The Fantastic EcoZoom Versa Rocket Stove Reviewed

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When I first got an EcoZoom Versa rocket stove back in 2011, I  barely knew how to start a fire, let alone keep one going.  These days, I am pretty darn good at starting fires using my own DIY fire starter plus gathered biomass and kindling.  I have even been known to chop a log or two. But most of all, I have become proficient at using the EcoZoom Versa, not so much because I had to, but because it is fun to use.  Yes, I know.  Preppers can be strange sometimes.

A couple of weeks ago, longtime sponsor EarthEasy.com asked if I would like to review the EcoZoom Versa and to share my experience with Backdoor Survival readers.  After explaining that I already owned two EcoZooms, and was a big fan, they offered one up as a giveaway.  How could I refuse?

More about the giveaway in a moment.  First I would like to share with you a bit about the EcoZoom itself and also my experience cooking from food storage using this remarkable rocket stove.

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EcoZoom Versa: The Basics

The EcoZoom Versa is a good sized rocket stove, standing about 12 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, 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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Feeding biomass into the EcoZoom Versa

At the top of the stove is a three-pronged cast iron stove top that can support a flat or round bottomed pan, as well as stainless steel handles with silicone grips to assist you in moving the stove. My older EcoZoom is not quite as advanced with its six-pronged top but it still works great.

Although I prefer cooking with biomass (it’s free!), you can also use charcoal briquettes in the EcoZoom.  For that, you use the integrated adapter grate.  I have found that six charcoal briquettes will burn a long time without being tended.

Finally, according to the EcoZoom website, these stoves use up to 60% less wood than an open fire and decrease smoke and harmful emissions by 70%.  I can tell you from personal experience that the EcoZoom emits 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.

EcoZoom Portability

The EcoZoom Versa is easy to move around using the integrated handles with silicone grips.  For ultimate portability, however, there is a new carrier bag that you can use for stowing your rocket stove.  Let me tell you, this sure beats trying to stuff the EcoZoom back inside its shipping box.  It has a sturdy strap making the stove a breeze to transport, plus it has room for a few extra supplies such as firestarter, matches, and even a small amount of biomass.

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Real-time Cooking with the EcoZoom and Food Storage

In the past, I frequently used my EcoZoom with and old Revere Ware pot, you know, the kind with a copper bottom.  These days, I tend to use cast iron instead.  That said, both work well and depending on what you are cooking, you may choose one type of pot over another.

One of the favorite “survival meals” I make from food storage is chili.  In the photos below, you see me preparing Chicken Chile using the following recipe.

Food Storage Chicken Chili

2 cups freeze dried chicken ( can omit or substitute FD ground beef)
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.

EcoZoom Chicken Chili Ingredients | Backdoor Survival
Adding the ingredients.

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.  If 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 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.

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 Lodge 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.

EcoZoom Chili is Done | Backdoor Survival
The finished product. Sometimes I omit the chicken and use FD ground beef or no meat at all.

So how did it all turn out?  Well other than the fact that Shelly 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

Here is the part you have been waiting for.  Eartheasy.com is sponsoring a giveaway to win an EcoZoom Versa for free.

A special word about the giveaway question/comment:  Please read the question and respond accordingly, even it the answer is “I don’t know”.  The question is:

“As of this moment, what arrangements have you made for cooking when the grid is down and traditional sources of power are not available?”

a Rafflecopter giveaway

UPDATE: While the raffle has ended, you can find the EcoZoom Versa available here for a great price. It’s worth every penny!

The Final Word

I think the EcoZoom rocket stove is quite remarkable.  It is durable, portable and has solid cooking power.  Cooking with biomass from my yard is fast and I will say it again, fun.  The EcoZoom Versa simply works.  Mine sits outside all year long and still looks and cooks like new, although I now plan to store it in its carry bag along with a Swedish fire steel,  some dryer lint, and a BIC lighter for one of those just-in-case moments because you just never know.

I would like to thank EarthEasy for sponsoring this giveaway and encourage you to enter.  The winner, whoever you are, will not be disappointed.

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Update: And the Winner Is . . .

Oh my gosh!  What a giveaway this has been.  Today I am thrilled to announce the winner the recent EcoZoom Versa Rocket Stove giveaway.

Ecozoom Winner

The winner is Bob M. who wrote:

If I had only three items in my bug out bag, they would be: a small axe, a water filter, and a fire striker.

Bob was notified and responded back with the following:

I am very VERY pleased to have won the Ecozoom stove.  I have been trying to budget for one to take to Ethiopia where the orphanage (where my grandchildren came from) cooks over open fires in a room with no chimney!

My daughter is going back there in the next month for our next two kiddos, and will take it with her.

I am so unbelievably thrilled at this that I am beside myself with joy.  This giveaway could not have had a better ending.  Now just so you know, Bob’s entry was selected entirely at random using the tools available on the www.random.org website which means everyone had an equal opportunity to win.

The response to the EcoZoom Giveaway was astounding.  There were 604 valid entries and sorry, but there were 28 invalid entries.  Most of the invalids were from a single person who tried to stuff the ballot box.  Shame on you!  Most of  the others came in after the deadline.

One thing that I do want to point out is that many of you combined two entries into one.  I mentioned this a couple of times over on my Facebook page and some of you were able to get your second entry in.  For clarification purposes, in the future, when I indicate that a Facebook Like is bonus entry, you must post a separate comment telling me so.  Two comments = two entries.

The Remarkable EcoZoom

For those of you that did not win, I encourage you to consider purchasing an EcoZoom as a viable option for cooking outdoors with biomass, wood or charcoal.  It is efficient, sturdy, and easy to use.  It simply works.

I really do wish I had more than one EcoZoom to giveaway but alas, there is only one.  That said, you can count on some new giveaways coming up soon, including a giveaway for a free WonderMill grain mill  that will be announced next week.  Until then, make every week a prep week!

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

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Spotlight Item:  The EcoZoom Versa Rocket Stove

Burning twigs and pinecones, this stove will cook a big pot of rice or chili in under 20 minutes. The stove is solidly built and will burn charcoal as well. Don’t forget to check out the carrier bag.  The price as of this writing is $129.95 including free shipping to the lower 48 states.

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

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

100 BIC-style Lighters Disposable Classic Lighter:  Running about 16 cents each and free shipping, these are great to have on hand for both survival and barter use. Want fewer than 100?  You can also get a pack of 50.

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 to protect your hands and arms.

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.

Zippo Street Chrome Pocket Lighter:  Zippo has been creating virtually indestructible, windproof refillable lighters for more than 75 years. The Zippo Street Chrome pocket lighter is no exception. This lighter features a classic textured chrome finish and carries the same lifetime guarantee–to either work or be fixed by Zippo free of charge–for life.  All wearable parts including flints and wicks are replaceable.  Every prepper should own at least one Zippo!  See What You Need to Know About Zippos and Lighter Fuel.

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813 Responses to “The Fantastic EcoZoom Versa Rocket Stove Reviewed”

  1. Leatherman tool, water, granola

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  2. Been a fan on facebook for a while now – love all the articles you post!!

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  3. 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

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  4. I’ve been a facebook liker for some time now. 🙂
    Susie

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  5. I would love to find another way to cook in a grid down situation!

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  6. Ditto to the firestarter and life straw, but tmy third item would be something to nosh!

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  7. 1. First Aid Kit

    2. Water

    3. Food

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  8. 1. Knife 2.water filter 3. Fire steel

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  9. 1) water purifier
    2) Mylar blanket
    3) fire starter
    I think we could survive most outdoor nights with the above.

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  10. 1. multitool 2. first aid kit 3. water filter

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  11. 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

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  12. water
    fire starting ‘stuff’
    light source

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  13. 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.

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  14. 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

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    • 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.

  15. 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…

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  16. 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

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  17. Morning, I would take: Water, Knife and Fire Starter, in THAT order. The rest is up to me.

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  18. PS I’ve now “Liked” you on FaceBook for the “bonus” chance. Cheers!

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  19. Water
    Energy Bar
    NOAA Weather Radio

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  20. I went to your facebook page and liked.
    I must say, I truly do LIKE the website.

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  21. Three things: leatherman, poncho, toothbrush

    And a FB like, too!
    🙂

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  22. 1) Food
    2) Sawyer water filter
    3) Map

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  23. 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

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  24. I would put
    1-Life Straw
    2-Gerber Knife
    3-something to start a fire with

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  25. 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….

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  26. Water, shelter, Food would be first choices, so life straw, mylar blanket and high calorie food bars.

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  27. Liked your FB page so I can get these handy tips daily now.

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  28. 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!.

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  29. 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)

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  30. 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.

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  31. Steri pen, mri’s , multi tool

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  32. Water filter/lifestraw
    Knife
    Fire starter

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  33. LifeStraw
    Fire Starter
    Water

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  34. Leatherman, Magnesium bar and stainless cup.

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  35. 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.

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  36. Water, knife, and food

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  37. Liked you on facebook!! Thanks for the chance at a great giveaway 🙂

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  38. 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!

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  39. Knife, Fire Steel, Paracord Bracelet

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  40. 1. Life Straw
    2. Fire Starter
    3. Revolver
    I’ve liked you on FB for a long time!
    Thanks for this opportunity!
    C

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  41. I ‘LIKE’ you on Facebook 🙂 TY for the chance

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  42. 1. Bible
    2. Shotgun
    3. Bowie Knife

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  43. 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

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  44. I would put in water purification, fire starter, knife.

