The Remarkable EcoZoom Rocket Stove

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When I first got my EcoZoom rocket stove in 2011, I  barely knew how to start a fire, let alone keep one going.  How things have changed since then!  Since that time, I have used my EcoZoom often – not so much because I was in a grid down, but because it is fun to use.  Yes, I know.  Prepper’s can be strange sometimes.

When I was recently contacted by EcoZoom about a review, I was excited because I already had an EcoZoom and was big fan of their product.  This was going to be easy. I suggested that as part of my review, they sponsor to give away an EcoZoom Versa to one of my readers and they graciously agreed.  Very cool, indeed.  But more about the giveaway later.  First I would like to share with you a bit about the EcoZoom itself and also my recent experience cooking from food storage using this remarkable rocket stove.

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THE ECOZOOM BASICS

The EcoZoom Versa is a good sized rocket stove, standing about 12 inches inches tall and 9 1/2 inches in diameter.  In spite of its size, it is easily moved around using the two handles that are built into the sides.  It is designed to burn biomass (twigs, leaves, branches and organic materials) as well as charcoal.

As you can see in the photo above, there are two hinged doors. The top door, when open, is used to feed wood and biomass into the combustion chamber while the smaller door is used to control airflow, thus regulating the heat.  The wire tray that is sticking out of the front holds longer pieces of wood and branches that can be slowly fed into the fire.

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On the top of the stove is a 6-pronged cast iron stovetop that improves heat transfer for all pots including round bottom pots and woks.  It is my understanding that this stovetop has been reformulated a bit since my EcoZoom was built but mine works just fine.

Perhaps the most impressive thing to me is the adjustable pot skirt which wraps about your pot to hold in the heat.  This pot skirt prevents heat loss through the open area between the EcoZoom and your pot.  The skirt is great when you want fast, hot cooking.  For slower cooked items, you can omit the skirt.

When cooking with charcoal you use an adapter grate.  I have found the six charcoal briquettes will burn a long time without being tended to but personally, I favor the biomass.

According to the EcoZoom folks, these stoves use up to 60% less wood than an open fire and decrease smoke and harmful emissions by 70%. This is well documented on their website via lab tests and third party studies. I can tell you from personal experience that there is very little smoke.  On the other hand, there is quite a bit of steam generated from your food as it is cooking – always a good sign that the food it getting hot.

REAL-TIME COOKING WITH THE ECOZOOM AND FOOD STORAGE

In the past, I have always used my EcoZoom with and old Revere Ware pot – you know, the kind with a copper bottom.  This time I decided to test its capabilities with a cast iron Dutch oven.  I had no idea how this would work because although cast iron holds heat extremely well, I had no idea whether the EcoZoom would be up to the challenge of getting the Dutch oven hot enough, quickly enough.  I need not have worried.

To begin with, I gathered all of my cooking ingredients as well as my bucket of biomass.  I always have at least three or four full buckets ready to go so that the biomass will be nice and dry when I need to use it.  For this test I made Chicken Chili using the following recipe.

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Food Storage Chicken Chili

2 cups freeze dried chicken
2 cups water
1 1/2 cups freeze dried sweet corn
1 1/2 cup salsa (I used canned)
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
2 cups pinto beans (I made my own the day before but you could also use canned)
1 can diced tomatoes
1 cup water

Put everything in a Dutch oven or other pot and heat until hot and ready to eat.

To get things started, I put some pine cones and dry leaves into the upper chamber along with some dryer lint to use as tinder.  It all lit up right away so I immediately began to feed in twigs and branches, being mindful not to overload the chamber.

That is something you need to watch for.  It you overload the chamber with too much biomass, the fire will choke and go out.  The other thing to keep in mind that depending on the thickness and dryness of your fuel source, it may burn quite fast.  If you use little branches like I do, you need to mind the stove, so to speak, to keep the fire burning.  Kindling sized chunks of wood burn far more slowly so less tending is required.

Sometimes you want the fire to die down a bit.  This allows your food to simmer instead of boil.  To resurrect a full flame – perhaps for another pot of food – I add some additional pine cones or leaves and the fire flames right up again.  For someone who was not a girl scout in her youth, I find this amazing.

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But I digress and need to get back to my test.

As I mentioned, I had some doubts about using cast iron on the EcoZoom.  There was no need, however, since my 4 quart Dutch oven was full and yet it only took 10 minutes to come to a full boil.  I had to take the lid off to prevent my pot from boiling over which, coupled with letting the fire burn down a bit, allowed my chicken chili to simmer a bit and meld the flavors.

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So how did it all turn out?  Well other than the fact that the S.H. (Survival Husband) and I were arguing over who got to feed the fire, the chili was delicious and once again, the EcoZoom came through with flying colors.

THE GIVEAWAY

I am absolutely thrilled to offer you a chance to win an EcoZoom Versa of your own. The rules, as with all of the Backdoor Survival giveaways, require you to respond to a question in the comments area below but other than that, are pretty easy.  This time, too, I am giving you a chance to earn a second bonus entry.

Here is the question:

If you could only put three items in your bug-out bag, what would they be?

Bonus entry:  Go to my Facebook page and LIKE my page.  After that, come back here and leave a comment telling me so.  (Or, if you already LIKE my Facebook page, leave a comment telling me so.)  Easy peasy.

The closing date for entries is Friday, August 16 at 6PM PDT.  The winner will be selected at random using the tools available at the random.org website.  After being notified by email, the winner will have 72 hours to claim their EcoZoom.  Otherwise, an alternate winner will be selected.

Note: If you are reading this article in your email client, you must go to the Backdoor Survival website to enter this giveaway in the comments area at the bottom of the article. Also, this giveaway is only available to readers with a US shipping address (sorry).

THE FINAL WORD

I love my EcoZoom because it is durable, portable and has solid cooking power. Cooking with sticks and pinecones gathered from my yard is fast and I will say it again, fun.

My stove sits outside all year long and still looks and cooks like new, although I plan to start storing it in a 5 gallon bucket with a lid to protect it from the elements.  The advantage to doing that is that that I can also store some extra tinder (such as dryer lint), my Swedish fire steel and a butane lighter as well as some matches inside the bucket so it reader to go at a moment’s notice.

