How To Use a Magnesium Fire Starter To Make a Campfire

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Here’s some good info everyone should have at their disposal, whether it be for camping or emergency situations. In fact, it’s so stinking easy, you’ll wonder why you never picked it up before.  That strange, cheap little hunk of magnesium and flint steel will save your bacon and pay for itself several times over in just one dire situation.

What’s magnesium, anyway? Magnesium is the seventh most common element in the earth’s crust. During WWII it was used to make fire bombs employed in European missions. It was also a main ingredient for flash powder in early photography. Today, magnesium is still used in fireworks and pyrotechnics. And, of course, fire starters.

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Here’s how to use your magnesium fire starter to make a fire:

  • Find an area where you can have a fire, hopefully a spot protected from any present elements like high wind and rain. Clear the area of dry grass, twigs, etc.
  • Gather up the tinder. If you’re a “Be Prepared” type of person, the best tinder would be a ziplock full of petroleum jelly-saturated cotton balls. But, if you just happend to have left those at home, dry moss, pine cones, dry pine needles, tiny twigs, dry grass and thin shreds of wood all make great tinder. Leaves can work too if they’re really dry. Even newspaper, or a paper napkin. Make sure the fuel is as dry and dead as possible.  If the leaf litter is wet from rain or dew, carefully lift the top layers to see if the lower layers are still dry — or check under thick foliage, which may have protected tinder from rain. You may also be able to find dry moss, pine needles or tiny twigs in these protected areas. Hollow logs are good, too. Or, if you’re not having much luck doing that, put the least damp tinder in your pocket for a while and let the heat dry it out. If you see any larger sticks or wood that looks useable, grab that aw well so it’ll be ready when needed.

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  • Build your structure. The three go-to designs for a campfire are Teepee, Log Cabin and Lean-to (or variations of any of the three). For the sake this tutorial, we’ll be using the teepee build. Construct a teepee of twigs and small branches (like the picture below on the left), evenly distributing so it can bear additional wood after the fire takes.

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  • Prepare the tinder. Once your structure is built, make a bundle out of your tinder that will catch the sparks from the fire starter. Place it as close to the structure as possible without going all the way in– in the “doorway” is best. On top of the tinder bundle, place a dry leaf or an old receipt to contain the magnesium shavings. In the best of worlds, you’d have some duct tape handy to keep the shavings from blowing away, but the structure and “container” (leaf or receipt) should do the trick.
  • Keep a bucket or other container of water nearby in case, for any reason, you need to put the fire out.

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  • Hold the magnesium block down, pointed at the tinder bundle. Then with the other hand, hold the serrated metal blade that came with your HF Magnesium Fire Starter at a slight (45º) angle against the block and shave tiny flakes downward onto the bundle. If the fire starter you have didn’t come with a blade, use the backside of a knife. Smaller shavings and pieces work best. Keep going at it until you have a pile of magnesium shavings on your tinder bundle about the size of a quarter.

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  • Using your serrated blade or backside of a knife, strike a spark to ignite the magnesium on the tinder bundle. But instead of sliding the blade down the flint toward the tinder, hold the blade stationary, down with the tinder bundle, and slide the flint up toward you. This keeps the spark close to the tinder. Keep scraping until a spark lands on the magnesium shaving and ignites it.
  • When a spark catches the magnesium, the shavings will burn bright, hot and fast. The generated heat will then spread to the tinder, catching it on fire as well. This is a crucial moment. You may have to urge the young flame on by very gently blowing on it and giving it additional oxygen. You may also need to adjust it a little here and there it to allow the young fire to spread.

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  • As the tinder fire grows, you’ll need to carefully slide it– in tact–  into the campfire structure. You might want to use a couple of sticks to push the bundle under if it’s too hot to handle. Then, as you prepare for the next phase, maybe feed it some more leaves and grass to keep it stoked.
  • Another crucial moment. Fire needs a proper blend of oxygen, fuel and heat. As your structure starts catching on fire, blow on it and feed it by gradually adding slightly larger and larger twigs and sticks. Don’t get carried away, give it time. If you drop a log on it too soon, you’ll be back to square one, rummaging for dead grass. Don’t be that guy.