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  45. I liked your FB page.

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  46. 3 Things: Knife, Fire Starter, Tarp

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  47. That’s hard to pick only 3! But, Lifestraw, fire starter and a mylar blanket.

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  48. 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.

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  49. 1. Travel Berkey water filter
    2. Knife
    3. Giant pack of matches

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  50. 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?

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  51. Berkey bottle
    Gun
    first aid kit

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  52. Yes, I liked you and face book along time ago, and I still like you. Do I get another chance to win if I suck up?

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  53. Life Straw
    Fire Steel
    Multi-purpose Knife

    I liked you on Facebook!

    Thank you for all you do…. Blessings

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  54. I would put a firestarter, water filter and a blanket.

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  55. 1) water
    2) food
    3) water filter

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  56. gun
    hat
    sunglasses

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  57. I would want a combi filter (water), a lighter, and a good knife.

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  58. 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!

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  59. 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.

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  60. Multi tool, water and ready to eat food (emergency meal bar, trail mix, jerky, etc.)

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  61. 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.

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  62. 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.

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

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

    Liked on facebook

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  65. liked on fb #1 knife,#2 fire starter,#3 at least 50 ft. of paracord

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  66. Water
    Multi-tool
    Lighter or fire starting tool

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  67. Water filter
    Multi tool
    Handgun

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  68. The three things I would need in my bug out bag is water filter in a bottle, foraging book and my tree hamock.

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  69. Water
    Multi tool
    Fire starter

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  70. 1. Swiss Army Knife
    2. Bic Lighter
    3. Small LED Flashlight

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  71. 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.

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  72. Large hunting knife
    100 ft paracord
    10 x 10 plastic sheet

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  73. 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.

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  74. You got to have water, fire starter, and a defense or food killing item, i.e. kife or gun.

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  75. Lifestraw
    knife
    Lighter

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  76. A multi-use tool, water filter and blanket.

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  77. I’m a follower on FB

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  78. I would Put
    Bic Lighter
    K-BAR Knife
    Duck Tape

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  79. have followed you on facebook for a while

    water filter
    fire starter
    multitool

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  80. 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!

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  81. I would have a Bible, knife, and lifestraw.

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

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  83. 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.

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  84. I’m a follower on facebook – love your posts! 😀

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  85. Water Filter
    Knife
    Fire Starter

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  86. 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

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  87. Just liked your facebook page.

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  88. Liked on Facebook

    Three Items

    Survival Knife
    Katydyn Walter Filtration system
    Metal Canteen

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  89. My three things are:

    1. First Aid Kit
    2. Mess Kit
    3. Tent

    Also “like” you on Facebook and love the great ideas!

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  90. 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.

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  91. Multi-tool
    Fire starter
    First aid kit
    I already like you on facebook. Thanks for all your tups and insight.

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  92. 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.

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  93. water tablets, fire starter and knife

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  94. a Bible, a knife and a bandana

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  95. 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

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  96. I’ve been a fan of your Facebook page for a long time.

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  97. 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.

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  98. 1: Dutch Oven
    2: Gerber Multi Tool
    3: Lighter

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  99. 1. Water filter
    2. fire starter
    3. knife

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  100. I already follow you on facebook.

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

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  102. Water, a blanket, multitool with flashlight would be in mine.

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  103. Gun, water, knife

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  104. already a facebook liker

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  105. My 3 items would be Fire starter, water, knife.
    Nannette

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  106. 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:)

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  107. 1 litre stainless bottle,strikeforce firestarter, and my BK necker becker (paracord wrapped handle) knife. Thanks for the read.

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  108. 1) striker fire starter 2) straw filter 3) knife

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  109. I liked you on facebook.

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  110. 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.

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  111. 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!

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    • fire (magnesium fire steel)?, water purification straw type bottle,sharp knife.
      liked your page already.

  112. Oh. and I liked and visit your facebook page always.

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  113. Already liked the FB page.

    To answer your question.
    Tarp
    Lighter
    Knife

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  114. Liked on FB. Great item!
    1. Water
    2. Energy Bars
    3. Multi Tool

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  115. (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.

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  116. Life Straw
    Leatherman
    Firestarter

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  117. I liked your Face Book page. I was already getting your posts. Won’t waste time figuring out how. lol

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  118. I forgot to let you know that I like you on facebook

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

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  120. The items in my ” Bug Out Bag”

    3 Day kit….sleeping bag….water filter (Life Straw ).

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  121. knife
    water filter
    fire starter

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  122. If only 3 items, I’d pick: 1. Water purification system 2. Energy Bar 3. sleeping bag or blanket

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  123. Oh, and I liked the facebook page! (And I LOVE your black sun hat in the photos!!!)

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  124. Gerber Knife (6.75-inch, double edged blade)
    100-foot length of #550 black nylon paracord, w/7 inner strands
    Space Blanket

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  125. 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.

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  126. Have liked your page on Facebook previously! 😉

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  127. Fire steel
    Leather man tool
    Life straw

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  128. 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!!

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  129. M4 type SBR
    Compass
    EESE knife

    Enjoyed the article and will RSS your site

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  130. Water, fire starter, and knife

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  131. 1. Loaded Handgun
    2. Water Filter
    3. First Aid Kit

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  132. Water Filter
    Leatherman
    Fire starter

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  133. The three things I would want, would be a compass, water straw and my fishing tackle.

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  134. Lots of great ideas here!

    I’ll go with the multi-purpose tool, mylar blanket and water filter.

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  135. 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

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    • Making sure I get that second entry – always a fan of yours!

  136. 1.knife
    2. Lighter
    3. Water filter

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    • 1. Knife
      2. Fire starting kit
      3. Water Filter

  137. water, jackknife, and some things to start a fire

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  138. 1 water
    2 lighter
    3 beef jerkey

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  139. 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.

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  140. LIKED YOUR PAGE. CAN THIS STOVE WORK TO HEAT A LARGE ROOM OR SMALL HOME? OR IS IT JUST FOR COOKING?

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    • Pepper – Just for cooking. It is well insulated inside and out to prevent burns while using it for cooking and does not put off much radiant heat.

  141. 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!

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  142. I did like you on facebook as well.

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  143. 1. Life straw
    2. Means for making fire
    3. Multi-tool

    Your Facebook page has been “liked”.

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  144. 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.

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  145. faith, hope and charity

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    • This is the BEST answer IMO 🙂

    • 🙂

  146. your page is already among my “likes”

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  147. 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.

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  148. 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

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    • Have liked your page for 3 months now and just liked the post.

  149. 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.

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  150. I “Like” you on facebook.

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  151. 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.

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  152. I would need a water filter, flashlight, knife.

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  153. I already like you on Facebook.

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  154. 1. Bottle of water.
    2. Loaded pistol.
    3. $5,000 in cash.

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  155. You’ve been on my Facebook page for a long time.

    My three items: knife, magnesium striker, 50 yards of para-cord.

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  156. 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.

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  157. Liked your page on FB ages ago. I like that the content is similar to your blog. 🙂

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  158. 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.

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  159. 3 must haves for Bug Out Bag are water filtration straw, good hatchet, enough food to last for 72hrs.

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  160. Just liked your Facebook page as well.

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  161. water purifier, good quality knife and space blanket.

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  162. Already liked on facebook
    3 items not enough but top would be
    lifestraw
    blanket
    med bag

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

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  164. 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.

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  165. 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)

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  166. 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

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  167. I have been a fan of your on facebook for sometime now.

    1. water filter
    2.fire starter
    3.a survival mind set

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  168. 1. Knife
    2. Fire kit
    3. snare cable for snaring food

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  169. duct tape, lifestraw, and a loaded gun

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  170. 1–water filter straw
    2–fire starter
    3–freeze-dried carb and protein mix

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  171. I already Love you on facebook!

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  172. 3 things:

    Emergency blanket
    Life Straw
    Bic lighter

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  173. 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!!!!!!

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  174. 1. Water filtration
    2. Fire Starter
    3. Gun

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  175. 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.

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  176. 1. medications
    2. loaded gun
    3. water filtration

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    • Oh and liked your FB page ages ago!

  177. 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

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    • Fire flint starter
      My knife
      Water filter

    • I’d pack my .357,
      Sheath knife,
      500ft of paracord.

  178. I would put these three things in my bug out bag.
    1. survival knife
    2. Water filter
    3. fire starter

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  179. 1. water filter
    2. fire starter
    3. survival knife

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  180. 2meter ham radio, knife and rope

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  181. I have liked you on FB for a long time now. Thanks for being there!

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  182. I would Put

    1. riffles
    2. 4 season tents
    3. katadyn

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  183. fire starter kit
    Leatherman knife
    Iodine (purify water and for wounds)

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  184. Water Filter, Lighter, Food

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  185. Liked on facebook 🙂

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  186. 1. water filter
    2.knife
    3.fire starter

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  187. 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.

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  188. 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.

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  189. blanket, water filter / purifier, & multi-tool

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  190. 3 things I think are essential:
    Water filter
    fire starter
    knife

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

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  191. 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..

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

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  193. 1. Space blanket-can also be used as a shelter.
    2. Lighter
    3. Water filter

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  194. I keep a mulitool with me all the time. My 3 items would be
    BIBLE
    lifestraw
    firestarter

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  195. 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 🙂

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  196. Three things in my bug out bag:
    1.mylar blanket
    2.water filter
    3.loaded gun

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  197. I liked you on FB already

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  198. 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!

