I wouldn’t go as far as to say the guys over at ‘Practical Primitive’ invented the uber match (although I could be wrong!), but their version is excellent. It is very cheap to make, all you need is some strike anywhere matches, cotton balls and some candle wax. Put it all together and you get […]
Get-Home Bag: Why It’s D...
Everyone knows what a bug-out-bag is, or at least everyone who visits our website and follows us on Facebook does. What’s the biggest problem with a bug-out-bag? The biggest problem is that it is usually not there when you need it… Most people store their bug-out-bag at home within easy access for running out the […]Read this article
DIY Plant Pot Smoker: Very Che...
Simply put – if you have never tried smoking foods at home, you have to give this a try! Not only is smoking food a great way to preserve it, it also imparts an amazing taste and aroma to the food. Even if you have no interest in preserving food, you should still give this […]Read this article
Excellent DIY Lightweight Tin ...
Oh man, we’ve featured loads and loads of DIY stoves on K.W.N; everything from tiny soda can alcohol stoves, to larger tin can/brick rocket stoves, right the way through to larger DIY thermal mass stoves to heat your entire home… Sometimes (in fact often) simplest is best and that is what I love about this […]Read this article
2 Different Ways To Start A Fi...
You cannot know too many different techniques for starting fire. You just don’t know what dire situation you might find yourself in one day, and you just don’t know what resources you’ll have with you… Matches get wet, lighters get broken, and pretty much every other gadget/device for creating fire can be forgotten and left […]Read this article
An Even Easier Way To Remove S...
A few weeks back we did a post on K.W.N called: How to remove skin tags with apple cider vinegar. That post went absolutely crazy, and when I say crazy I mean it got well over a million visitors… The ACV method works, I have tried it, I know it works; however, I have now […]Read this article
I read somewhere the other day the frugal living was going to be the new ‘in’ trendy thing for 2014. It’s nice for some to be able to play at having to live frugally, but for many of us, it is simply a way of life, not a trendy lifestyle choice… Anyway, regardless of whether […]
How awesome does that look? This solar light pathway is made with glass blocks and solar powered LED lights. In the tutorial below, most of the items used were purchased, but I think you could pick up almost everything required for free if you ask around… For example when we moved into our house, the […]
I would love to have my own beehive and make our own honey, but unfortunately it is just not feasible where we currently live. My wife’s grandmother kept bees and she has very fond childhood memories of her grandmother tending the bees, and of course, LOTS of honey! Other than the taste, nutritional content and […]
We have done loads of rocket stove posts, everything from small can rocket stoves, through to huge steel drum rockets stoves (use the site search: rocket stove). Rockets stoves are genius in that they are very simple to build, often with materials that are freely available, and they are super efficient stoves that, due to […]
A few weeks back, after a request, we featured a post: How To Get Rid Of Moles With Apple Cider Vinegar. I wasn’t sure how this would be received on K.W.N as it is kind of off-topic, but there was a huge interest in the post and many folks asked if you could use the same/similar […]
What do you get if you combine a paint tin, a toilet roll, a box of matches and some rubbing alcohol? A simple, but very effective, DIY emergency heater/cooker that can be stored indefinitely until required… These DIY paint tin emergency heaters are cheap to make, costing around $5-6 and they can be recharged/used by […]
The old saying – Mother knows best rings true! The problem is I think sometimes Mother and Grandmother saved some of the best cooking and kitchen tips to themselves, just to ensure that their meals always turned out just that little bit better than yours… You know what I mean; your Sunday roast is nice, […]
Last week we posted a video about vertical gardening using old plastic barrels. You effectively cut slots into the sides of the barrels (for planting the plants) and put a length of drain pipe down the center for adding compostable food waste, which is then broken down, and feeds the plants. The method details below […]
What did we used to call ‘life hacks’ before someone coined the phrase ‘life hack’? I like the term ‘life hack’ and most of us know where we are with that… It’s a little tip or non-standard technique which gets the job done either faster or easier. The selection of life hacks below is awesome! […]
We have posted previous about free DIY interior wood flooring made from recycled pallets. It was a very popular post, so when I stumbled across this awesome DIY pallet decking, I knew it would go down well too… The thing I love the most about this DIY project is that the entire decking, including the framework […]
When we did the post about how to open a can without any tools whatsoever, it went crazy on our Facebook page, with 1000s of likes and shares! Now whilst that method required no tools, it did require a rough surface such as some concrete or a large flat stone etc… The method demonstrated in […]
Every year Americans spend over 50 billion dollars on their pets, with around half of this money spent on vets and simple over-the-counter treatments… It is shocking how much pets can cost when you add up all the food and medical bills (not to mention damage to the home/clothes!) I really wish more people would […]
Soapstone is an incredibly dense stone that is great for absorbing, storing and radiating heat back. It can be warmed up in the fire/oven and unlike a hot water bottle etc, it will radiate heat back and keep you warm for most of the night. Unlike many rocks that hold moisture that can be dangerous […]