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  • And while you want to be patient, you also want to keep feeding. Find larger sticks and logs to keep the fire growing and happy for the endurance you need to stay warm, dry and protected.

Practice Using The Magnesium Fire Starter

I’ve already said it before, but I’ll say it again: be prepared. It’s not enough to have your magnesium fire starter, you should be ready in an instant to know how to use it. Whether you’re stranded in the cold and wt woods or the arid, desert wilderness, knowing how to make a fire in a SHTF situation will give you life, comfort and security. So practice at home– when the need isn’t there– until you’ve got it down cold (or hot).

And, one last thing. You might want to rethink taking that baggie of petroleum jelly cotton balls.

 

How to Season Your Cast Iron Pans

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For camping and emergency gear, you can never have too many cast iron pans. Some of them come preseasoned, but factory finishes eventually strip. Whether you buy the pans unseasoned or preseasoned, it’s good to know how to season your cast iron pans so they can remain non-stick, easy to clean and stored for long periods of time without threat of rusting. A well-seasoned pan can give you a lifetime of faithful service.

Before you start, if your pan is used, scrub any rust and gunk out of it with fine steel wool. If that doesn’t work, stick it in your self-cleaning oven for the shortest time period and wipe clean. If you don’t have a self-cleaning oven, spray it with oven cleaner, stick it in a plastic bag overnight and wipe clean the next day.

The process of seasoning is pretty simple. First, spread oil or fat on the inside of your pans, not a lot, with a paper towel. There’s some debate as to what kind of coating to put on, particularly when you factor in the non-meat eaters who lobby for vegetable oil.  What we have found, however, is that animal fat does the best job. So you could fry up a big batch of bacon (ooohhh, yeah…) and then leave the grease in there to harden and then spread around. Or, you could just grab some lard.

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Set your oven for 450° and spread a sheet of aluminum foil on the lower shelf. Set the greased pan on the upper shelf upside-down, so the foil can catch the excess drips. It would probably be a good idea at this point to open the windows and turn on the exhaust fan, ’cause the place is gonna get smoky  real soon. Bake the pan for 2 hours.

When the time is up, turn off the oven and leave the pan in there, leaving the oven door open a crack. The cast iron pan needs to cool slowly; a sudden change from hot to cool temperature might cause it to crack.

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The end result should be a nice, even, black finish. You may have to do it a few times in a row to get the desired result.

DO NOT WASH! When the pan has cooled enough to handle, take it out and wipe it down with a kitchen “J-cloth” or sturdy paper towel, making sure it’s dry to prevent rusting. And for future cleaning, don’t scrub it too hard or you’ll ruin the finish– and don’t use soap or detergent! Just hot water and a plastic scrub brush should do the trick.

And that’s it! Over time you’ll want to repeat the seasoning process to keep your pans in prime shape, and you’ll find they cook more evenly and last longer than the other pots and pans.

Harbor Freight has an extremely affordable, quality 3-piece set of Cast Iron Frying Pans #44707, ready to go along on your family trips and excursions! They also have a nice 12″ Cast Iron Dutch Oven #44705 for your camping trip Mountain Man breakfasts, stews and cherry cobblers!

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BUILD A TREEHOUSE!

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Building a treehouse is a cool family activity and a source of lifelong memories. But it doesn’t have to cost yout a lot of dough, especially when you go to ‪#‎HarborFreight‬!

We found a simple and solid HOW-TO that we like from Instructables.com

And here’s a bare minimum list of tools you’ll need:

Hammer
Saw
Level
Square
Tape Measure
Adjustable Wrench
Cordless Drill
Jigsaw
Ladder

Some other useful tools that might make your life easier, but aren’t crucial, include:

Miter Saw
Table Saw
Router

If you want to try something different, there are plenty if ideas to find in a Google search. Most importanly, make it a fun, learning experience for the family!