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    • liked on facebook 🙂

  199. 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!

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  200. My three items would be a Swedish Fire Knife, a stainless steel water bottle or canteen and a US GI Poncho.

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  201. 1 Mylar Blanket
    2 Gun
    3 Water Purification

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  202. If I was only allowed three things:

    1. Water filter
    2. MRE’s – 5+ days
    3. Letherman

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  203. Life straw, knife & mylar blanket

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  204. 9MM, Water Filter, Fire Starter Kit and I liked your Facebook Page!

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  205. I’ve already ‘liked’ your Facebook page 🙂

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  206. Berkey water bottle, colloidal silver and seeds. I’d like you on FB but I don’t do that anymore. 🙂

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  207. Trying to ‘like’ you but awaiting acceptance from fb.

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  208. 1. fire steel
    2. water purification tablets
    3. space blanket or tarp

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  209. 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 😉

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

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  211. 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.

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  212. 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 )

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  213. 1) water purifier
    2) Mylar blanket
    3) fire starter
    liked

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  214. Been a long time “Liker” on your FB page.

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  215. 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).

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  216. like on facebook

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  217. liked on fb

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  218. Liked on FB

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  219. 1) Shelter
    2) Food
    3) Water

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  220. Liked on FB

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  221. liked you on Facebook a couple weeks ago.

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  222. Liked on FB!

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  223. I liked your FB page.

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  224. 1. water purification tablets
    2. magnesium fire starter
    3. mylar blanket

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  225. Three things in my bag would be water jerky and a knife.

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  226. 1. water filter
    2. multi-tool
    3. fire starter

    Thanks for the give-away and the great site!

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  227. 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.

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  228. I’ve already “liked” your page! lol

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  229. 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.

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    • 1) survival knife 2) strike force fire starter 3) Lifestraw

  230. I am already a subscriber on your FB page. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  231. Liked on Facebook.

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  232. Thank you i love your site liked on Facebook too

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  233. Water filtration, knife, fire starter tool

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  234. 1. Water purification straw
    2. Multi-tool (e.g. Leatherman)
    3. Space blanket sleeping bag

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  235. Magnesium flint, Leatherman’s tool, Cordage

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  236. liked on FB

    bug out bag: water straw pistol and amo

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    • ammo

  237. LIKED 🙂

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  238. I have responsed to ?’s. Confirming Already liked page on facebook

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  239. 1. Knife
    2. Water tablets (iodine)
    3. Fire source (lighter)

    (and 1000 other things?)

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  240. 1. portable water filter
    2. multi-tool
    3. calorie bars

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  241. My BOB would hold
    1. high calorie food
    2. Berkey sports bottle
    3. multiuse tool

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  242. life straw, food bars,fire starter
    liked on FB

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  243. Easy to like this entry as I own one of the early models. Would love to win one for my kids.

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  244. Three things in my bugout bag are:

    Water, fire starter and a blanket.
    Like your page on Facebook!

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  245. 1. Water filter
    2. Multi-tool knife
    3. Firestarter

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  246. I have already liked your facebook page.

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  247. I would add #1 would be my Bible (we all better pray)

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  248. These are my top 3: water bottle with filter, fire starter and knife/multi-tool.

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  249. I “liked” you.

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  250. A tarp, a knife, and a lighter.

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  251. 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.

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  252. Three items:
    1) Large knife or machete.
    2) Fire starter.
    3) Metal pot.

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

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  254. Love, Love, Love your site. I just found it through Urban Survival

    Lifestraw

    Fire starter

    Knife

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  255. Loaded gun, fire starter and life straw

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  256. Knife, fire starter, and water purifier!

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  257. I “Liked” your Facebook page 🙂

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  258. Already a fan on FB.

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  259. 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

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  260. Been a facebook fan for sometime.

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  261. Lighter, sarong, knife

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  262. water filter,firestarter,knife

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  263. Knife, water filter and fire starter.

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  264. Already “liked” and enjoy your FB page!

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  265. Liked on FB

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

    Yes I have liked you on FB!

    Thanks, I enjoy your articles and very helpful information.

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  267. liked on FB

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  268. Knife

    Fire starter

    Water filter

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  269. 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.

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    • I did like on Facebook.

  270. Liked on facebook

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  271. 1. Knife
    2. Water filter
    3. 3days of food

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  272. I’ve liked your page for quite awhile now.

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  273. 3 things.. water filter, lighter, knife

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  274. Just “liked” your site, 8/7/13 at ~2:55 est.

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  275. 1. Water filter w/bottle
    2. Hunting Knife
    3. Survival blanket

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  276. 1. bear grylls knife ultimate pro
    2. 3pc canteen kit
    3. 20 X 20 tarp.

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  277. I “like” your FB page! Been following for a while now. 🙂

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  278. 1. Fixed-blade knife with Firesteel
    2. Water filter/lifestraw
    3. Small Space Blanket

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  279. Liked on Facebook!

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  280. Loaded gun, water, toilet paper.

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

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  282. Liked on Facebook!!!

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    • Forgot to add that I would have a knife, water purifier, and firestarter in my bugout bag.

  283. 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. 🙂

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  284. 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.

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  285. Small portable water filter, leatherman tool, power bars.

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  286. 1. Tweezers
    2. Plastic funnel
    3. Sharp nail clippers

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  287. Cash, water filter, TP. Already liked on FB. Thanks for all you do and teach us!

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  288. fire steel
    knife
    life straw

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  289. Knife, poncho with liner, and firestarter

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  290. liked you on facebook for some time.

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  291. Knife, poncho with liner, firestarter

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  292. I’ve been a FB fan for awhile and I like this!

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  293. 1. Medicine
    2. Water Filter
    3. Lighter

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  294. 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.

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  295. Water purification device, multi tool, anD a firestarter. Wonderful blog by the way.

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  296. Liked on FB.

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  297. 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! 🙂

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  298. 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.

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  299. 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.

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  300. Also did a FB like for you. I like you even without the contest!

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  301. 1. sawyer water filter
    2. knife
    3. fire starter

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  302. Liked on Facebook.

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  303. 1. Water purifier (lifestraw) 2. Multipurpose tool 3. Firestarter. Btw.. Love your site!

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  304. 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.) 🙂

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  305. 1. Firestarter
    2. Milar blanket
    3. Hunting knife

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  306. Liked you on facebook. 🙂

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  307. lifestraw knife and paracord

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  308. 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.

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  309. Just liked you on Facebook, my answer on the three items is in another comment.

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  310. Liked on facebook.

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  311. Easy Peasy… You’re liked!

    Thank you for the great articles. Keep’em coming!

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    • 3 items in my pack; Gerber LMF II Knife, Mil-Spec Poncho, 1500ft. 550 cord.

      Cheers!

    • Ha! I miss typed; 150′ of 550 cord.

  312. 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.

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

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  314. Oooops, didn’t get the instructions right the first time! LOL! Backdoor Survival Liked on Facebook!

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  315. 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])

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  316. looks great, i liked it on face book

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  317. Like your FB page

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  318. i also liked your face book page some time ago.

    dean

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  319. Katadyn Pocket Micro Filter
    Bear Grylls Ultimate Survival Kit
    Gerber Gator Machete/Saw

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    • 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 🙂

  320. Liked on fb

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  321. Been a fan on FB for a long time – would not miss reading it daily!

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  322. 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.

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  323. 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 !!

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  324. 1. Water
    2. First Aid Kit
    3. Fire Starter

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  325. Coffee
    Matches and ready fuel
    Heavy duty container with water

    🙂

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  326. Let’s see..

    Gun
    Bullets
    Fire starter

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  327. Coffee
    Bullets
    Matches
    TP

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  328. I liked you months ago on FB!

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  329. Leatherman
    firestarter
    lifestraw

    And hopefully I’m wearing sensible shoes!!

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  330. Liked you on facebook awhile ago.

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

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  332. liked on facebook

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  333. Love your work!!!! Liked on FB.

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  334. 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.

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  335. 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!)

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  336. 1 life straw
    2 knife
    3 firestarter

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  337. Love your page and liked on Facebook

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  338. And I “liked” you on FB.

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  339. Only three things in BOB:

    good knife
    fire starter
    purifier water bottle

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  340. bonus entry…”liked” Backdoor Survival on Facebook

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  341. My 3 items would be my lifestraw, my multitool, & a tarp to make a shelter with.

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  342. I liked you on FB a long time ago.

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  343. liked on FaceBook

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  344. 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)

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  345. 1.) Water filter
    2.) Mylar “space” blanket
    3.) Knife

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  346. 1-Firearm
    2-Water bottle with built-in filter
    3-Raincoat. For protection from rain/wind and extra warmth.

    Already liked on Facebook.

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  347. Water filter, fire starter, poncho

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  348. Canteen of water. Survival Biscuits. Survival Hatchet.

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  349. Liked you on Face Book.

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  350. 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.

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  351. Knife lighter Paracord

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  352. liked on facebook

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  353. I like you on facebook.

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  354. Like you on facebook

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  355. I liked you on Facebook.

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  356. 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.)

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  357. compass. large folding lock back knife. fire starter

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  358. I like you on facebook, very much

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  359. Berkey bottle filter, fire starter, food

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  360. I “liked” you FB page a while back and enjoy all your posts. Keep them coming, thanks

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  361. Multi-tool (hatchet/hammer/shovel combo)
    Water filtering container
    protein powder

    Already like your FB page!

