How to start a fire with a coke can.

The following prepping advice is an example of the kind of wilderness survival tips which will be taught at the ShieldWall Network summer campout coming up on June 23rd:

Wilderness has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I credit my dad with a lot of what I learned and I feel privileged to pass much of this knowledge on to you.

I have to tell you, fire starting is one skill that is beyond valuable to you and your family whether you are caught in a survival situation or you are simply out camping. Things can happen out in the wilderness: matches get wet, lighters get lost…

Most people in our great country tend to enjoy a can of pop (or soda, or coke, depending on where you are) frequently, so I figured I’d share with you how you can start a fire using a soda can.

This method is based on the reflective qualities of aluminum. More specifically, it relies on you using the aluminum can to direct the sunlight onto your tinder, so you will need:

  • The sun
  • An aluminum can
  • Some way to polish the can (we’ll get to that)
  • Some dry tinder
  • A little time and patience

Once you have your materials, here’s what you’ll need to do:

  1. Clean the coke can and dry it.
  2. Polish the bottom of the can until it shines and reflects like a mirror.
    • You can use fine steel wool to polish the can.
    • Or you can use chocolate. If you are using chocolate, be sure to complete several applications. Rub the chocolate all over the bottom of the can, polish with a rag or paper and wipe off.

    The goal is to make the concave part of the can really shiny.

  3. Experiment with positioning the can in a way that it reflects the sun well. After you find a good angle that allows you to see a spot on the ground that receives the reflection of the concentrated light, move to step 4.
  4. Throw together some good primary tinder. You can use really dry grass or leaves or (if you follow my advice and carry them with you), Vaseline-dipped cotton balls. Place the tinder in the spot that you found in step 3.
  5. Position the can in such a way that the reflected sunlight concentrates on your tinder. Wait and watch as your tinder begins to smoke and, consequently, burn.
  6. When the flame gets strong enough to spread to the rest of your tinder and sustain itself, add some larger tinder (bigger sticks) to build a better fire.

It’s a good idea to take different fire starting supplies when you go camping and store them in different backpacks. Have each member of your family carry a lighter, storm proof matches and other fire starter of choice in their own bag. Be sure you do this for your EDC bags and bug out bags and have a bunch of different fire starting supplies in your prepper pile. You just never know what you’ll need in an emergency…

To your survival,
Richard Marshall

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Take Back Your Super Powers!

It seems strange today, that the descendants of those who crossed a vast ocean in rickety wooden ships can’t find a street address without consulting their Garmin. Technology has made life easier because we don’t have to use our brains for all the small stuff, but it turns out that some of that small stuff is worth doing. Breaking away from technology makes things surprisingly easier sometimes.

What are some basic human skills we have lost to technology?

Here’s one; mental math. When was the last time you calculated something without a calculator? You can download a calculator for your phone that specializes in just about anything—from calculating a tip to splitting a check. Basically, you never have to use your brain to calculate anything if you don’t want to.

Mental math is by no means required to survive in the world, but being able to do a few basic calculations in your head makes life a lot easier.

Spelling is also a skill we’ve given up to technology.  Spellcheck and auto-correct have turned many people into a spelling idiot. When I’m writing by hand or typing on something that doesn’t have Spellcheck I sometimes stop mid-sentence looking at a really pedestrian word thinking, “that looks weird. Is that really how you spell that?”

To get these skills back, the best thing you can do is handcuff yourself a little.
The next time you’re trying to figure out a tip, leave the calculator in your pocket. Personally, I also spend a little time practicing mental math in weird ways. While I’m driving, I’ll mentally calculate when I’ll arrive somewhere by calculating my speed and the distance to my destination. When I fill up the tank I’ll calculate my miles per gallon. When I’m cooking, I’ll skip Google and figure out ratios on my own.

The more you do it, the quicker you’ll become.

Paraphrased from Jonathan Chambers for The ShieldWall Network.

Joining The ShieldWall

A large part of what The ShieldWall Network is designed for is establishing a communications web and organizational nexus for cooperation and mutual support, as well as direct aid and assistance, both now and in the future. To that end, we can learn much from the broader Prepper community about how to organize and expand our group based not only on their models, but on their experience, as well.

When we speak of seeking out people with specific skill sets, for example, we don’t mean merely doctors and lawyers, but as this article explains, military veterans, doctors and nurses, and farmers.

I’d also add to that list mechanics, electricians, plumbers, carpenters, and engineers, but begin to think of yourself in terms of what you bring to the table, or rather, to the ShieldWall. What assets, connections, training, skills, or resources do you have to offer to the organization as a whole?

Another piece discussing the formation of a group rightly states that at the foundation of the organization must be cohesion, a common goal, and the path to take to reach those goals must be relatively the same.

That’s why The ShieldWall Network won’t accept liberals, leftists, or multiculturalists. Our goal is not to reach out to them, but to our own people, those who largely already think as we do. We don’t have to be ideological clones or think in lockstep, but this isn’t a debating club. If you’re not comfortable around people who, like our Founding Fathers, wish to secure a future for our progeny, rather than the progeny of the rest of the world, then you’ll just be frustrated and disappointed by The ShieldWall Network.

There are hundreds of websites and articles on Prepping, and dozens about forming or finding a Prepper group, all over the internet. Obviously, what makes The ShieldWall Network unique is that we work to help you contact and befriend real life people NOW, before a crisis scenario, and we make sure that those people share your own principles, traits, and values. Our goal isn’t just to survive. Our mission is to triumph, not just over adversity, but over diversity, as well.

The last thing that any of us would want in a SHTF, survivalist situation, is to find out that the people beside us have completely different goals and visions for the future than we do. The ShieldWall Network is far superior to any non-ideological, politically neutral prepping group, for that reason alone. With us, you will know that everyone around you is united in our desire to secure the existence of our people, and a future for White children. And knowing that, is half the battle.