This Ain’t Your Great-Granddaddy’s Ditty Bag

There are two things that you don’t need in the Navy: a wife and a car. If the Navy thought you needed them they would have put them in your Ditty Bag.” – Co. Commander Gunners Mate First Class DeLapp

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According to a 1912 issue of Field & Stream, the purpose of the ditty-bag can be summed up as follows:

In camp and when cruising about the woods, there are certain essentials, and many other small articles of constant use which one should always have handy. They aggregate about two pounds weight and if disposed about one’s clothing will not only make these garments heavy and uncomfortable but will fill them with knubly protuberances which make sitting down or lying down a matter of much struggle and remonstrance. Wherefore the ditty-bag…has the inestimable advantage of being the place for everything small and loseable– it’s there, nowhere else, and all you have to do is to go and ferret it out instead of having to do the same thing through eighteen or nineteen pockets.”

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 The original ditty bags were used by sailors in the early 18th century. They were issued canvas bags in which to store their spare clothes. A smaller pouch was sequestered in the sack which was for holding all the “implements of his housewifery”: a sewing kit (which also included supplies to repair hats and shoes), letters from home, trinkets and sundry relics from their journeys. These seafaring men were expected to make their own clothes, so the sewing kit meant more than just a way to restore a button.  The origin of the term, “ditty” has been obscured by time, though. It might have come from a cotton cloth known as ditti or a fabric called dutty which was used to make sails.

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As for us 21st century landlubbers, we’ve got a slightly modified list of necessities for our travels. And Harbor Freight Tools carries a lot of items ideal for the ditty-minded dude in all of us.

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Of course there are other things you’ll want to include in your Ditty Bag that Harbor Freight doesn’t carry, such as food (dry nut mix works), water, water purifying pills, change of clothes, small first aid kit, fishing sinker and repellant. And you might want to deviate a bit from our checklist depending on what journey you have in store, but not much. All these items listed are valuable when out in the nowhere. Also, please let someone know where you’re going when you set out for your trek. Like an uncle with dementia or something.

Finally, a word about the Ditty Bag itself. There are a few types out there, some in cloth, some nylon, some in leather and some in canvas. We prefer canvas, preferably waxed or otherwise weather-treated, the kind that slings over your shoulder like you’re in an Old Spice commercial. Your first stop should be your local Army Navy stores. Their gear is pretty rugged and ready to get dirty. Or, if you strike out and happen to have a chunk of change you can part with, the Best Made Co. in NY has formidable-looking a “Best Made Ditty Bag” available for a mere $124.

The Right Shop Light Makes All the Difference

Even the setting sun can no longer force you to stop working! With the Portable Halogen Shop Light (Item #: 66433), you can work long into the night with optimal visibility in nearly any environment. Sure, it works just as well inside your shop or garage while you’re finishing a metalworking project or working under the hood of your car, but this lightweight and portable shop light is ideal for the outdoors when there are no light sources available as well. For just $11.99, you can take high-powered illumination with you to the job site, the camp site, or any site within sight of an electrical outlet!

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The Portable Halogen Shop Light from Harbor Freight Tools delivers 500 watts of bright light to your workspace when handling a variety of jobs. Indoors or outdoors, this item is easily adjustable to 180 degrees so you can achieve the ideal lighting positon while painting, plumbing, remodeling, and more. Featuring a steel protector grill around a tempered glass lens, the shop light is shatter-resistant as well as water resistant to ensure a long shelf life. But, if you work frequently, this convenient tool won’t be on the shelf very often. Just take it by the carrying handle (complete with foam comfort grip, of course) and take it along as part of your tool kit. Because you never know when you’ll need to shed some extra light on the situation!

Warm Work Gloves for Cold Weather

Just because it’s getting cold outside doesn’t mean that you can’t get work done. Whether you’re shoveling snow, changing a tire in cold weather, or handling an emergency while it’s sleeting, some things just can’t wait. That’s why the Cold Weather Work Gloves (Items #: 96606 and 96612) are essential items for any tool kit, no matter the season. Because when weather conditions are wet, cold, or just plain uncooperative, these gloves will keep your hands dry, comfortable, and warm so you can focus on getting the job done.