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  362. oops the FB like was a second entry…here it is!

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  363. 1. Lifestraw water filter
    2. flint/steel
    3. multi tool

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  364. Thank-you

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  365. fixed blade knife, SS water bottle, fire starter kit

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  366. Liked page, will look it over!

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

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  368. 1. toilet paper
    2. waterproof matches
    3. filtration straw

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  369. Knife, water bottle, tarp.

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  370. Like you on facebook! BTW, my waterbottle would be metal so I could use it to boil water.

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  371. 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

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  372. I have like your page for awhile

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  373. 3 things? A water filter straw, a good pocket knife, and ‘hubby’.

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    • Amen sista! My hubby is a given! 😉

    • LOL I aint packin hubby nowhere….he has to carry the gear 😉

  374. I have liked your page and am a fan of the rocket stoves. 3 things? a hatchet, flint,water filter.

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  375. my 3 items:
    1. Cold Steel magnum Kukri
    2. lighter
    3. Katadyn MyBottle water filter/bottle

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  376. I have liked your facebook page for quite some time. Love the links to kindle books. I now own many of them!

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  377. My bug out bag would include water purifier. good knife and fire starter.

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  378. Liked on FB

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  379. I would want my pocket New Testament, a good all purpose knife and water purification tabs.

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  380. I “LIKED” your page.
    3 things in my bug out bag:
    paratrooper water filter
    flint fire starter
    good knife

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  381. 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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  382. Love your site! I carry a Bic and Gerber tool every day, so I would have to be my Syawer filter, fire tabs, cup/pan.

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  383. multitool
    lighter
    tarp

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  384. I liked you on facebook.Thanks

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  385. EDC mini survival kit, water filter, power bar

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  386. Must have one!!!

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  387. I’d take
    a multi-tool
    a first aid kit
    water filter

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  388. I like you on FB

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  389. 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

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  390. Liked on Facebook

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  391. Water filter, homemade jerky, medications.

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  392. I liked your Facebook page and I’m happy to find it!

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  393. 3 items in bugout bag:
    – Water filter
    – Fire starter
    – Multitool

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  394. I liked you on fb.

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  395. I just “liked” you on Facebook

    Top 3 items in my Bug Out Bag are:

    LifeStraw water purification straw
    Sharp Hatchet
    First Aid Kit

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  396. 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.

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  397. 1. Knife
    2. Large clear plastic bag
    3. Fire starter

    I dont have facebook.

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  398. Water filter, fire starter and first aid

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  399. 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.

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  400. Sorry I did these together the first time, so I have liked you on FB.

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  401. I liked you on Facebook too! All you guys quit entering so I’ll have a shot at winning! LOL ♥

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  402. 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

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  403. My three Items are

    Knife
    Fire Steel
    Stainless Steel Canteen

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  404. Leatherman,
    Swedish Firesteel,
    foil blanket

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  405. I liked your fb page & I would pack 1. water filter 2. Protein bars 3. small tent

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  406. 1. Water purifying system.
    2. Multi- tool.
    3. Heavy duty black plastic bag.
    Thanks

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  407. 1. Water filter
    2. Really good knife
    3.Meds

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  408. 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.

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  409. 1. First Aid Kit
    2. Water
    3. Food

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  410. 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.

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  411. 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

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  412. 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.

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  413. water straw filter
    gun or knife
    large tarp

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  414. 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)

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  415. Liked you on facebook, have been a fan for a while. thank you for all you do.

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  416. firestarter, multipurpose knife (like swiss army type), space blanket

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  417. also liked on facebook 🙂

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  418. food
    water
    knife

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  419. 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.

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  420. I would have a good quality, fixed blade knife, water filtering system, such as the Life Straw, and a fire steel.

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  421. Lifestraw; knife; lighter

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

    Good luck everyone!

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  423. Oops forgot to say I’ve already liked you on fb.

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  424. 1. water purification
    2. multitool
    3. emergancy blanket

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  425. I would love to have this stove in case of a power outage!!!

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  426. Three things
    water filter
    weapon
    first aid kit

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  427. 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

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  428. 1. Multi-tool
    2. Space blanket
    3. Mess kit
    I carry many essentials in my pockets also.

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  429. Sog Multitool, firestarter, kelley ketle stove.

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  430. Already like your Facebook page 🙂

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  431. Liked you on fauxbook

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  432. 1. Bible
    2. A Fire Starter
    3. Big Berkey

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  433. 1. a wool blanket
    2. a fire starter kit with bush knife
    3. a water filter kit w/ steel cup

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  434. 1.Heavy duty emergency blanket
    2.First aid kit complete with meds/matches
    3.Food

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  435. I always carry a knife, space blanket and water filter straw in my car and bag.

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  436. water filter
    paracord
    knife

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    • 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!

  437. 1. Food
    2. Filter straw
    3. Solar blanket
    And I Like You On Facebook Or Anywhere
    Thanks for the opportunity.

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  438. 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

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  439. For me it would be:

    Fire Starter
    Water Filter straw
    Multitool

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  440. Water filter
    Fire starter
    Leatherman tool
    Liked on fb

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  441. 1. LIFE STRAW
    2. FIRE STARTER
    3. LEATHERMAN

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  442. I’ve liked you on Facebook for a while now! Keep up the good work!

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  443. I would want a water filter, a knife, and a lighter.

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  444. Very cool stove. Would love to start my planning with one!

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  445. water filter
    matches
    blanket

    Liked on facebook

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  446. I am very happy to have been following you on fb for sometime now.

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  447. Not only like your page–love it!
    Water filter
    leatherman
    first aide kit

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  448. 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.

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  449. 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.

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  450. I’m already been a fan on your page. 🙂

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    • Already a fan and love the free Kindle books.
      A knife
      Water Purification Tablets
      Matches and Fire starter tools.

  451. 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) 🙂

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  452. 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

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  453. 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.

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  454. Liked on FB.

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  455. Knife, fire steel, cordage.

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  456. Love you page and site; It’s my number one

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  457. I liked your page a while ago; love your page and site, one of my favorites

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  458. 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.

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  459. My survival knife, water purifier, fire starter.

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  460. My water-filtering water bottle, 100 ft of 550 paracord & socks

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  461. I’m already a fan of your Facebook page. Thanks for all the great information.

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  462. 1. Leatherman/sharp knife
    2. fire starter
    3. poncho.

    Love your articles!!

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  463. 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!!!

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  464. small Pot, Multi Use knife, Rope

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  465. cordage, Knife, Water

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  466. Paracorde, Knife, pot

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  467. metal cup, Multi tool, knife

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  468. Rope
    Knife
    Seeds

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  469. Rope
    Knife
    pot for multi use

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    • 4. Tarp

  470. Metal pot or cup
    Multi knife
    Paracord

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  471. Transportation
    Knife for multi use
    Container for water boiling or cooking

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  472. Three items:
    1. Water filter
    2. Fire starter
    3. Leatherman tool/knife

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  473. I’ve been a FB ‘liker’ for awhile now. 🙂

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  474. I “liked” the stove on your FaceBook page.
    My three items are: 1) knife 2)fire starter 30 water filter

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  475. Fire steel

    Knife

    Personal water filtering device

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  476. Rifle
    Ammo
    Good knife

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  477. Knife
    Life straw water filter
    Fire steel

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  478. I like your facebook page

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  479. 1st aid kit, water filter, bible.

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  480. 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.

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  481. fire starter, multi tool like a Leatherman, and a pot

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

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  483. 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.

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  484. I have been a fan of your facebook page

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  485. Only three things?
    OK.

    1) A BFK (big friggin knife)

    2) magnesium fire starter

    and 3) my Katadyn water filtration system

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  486. Oh, and I “liked” your Facebook page 🙂

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  487. 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

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  488. I have also liked your facebook page

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  489. Life straw,fire starter and tarp. Have like your Facebook for quite awhile now and this is first entry I’ve ever done

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  490. My BOB with only 3 items would contain:
    1) Purifying water bottle.
    2) Multitool with knife.
    3) Fire starter.

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  491. Liked your FB page. Good, useful stuff.

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  492. Liked your FB page.
    Good info

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  493. 1. Life straw
    2. Means for making fire
    3. Multi-tool

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  494. 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.

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  495. I would love to add this to my solar cooker for even more savings on my electrical bill.

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  496. 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!!

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

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  498. 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

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  499. 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

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  500. 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

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  501. Water filter, knife, bow and arrows.

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  502. liked your facebook page also

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  503. liked you on facebook

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  504. fire starter, gun, water filter

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  505. 1. water filter
    2. multi tool
    3. mylar blanket

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  506. I liked the page a couple days ago 🙂 hope I win lol 🙂

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  507. Messed up my email lol but I like the page a couple days ago

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  508. If I had only three items in my bug out bag, they would be: a small axe, a water filter, and a fire striker

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  509. My three items…

    -A knife
    -Firestarter
    -Water filter

    And, if I had the room, OF COURSE, an EcoZoom stove!

    Thanks.

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  510. I just liked your Facebook page.

    1. Bowie knife.
    2. Diamond Sharpening Stone.
    3. Bow.

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  511. 1. Lifestraw
    2. Bic
    3. Tomahawk

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  512. Will not do social tracking, but LIKE site regardless.

