket Torch Review: A Must Have Gadget!

I wanted to take a moment to break away from the current (and relevant) Ebola threat to post up a gadget review, a must have item that comes in at around $20 and is well worth the spend.  If you’ve ever tried to light a fire in windy / cool / wet conditions you’ll know it’s …

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Sep 18

Deluxe Camp Sink: Sanitation and Hand Washing

By Michael. It isn’t always important to have clean hands while camping.  But it is very important to have clean hands while preparing food, eating, and after a bathroom break. When we are home, if we want to wash our hands, it’s easy to go to a sink and wash them.  We usually have a …

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Aug 20

Water Storage Plan = Water Bricks

A plan for water, arguably the most important prep, should be diversified.  A one dimensional water plan (i.e. I’ll just grab water from the stream and boil it if necessary) is just asking for trouble.  After all what if the water is contaminated and you cannot boil it?  What if filtration devices may not be …

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Jul 29

Nitro-Pak: Mountain House Review

Note from PJ:  All products in this review were provided from, visit their website for more information on food storage solutions.  I’d also like to thank frequent reader / contributor J for agreeing to review the products with his family. *************** I have been given the opportunity to review several Mountain House freeze dried …

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Jul 27

Life in the Woods: What Worked and What Didn’t

I recently had the opportunity to live out in the woods (not by choice) for a couple weeks.  I wouldn’t go so far as to call it camping for most of the creature comforts traditionally associated with camping (read: tent / sleep) did not exist.  Being in the south it was extremely hot and humid …

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Mar 30

BulletSafe Body Armor Review

Why have body armor?  That’s the question many people ask and my response to that is this: why NOT have body armor and as a matter of fact why NOT have body armor for every member of the family that is capable of wearing a vest?  To be sure there are other preps which take …

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Mar 23

Blackfire Clamplight Lantern Review

Quite often I’ll post a review and go through all sorts of criteria before giving you a bottom line assessment of said item. I’ll just cut right to the chase with this one and state that this little clamplight lantern is awesome, something definitely worth owning whether spending time camping with family or for use …

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Mar 16

PowerPot V Review: Boil Water = Charge Electronics

I’ve been there and I know you have too.  Out in the woods and you look down at your cell phone, an alert staring you in the face that you have minimal battery life.  No outlets for miles, no generators to slave off of and your vehicle is at the trail-head half a day’s walk …

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Mar 04

The Spool Tool Review

By Muleskinner If you are like me you love your 550 paracord; and what is not to love when there are literally dozens of uses for this nearly indispensable item. If you are also like me you’ll find that getting your 550 out to use can be very frustrating if not a maddening affair. The …

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Feb 04

ECOZOOM Versa Stove Review

Back in the fall of 2013 I contacted the folks over at Ecozoom to see if they would be willing to part with one of their stoves so we could review it.  After all every prepper secretly lusts for a nice rocket style stove in their inventory, these things burn hot and require very little …

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Feb 03

Merrell Moab Ventilator: Long Term Review

Back in September of 2012 I wrote a post which detailed the necessity of having sturdy clothing, even if it meant just having a set in the trunk in case of a worst case scenario while at work.  In the post I described a new pair of hiking shoes I had just purchased, the Merrell Moab …

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Jan 28

EZ DOH Breadmaker Review

By The Maj. Ok, I can cook and as with most men, I prefer to cook over a fire or grill.  I actually enjoy doing so and I absolutely love campfire cooking.  That said, I DO NOT bake, mainly because the conventional oven hates me and unlike cooking over heat, adding more heat tends to …

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Jan 26

Affordable Home Surveillance

Affordable home surveillance: sort of like saying affordable filet mignon, affordable supercar or affordable whole home solar setup.   Does such a thing as GOOD affordable home surveillance really exist?  Well that depends but first let’s examine why it’s a great idea to have some eyes and ears outside of your home which never require …

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