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(with stuff you can get from the home improvement store)
I love smoked meat! Any time of the year is a good time for smoked meat. However, I do not love how expensive smokers are. Luckily, there are tutorials out there that show you how to make a smoker of your own. One of these tutorials is on Makezine, one of my favorite DIY sites.
This design uses a hotplate, flowerpots, a grate and a few other things you probably already have lying around the house. You will have to disassemble the hotplate so the plate can be inside the smoker, with the wiring going outside of the smoker into a control box. This is my favorite part of this smoker, the control box! This way you can control the temperature without messing with the heat source inside of the smoker. There are some great tips on choosing heat-resistant materials for the build, which is important for safety. With this tutorial, you should be smoking in no time!
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.