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  513. 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.
    🙂

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  514. 1. Lifestraw
    2. Flint
    3. multi tool

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  515. looks good. like your site

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  516. 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.

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  517. knife,magnesium firestarter,1 ltr stainless steel water container

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  518. 1 liter Stainless Steel cooking set
    Magnifying lens
    Gerber Utility knife

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  519. Love the Amazon Ebook recommendations

    1)1 liter Stainless Steel cooking set
    2)Magnifying lens
    3)Gerber Utility knife or survival hatchet.

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  520. I went to your facebook page and liked.
    I must say, I truly do LIKE the website.

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  521. water in a katedyn filter bottle, bic lighter, tarp

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  522. 1. Magnesium fire starter
    2. Lifestraw
    3. Survival knife / multi tool

    Love the FB page!

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  523. Hmmm…I’m not sure. I suppose I’d take
    A weapon
    Water purification
    Shelter

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  524. Water filter device, space blanket, lighter.

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  525. knife
    fire starter
    para cord

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  526. I follow BDS on FB

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

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  528. 1-My water purification
    2-Multi Tool
    3-Bow

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  529. Oh and Ive liked you on FB for ages!

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  530. 3 things would be water purifier, multi tool, my crossbow.

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  531. Love your fb page!

    3 things: water purifier, fire starter, and high-calorie protein bar

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  532. 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!

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  533. 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 !!

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  534. Saw this contest and review over on your FB Page which I follow, looks like a nice stove

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  535. Been a FB follower for awhile. I would take water filter, fire starter, blanket

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  536. 1. A life straw
    2. Fire starter of some sort
    3. Tarp for shelter

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  537. 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.

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    • Life Straw
      Fire Starter
      Survival Blanket

      I liked your Facebook page every since I found it and it is very informative

  538. 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.

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  539. I also like your FB page and look forward to your articles and comments.

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  540. Food, water, and first aid kit. I’d be wearing the rest.

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  541. I “liked”you on facebook!

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  542. I am a like on your page already. I look forward to trying out that great stove.

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  543. Liked you on facebook. My three items would be: water, jerky, knife.

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  544. 1. life straw 2. firestarter 3. knife I liked your FB page.

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  545. I would carry: water filter, food, and multi tool. Thank you for the chance to win!

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  546. My three things would be:
    1) water filter
    2) lighter or fire starter
    3) multi tool

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  547. I already like your Facebook page.

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  548. I have like your page 🙂

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  549. My 3 items would be, water filter, survival blanket, and fire starter. I have been a fan for awhile now.

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  550. High quality knife
    Fire starter
    Paracord

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  551. Been enjoying your FB page and posts for awhile now.

    in my bob:
    Good knife
    fire starter
    tarp

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  552. water filter, fire starter, and knife/leatherman tool.

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  553. 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.

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

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  555. 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!

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  556. 1. Knife

    2. Parachute cord

    3. Firesteel

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  557. Three things to put in my bag: Knife, Water filter & a Tarp!

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  558. Liked you site some time ago & I love it

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  559. Heck yeah I’d like a chance to win! Thanks for the opportunity!

    The 3 essential items in my bug-out bag are:
    * LifeStraw
    * Multi-tool
    * Fire Starter

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  560. PS – I already ‘Like’ you on Facebook. Only because there’s no ‘Love’ button!

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  561. Water purifier, multi-function survival tool, survival blanket

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  562. I have been following you on FB for quite a while. Thank you for sharing with us!!

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  563. Bible, Survival Cookies, Lifestraw water filter

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  564. 1) 1911A1 2) Water purifier 3) Fire steel di

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  565. 1, Knife
    2. First aid kit
    3. Water

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  566. Stainless steel wide-mouth bottle, Scrade SCHF9, paracord

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  567. I like your page!!

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    • 1) Sleeping bag
      2) folding camp stove
      3) handgun

  568. I am entering to win the EcoZoom. I just liked your fb page.

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  569. Lifestraw, firestarter and knife.

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  570. Three things I would put in my bugout bag:

    1. a mulitool

    2. Lifestraw

    3. a Hennessy Hammock

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  571. I liked your fb page. 🙂

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  572. 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.

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  573. I liked your page.. now what would I have in my bug out bag..

    a machete with paracord wrapped handle and a survival kit in handle ( fish hooks string, trap wire and a compass. If I couldn’t have one with the survival kit in the handle then a machete with paracord wrapped handle.
    //www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/zombie-hunter-3pc-kit.aspx?a=1335641

    a fire starter

    a plastic sheet ( for solar still)

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  574. Fire starter, knife, paracord.

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  575. 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!

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  576. 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.

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  577. liked BDS on FB, I’m brain-dead today, directions did specify to do a separate entry, sorry.

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  578. Lifestraw
    Mylar Blanket
    Firestarter

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  579. fire starter,mylar blanket,life straw.

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  580. 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!

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  581. have liked your page for some time.

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  582. 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!

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  583. 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.

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  584. 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

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    • We need a rocket stove!

  585. 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.

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  586. 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…

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  587. Water
    Sturdy hiking boots
    my pistol

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  588. Liked you on Facebook months ago. Love the free books.

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  589. Liked for some time now . Would have a fire starter , water filter and knife .

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  590. I have liked your page for a number of months on FB. Love the common sense info

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  591. My three things would be a water filter straw, primary knife and fire starter

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  592. 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

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  593. 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!

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  594. Sharp, utility survival knife, water treatment tablets, first aide / survival kit.

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  595. Facebook page liked.

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  596. Knife, fire starter, life straw.

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  597. already a FB fan and my 3 items would by my knife, a pot to collect and boil water, and a fire starter

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  598. Fixed blade double edge knife; water purification; fire starter

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  599. Gaye, it’s those wonderful people like Bob who make me rethink entering the giveaways. He’s in a position to really make a difference in people’s lives with that EcoZoom, and I’m so grateful that he’s won. Reading his note to you also reminds me to be grateful for the blessings in my own life.

    Congratulations to Bob, and thank you, Gaye, for working so hard to help us in so many ways!

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  600. Congrats Bob!

    Keep us informed as to how you are making out with it in Ethiopia.

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  601. Congratulations to Bob M. So glad someone won who will put it to really good use! The Lord’s hand was in that pick!

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    • I agree, Christine! The EcoZoom was developed for exactly that, and if it had come to a vote, I would have voted for Bob M.

  602. To my favorite “girly girl”. I would have loved to have won the stove and if I had, and known of what Bob was up to, I would have given it to him. It seems the person that needed it the most has won it.
    Something to think about. If Bob is familiar with people cooking over an open fire, in their home, he would have a wealth of knowledge on survival. How to purify water, how to store food, and I am assuming, how to live without refrigeration. What life is like and how do they cope. We are trying to prepare for what these people are living everyday. You may want to do an interview with Bob on life in Ethiopia. I for one, would love to hear it.

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    • John – Good idea. I just asked him so we will see what he has to say.

    • Yes, that’s a very good suggestion….excellent, I mean.

  603. Congratulations Bob!!!

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  604. Congrats Bob. I want to echo all the other sentiments here. A more deserving person would be hard to find. Godspeed and God Bless.

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  605. congratulations Bob, may God bless, and your family

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  606. Congrats on winning the EcoZoom stove Bob! We were thrilled to hear your story and find out that our stove will be put to good use in Ethiopia. If you make it down to Kenya be sure to let us know so you can say hi to our team in Nairobi working to bring our clean cookstoves to East Africa.

    Thanks to everyone who entered, we are grateful for your support!

    -EcoZoom

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  607. It’s nice to hear from the man behind the stove and what you do for others. Keep up the good work.
    This site is so neat!!! ^_^

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  608. Bob M. ?!
    Bob M. ?!
    Noooooooo!

    Heh, Hey Bob, you wanna sell it?
    I’ll give you five bucks for it.

    …No?

    Crud.
    I’ll have to buy my own I guess.

    Bob M., I do hope you post photos how you used it. Maybe show how it works in the rain?

    [I even checked my email on the 16th. !!!]

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  609. Congratulations Bob on your good luck in winning! I don’t think it could have found itself a better home than with you. Best wishes on your travel plans and I hope you come back with stories to share. Travel safely.

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  610. Bob….”you are a better man than I Gunga Din”!

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  611. 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.

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  612. 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

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  613. Thank you

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  614. Life-straw
    Multi-tool
    magnesium block

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  615. 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.

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  616. 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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  617. Thanks for all the great articles and advice. Definitely like you on Facebook. Thank again.
    Sharon

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  618. like the article thank you

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  619. We have a Volcano stove that uses biomass, charcoal and propane and a Weber charcoal grill. Our kitchen stove is a gas stove, so as long as the gas is still flowing, we can cook in the house too.

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  620. We have a two burner butane camp stove and a quantity of fuel (that won’t last forever).

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  621. We have a gas grill with extra propane tanks, a camp stove with lots of stored propane for that, and dutch ovens to use over a campfire if necessary. Love to camp and practice outdoor cooking!

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  622. I have multiple options – gas cooktop, grill, camp stove, fire pit. Plus several cast iron pans so they can go right in the fire.

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  623. I have looked at these stoves thinking what a nice way to cook in the summer as well s for camping and emergencies.

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  624. have some blocks for a rocket stove, but this Eco Zoom would be so much more efficient

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  625. I live in Charleston, which is always loosing power to hurricane winds. We have a generator, and a gas grill.

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  626. I’m just now searching information on substitute, emergency cooking. It gets confusing.