I think the the EcoZoom rocket stove is quite remarkable.  It just works. For more technical details about the EcoZoom, visit their website here.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

Gaye

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Bargain Bin:  Today I feature products mentioned in today’s article plus other items to enhance your outdoor cooking.

EcoZoom Versa Rocket Stove: Burning twigs and pinecones, this stove will cook a big pot of rice in under 20 minutes. The stove is solidly built and will burn charcoal as well. There is also a version that only burns biomass for slightly less money.

Swedish Firesteel: Using this basic pocket fire-starter, you can get a nice fire going under almost any conditions.

Lodge Dutch Oven/Camp Stove:  I originally purchased this Dutch oven because it was so darn cute.  But over time, I have learned to love it for its versatility.  Remember, a camp stove is designed so that you can bake with it by arranging charcoal on top of the lid as well as underneath the Dutch Oven itself.

Lodge 5-Quart Double Dutch Oven and Casserole with Skillet Cover:  This is another cool piece.  This Dutch Oven does not have legs and is designed for indoor use – but it can be used outdoors too.  Just don’t forget the Ove Gloves.

US Forge 400 Welding Gloves Lined Leather: These well-priced gloves provide complete heat and burn protection. They are made of soft and supple top grain leather for comfort and pliability, plus they have an internal liner gives more comfort and durability.

Wholesale Disposable Lighters – Pack of 50 with Stand:  This is a 50 pack of wholesale disposable lighters. Each ‘child-resistant’ lighter is standard size and also features an adjustable flame.  I have not tried these myself but for the price, they seem like a good deal.

UCO Stormproof Matches, Waterproof and Windproof with 15 Second Burn Time – 25 Matches:  A ZIPPO or BIC lighter are always good to have but it would not hurt to have some stormproof matches as well.


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One of the star sale items this month is the Meat Variety Combowhich is 35% off.  Included are cans of Salmon, Diced Roast Beef, White Turkey, Ham, Ground Beef and Smokey Flavored Chicken Chunks.  (I just ordered this combo for my own food storage).

Here is a link to the chicken I used in my Chicken Chili and a link to the sweet corn which happens to be on sale for $12.99 (33% off).

Not to be left out, the Freeze-Dried Fruit Variety Combo is also on sale. Lately I have been using FD fruit in my own “Survival” Sangria and fruit smoothies that also use the Creamy Vanilla Drink Mix.

I am frequently asked how I accumulate FD products for food storage.  I set a budget of $100 (more or less) and place a small order every month.  Over time, it all adds up – faster than you might think.  Of course, in my case, I am always opening the cans and using my food storage.  For me, it makes sense especially when in comes to things like butter powder, green onions, pepper dices and other pantry items that I often run out of.

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Comments

The Remarkable EcoZoom Rocket Stove — 639 Comments

  1. If you could only put three items in your bug-out bag, what would they be?
    1. Life Straw Personal Water Filter
    2. Fire Starter
    3. Mess kit
    Susie

  2. If I could have only three things in my bag, I would have: 1. a water purifying system, 2. a very sharp knife, and 3. a space blanket

  3. 1) Blanket (Mylar Type)
    2) Fire Stater
    3) Water Purification
    I would assume with the above items, most would be alright to spend the night outdoors.

  4. Hi Gaye,

    I would like to submit an entry for the EcoZoom stove! What three things would I take in my bug out bag? That’s a hard one for me since we plan to stay on our farm come what may. I guess my best way to approach the question would be to consider what I’d want to have with me if I were away from home when things got bad. I would want to have water, so my filter straw in a water bottle would be the first thing, the next item would be a detailed map so that I could get home again. Lastly, having cash in the form of paper/coinage would be necessary for everything else.
    It was really hard to narrow it down to three things for me. I have a special needs daughter who requires meds twice a day, so my first thought was her meds. On reflection though, her meds require yogurt to take them with and that requires a refrigerator! I guess I would have to pray that I could get her home before her levels dropped off. She also can’t walk far, so again it’s complicated if I’d have to factor her into the plan. This is why we are planning to bug in=)
    Hope I answered the question in the true spirit of which you were looking for from your readers. I receive your blog updates by e mail and really enjoy them! Thanks for what you do for all of us out there!!
    Sherry

    • I have “liked” your page for a couple of months now. Good information. Thank you.

      I would take a knife, a katadyne filter, and paracord.

  5. I feel I need to add these 3 items to a bag… Water filter straw, my extra medications, that mylar silver space blanket… Among so many other things!! Thanks for the insight I receive from your posts…

  6. Hi – the three main things I HAVE to have in my bug-out bag are:
    1. my SOG Powerlock multi-tool. It’s the best multi-tool I’ve ever owned/used. Not bad even as a hammer in a pinch.
    2. regular sized Bic lighter. This will start thousands of fires and just always works. And even out of fuel, the sparker will just keep working.
    3. my Sawyer Squeeze water filter. The best portable water filter ever.

    With these three things I can pretty much get by anywhere. And I can even help others.

    Thanks!
    GEJ

  7. Since I always carry a mini survival kit in my front pocket and a Gerber Gator lock blade knife plus a Bic lighter my three things would be
    1) Prescription medication
    2) Life straw filter
    3) Fire steel
    Don’t do FaceBook but have recommended your site to many

  8. If I could have only three things in my bag, I would have:
    – A fire starter of some type
    – A water filter, personal or a bit larger
    – A knife, general purpose

    The hard part is what to do about meds…but without fire, water and a knife, I would be gone long before not having meds….

  9. Being in the northwoods and knowing where freshwater springs & good water is – I would forgo the water filter. I was going to the store & thought about an EMP. I only had on a T-shirt. But I did have the Emergency Vehicle Tote with an Emergency blanket & another long sleeved T-shirt. If I had to walk the biggest problem here would be the bugs – deerflies & mosquitos. Down to the very nitty gritty, I would take a knife, mylar poncho and my Blastmaster fire starter. I could survive with these three items. Knife for building shelter, getting food & protection. Poncho for all types of weather it be cool or rainy. Easy firestarter – a fire is always a comfort. The EcoZoom Rocket Stove would be the very best item for our cached item at our BugOut location. Comfort!.

  10. I can start a fire with flint or bow drill. I can build a warm and water proof shelter from bows, leaves, branches, etc. The 3 things I would put in my bag are:

    1. Kershow knife (I carry mine all the time)
    2. Solar water bag. This can purify 3 liters of water a day
    3. Snare for squirrels & rabbits (squirrels are abundant and everywhere where I go)

  11. The three items would be
    1. Lifestraw water filter. Because water is the most important item one needs to live.

    2. Cell phone with a solar backup for charging. To be able to get in contact with necessary family members or authorities.

