Steve Coffman

Author: Steve Coffman

Why Wool Blankets Should Be Part of Your Preps

Why Wool Blankets Should Be Part of Your Preps

Wool blankets have a long history that can be difficult to trace. However, for many people, especially in North America, the idea of a wool blanket may bring images of…

Survival Lessons of the Mountain Men

Survival Lessons of the Mountain Men

The North American fur trade started from the first time Europeans made contact with native peoples in North America. It ran out of steam around the time of the mid…

Prep to Live, Not Just Survive

Prep to Live, Not Just Survive

I had an interesting conversation the other day on the idea of survival and emergency food. The words “good enough for survival use” and “if you are hungry enough, you…

Obsolete Lighting and The Modern Prepper

Obsolete Lighting and The Modern Prepper

I admit to having a fondness for the old fashioned. I’m sure a lot of other preppers do too, and it certainly makes it easier to plan for emergencies when…

Three Unexpected Survival Tools Used By Civil War Soldiers

Three Unexpected Survival Tools Used By Civil War Soldiers

The American Civil War remains the bloodiest conflict ever fought by the United States, with a death toll exceeding all other US fought wars combined. Today, the embers of that…

LED Lights – Good For Prepping and The Planet

LED Lights – Good For Prepping and The Planet

Electric light bulbs freed Americans from the energy tyranny of kerosene, candles, gas, and even whale oil. Having a safe, clean form of lighting finally fulfilled the long human dream…

5 Book Recommendations for Survival Preppers

5 Book Recommendations for Survival Preppers

Abraham Lincoln read books by the light of a wood burning fire. Thomas Jefferson had a massive library of books that later became the heart of the Library of Congress….

Planning For Unexpected Death On the Homestead

Planning For Unexpected Death On the Homestead

It has been said that nothing is certain except for death and taxes. While it is fairly easy to deal with taxes on your rural homestead, death is another matter…

Water Storage For The Home And The Homestead

Water Storage For The Home And The Homestead

If you are fortunate enough to have a well or some other stable, reliable source of off-grid water, you probably can stop reading. Or should you? When it comes to…

Top Four Folding Shovels For The Prepper

Top Four Folding Shovels For The Prepper

Folding shovels seem like one of the ultimate prepper tools. Compact, useful, and used by pretty much every army around the world, these tools can do everything from help dig…

Is Tactical Practical?

Is Tactical Practical?

Prepper folks see it all the time. “Tactical” gear abounds, and the tactical label has been applied to everything from firearms to and pretty much anything in between. In fact…

What’s Old Is New Again: How Our Grandparents Lived Off Grid

What’s Old Is New Again: How Our Grandparents Lived Off Grid

Long before the Rural Electrification Administration started bringing power to rural folks who hadn’t been reached by big corporate power companies, farmers and people living away from profitable to operate…

Survival Lessons of the Klondike Gold Rush

Survival Lessons of the Klondike Gold Rush

The Klondike Gold Rush is often viewed as the closing act of the American West, even though it happened partly on Canadian soil, and long after the rest of the…

Five Ways To Use Rubbing Alcohol On The Homestead

Five Ways To Use Rubbing Alcohol On The Homestead

Isopropyl alcohol, also known as rubbing alcohol is a common household chemical usually found in the medicine cabinet. Most commonly used as an antiseptic or solvent, there are a surprising…

Things From The Good Old Days That Really Are Better

Things From The Good Old Days That Really Are Better

As a historian, I am always wary of the trope that things were somehow “better” in the ill-defined “good old days.” This is commonly referred to as the “golden days…