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  627. Bar b q pit only

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  628. Ive never used a rocket stove. But it looks like fun.

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  629. Right now I just have a combo grill and a couple burners but nothing yet.

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  630. I have a fire pit and a small woodlot.

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  631. I currently use a wood fired cookstove. Thanks for another great post.

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  632. We heat in the winter with a woodstove that has been pressed into service during power failures. Also, we have another woodstove in the garage that was going to be used for heating but propane has replaced that need. So that stove is not connected and can also be used by moving it outside and firing it up with wood stored year round. Aside from that, I have multiple camping stoves that use butane canister fuel and a Volcano stove that can use wood, charcoal or propane to cook with. There is a five burner grill that sits on the porch and gets a fair amount of use in fair weather! And I’m not opposed to using the fire pit in the backyard. I’m fortunate to live in an area where fire pits are allowed most of the year. I would like to supplement with solar cooking and will be doing more research on that in the future. Its hard to beat the convenience of electric appliances however, lol

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  633. Coleman stove, gas grill, dutch oven and solar oven.

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  634. In the immediate time frame I’ll use my grill and camping stove. Once the gas is gone I’ll assemble a small campfire and wood fired oven. The wood fired oven is easy to make, and materials are readily available around neighborhood. I also have small backpacking stoves to utilize in the short term until the fuel is used up.

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  635. using a wood stove in the house or using a propane grill outside

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  636. We’ve got a 2 burner camp stove and portable grill will a supply of propane, a fire pit Inn the back yard and everything cast iron you can think of. We need to prep more….

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  637. We have a solar oven and a grill for cooking over a campfire.

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  638. I have a Coleman 2 burner white gas stove as well as a propane stove/grill.

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  639. I have a one burner butane stove,but will eventually run out of fuel; and a cinder block rocket stove, but portability is an issue. Would love to have a EcoZoom rocket stove! Portable and never without biomass!

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  640. unable to respond to ?–i have propane tanks , up to 50 lbs. with several converters to refill canisters for small stoves , up to grills. many cases of gel/chafing dish fuel. 300 lbs of charcoal and lighter. solar oven and emergency solar cooker, wood fired outdoor pit with grill

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  641. I have a hearthstone stove for heating my home, but it can function as a cookstove. I also have camping stove and grill and at least a years worth of propane. I am building a firepit which will have a fitted grill over it as well.

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  642. I also have a similar stove. In addition Use propane camp stove and
    propane large single burner stove. Smoker and BBQ grill. We are set!!!

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  643. I’m love to learn all the different ways that you can cook off the grid and this is a good one

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  644. I have a Volcano stove, several Esbit stoves (one in each GH and BO bags), a classic Coleman propane stove, a butane single burner and lots of stored fuel – briquettes, pine cones, sold fuel squares, propane canisters (large and small), butane canisters, and several other firestarters. And thousands of matches along with several flints.

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  645. Propane grill, charcoal grill and a solar oven

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  646. Wood, charcoal for one, have propane, and blocks for a rocket stove if needed. Would love to have this stove. It looks awesome. Thanks.

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  647. At this time we have a gas grill, charcoal grill, a woodstove (with cooktop) and a homemade rocketstove.

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  648. I use a small rocket stove, supplemented with a Coleman stove powered by butane.

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  649. I will rely on our solar oven plus vintage Dutch oven with biomass.

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  650. Sun oven, butane stovetop, 2 propane ranges, wood stove, and fireplace. Would love to have one of these efficient rocket stoves!

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  651. Sunovens
    Fire pit
    Grill
    Rocket stove
    Camp stove

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  652. I have been seriously thinking about alternative cooking methods. We live on a farm in the mountains with plenty of pine cones and tinder. With all that has happened in the last week with cyber incidents preparedness has been pushed to the front burner. This would be ideal to have available and use until your permanent plan is put in use and functional. Thanks for all you do in providing us with info on alternatives.

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  653. Right now I have a Coleman stove, gas grill and a wood stove. I do not have anywhere enough propane. Would love a solar option.

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  654. By traditional I believe you mean other than the stove, crock pots, or microwaves. I have my wood burning fireplace with cook grill, a kettle grill(aka charcoal grill) and the propane grill. I can also make a Dakota hole in the back yard. Need to practice that more.
    Thank you for all you do First floor laundry and DH’s shed projects start today. Can’t wait till I have more room to prep

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  655. I like Rocket stoves. Portable is good too.

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  656. I have propane for a Coleman 2 burner stove and a portable butane rocket stove in my BOB.

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  657. We have several options including a gas BBQ, a camp stove (with stored fuel), a fire pit, plus my favorite, a soda can stove that I’ve used for years while backpacking. I’ve made many of these stoves and given them to family and friends.

    Thanks again Gaye for all your excellent posts.

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  658. I have fire bricks I can stack to make a kind of rocket stove. I also have many types of grates to cook over wood firs and propane stoves.

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  659. Sun oven, propane stove, and volcano

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  660. We heat with a wood stove that can be used for cooking indoors, which is OK in cold weather, but sucks in the summertime. I am building another larger earth oven for cooking outside (I built a small “test-oven” last year and was pleased with the results), and have a home-made portable rocket stove we use for camping and picnics.
    I live in the southwest USA and outdoor burning is usually banned during “forest fire season”, which is right now & has been since Feb. of this year due to drought.
    Earth ovens are sweet. One small fire in it to heat it up, and I can cook in it all day long without adding more heat. There is a learning curve as to how long to cook things. I can bake a 20″ pizza in 5 min right after I clean the ashes out of the oven. Then loaves of bread to bake in @15 min. I put a pizza stone on top of the fire bricks to keep the pizza and breads cleaner. The last thing I cook is a pot of beans. These will slow cook to tenderness in a few hours as the oven slowly cools off. I can do a weeks worth of baking in a few hours.

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  661. I have a Sun Oven, a Kelly Kettle, and of course the standard propane & briquette grills (BBQ & camp). Living in AZ I know I can count on lots of sun and plenty of dry organic material to burn. I really do want to add a rocket stove to my list, though… especially since you can burn with so little smoke (which you really don’t want your neighbors to see if things get crazy).

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  662. We have a magnesium fire starter, but other than that, nothing unfortunately.

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  663. For short-term, a propane grill and cook top. For longer term, a fire pit cook set.

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  664. I have a no-name rocket stove

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  665. This product looks perfect. I have a propane bbq and coleman stove ,would like a solar oven and something like this rocket stove.

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  666. We’ve got a camp stove and a tiny little biomass backpacking stove (Solo), but I’d really like to build a brick rocket out in the yard.

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  667. I like the rocket stove because it uses a small amount of fuel, which can be found most places. I would love to get one. We just use an outdoor grill.

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  668. I have about 80 lbs of charcoal and a camping stove. I do not believe this is enough, and believe I need to have more options.

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  669. I have a pocket stove, small grill and have a gas stove. If the gas is still on I can cook in the house,but can cook outside with the grill and pocket stove if necessary.

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  670. Grid down cooking? Natural gas stove top (if natural gas is still flowing), a propane grill, a propane camping stove, a SunOven, a bunch of those cloudy day fuel disks with matching cube stove, a small charcoal grill, a Kelly Kettle, two Esbit camping stoves, two Sterno stoves, and a selection of small rocket stoves. I also have bricks to create a safe campfire area on the property, if for some reason I need more than the above (which I can use with my cast iron cookware.)

    Sure, it’s way overkill, but you can never tell how long an event might last and fire is good for more than just cooking…sanitation, pasteurizing water to drink, or just some hot beverages on a cold night. Also, the Sterno stoves can be used indoors in case we’re hunkering down during extreme weather or sheltering in place to reduce radiological exposure.

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  671. I have a propane barbecue and a solar oven. This rocket stove seems like a good idea because you can use sticks and twigs to keep it going.

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  672. I have a 3 burner camp stove and a weber.
    Floyd

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  673. I currently have a wood stove in my house, 3 Coleman stoves, two BBQ grills and a wood cookstove which is at my hunting cabin.

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  674. At home, for family cooking, we have a Coleman two-burner propane camp stove with enough individual pressurized bottles for 1-month of cooking and also an attachment for the larger propane tank from the gas grill. I’m in the process of purchasing the 30GAL propane tank as well. We also buy charcoal on sale and store it in used 5GAL buckets from construction sites to keep it dry. We stock pile wood as we have a fire place and fire pit. Wood in my area is very expensive to buy, so we look for “haul it off free” listings and I cut it up to fit. I’m considering the purchase of a few hydroheat cookers, especially for my office/work. My wife is very interested in the solar oven concept as well, for obvious reasons.

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  675. We have a propane grill and sun oven.

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  676. At the moment I have a Coleman stove, very old and uses canned fuel. Biomass is a much better idea as it won’t run out and isn’t expensive.

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  677. I’m just starting soooo…it would be really nice if I won it!

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  678. We have a SolSource solar cooker which we are experimenting with.

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  679. I have 3 butane single burner stoves with 3 cases of canned butane, a single burner bio-mass stove, an in house oil stove that I can boil water for freeze dried foods or warm soups etc. As I live in the mountains in a very small saw mill town I have access to plenty of fuel for outdoor fires.

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  680. Still thinking about a stove like this . . . else, the barbeque I guess!

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  681. I have a butane camp stove with fuel. Lots of options to build a fire.