    3. Whatever medication you need to continue your normal life.

  12. 3 items to select sort of depends on your geographical location. Where I live water is abundant. With lots of wooded areas, it is easy to build a shelter out of downed branches, leaves etc. so I would select fire starter, food and emergency medications.

  13. Narrowing it down to 3 items seems nearly impossible. First, I would definitely want a way to filter water. Second, I would want a way to start a fire. So, a water filter and fire starter are my first two item choices. And for the third item, I believe I will have to go with a first aid kit. I always carry a knife and multi-tool on my belt, so that is why neither of those made the cut this particular time. I have been a Facebook fan of your page for quite a while now, over a year. I’d like to express my sincere appreciation for the information you share, and all that you do. I very much enjoy reading about your prepping ideas and interviews with authors, etc. Thank you for all your dedicated hard work!

  14. I would like to enter for the Echo Zoom stove. I have already “Liked” your page.
    The 3 things I would add to my BOB is
    1. a very sharp knife
    2. A water filter
    3. A fire starter

  15. Always carrying my trusty Kershaw pocketknife and wearing a paracord bracelet, I’d add:
    1- loaded Remington 597
    2- disposable lighter
    3- Mylar blanket
    2 and 3 fit inside my “bugout bag,” which is my old Boy Scout mess kit.
    Other essentials are available if you know where to look.

  16. Gaye, I live in rural Ky, so I don’t plan on “Bugging out”. I will be bugging in, in case of SHTF situation. Since I live on the New Madrid fault line and I lost a neighbor because a tornado took their house, I would use a BOB in this situation. In it would be my cell phone to call for help, my Springfield XDM40 for looters, and my windup radio to see how wide spread is the problem. Would I have to count my dog if she just followed along?

  17. We have assessed the *most* likely threats that would cause us to flee our urban apartment to be a residential fire, or an earthquake that renders our building structurally unsound. Given that, the three items we would be most likely to need are 1) our hard drive backup with encrypted copies of all our vital & financial documents, our resumes, and family photos; 2) a one-month cash emergency fund in small bills; and 3) clothing changes (including work attire) for each of us, so that we could continue to earn if our workplaces were still operational.

    We have used our small propane camp stove to cook on our balcony when the building’s natural gas was interrupted, and we may have been the only tenants who had a hot meal that night! We camp often, and take road trips into the desert and the Pacific Northwest for family visits, and a rocket stove would be invaluable for us in the event that we were stranded away from home longer than anticipated, or in an outage long enough to exhaust our modest propane reserve… plus it looks like tons of fun in non-emergency situations as well!

  18. I’m a facebook like.

    My three things are – jetboil with fuel, survival knife, gloves

    With those I can boil water for purification, catch food, and handle just about anything.

  19. Funny thing – I had to think about what we drop into every bag we own and My three things are – jetboil with fuel, survival knife, gloves with a food packet and extra fire is it. We carry larger BOBs of course but for general purposes we go with the essentials.

  20. It is very interesting to read what others would bring! As for myself, I would bring a Leatherman OHT One-Hand Tool, a ferrocerium rod and a 38oz Nalgene Stainless Steel Bottle.

  21. Hmm… Just 3 items makes it tricky. I’d say (1) water filter (2) multi-tool (3) some type of compact, high-nutrient food

  22. I have:
    matches in a waterproof container,
    Seychelle water bottle to carry and filter water
    cooking pot

    Liked on facebook

  23. This was an EXCELLENT exercise for preparedness – I had to get all my stuff out and practice putting a 3 piece kit together to maximize the survival value. I will keep it nearby for just such an emergency.

    My three items are:

    1. A Sport Berkey Water Bottle to use as a container and filter, stuffed with a bandanna (multitude of uses), first aid kit w/meds, space blanket, a length of paracord, and socks (can also use as gloves or to carry extra items).

    2. A Bear Gylls Gerber 31 Knife Combo with a stainless pommel to hammer, a sheath with a firestarter/sharpener, survival pocket guide and lanyard with emergency whistle.

    3. An American Red Cross FR150 Microlink Solar Powered, Hand Crank Pocket FM/AM/Weather Radio w/flashlight and cell phone charger.

    I figure I will scrounge for food and water along the way and there will be a multitude of people running around with cell phones to borrow for person-to-person communication.

  24. If I could only put three things in a bugout bag, I’d have a water bottle with a built in filter, a fixed blade knife, and bag of quinoa.

  25. Katydyn water pump, Coast Guard crackers, and my knife with all the cool stuff in the handle (saw, fishing line, matches, etc.)

    I already follow you on Facebook. Thanks for the review on the Eco Zoom, been eyeballing that one for a while.

    P.S. LOVE your hat! LOL!

  26. Top three choices: water (filter) w/paracord wrapped around the outside, multi-knife tool, and hooded space blanket/poncho. I like multi-use items! 🙂

  27. I have liked you on FB. Even if I don’t win this EcoZoom Rocket Stove I’m definitely going to look into purchasing one.
    My (3) Items in my S.H.T.F. Bag would be:
    Water, Matches (since I don’t know how to start a fire without them) and Mountain House Freeze Dried meals.

  28. 1. Life Straw Personal Water Filter (Water)

    2. My Rex Applegate Gerber folding knife (Shelter)

    3. Strike anywhere matches (fire for heat, cooking etc,)

    4. I have enjoyed your facebook page for 60 days now and look forward to all installments

  29. A knife of some kind, preferrably a multitool, but any knife in a pinch, a water filter, and a firestarter. I would love to have one of these. I wouldn’t save it for a rainy day, I’d use it now on days when it’s too hot to cook in my kitchen! I like your idea of keeping it in a bucket with extra tinder.

  30. I visited your FB page and clicked “like”, but didn’t register. Basically, I don’t do FB.
    This is the first time I have visited a FB page, where I was allowed to visit a site
    without registering. Before, I was blocked. I enjoyed the visit to your site.