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So, exactly how warm are these gloves? Well, the 40 gram fleece Thinsulate™ lining is ten times warmer than standard fleece! Even so, you still get maximum gripping power and superior dexterity with these work gloves thanks to durable synthetic leather palms. That means you won’t lose your grip or the feeling in your fingers with these puppies on your mitts! And at just $11.99 for the pair, you won’t lose your cool when you pick them up from your local Harbor Freight either.

“I bought these gloves to help battle the cold weather as I finish up a big outdoor project (deck). These are awesome gloves. They keep my hands toasty warm and surprisingly dry. Even when they are a little too warm (as the day gets warmer), my hands are not sweating. I’ve used these in rainy weather too and they stayed dry inside. They are true to fit (XL), which is great since I have trouble finding gloves that fit well.” – by MarkP from Newark, Delaware

“I sell Christmas trees every year and normally I wear regular split leather work gloves. The problem with these is that after it rains or snows and the trees are soaked those gloves get wet quickly. I picked these Cold Weather Work Gloves up last year and they worked great for the wet trees. They’re also very warm; warmer than I thought they would have been as they seem lighter than most winter gloves you’d wear. I quickly found out these were also better than my regular winter gloves for snow shoveling, cleaning the cars off, etc. I even started using them to drive to work every morning.”  – by carrguy1 from Southeastern Pennsylvania

“I was looking for gloves that would keep my hands dry and warm at the same time. I have tried many different types of gloves in my time and these are the ones that by far met my expectations. I can work outside, in the snow, and keep my hands warm, and dry!” – by Techie from Reading, Pennsylvania

Obviously these Cold Weather Work Gloves are ideal for the winter months, but anyone working in refrigeration, cold buildings, or freezers should pick up a pair of these gloves available in Large or X-Large sizes. Just like MarkP said, they keep your hands warm and provide a great fit with elastic cuffs that keep dirt and debris out of the gloves. When it comes to working, your hands are your most important tools so keep them safe and comfortable with these warm, water-resistant cold weather work gloves from Harbor Freight!

Water, Water Everywhere

You don’t have to be an ancient mariner to appreciate a good water supply. And now, with the 4-in-1 Solid Brass Faucet Expander (Item #: 94377), you can spread the water wealth around more than ever! This durable four-way faucet splitter lets you do the work of four workers by supplying water to four separate hoses at once for a price that won’t dry out your wallet. At just $8.99, you can’t afford to NOT purchase this garden tool!

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Not only can you connect four hoses to one faucet with this handy item, but you can also use as many at a time as you want thanks to convenient stainless steel valves for each outlet. So whether you’re watering a big field or just a portion, this faucet-splitter gives you the ability to handle it all. Plus, the solid brass construction means the splitter won’t rust regardless of how often it’s used.

“I bought this the other day and had it setup in minutes. It works great! I went back and bought 2 more… Great product.” – by wclang from Arlington Heights, IL

“I’ve used this product frequently for the past 3 months without any problems. It works as advertised.” – by Jon R. from Memphis, TN

Great for the front lawn or the home garden as well as larger scale projects like a park or high school baseball field (or just to separate various tasks), the 4-in-1 Solid Brass Faucet Expander from Harbor Freight gives you the versatility that normal faucets just don’t provide. Easy-to-use and install, this is a great item for any home or landscaping team.

Portland Electric Outdoor, Fall Tools for the Yard and More!

We’re about a month into the fall season but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to stock up on electric lawn care tools! Especially when they’re part of a new line of products available from Harbor Freight Tools. We have some great items available just in time to help you tidy up your lawn, driveway, gutter and backyard quickly and easily. This new line of outdoor electric tools from Portland Outdoor makes cleaning up leaves, cutting hedges, and trimming grass so simple, you’ll never think of them as chores again.

3-in-1 Electric Blower, Vacuum, Mulcher (Item #: 62337)

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Versatile and efficient, the Electric Blower Vacuum Mulcher is practically a whole set of lawn care tools in one! Clearing your driveway of leaves is literally a breeze with this lightweight tool and the $49.99 price tag is pretty lightweight too. When you need to switch over to a vacuum to clean up grass clippings or sawdust, you can do so with the simple flip of a switch. That’s right, no tools required! Plus, with two speed settings, you can tackle big jobs just as easily as small ones. But no matter if you’re using the blower, vacuum or mulcher setting, the 3-in-1 electric tool runs at a pleasantly quiet 84-97 decibels.