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  682. Looks good for home/cabin use but a little to large to be lugging about when hiking. Still I would get it for alternate cooking.

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  683. We have a camping stove. Uses liquid fuel.

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  684. We have a fire pit and fire bricks for a rocket stove

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  685. I have a gas stove in my apartment and a portable stove is still on my wish list. I was into raw foods for a while and you’d be surprised what you can eat without much cooking. Yep I’m one of those nuts, seeds and plant persons! I’m not prepping for a whole family so that helps too.

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  686. coal/wood stove that could possibly used for cooking, and an Egg we can use wood chunks in.

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  687. We have a fireplace (but, blush, no wood). I have a really nice little white gas stove, but I need to buy the gas for it.

    So, I guess the short answer is, I’ll be stuck eating cold food out of cans. (I have a LOT of cans.)

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  688. Fire pit & a large evergreen out front. Not sure how long it will last but it has be giving me wood for 10yrs so far.

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  689. We have a few options, i.e, volcano stove, solo pot, kelly kettle, coleman cook stove, etc. I think the EcoZoom Versa is another great option and I have always wnated one.

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  690. I have a sun oven and a charcoal BBQ. This would be a great addition.

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  691. My son has a wood burning stove and a smoker he made from an old propane tank. We have a propane stove and I can build a campfire with ease. Having said all of that I would like to win this stove too. Redundancy is a good thing.

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  692. I have a egg-like grill I am practicing on cooking a variety of foods (not just burgers or steaks).

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  693. For the time being it’s just going to have to be a regular old campfire. Have to save $ in order to splurge for something more fancy.

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  694. camping stove and bbq grill.

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  695. at this time of year i use wood and charcoal in grill. i like the flavor of wood more.

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  696. I have a charcoal grill, a Kelly Kettle and a butane single burner stove. Thanks for the opportunity to win the EcoZoom Versa. It’s been on my wish list. Good luck everyone.

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  697. So far all I have is a propane burner that can hold a big pot. I have some pruned wood stored up but am still wishing for the rocket stove. As a person who is unable to work it’s very hard to afford stuff.

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  698. I have many options. Indoors the propane cookstove will work as long as we have propane and we also have a woodstove with a cookplate insert that is perfect for simmering stews, etc. but we generally don’t run the woodstove hot enough to boil water in any reasonable timeframe. Outdoors options start with the charcoal barbeque, solo stove, and Kelly kettle, not to mention the propane campstove and a large propane burner that I bought to heat water to use when plucking chickens. I’m sure I could come up with something else if all of those won’t do. And I don’t have any worries about running out of matches or lighters because my trusty FireSteel will keep working for many thousands of fires.

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  699. Open fire with dutch ovens, solar oven, propane stove and propane grill as well as charcoal grill.

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  700. We have a camp stove.

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  701. I have a brick rocket stove I made as well as a folding little camp stove that uses biomass. I have a gas grill too. I save all fallen twigs and bark in my area for possible cooking needs.

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  702. We have a Commercial Gas grill, Solo stove, Rocket stove made with cinder blocks and bricks, a propane gas 2 burner cook top with griddle for pancakes etc. Coleman propane camping stove… I think we have it covered, but would like to win this one and add it to the prep, it looks pretty neat and efficient… Thanks Gaye

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  703. Have individual pack cook sets, but would love to have this for larger group circumstances. And agai thanks for all the information you pass along.

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  704. I have fire pit, fireplace and a couple buddy burners

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  705. I have a dual-fuel stove/grill, and a solar reflector cooker. I have a homemade rocket stove but it can’t hold a candle to one of these eco zoom wonders. Sure would like to have one!

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  706. Have obtained no cooking method yet. I like the looks of this EcoZoom because it is compact, has a carry sack, but has a roomy combustion chamber with easy access for adding more fuel. The top of the unit looks big enough to hold a Dutch Oven for a family size stew. Many compact cookers appear to be well designed but lack the size to deal with family size food cooking.

    I like the photos and well written article posted with this e-newsletter from Gaye which features the EcoZoom Versa. I enjoy having a wide range of beneficial articles to read on this site. Keep up the good work!

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  707. Propane camp stove, small charcoal burner and home made rocket stove

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  708. I gave away my butane camp stove because of the potential dangers of storing liquid fuel at home. instead, I have a Volcano stove (biomass with charcoal backup) and Lodge Dutch Oven and cast iron frypan to use off grid at home, and several Esbit and similar folding stoves in various emergency kits. My Trek 700 ml cook mug in my main bugout bag holds a cheap knockoff of the smallest Solo stove, together with a lighter, storm proof matches, fire steel, 2 envelopes of instant oatmeal, bouillon, tea and instant coffee. For those times when cooking outside is not possible, I have a few Barocook mugs and pots to boil water for soup, oatmeal and mountain House meals. I would love to add the larger rocket stove!

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  709. That picture – the cooking process near completion – looks so good that I would love to try that, even though I am not a good cook, you made it look easy! Thanks.

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  710. 96 intense fire starters, flint, char cloth, lighters, waterproof matches, Whisperlight any fuel backpacking stove, 2 cans fuel, iron skillets, grill, firepit, firewood, backpacking cookware, etc.

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  711. I’m afraid I am very far behind in this one! We have a kerosun heater and can boil water on it. I also bought a kettle that can heat water over a campfire. But.. if we run out of kerosene or can’t build a campfire, we are stuck. If it isn’t basically a boil and serve meal, we are out of luck..at the best. This is something we need to address this year. Thanks for the information.

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  712. I’d like to build an outdoor oven but right now I have a camping stove and a grill.

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  713. We have a Coleman camp stove.

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  714. I have an EcoZoom but I stashed it with my preps. After reading yours and other reviews, I think I can use it fine when the time comes. Considering fuel requirements for other types of stoves, propane, charcoal, etc. this just seems the best bet. I think even a short time here grid down, none of those fuels would be available. I have lots of trees.

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  715. Just bought a solo stove. This one looks good as well. Can’t have too many stoves.

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  716. Wood stove, Propane camp stove and a Firebox for travel/emergencies.

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  717. This rock stove looks great. Wondering if it has the capacity to heat a small room? Or is it just for cooking?

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    • It is for outdoor use only.

  718. I only have a charcoal grill and sterno for off-grid cooking.

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  719. Coleman camping stove

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  720. I am not very well prepared in this area. I have a very, very old charcoal grill…I need to look for a new one. I suppose I could use the grill with some bricks…maybe dig a hole if I needed to. And, I have an indoor fireplace. That is it right now.

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  721. I use a small folding pocket stove and a metal bucket about 2 1/2 feet diameter in which I bolted angle brackets inside the rim for a grill that I found; these two get used the most for both cooking and staying warm. I have plenty of biomass fuel since my 4 foot diameter tree fell. I had to get permission from the city code enforcement people to keep my own fallen tree (hint: it has aesthetic appeal). I also have a good amount of charcoal.The chimney charcoal starter works great for when I’m limited on time. I use matches and lighters to start my fires and have magnesium, propane, butane, fuel tabs, oil, cardboard/wax cat food cans, and an old eye glass piece for backup. Last week I made my first batch of char cloth. I also have a propane camp stove, a butane camp stove, and a single electric burner that I use infrequently. Other than all that, I have a fold-up stainless steel grill, a regular BBQ pit, and a very old small wood burning stove that I’m itching to try out next winter, or possibly sooner.

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  722. A few years ago we set up a natural gas line to a new grill that is set up just for natural gas. Have a small table top propane grill and a table top Weber charcoal grill with extra supplies. Purchased a camping cooking grate with legs for our indoor fireplace for winter use. There is family that is moving and can’t take their large propane grill so we now have that one to use with 3 tanks. Written instructions and most of the materials to make a solar oven and rocket stove. Fire pit is another item on our to do list for alternative cooking. Gathering supplies to build that now. Also, to cook indoors we have purchased 2 butane burners like you see used at food sample displays in grocery stores, Sam’s Club or Costco along with extra fuel. For our bug out bags we each have a folding stove and fuel to heat a tin cup of something. The EcoZoom would be a great addition. I have tons of biomass between all the trees and pine cones in the neighborhood.

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  723. Both of our table top propane and charcoal grills we picked up for $10.00 each at end of season clearance, believe it or not at our local Krogers. Watch for sales and clearance at end of season and look in the most unusual places for great deals.

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    • Yeah, I got 9 cans of Coleman camping fuel (white gas) at my local supermarket at 80% off their prices (made it half the price Walmart was charging) at the end of last summer. And I regularly get barbecue gear like disposable grilling pans for 75% off at the end of the season too. I probably have 5+ years worth of that stuff, but every year I’ll clear the shelf at the supermarket when it hits the 75% discount level.

      So, everyone should check their supermarkets at the end of the summer for clearance deals, but make sure you know what price you can get things online first since some 50% clearance prices still don’t make it to online discounter prices….

  724. I don’t yet have a way to cook should the grid go down. I am just starting to prep.

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  725. I have a little rocket stove, propane camp grill and gas fireplace. This stove looks neat!

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  726. I have a sun oven, a charcoal grill, a camp stove, a gas grill and I am building a rocket stove in the backyard.

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  727. I have a gas grill, Charcoal smoker grill, Natural gas stove with pilot lights(works when the power is out), camping stove, folding Sterno stove, grate for camp fire cooking. I think something like the rocket stove would be a great addition.