    If I could carry only three things in a BO Bag, I would carry:
    1. A large roll or package of 6 mil plastic to gather dew, rain water, to haul water in a makeshift container; to protect from rain, sleet; to use as a windbreak for a campfire; to provide over and under tenting from moisture; to use for splinting material wraps and bandaging with multiple wrappings, and burn wraps to keep air off and reduce infection sources; to use as a waterproofing material over shoes/boots–if I had to walk through a creek or a bunch of grass-weeds covered with dew (because wet shoes/boots on cold days is a hypothermic NOGO for me). It could also be used as packaging for foods found/acquired in the wild that I want to carry awhile, before eating;
    2. A non-folding balanced knife to make stakes, spears for hunting, fishing, and feral animals, bungi traps for animals/snares; to make kindling of various sizes; to prune wild edibles (the parts edible), to cut game meat, cut wood to hang game on when roasting over a fire; to pick out slivers/thorns; drill holes in my belt to hold my pants up, when I’m losing weight by not eating my normal fare; to dig in hard-pack dirt (or to produce a stick that can dig in hard pack dirt and lift-move rocks); to use as a signaling reflector as needed or desired. Further, USA is filled trash almost anywhere. With a good knife, one can cut brush, dig, etc. and find further useful items usable in a survival situation: containers to boil water and cook in, plastic water bottles, maybe jars, grill screens, etc.
    3. A large magnesium Fire starter.
    With these three items I have a heat source capability; cutting/tool making capability; and shelter, rain/moisture gear, container(s), food and water storage capability, and minimal medical supplies.

  31. If you could only put three items in your bug-out bag, what would they be?
    1. Knife
    2. Fire Starter (lighter)
    3. Water filter

    And an EcoZoom stove in a 5 gallon bucket. 🙂

    Travis

  32. I almost always carry a knife on me, so the three that I would have are water, paracord, high energy bars.

    Been a facebook fan for a while now.

  33. I follow you already. Love the stuff you post. My three items would be my pistol multitool and fishing line.

  34. I am patiently awaiting the next supply of SilverFire Survival stoves to be made. So winning this would eliminate my waiting. Thanks for the opportunity:)

  35. 1 litre stainless bottle,strikeforce firestarter, and my BK necker becker (paracord wrapped handle) knife. Thanks for the read.

  36. Definitely a water filter, some sort of food (hopefully multi-use), and a lighter

    Thanks for the chance..

    here’s a thought for those on meds (not all!).. learn now to do what you can for yourself naturally, without medications, of course depending on your condition.

  37. In my bug-out bag, Sawyer squeeze water filter (awesome, by the way), pill bottles with fire starters, multitool with mini led light and of course food!

  38. (Before I forget to write it, I am already one of your fans on facebook!)

    If I could only put three items in my bug-out bag, they would be (1) good hiking boots, (2) a 7″ half-serrated knife, and (3) a Gobspark for starting fires.

  39. my multi-tool, heavy plastic, comfortable lined boots.
    tools and comfortable feet make the adventure worth doing.

  40. I do not plan to bug out. My family, Mom, brother and I are all in wheelchairs so plan to just stick it ut at home. Three things I would need are water, fire starter and blankets. I hope to win the stove. Thank you for all of your tips and informtion.

  41. I have been a follower of of your Facebook page for awhile and I get your weekly e-mail as well, love them thanks for the great info and all your hard work!!

  42. Have been a “fan” of your FB pages for quite a while. I read it daily, as well as your main page.
    1 – water
    2 defense weapon
    3. fire starter

  43. Mine would be Large Knife- Defense, hunting, cutting stuff to build stuff
    Fire steel – obvious,
    and a life straw- Where I live, finding a clean water source will be tough.
    Everything else I can probably improvise.

  44. 1. Multi-tool or sheath knife (not a folder)
    2. Waterproof fire starter
    3. Metal cup or pan with a wire handle.

    Already a “Liker” on FB

    Thanx for your service and this opportunity!

  45. Three items….knife, 550 cord, and water

    I’ve a follower for a couple of months (thanks to Amy for the link) and liked for only five minutes less.

  46. Liked on Facebook.
    Mora Knife with paracord wrap on handle
    Swedish Firesteel
    Katyden Water Filter
    I can fashion bowls, shelters, and build spears and traps using my knife
    I can make fire to boil water and cook food with the fire steel
    I prefer a water filter just in case there are times when it can be difficult to get a fire going.

  47. Would love to win this stove, need a reliable cooking source for my bug in pve just started prepping and it sometimes seems so overwhelming, but your website and FB page have given me the incentive to keep going. My 3 items are things I own already,
    1. Lifestraw
    2. Butane storm proof lighter
    3. 9mm semi-auto Ruger

  48. Wow….great question. I’m thinking 1. a water filter or purification system. 2. a fully loaded firearm of some type. 3. a pack full of MREs.

  49. I’ve already liked on Facebook.

    3 items for the bag:
    Water
    comfortable sturdy shoes
    food.
    Phooey, I need more stuff! knife, firestarter, water filter, possible blanket (depends on weather), and I think I must think about it and prioritize needs.

  50. Shelter, water, food…probably a simple lined rain jacket to stay warm and dry, a water bottle and a filer system of some kind…life straw, and some shelf stable calorie bars. Hopefully you have other items that are always on your person,, like a sharp knife.

  51. I would carry meds, water filter and a large lighter. My husband would need to carry his knife, a pot of some sort and a tent.

  52. I’ve already “liked” your facebook page.
    3 items:
    1. Lifestraw
    2. 3000 calorie food bars
    3. one of those metallic type survival blankets.

  53. I would include in my BOB: winter or fall: raincoat with zip out liner, water filter and something to start a fire. If in summer or spring: Water filter, fire starter, bug spray. I have already “liked” your Face Book page. I have been looking at this stove for some time and have it on my “wish” list. I enjoyed your review.

  54. food, water filter, kindle with solar charger (I’ve been collecting info since I got it so as long as I can turn it on I have the info I need to complete any task right at my fingertips)

  55. If I could only bring three items in my bug out bag, they would be
    1. A thumb drive with financial records, life records, family pictures, and other misc. documents
    2. Family medications
    3. A multitool

  56. my 3 items would be #1-life straw..#2-mylar blanket…and #3 would be cheating but i,d throw in my survival knife belt which i will consider 1 item that consist of 23 survival items such as fire starter-wood cutting,compass,iodine,first aid, and all sorts of other good stuff….thanx again for all the neat contests!!!!!!