“I picked up this tool when I first saw it come into the catalog at Harbor Freight Tools and boy howdy am I glad I did. I didn’t have much use for a lawn vacuum or a blower but I sure did need a tool for mulchifying my yard. Every year I wasted quite a bit on buying store brand mulch when I could have just been making my own from whatever random debris like leaves and deer droppings happened to end up in my yard. I’ve been mulching all week long and my neighbors have started coming up to me asking where they can get such a magical mulching tool and I’m sending them right back over to Harbor Freight Tools. Thanks Harbor Freight Tools, you are my go to Mulch Tool guys!!” – by Mulchy Joe from Amerika

Look at that. Harbor Freight bringing neighbors together! And no, I did not make up Mulchy Joe.

13” String Trimmer (Item #: 62338)

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I grew up calling this a Weed Eater but no matter what you call it, the 13” String Trimmer gets the job done fast. One thing I remember about Weed Eaters though is how loud they were. However that certainly isn’t the case with the String Trimmer! This quiet electric tool delivers all the power you need to trim grass without noise, pollution, or spending an arm and a leg. For just $34.99, you can trim your way to the perfect lawn by taking advantage of four cutting head positions to get the perfect angle anywhere. An oversized comfort grip means you can work longer with less fatigue and an adjustable shaft lets you extend the trimmer up to 22” so you can work comfortably and save your back.

22” Hedge Trimmer (Item #: 62339)

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If you have hedges, you know they can be tough to maintain. But with the Hedge Trimmer, you can keep your hedges perfectly sculpted for the fall. Because when the kids come by for trick or treating, we all know the dads are going to be judging your shrubbery while they wait by your mailbox. This year, they’ll be green with envy as they see how finely trimmed your shrubs and hedges are thanks to the dual action double sided trimming blade featured on this versatile trimmer. Don’t be surprised if they ask how you achieved such excellent landscaping skills, and when they do, you can be prepared to inform them that the 22” Hedge Trimmer did all the work. And no, they can’t borrow it. For just $39.99, they can easily pick up one of their own at their local Harbor Freight store, just like you did!

While Mulchy Joe jumped at the chance to write up a review on his new favorite mulching tool, these items are so new that there isn’t a review to brag about yet for the Trimmers. So, why not go grab one and be the first to tell us what you think?? Especially since you’ll have plenty more free time now that you can fly through your landscaping work faster than ever with these great items. Best of all, you can pick up all three of these outstanding outdoor tools for under $130 and that’s before using a coupon! Take control of your yard with Portland Electric Outdoor.

A Guide to Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse

 

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Surviving an onslaught of zombies doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg! In fact, you can keep all your limbs neatly intact with just a few select items from Harbor Freight Tools. From weapons to equipment, Harbor Freight is the one stop shop for all your survival needs, but you can’t carry everything when you’re on the run from the undead! So, this handy guide will run down the most essential tools you need to get to the military outpost/survivor camp/shopping mall stronghold alive.

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First things first, you need a weapon.  Getting anywhere will be dangerous at best and suicide at worst. If you want any chance at all, you’ll need to be equipped with a weapon that is lightweight, powerful and doesn’t require reloading. For this situation, the 20 oz. Solid Steel “Antishock” Pro Rip Hammer (Item #: 60517) will serve you best. The oil-resistant comfort grip minimizes muscle fatigue so you can handle a whole group of zombies with ease. And the solid steel rip claw is designed to withstand rigorous use, even if it’s smashing zombies in the noggin. Be careful here because most people might be tempted to go with the 8 oz. Stubby Claw Hammer (Item #: 95929) because of its portability. However, while the Pro Rip Hammer might be a bit heavier, it has the leverage you need to break through the skulls of the undead or to pry open boarded up windows in a hurry. In fact, it couldn’t hurt to pick up two hammers, either as an extra for a partner or one for each hand so you can deal out double the carnage.

