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When does camping season really come to an end? Is it the moment the nights get colder than 50 degrees or is it even before that?
For most people the camping season comes to an end when you realize your gear is outclassed and your ability to deal with the cold has reach a tipping point. Once camping is no longer an enjoyable experience, most people pack up the tent for warmer days to come.
Of course, you can affect that finish date if you are willing to upgrade your gear. There are winter tents and low temperature sleeping bags that all make a difference. Beyond that there is one thing that makes all the difference in cold weather camping and that is a portable wood stove.
This allows you to bring radiant heat into a tent and from there the camping season can last forever.
Buying a Portable Wood Stove
There are many things to consider if you are going to buy a portable wood stove. The first is the tent you are going to use it with. You can’t just throw a portable wood stove in the Coleman 4 man tent and run the flue up through the material, it will melt. So, you need the right kind of canvas tent that is prepped for a portable wood stove.
These stoves range in price and can be had for the mid $200s to over $500. What you are looking for is a collapsible or takedown wood stove that will be lightweight and easy to pack in and out. This will give you the freedom to go camping in almost any weather.
You also need to be sure that you have the tools to cut and process the wood for your stove. Just because you bring a portable wood stove, doesn’t mean you are going to have a pile of perfectly shaped fuel waiting to be thrown into that stove. Axes and folding saws are going to be a must.
If you are truly a relentless survival force, you might want to consider the portable wood stove.
Bonus: How to Make Pemmican, the Original Survival Food
Invented by the natives of North America pemmican was used by Indian scouts as well as early western explorers.
Native Americans spent a great deal of time on the go and depended on having portable, high-energy, highly nutritious, and filling foods that would last for long periods of time without refrigeration.
Pemmican is a portable, long-lasting, high-energy food. It's made of lean, dried meat that's crushed into powder and mixed with hot, rendered fat. This makes it one of the ultimate foods to have stockpiled for when SHTF or disaster strikes.
People really should avert their gaze from the modern survival thinking for just a bit and also look at how folks 150 years ago did it.
These guys were the last generation to practice basic things, for a living, that we call "survival skills" now.