  57. 1. Berkey water filter/bottle
    2. Leatherman tool
    3. Firesteel
    If I could add extra items, they would be: rope, a tarp (for shelter), first aid kit, and mess kit.

  58. Follow the rule of threes: You’re dead in: 3 hours without shelter, 3 days without water, 3 weeks without food. So…
    1. Poncho (doubles as shelter and rainwater collection)
    2. Personal water filter
    3. Energy bars

  59. I live on the ocean in the Pacific NW where water is abundant and all around me. Most survival experts agree on the same 2 out of 3 items:
    1. FIRE STARTER
    2. LARGE SURVIVAL KNIFE

    The 3rd item seems to vary according to the area you live in. Since I live in wet country, my 3rd item would be:
    3. COMPACT MESS KIT…this allows me vessels to boil the abundant water around me and to cook any fish or food I caught or gathered.

  60. Mylar space blanket, fire starter, water.

    For what it’s worth, I already have the pistol on my person. Please thank George for the heads up to come here this morning.

  61. 3 things I think are essential:
    Water filter
    fire starter
    knife

    I’d like you on facebook,but I have never joined it.

  62. three things in my bugout bag are

    1.water purifier[two different ways]
    2.food in pouches [with mess kit& utensils]
    3.extra clothes,shoes etc..

  63. Great job of keeping us well informed with expert advise and common sense that even a senior as myself can easily understand and do.

  64. The 3 items that are staples in my bug out bag are my water filtration supplies (tablets, life straw, etc), 3 day supply of freeze dried foods and my fire starting pack which includes waterproof matches, a lighter and flint.

    I have been a facebook fan of yours for quite some time 🙂

  65. If you could only put three items in your bug-out bag, what would they be?
    (hmmm… well, let me grab my bag and see what I have in there…) Lots of things to consider, but since I follow the rules of 3 Jason mentioned; I would have to go with:
    1. Mylar survival blanket
    2. Life Straw Personal Water Filter
    3. 5 year shelf stable, Mayday Industries “Life Boat Ration” food bars

    I also “liked” you on FB. What a great way to get the word out! Keep up the good work!

  66. Hey I just liked your page on FB! And, the three items I would put in a bug out bag would be 1. Water bottle/filter, 2. Peanuts, 3. Blanket. Thanks for your site!

  67. If you could only put three items in your bug-out bag, what would they be?

    1. Space blanket
    2. Fixed-blade knife with magnesium fire starter
    3. All Clad Stainless Steel 3-Quart Saute Pan with Flat Lid 😉

  68. I liked your facebook page. 3 items only in a bug out bag. Pretty simple, 22 cal handgun, Becker companion knife and fire piston.

  69. My 3 essentials in the BO bag:
    1) Portable water filter and purifier
    2) Fire starter
    3) Multi-purpose knife

    Thanks for all you do.
    Already liked your FB page.

  70. Looks like folks in varied areas and with different needs value different items. We all need a varied assortment in our personal bags. Well for me ….

    #1: A proper first aid kit.
    #2: A multi-use ( large bladed ) knife.
    #3: A poncho. ( insulated, full body ) ( if such a thing exists )

  71. My contents would be…… First Aid kit, firestarter of some kind, and my snare/fishing kit (I count that as one because I keep it together as a kit).

  72. 1. Sawyer complete water filter system.
    2. Becker Companion knife.
    3. My “magic fire balls” made from liquid paraffin (or petroleum jelly) soaked Cotten balls/drier lint.

  73. After changing my mind about a dozen times, I finally decided I would take my Lifestraw, my firestarter, and my USMC knife. This was a great question.

  74. Interesting , I assume I’ll already have a few things in my pocket as usual, a good knife or multi tool, a lighter, so with hat in mind I will go with.

    1. platypus gravity water filter

    2.A mylar blanket/tarp.

    3.sixpack of smoked sardines in olive oil.

  75. 1. Ferro rod (Firestarter)
    2. 32oz. Pathfinder Stainless Steel Nesting Bottle & Cup Set (Container)
    3. A good quality knife. (cutting tool)

  76. Lifestraw, my bushman survival knife(packed with goodies…I know thats cheating) and my leatherman. I figure all else is a luxury….love the site been lurking since George Ure turned me on to it.
    Keep up the great work

  77. 1. Flint & Steel
    2. Leatherman
    3. Life Straw

    Yes I have liked you on FB!

    Thanks, I enjoy your articles and very helpful information.

  78. I have an EDC in my purse and a larger one in my car, and they cover a lot. If I had to have only three items quick for a bug out bag, they would be my meds, my Bible, and either my passport or birth certificate to prove my citizenship. A driver’s license may not be enough.

  79. Liked on Facebook. Would like to be entered for echo-zoom stove giveaway. Would come in handy in emergency situation. Thanks!

  80. If I could only take three things with me, I’d take my LifeStraw water filter, a multi-tool, and a lighter.
    I’ve liked you on Facebook for a while now. 🙂

  81. To supplement my EDC for me the 3 items would be: sheath knife, fire kit, heavier version of survival blanket. With these I’ve learned to make myself ‘comfortable’ in different environments.

  82. Thanks for the contest! This is one that is really worth winning.
    My three items would be:

    Rebar Letherman Multi-Tool
    Ferro rod (3″-4″ size)
    Space All-Weather Blanket

    I would not be in the lap of luxury, but would be able to get along for awhile with these.

  83. Oh…. my three things:
    1. Water filter
    2. Fire Steel (Ferro rod)
    3. Space bag (sleeping bag made from survival blanket material)

    ….and I still like you on Facebook! 🙂

  84. I appreciate your link to my face book and enjoy the information your write about on your blog and website. I have a lot of reading and catching up to do and enjoy every minute.

  85. Since our most likely BOB situation would be a fire in nearby grasslands, which would put us in a local school or motel, my top three items include water (it is really dry here!), nibbling food for 3 days, and a couple of changes of clothing.

  86. Liked on Facebook! (I also answered the bonus question in another comment, where I also mentioned that I liked you on Facebook, so this is officially my separate post.) 🙂

  87. First a good quality knife with a full tang and thick spine but not too big that I cannot do detail work, probably my Ontario knife that is shaped like a small bowie. With this I can make shelter out of wood and fir boughs, process fire wood, carve a fish/frog spear etc so I can meet my needs for shelter, help wit fire for water purification etc and food needs.