Another great choice is the 18″ Machete with Serrated Blade (tem #: 62113). The razor sharp machete also features a nonslip comfort grip and can be easily accessible when stored in the included nylon sheath. This weapon is ideal for hacking through foliage as well as zombie necks. And speaking of hand to hand combat, you can’t go wrong with the 8″ Survival/Hunting Knife (Item #: 90714).  The shorter blade offers more control over the machete which can come in handy in case you need to remove clothing to tourniquet a wound while the built-in compass will keep you and your group on track. You’ll need to keep these blades sharp too so be sure to pick up a Combination Sharpening Stone (Item #: 7345) as well. Dull blades can easily become stuck in a skull or other decomposing body part, leaving you helpless and without a weapon.

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Survival is all in the details. In a world where rules and laws no longer have any meaning, you need to be on constant alert for threats both alive and undead. The Ultra Ear Sound Amplifier (Item #:  66577) fits comfortably behind either ear and provides ultra sensitive hearing to prevent anyone (or anything) from sneaking up on your camp. This handy device features tone and volume adjustment so you can keep an ear out in almost any environment. Granted, the amplifier is battery operated, which brings up another good point…

Batteries. You can’t have too many. You never know what type of tool or equipment might require batteries and in a zombie apocalypse, batteries will basically be like currency. Luckily, Harbor Freight carries a wide variety. The 24 Piece AA Alkaline Batteries (Item #: 61271) are good general purpose batteries to have on hand but you’ll want to pick up at least a few packs of the 4 Piece AA NiMH Rechargeable Batteries (Item #: 61269) as well. They’re environmentally friendly (which is still important even in a zombified world) and these batteries can be recharged up to 800 times. Along with the 5 Watt Foldable Solar Panel Charger (Item #: 60449), all you need is direct sunlight to get those batteries back to full capacity. Harbor Freight offers the following size batteries to fit a variety of needs in both alkaline and rechargeable NiMH:

You also need to think about protection from the elements and debris as well as from the vicious undead so be sure to pick up some Cold Weather Work Gloves (Item #: 96606 and 96612). There’s a very good chance you’ll be outdoors at least until you find some shelter and the 40 gram fleece Thinsulate lining on these gloves provides 10 times the warmth of standard fleece. These gloves are perfect for reloading your shotgun quickly in windy, cold or wet conditions. Also grab a pack of 100 Nitrile Powder-Free Gloves (Item #: 68498) for any less pragmatic survivors you may come across. The Nitrile hand gloves offer three times more puncture resistance than latex and vinyl, providing extra protection against sharp metal objects in dilapidated city ruins as well as zombie bites. The last thing you need is an infected person in your group. That won’t end well, trust me.

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The bottom line is you can never be too careful when it comes to prepping for the zombie apocalypse. Here are some miscellaneous items that could be life-saving without taking up much space in your pack:

With this handy list of essentials, you’ll have a fighting chance at escaping the zombie horde while protecting your group of survivors… if you’re lucky enough to find any. Whatever you do, don’t get caught unprepared. Get to your nearest Harbor Freight store now to stock up and save a bundle!

Metal Detecting Gear for the Treasure Hunter

So you want to find some treasure? Well, who doesn’t? However, most of us don’t have the luxury of a pirate’s treasure map or Indiana Jones to help us out. But luckily, we do have the convenience of Harbor Freight Tools with all the items you’ll need to become a well-equipped novice treasure hunter, relic hunter, coinshooter or beachcomber. You’ll be the envy of the entire town, or at least the entire block, when you start unearthing coins, antiques, jewelry and countless other surprises in your own neighborhood! Here are seven great tools you’ll need to start out– gear that will ensure nothing goes undetected on your watch.

9 Function Metal Detector with Arm Rest (Item #: 67378)

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The number one thing you will need is a metal detector. Unless you have some kind of Magneto-like superpowers, in which case you probably wouldn’t be reading this in the first place. Sure, you could pick up any old metal detector, but if you’re going to be serious about your life as a treasure hunter, you’ll need something with a bit more versatility. The 9-function metal detector not only allows you to detect metals easily, but  also uses different signals for different metals, to give you a better idea of what you’ve found. Also, with that included arm rest, you can work longer without your arm getting tired. This essential tool of the trade sells for a mere $44.99.

