29 Reasons to Use Coffee Filters for Survival

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29 Reasons to Use Coffee Filters for Survival — 31 Comments

  1. Great article. On the Buddy heaters…. I suggest that if you purchase one, get the adapter hose so you can use a 20 pound or larger tank with it instead of trying to store all those small tanks that will only last about an hour each. You can safely store several of the “grill” type tanks and they will last quite some time. Much cheaper also.

      • Sounds like good advice, BUT, there may be fire and safety codes, or lease agreements, that prohibit keeping or using a 20# or larger tank inside a dwelling. A 20# tank, if it explodes, can take down a house. Be sure you check your local laws and agreements before investing in the equipment.

          • You are most welcome, Gaye. I’ve just discovered your site, and really appreciate the down-to-earth, no fantasy approach you take. I intend to visit often.

          • I think most all laws and regulations came about as a result of ignorance (or just plain stupidity ) shown by people at some point in time..
            So, yes, people should obtain and use what they need, but should use common sense or learn about what the dangers are and what to do to reduce or eliminate any potential problems.

  2. Strange, been on the island for 14 years, and this has been the mildest winter here…. Great uses for filters though!
    Take care

    • I agree, it has been mild but the biting wind has been icy cold for some reason. Probably because I am near the water. Even in the snowy years, I do not remember it to be this bad.

      Glad you enjoyed my article!

      — Gaye

      • Tucker is the smartest one among us!! Not only is he bright-eyed and perky, he’s conned some red-headed woman into treating him like the King he thinks he is. GO TUCKER!!

  3. I’m glad to hear you like cast iron for cooking. Here’s a quick way I use to clean mine: pull up some grass by the roots and scour the bottom and sides with that (yes, dirt and all. Dirt is the abrasive) then rinse, heat and season. I use this method often and it came in real handy while we were building our new house and didn’t have a lot of water yet.If you use the roots for scrubbing and then wipe it out with clean grass or leaves it goes pretty quick and does a good job.

    Another little cast iron trick I use is after I’m done cleaning my cast iron and it’s still hot, rub a little bees wax on it instead of grease to keep it seasoned. Don’t smell and don’t impart any taste to whatever you cook next.

    • @Burntfinger – I have been fiddling with my cast iron skillet these past few days and am worried that I scraped off some of the seasoning with over-vigorous cleaning while using a metal spatula. Bad news and I knew better. I normally use both salt and baking soda for cleaning the crud off my cast iron but dirt? What a great idea. Sand would probably work too.

      BTW, I have been known to use leaves and grass as TP in the woods.:)

      • What works for me is an almost dead Scotch pad – 1/2 step from being pitched, it’s so worn. There’s enough scratchy left to get the residue, but not enough to damage the surface.

        RE: your BTW comment above, just remember, “Leaves of three, let it be!”


        • @Soupbone – I just bought a chore girl pad at the grocery for about $2. That should do the trick don’t you think? I ignored the advice from Lodge to start over and take the skillet to bare metal. Instead I continued to use my skillet as is just to see what would happen. It is still fine and nothing is sticking – so I guess I did not scrape off the seasoning after all.

  4. When we traveled in our travel trailer, I would keep coffee filters between bowls and pans to give some protection from rubbing together if things shifted a bit during travel. Worked well.

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  7. I think a coffee filter saturated with any petroleum based product like vaseline or even mineral oil, or vegetable oil, and then rolled up, crumpled up, or twisted would burn for a pretty good amount of time to get that hard to light fire going… It would act as a wick of sorts….

  8. Today, I went to the beachfront with my children. I found a sea
    shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She placed
    the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear.
    She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is entirely off
    topic but I had to tell someone!

  9. Hi
    I love all your ideas for the coffee filters. I thought of one more that I thought I would share. In an emergency situation, power outage etc. you could use the coffee filter to catch candle wax if you needed to supervise burning candles. Now I realize that this may be a little dangerous with children around but if you are by yourself with no power, it might work. 🙂
    Thanks again for all of your ideas, they are really helpful.

    • I always copy and paste the text I want to print into office or notepad to make sure that I am only going to print what I need.

  10. Coffee filters can also use as water filter. In case of emergency and you need water to drink you can use coffee filter to remove dirt in the water then you can boil it afterwards for a much cleaner water.

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