    Second a large Swedish steel striker good for making thousands of fires.

    Third my combo mess/canteen army kit, I can carry water in the canteen and boil water for purification in the metal cup. If the kit is considered more than one item then just the metal canteen, I can boil water in that and carry it.

  88. I’ve liked you for a long time on fb. The 3 things I’d like handy would be a flashlight, lighter and knife. PS, also for the first time I read your entire review of the stove, thank you.

  89. Already LOVE you on FB! I need my Leatherman multi-tool, flint & steel, poncho (not only protection from the elements but shelter also).

  90. 1) Water Filter
    2) Crank radio (with transmit if possible)
    3) Leatherman or the “survival” knife

    (And I refuse to participate with FaceBook given the CEO’s past position on passwords –
    ZUCK: yea so if you ever need info about anyone at harvard
    ZUCK: just ask
    ZUCK: i have over 4000 emails, pictures, addresses, sns
    FRIEND: what!? how’d you manage that one?
    ZUCK: people just submitted it
    ZUCK: i don’t know why
    ZUCK: they “trust me”
    ZUCK: dumb [censored])

    • Dang it!! Good thing I don’t have to spell my own name correctly if the SHTF!!
      I think I got it right in this reply tho 🙂

  91. 1. Bic lighter
    2. Rain gear. Good as a wind breaker and to keep warm at night.
    3. Night vision goggles.
    Gun and knife would be worn on belt for easy access.

  92. liked on FB – hope did this right – would like a chance to win this – just a side not thanks so much for taking your time to do this and facebook – love all the info !!

  93. Already liked on FB. Thank-you for all the information, knowledge, and wisdom that has been given on this website.

  94. Urban survival turned me on to you. Love you both. Would take a tent, iron fry pan, and bucket of 20yr.
    Survival food. Liked you on FB.

  95. I always carry the following on my person if I’m not just hanging out at home:
    1) A firesteel with a magnesium rod from firesteel.com (I’m not associated with them in any way, I just like their products). Works for thousands of lights and will allow you to light a fire in almost any situation, as long as you use plenty of magnesium and have a fair level of skill. Probably should practice using it more, though, or start carrying a tin of petroleum jelly soaked cotton balls or dryer lint with it!
    2) Multitool
    3) mylar blanket
    4) paracord. Not a paracord bracelet, but just a hunk of paracord tied in a loose knot so it doesn’t get tangled. That way I can use it when I need it, even if I’m not in a survival situation, and not have to unravel a bracelet.
    5) flashlight
    6) Cell phone.
    7) Bandana
    If I had to choose from these, I’d pick the first 3. I’d pick the mylar blanket over the paracord since you could always twist or weave part of the blanket into a cord, but you couldn’t turn the cord into a blanket!
    If I could pick three items in addition to those above (since they’re already on my person) I’d take:
    1) Some way to transport and purify water: probably a Sport Berkey or something similar.
    2) Food and a pot to cook in
    3) Spare glasses (I’m very nearsighted!)

  96. The 3 things I would have in my bag would be……………

    #1………………Knife (to make things like bow drill for fire, spears, and coutless other things)
    #2………………metal bowl/cup (to boil water in and to cook in)
    #3………………poncho ( to wear in bad weather and to make shelter)

  97. the first thing that come to my mind was my WATER STRAw. must have water
    the second one is a little bit difficult because I would be thinking of shelter next; I would have to
    say a KNIFE, because I could use that to help me make shelter, cutting trees and vines ect….
    the third thing I would take would be a FIRE STARTER, that why I could cook whatever I was able to kill with the knife.

  98. 1. Large space blanket (shelter, warmth)
    2. Magnesium lighter
    3. Knife (protection, and tool to be used for various needs and to hollow out a log to boil water with hot rocks.)

  99. I find most everything here useful. Last year I built my own rocket stove out of two coffee cans. Amazing technology!

  100. If I could have only three things in my bag, I would have: 1. a water purifying system, 2.firer starter 3.a sharp knife

  101. I would have a waterproof nylon tarp, 11′ x 11′. A quality water filter. Last would be a fire starter. These 3 items take care of water which is the most important. The tarp would give shelter from the elements and if you manage to kill something you could cook it and heat water.

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  102. Three items for my bugout bag?
    I assume that what I normally carry in my pockets doesn’t count.
    so:

    1) MSR SweetWater Water filter w/ silt filter

    2) Flint and steel kit w/ char and tinder (Basic tinder box)

    3) 2 lb pemmican

  103. I just “liked” you on Facebook

    Top 3 items in my Bug Out Bag are:

    LifeStraw water purification straw
    Sharp Hatchet
    First Aid Kit

  104. I “Liked” you on FB. And the three items I’d pack is a compact water filter, something to start fires with and a good survival knife.

  105. If you could only put three items in your bug-out bag, what would they be? My multi tool, a life straw and my mini fire kit. I have already liked you.

  106. I liked your page on facebook and I would like to participate in the ecozcoom giveaway, I am from Paraguay.
    The three items i would have: water filter, tent, fire starter

  107. I wear my bugout bag ( my cargo pants) all the time; (black for formal events)
    I have much more than the minimum on me at all times ( except showering and sleeping)
    1/ Good knife with mag stick for fire starter
    2/ Survival straw
    3/ Space blanket and bag (reshaped for cargo pockets, vacuum packed with food sealer)

    I like you.
    I also teach Survival and firearms for defensive and survival purposes.

  108. 1. Knife
    2. water filter, backpacking type
    3. my VX-6R HT.

    items 1 and 2, I can and have built cordage, shelter, traps, fire with help frm the knife, the water filter makes water gathering easier, so I can focus on other activities (I do practice primitive skills).

    item 3, (ok, I am a ham. so I can transmit with it if I find a need). Listening is way more important, and has been for me already in the past, really saved my bacon when the rodney king riots broke out).

    BUT, this is a really nice HT, built in flashlight, plus can listen to everything, pretty much, shortwave, public service (fire/police/rangers/govt) with scanner capabilities, plus regular am/Fm broadcast, weather radio, it is REALLY nice to know what is popping around you in an emergency.
    And it is built waterproof, and really really solid.

