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artificial firelog vs wood

Artificial Firelogs vs. Wood: A Head to Head Comparison

If you have a fireplace or fire pit, you want to make the most informed decisions about what to burn in it. Traditionally, of...
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Mountain Man Medical Reviews: Basecamp & Tracker Trauma Kits

Several years ago, a couple of buddies and I spent a week in the Alaskan wilderness hunting caribou. We were dropped off via floatplane...
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Best Fire Logs of 2022 (Hands-on Review, Bought and Tested)

I wasn't planning on doing a piece on the best fire logs. Then there I was at my local grocery store when I happened...
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Bear Scat: What Bear Poop Looks Like and More Crappy Facts

Anyone who spends time in nature knows that finding animal poop on or near a trail is more than just a gross inconvenience. Poop...
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How To Use Pepper Spray On Animals To Fend Off Attacks

You may think of dangerous animals as something that lurks in the woods or on backcountry trails. However, the reality is not quite so...
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How To Use Bear Spray Properly to Survive a Bear Attack

Whether you love to hike or can't wait for hunting season, to enjoy the outdoors safely, you need to come prepared. In bear country,...
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How To Pack a Cooler Properly (Drinks, Camping, Day Trips, Meat)

Improperly packing a cooler can lead to consequences that range from merely inconvenient to dangerous. Warm drinks or soggy bread are a bummer and...
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How to Properly Clean and Maintain a Cooler (Even Stains and...

There are many ways to use a cooler. Some ways even involve raw fish or wild game meat. Whatever its primary use, you need...
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Platypus GravityWorks Water Filtration System Review [2022]

A fundamental necessity of any backpacker’s gear cache is a water filter. Anyone spending more than a day or so in the field runs...
Axe Safety and Maintenance

A Guide to Axe Safety and Maintenance

Felling a tree, splitting firewood, pounding wedges, removing limbs - the uses for an axe are countless. During my time as a logger and trail...
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