Centech Handheld Metal Detector (Item #: 97245)

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Once you’ve gotten your potential booty on the metal detector’s radar, it’s time to pull out the Cen-Tech Handheld Detector to zero in on the target. This baby comes in real handy (no pun intended) and performs the same as professional units costing hundreds more. Not only does it give you a little more control over the space you’re searching, this pinpointer’s sensitive read will save you time and effort, digging and plugging. At only $17.99, this tool fits easily into your budget to provide even more accuracy so nothing goes undetected. The handheld metal detector identifies metal objects buried in the sand, covered by grass or otherwise hidden from sight. It can find coins, old nails in wood, lost treasures along the beach or reclaim your lost keys in thick grass. This  highly precise identification system features adjustable sensitivity, and includes a waterproof wand, and LED spotlight and a carrying case.

Garden Tool Set (Item #: 69788)

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Any seasoned treasure hunter knows that there will often be times that you need to dig into the ground to retrieve your golden doubloon, ancient relic, or rusty nail. This is why it’s essential to have the right digging tools on hand and at the ready. The Harbor Freight Garden Tool Set contains everything you could need to get to the bottom of things, whether it be sand, dirt, or compact ground. The spade and shovel will help you dig into the terrain to see what you’ve discovered while the digging bar and rake can handle even tougher ground. At just $5.99 for the set, that’s like $1.50 per tool!

6 Piece Detail Brush Set (Item #: 93610)

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If you can find a section of beach that hasn’t been scoured yet or perhaps a sandy area that requires a little delicate dirt removal, you will be happy you brought along the 6 Piece Detail Brush Set. With the variety of brushes included in this set, you can clean off the coins, gold watches, and faberge eggs you find under the sand to get a better look at them. This assortment includes small and large brushes with nylon bristles, brass bristles, and steel bristles for use with various metals. At only $1.99 for the entire set, you’re sure to clean up when it comes to detecting treasures!

7” 109 LED 4 AA Flashlight (Item #: 98506)

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Real treasure hunters aren’t limited by things like daylight and “reasonable hours”. There’s always time for finding hidden items even in the dark! That’s why you’ll need to include the ultra-bright, water-resistant LED flashlight in your treasure hunting kit. You may still have to do some digging to get to those treasures, but at least with a reliable flashlight, you can work a little longer into the late afternoon, early evening, or even overnight!

24 Piece, AA Alkaline Batteries (Item #: 92404)

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Both the Flashlight and the Metal Detector require AA batteries so being stocked up on those will keep these items working and ready to go. A 24 pack should keep you powered up for a while and, at just $6.99, won’t overpower your budget.

Canvas Riggers Bag (Item #: 38124)

canvas riggers bag

Of course, you’ll need a place to store the tools and all those ancient artifacts, coins and jewelry, and… hey, that wrench you lost last month! There are several choices of bags on HarborFreight.com, but the Canvas Riggers Bag is particularly useful for this scenario. With 24 pockets, you can easily fit the garden tools, the brushes, your flashlight and batteries so they’re always right there at your fingertips should you need them. Plus, with a large main pocket, you can even fit the Metal Detector Wand as well! This lightweight and durable tote will run you just $10.99. And with all the treasure you’re bound to uncover, you’ll pay it off in no time!

While you’re at Harbor Freight Tools, don’t forget to pick up these other invaluable accessories for the treasure hunter: Sturdy workers gloves, able to dive into all kinds of dirt and muck; a good slotted screwdriver to pop the coins n’ such more easily out of the dirt; a strong, compact shovel to get at the deeper subterranean finds; headphones to plug into your metal detector for more amplified signals, and shut out the noise around you; and finally, a cheap, handy survival knife to scrape excess dirt off the finds, carve out pie-shaped divots in the grass that can be easily restored and hack through roots and branches that are coming between you and your prize.

Come to Harbor Freight for these and other practical and low-priced items for your journey in metal detecting. Happy hunting!