  109. The 3 things I would include in a bug out bag:

    1. A sharp knife
    2. 50′ of paracord
    3. A metal cup to boil water/cook food

    Dont do fb

  110. The 3 things I would include in a bug out bag:
    1. clothing
    2. energy food bar
    3. mess kit
    I have a pocket tin that has everything i need to survive…fire starter, cord,whistle,foil,fishing stuff,water purification tabs etc
    I carry my knife and a pocket chain saw(that i made) so if in a situation that pack gets taken or left behind i still have the tools needed to survive.and i have learned to make baskets and tools and primitive shelters clay pots…i have taken a course on edible plants and and learned to hunt and butcher. love your site enjoy reading and learning all that i can.
    sorry can’t do the facebook like thing.
    the security on my computer will not allow me to get on facebook says there are too many trackers on that site and potential virus existence.

  111. I’ve been a fan for a while too.
    water filter (probably the straw type)
    leatherman knife (it’s a multi-tool that is great for everything)
    large rain poncho (a large strong poncho can also make a tent/shelter)

  112. I plan to bug in, but a bug out bag would include my medications, water, various snacks like protein bars, nuts, dried fruit. Similar to what I carry when I am not in my home area.

  113. What an outstanding giveaway. Like most responders I would take:
    1. Water Filter
    2. Fire Starter
    3. Knife

    Good luck everyone!

  114. 1. Life Straw or other water purification product like Berkey Portable etc.

    2. Survival Knife with paracord wrap (or handgun for defense and other uses)

    3. Mylar blanket

    • Army Poncho, 8 inch full-tange knife; ferro rod firestarter all neatly fit into my B.O.B., which is a 2 lb metal coffee can with a wire handle for easy carry as I hurry to get out of Dodge. Sorry I don’t have time to grab my new EcoZoom Rocket Stove!

  115. The three things I’d probably take are my multi tool, my GI canteen kit like the one I had in the army during desert storm and my magnesium fire starter. I’m going to my Facebook to like after this

  116. Since I spend 60 to 70% of the time on the Pacific, my choices for the top three would be; Sat Phone, water and the Epirb.
    Already liked on F.B. as I like the free Kindle books you post!

    Lynn A. Stokes
    Captain
    Eastern Pacific Yacht Delivery Service
    Morro Bay,Ca.

  117. My three choices and why:
    1. Gerber Multi-tool – Provides a blade, saw, pliers and various other tools.
    2. 100′ of 550 Para-cord – Provides cordage to construct shelter, snares and other implements.
    3. Stainless steel WWII GI canteen w/ nested canteen cup in it’s ALICE pouch(since they are always combined I think of this as one item) – Provides containers in which to purify water by boiling, store extra water and cook simple foods.

    These are, in fact, already in my Bug Out kit. Thanks Gaye for a shot at the Rocket stove but more so for such consistently awesome posts. I follow you on FB and receive your email updates.

  118. If you could only put three items in your bug-out bag, what would they be? There are so many things and situations, I’m going to list items in case I’m stranded in the woods. 1) stainless steel container to hold/carry and boil water 2) Fire Steel fire starter – to have a fire to boil water, cook food and signal 3)this is between a knife and Mylar sleeping bag – I’m going to assume I’m dressed for the weather already and pick the knife – to make a shelter with, cut food I hope to catch or find and protection

    (first aid kit, multi-tool, strike anywhere matches, small fishing kit, paracord, flashlight, compass and GPS is also packed in my hiking gear) I’m need to be much more prepared, than just THREE things!

    If it’s a really really BIG bug-out bag, I’d pack along: Cody Lundin, Bear Grylls and Daniel W. Shrigley (I don’t know the last two, but made they top ten list, so they must be good) 🙂

  119. Hi Gaye, I already follow you on Facebook.
    If I had three things only to pack in my bug out bag I would choose:
    1. Life straw
    2. Sharp knife
    3. Flint to start a fire

  120. Have to get around a nanny state city to rendezvous location with friends, so what fits my situation best is water filter, GPS in case I have to take to unfamiliar woods and my Judge. Liked and follower on FB.

  121. First, I already “like” your Facebook page, and I am subscribed to your Backdoor Survival emails. Next, my three items would be a multi-tool, a flint and steel firemaking kit, and my SAS Survival book.

  122. I have liked your facebook page long ago and love all the information I have gathered over time from you. Keep up the great work and thanks for all the time you devote to it!!!

  123. I liked your Facebook page quite a while ago. Your blog is so interesting and informative. Also love the free eBooks you post on Twitter.

  124. This is tough.
    Survival Knife (the one with stuff inside the handle)
    Mylar blanket
    Water filtering bottle of some sort

  125. I liked your page awhile ago I like to read all of the advice on survival.
    The 3 things I would want in my bag is a flint , a machete, multi-tool w/ the clippers and saw ect.

  126. Living in the Pacific North West makes this a little easier. If I were only able to take 3 items I would take the following.
    1. A good machete
    2. A Bow
    3. An 8 QT dutch oven

  127. Gaye

    I will proceed from the assumption that what goes inside the bag need not duplicate what would normally be carried outside, such as on the belt or as elements of other gear, and that I am wearing all appropriate seasonal clothing. Therefore I will not include my K-Bar or canteen or such items I would carry separately, nor will I include added 550 cord which I can strip from my boots (I’ve replaced my boot laces with really long, wrap around 550 cord). Consequently, inside the bag I’ll carry a space blanket, ferro-rod (I carry mine with my knife, but that might be stretching your tolerance a bit!), and soap. The space blanket can provide a host of functions including shelter and water gathering; the ferro-rod provides fire for shelter, sanitation, and cooking; and the soap provides personal and clothing cleanliness necessary as the first critical step in staying healthy.

  128. Long time “like” on Facebook(6 months at least).
    What to put in BoB…
    My large multitool
    cup with water purification tablets
    Vaseline coated dryer lint with magnesium striker
    This was a bit tough, you always can think of one more item you can’t do with out. Good mental workout!!

  129. Clicked on Like on facebook.
    Really enjoy the simple and practical tips. Inexpensive doesn’t hurt either.
    Thanks!!!

  130. Thank you for all the info and cooking to see how well it works. Would so love to win one. Again, thank you for all your hard work. Vic

  131. Only being able to choose three things is tough but seeing that I have carried some items daily for years before prepping became popular. I would make sure to have:
    1. Some type of water purifier
    2. Some type of fire starter
    3. Some type of shelter

  132. 3 Must haves? 1. Knife
    2. Paracord
    3. Fire Steel

    I have already liked you on FaceBook. That’s how I found out about this giveaway.
    Been thinking about building a wood-gas stove, too.