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  728. Oh my. I could write a book. I have a fire pit in my back yard with a tripod over it. I have a 500 gallon propane tank hooked to my ventless fireplace in the living room for heat. It is also hooked to my kitchen stove as well as the stove in the basement I use for canning. I have fire bricks and blocks for building a rocket stove. I have a thick wall 6 inch steel pipe at my grandson’s (but he has now found out about girls, so my project is on the back burner) to cut at a 45 degree angle and then rewelded to make a super-dooper rocket stove. I have a Texas gas cross country high pressure gas line going across my property with a tap. I have a 2 meter satellite dish with reflective mirror tape applied to use for solar cooking. A large variety of Coleman stoves and lanterns with attachments on top in which to cook . I also have all the material to build a thermal mass rocket heater in the basement. I’m just getting to lazy. My wife says to build it or get rid of all that mess on the driveway.

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  729. Let’s see …… Weber charcoal grill, Hibatchi, Kelly Kettle, rocket stove, Volcano stove, 2 lanterns that have a plate on top to warm food, 2 alcohol stoves, 2 esbit stoves, a propane camp stove with oven, a reflector type oven and a propane burner, commonly used for canning. The wood stove in my new house cannot be used for cooking. It is walled in – basically looks like an insert. But for a truly long term incident, I have a small box wood stove and all of the stovepipe and accessories for installation to be able to use it as a second heat source and to cook on.

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    • Oh and a sun oven.

  730. Propane stove, charcoal grill, fire pit with grill grate. Working on a home made rocket stove.

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  731. I have two sun ovens but the sun being out is not something I can count on. I want a back up on a cloudy day.

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  732. Small propane camp stove, charcoal grill/smoker…..

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  733. Right now, just a grill with extra propane. Plan to gradually get a few cast iron pots/pans and other camping gear to make things easier.

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  734. I have a rocket styled stove I made from concrete blocks to use at home and an Emberlite for traveling

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  735. Wood stove & several camp stoves

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  736. I have a gas grill, extra propane tanks, charcoal grill, a stockpile of charcoal and a fire pit.

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  737. I have a small custom built rocket stove I got from a guy who builds them in his home shop off eBay as well as a portable grill/smoking attachments for a Dutch oven made by Campmaid.

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    • Oh almost forgot – I keep two propane tanks full along with a propane Weber clam shell BBQ along with a Weber charcoal smoke roaster (used for smoking the Thanksgiving turkey) along with one of the Little Chief box type smokers. Grilling and smoke roasting are at the top of my list obviously. In the bug out bag a very small butane stove that most would use for longer distance hiking/camping.

  738. We have a propane powered camp stove and oven, and several extra propane tanks. We also have a grill that is able to cook using propane, charcoal, or wood.

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  739. Gas grill, charcoal grill, fire pit and a lot of nonperishables that do not require cooking, too.

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  740. We have a Butane stove, water stored and plenty of ThriveLIfe food along with other items.

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  741. This EcoZoom Versa Rocket Stove
    from EarthEasy.com would be great to have if the Grid were to go down!

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  742. Right now we would only have our gas grill if we were out of power for any length of time.

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  743. We will be using a wood cookstove or grill outside.

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  744. Our stove is gas, so long as the gas flows we can cook inside. We have a Weber propane grill with several extra tanks. We’ll be hurting if we need to cook long term though.

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  745. Volcano Stove, Solo Stove, 3 solar ovens (a new and a used Sun Oven, and a Sunflair), thermal cooker, several small backpacking stoves, large Thermos bottle, and a butane stove.

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  746. We’ve got a fire pit, so I’m looking to add some more efficient methods of cooking!

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  747. I have a fondue pot that I’ve used in the past for survival, as well as portable grills & charcoal, and I could make a rocket stove if I have to. I’d love to win this one though…it’s awesome!

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  748. At present I don’t have an alternative cooking source. I happen to live in an apartment, have back-up food, water and lighting. I have looked for something but have not decided on anything yet, I appreciate your posts and your reviews, thank you.

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  749. I have a solar oven and a Cobb oven.

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  750. We have an outdoor gas grill and a 2 burner Coleman camp stove. We’re currently looking into getting something else or building a rocket stove. Would love to have the EcoZoom

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  751. We have a wood fireplace and Coleman cookers with extra fuel.

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  752. Cooking in a grid down, we are working on a Volcano stove, propane stove/oven, sun oven and hopefully a new Rocket Stove.

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  753. Bbq grill and a fire pit

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  754. We have a wood stove. We also have a grill. This summer I plan on building an outdoor bread oven. A simple campfire is also an option, as we live in a very rural area.

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  755. Good question. We have a few grill options, including two camping stoves. Seems like this needs to be thought out better.

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  756. We have a gas grill and a Solo stove.

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  757. Currently have a fire pit and a charcoal grill. In the process of searching an efficent portable method to cook with.

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  758. We have a gas grill and a fire pit. Everyone in the family has a portable stove with plenty of fuel tablets in our bug-out bags and we are making a cinder block rocket stove to try.

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  759. We have a outdoor fire pit, a charcoal smoker and grill, a coleman stove with a quantity of propane and a cast iron wood stove on which top we use like a cooktop. Our cooktop and oven are both propane. We have a large tank and have it filled every month except for 3 months in the summer. Both can be lit manually.

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  760. We have a camp stove with bottled gas, a regular size gas grill, a small table top charcoal grill and a home made rocket stove.

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  761. We own a propane grill and 2 charcoal grills, but are trying to add other ways.

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  762. Have a homemade metal rocket stove, which I built in my early days of prepping. It needs some more work. Also am building a solar oven (from plans I got online) and am going to use two dish antennas to build a solar heater. Where I live, we get over 320 days of sunshine per year, so solar is another good option.

    I like the two door concept of the Versa stove as it would provide a better way to control the heat. Plus the price is lower than I expected after seeing it.

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  763. I use one of my MANY Coleman stoves. GAS COLEMAN FUEL Or PROPANE
    But the light of my Coleman or Dietz lantern

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  764. I’m currently experimenting with sun ovens but looking for alternates when that isn’t available. Also, sun ovens are quite small when cooking for a large family. 🙂

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  765. Multiple small fuel-cube stoves that would fit in backpacks (along with a stash of fuel cubes), a single-burner propane stove with extra fuel canisters, mini alcohol-fuel stoves (soda can burners) and stands for holding cooking pots, fuel cans for the alcohol stoves, two sizes of cast iron dutch ovens and lots of cast iron pans, several bags of charcoal & a chimney starter, a gas grill, & scads of matches and fire starters.

    Still interested in at least one solar cooking option as well as some version of rocket stove.

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  766. As long as the gas still flows to my stove, cooking indoors is my first preference. I have several Scripto long-reach butane lighters which I prefer to Bics, although I also have several packs of disposable Bic-type lighters squirreled away, because fire is fire, as long as you have a source. I also have a fire steel (thanks Gaye, for the suggestion), plus dryer lint from cotton clothes (watch that from synthetics as it will likely burn with a black smoke, although it still catches well), pine cones from the neighbors’ tree, and the ability to start and maintain an outdoor cooking fire, if needed.

    We also have an outdoor gas grill with two butane tanks; the grill has a side burner that can be used separately. I have a Lodge Dutch Oven, plus a grilling pan. I would like to buy some smaller pans as I find them at yard sales or thrift stores.

    I have instructions from the internet for building a small solar cooker, plus the materials to do so. I have been on the lookout for a small camping stove but have yet to procure one; thanks for the tip about keeping an eye on the grocery stores at end-of-season.

    I also bought a 12 volt food heater that can be run off the outlet in the car, along with a 12 volt extension cord so I can run it into the house, as needed or desirable. No idea how well it will work, although it’s supposed to be rated for heating frozen meals on-the-go.

    I try to avoid food that needs boiling water to prepare as it just doesn’t seem energy efficient. I have dehydrated food that should only need warm water to rehydrate, then can be heated to eating temperature with one of the above methods. I also have food that could be eaten straight out of the can, as necessary, but I know a warm meal does much to mitigate stress in an emergency.

    Building a backyard bread oven is on the to-do-someday list.

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  767. Other than a propane and charcoal grill not a darn thing but a rocket stove is on my bucket list. I like that it takes such a small amount of fuel to cook with it.

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  768. Coleman camp stove. We also have a small kettle-type Barbecue Grill. I’ve been wanting to make my own rocket stove for a long time but I’ve yet to get it done.

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  769. We have a gas stove, a large propane grill with a burner, a Big Easy, a charcoal BBQ pit, a Sun Oven, a solar kettle/thermos, a biomass burner, a collapsible unit that is heated with tea light candles, paraffin and dryer lint fire starters, and cast iron pans and griddle.

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  770. Solar oven
    4 containers of propane
    Small wood stove

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  771. Multiple alternative cooking method. Natural gas might last a bit longer than the electrical grid. Propane. Charcoal. Open fire/ We do not currently have a rocket stove set up, so this would be great to win. But have the knowledge to create our own if need be. Knowledge, ppl!

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  772. Several…

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  773. We have gas and charcoal grills; a fire pit; wood fireplace and propane containers.

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  774. As of right now it would be with a propane grill

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  775. Have propane for grill and camp stove plus smalll backpacker stove and fuel., several ways to start fire.

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  776. Propane grill and camp stove, homemade rocket stove, camp fire, and charcoal grill.

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  777. Right now we have a charcoal grill and a fire pit.

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  778. Outdoor grill

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