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By March 27, 2012 Read More →

Boiling Water for Survival

Basic Preparedness Instruction on water and the process required to properly boil it to purify it for drinking. We discuss that it takes 10 minutes of a hard boil for purification to be ensured, we demonstrate that we need to pre-filter our water and most importantly – point out that boiling water is not a good solution due to the amount of fuel it consumes.


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Known online as Phil801, he is one of the co-owners of The APN and has been a professional software engineer for over 20 years. He was raised in a Preparedness Oriented family and lives a self-sustaining lifestyle as a third generation, LDS, Prepper. He grew up farming, canning and learning to live off the land in the forests, mountains, rivers, oceans and cities of Missouri, Tennessee, Hawaii and Utah. In early 2008, he co-founded as a blog to talk about and teach Prepping. Over the next couple years, they produced hundreds of articles about Preparedness. Prior to UtahPreppers, he had been actively blogging elsewhere about building his self-sustaining farm and raising his 8 children in a preparedness lifestyle. In 2011, Phil officially became a partner and Co-Owner of the APN and lead the technical restructing of the company.

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  1. Donn Hilton says:

    I was looking over the video on preparing water, making it fit to drink by filtering, boiling, etc. One product for filtering seems to stand out above the rest its the series of filters made by Sawyers. I was an assistant scouter for over 20 years and so saw lots of filters hauled out to the bush. None of them impressed me a lot. I used a 2 litre pop bottle and 4 drops of bleach to kill pathogens that could have ruined my day. It worked. You need to let it sit for about 20 minutes to allow the bleach to do its job. I don’t much care for bleach, would rather use heat but that would mean carrying more water on long hikes, more weight. I made the water palatable by adding orange drink crystals. The Sawyers filters resolves all of that with a filter that can be back washed and reused and does not block up easily. Take a look at their web site at:

    Sawyers is also in business distributing insect repellents and first aid kits including an extractor pump for sucking out insect and snake venom. I don’t live in a snake infested area but if I did I think that I would spring for an extractor pump, sounds like a good idea.