    JB

  133. 1. Knife
    2. Water Filter/Purifier
    3. Aurora Fire Starter on a lanyard (fire starter comes with the lanyard attached, viewed as 1
    piece); thus, adding paracord as a much-needed ‘freebie’.

    …and of course, the EcoZoom stove should I become blessed with winning one of the giveaways.
    🙂

  134. I really enjoy your FB page and the email I receive from you. You have taught me a lot in a few short months. Thank you for being willing to share your knowledge. I have been a FB pal of yours for some time.

  135. I “liked” your page quite a while ago…and I truly do like your page!!!! Thank you for all of your wonderful posts!

  136. hi, great information on the webpage (i opted for the weekly digest), and the facebook page which i have set for notifications and as one of my favs. for my bug out bag, the top 3 items for me would be an axe, dutch oven, and fire striker!

  137. I would like to submit an entry for the EcoZoom stove! already liked your facebook 🙂 .. thanks for all the work you do in getting information out to us !!

  138. I’ve liked your FB page ever since I found it. BOB: water in my stainless steel bottle, fire starter, knife. We really could use the EcoZoom Versa rocket stove.

  139. As a senior with no vehicle my plan is to bug in unless a natural disaster forces evacuation. In that case my 3 essentials would be passport, cash and medication as I would likely attempt to travel to my son’s home in Seattle. (Hopefully he would drive up and meet me part way).
    I spend part of the year in Japan. There my 3 essentials would be a water bottle, cash for the numerous vending machines and my English – Japanese dictionary. Seriously, the Japanese government publishes and excellent pamphlet for foreigners on evacuation, what to pack etc and `how to behave` in an evacuation centre. There are regular drills and discussions in schools including nursery schools on what to do in an earthquake and/or tsunami. Local parks which are designated `safe` areas have sheds with emergency supplies and there are neighbourhood groups which meet regularly for area clean ups and social events so everyone knows all their neighbours and who would need help in an emergency.

  140. The most important three items i would choose would be :

    1.) A LifeStraw for water

    2.) A Simple pocket knife

    3.)A bic Lighter

    I”liked” you two years ago..And I like you even more today.

  141. The BOB should contain fire-making supplies with redundancy, water and purification ability, and probably a concealable firearm.

  142. 1) water purifier
    2) Mylar blanket
    3) fire starter
    I already liked your page and get FB posts. I am a preper and love to go camping. Looking forward to trying out the stove.

    LOVE YOUR POSTS AND WEBSITE!

  143. You know I think the eco zoom has got to be remarkable.. I liked your page and hope I have a chance to win it.. that would be nice.. low emissions high heat and small amount of material used to cook with.

  144. No I had better change that to fire starter, knife, water purifier! And I have liked your FB page for some time now! The more I have been reading it and your blog, the more I appreciate you! Thank you for all your hard work!

  145. Really have learned a ton of useful information from your site. Liked BDS on FB over a year ago. Keep sending out the free EBooks from Amazon. I would bring the “Johnny Appleseed ” style cooking pot, a fire starter, and a poncho.

  146. I LIKED your FB page loooong ago. I have pinned almost everyone of your articles and always look forward to reading the next Kindle books. LOVE the free ones — but have even bought a few! 🙂 Loved your review on the EcoZoom Rocket Stove! SERIOUSLY loved it – your review AND the stove!!! That’s definitely VERY high up on my list right now!

  147. Water filter, fire starter, first aid kit for mine. Hubby would have tarp, mess kit, mylar blanket. And I already like you on facebook. Thanks for the opportunity to win such a great survival item!

  148. I believe I would choose the following items if I could only chose three items for my bob.
    1-Sturdy knife, probably 7” blade length.
    2-Container suitable for carrying and boiling a significant volume of water, like the stainless 32 oz bottler from pathfinder School’s store, or something similar.
    3-An article to help me retain body heat, probably a sleeping bag.

    I believe staying warm at night is the number one priority where I live. Building a shelter and a fire kit, and finding and making potable water can be done with the the items I chose.

    I also like your facebook page.

  149. I would definitely take:

    1. Ecozoom rocket stove (that I’am going to win from your contest)
    2. bleach tablest to purify water
    3. solar power radio/light

  150. ONLY 3 things?! Ok here goes.
    1. Life Straw
    2. A first aid kit that includes a mylar blanket
    3. a mess kit that includes a
    4. a survival kit as mentioned above
    look up how to start a fire with a water bottle. you can find those just about anywhere.

  151. 1. solar blanket
    2. can opener
    3. tender box

    I cary all three of these with me at all times! so is this is my permanent but out kit…

    but in the “bag”
    1. water filter straw
    2. small canned food, sardines, etc…
    3. pillow. never know how much a simple pillow can make life easier until try to live a wile without one… simple pleasures are the best…

  152. My three absolute must-haves are:
    1. Lifestraw water filter
    2. Emergency weather AM/FM radio with solar power charger for cell phones, etc.
    3. My dog

  153. Dear Gail, I have been a Facebook fan forever and I get your blog posts by email, as well. I appreciate your information and generosity very, very much. Thank you for breaking down prepping into doable steps and systems. Wish me luck in winning this amazing stove. I would LOVE to add it to my preps!

  154. I am a huge fan and would love a chance to win an EcoZoom Rocket Stove Plus. I am relatively new to the prep scene and am parusing as many web sites as possible to extract the information I feel would help me the most. I hope the preps that I assemble will never be needed, but am ready to ride the storm out. The three things I would bring would be my best Cutco fixed blade knife, fire starter and my life straw.

  155. if I could only pick 3 things in my bug out bag. It would be a life straw, a knife, and some pictures of my family in the family bible

  156. Liked your site awhile back.

    Away to start a fire. Bic Lighter or Magnesium Rod
    Away to purify water. Pills or Life Straw
    Some type of shelter. Tarp or Tent

    Would love to start a fire in a Free EcoZoom Rocket Stove.

  157. that sounds awesome. I will have to try that. Knife becker bk-2, fire starter my 6inchx1/2inch ferrocerium rod, and water filter sawyer water purification

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