Bushcraft what is a smudge pot and keeping the bugs away HD

Home Emergency Preparedness Bushcraft what is a smudge pot and keeping the bugs away HD
Published on August 13, 2016

In today’s episode of FullSpectrumSurvival, we go over one of the great and more “natural” ways to keep the mosquitoes and other pests at bay. The Smudge Pot, as you’ll see in many of our videos, is one of the many great tools to implement while in the bush whether for Bushcraft or Preparedness.

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  1. Do you guys (FSS) have or know of any good survival courses. Your video's are great, thanks for all your dedication and hard work.peace.

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    If you don't have a tin handy or can't find one, use a flat rock to keep your fire bundle off the wet/damp floor…also keep an eye open for pine wood, fat wood and pine resin if it's available in your particular area.

  3. Thanks Nor. Woodsman for coming by and the warm blessings from Norway. We do have scorpions which we always keep an eye out for, especially in that type of vegetation. Thanks for the tip!

  4. Hey. Another good and informative video from you guys. Have a little question about when you found tinder on the palm. Have you not poisonous snakes, spiders etc around you where you live, so wouldent it be wise to look carefully whether there was something like that there first before you put your hand down there ? Keep up the good work guys and good bless you.
    Kind regards and best wishes from Norway.

  5. We haven't tried beeswax to smolder longer, we cherish all the local wax we can collect. Fatwood is an option but it burns too hot and ends up igniting the smolder materials far sooner than we'd like. Tending the pot isn't too time consuming and it is enjoyable to be close enough to tend as the bugs tend to stay furthest away from the thick smoke.

  6. I am keen to try this. I use a different form of pest control but this looks to be a nice addition. How often do you find yourself tending the pot? Can you use fatwood or beeswax to keep it smoldering longer?

  7. Yoji, thanks so much for that comment! If it weren't for the internet, we'd all be striving much harder for information! We're all for it, we all need to share what works for us as individuals and as a community! would love to see what everyone has that works for them.

  8. my favorite part of your videos are when you ask others how they did it, spreading information and knowledge on the internet is what it's for! well done, guys.

  9. Glad you asked. The holes near the bottom allow airflow so that oxygen can feed the fire. It you have a vessel with only air coming in through the top, it chokes the flame and the fire will go out.

  10. Our state bird in Mn is the skeeter, so loved this video. I do have a question. It looked like you had a hole drilled in the lower part of the can, why is that? I'm new at this so be nice lol

  11. When planting a garden was first attempted, the mosquitoes and black flies (voracious appetite for blood) were thick with the high humidity. The only way I could plant was to stand in the middle of four smudge pots each about 6' away. Don't throw out gallon paint pails, they make good smudge pots.

  12. That is a great story. I can imagine how quickly the kids learned how to use one!

  13. When I moved to biting fly country, the old timers told me of walking at night and carrying a smudge pot utilizing a honey pail. Children quickly learned how to keep one going.

  14. Here's another tidbit about smudges. If you make a manure smudge, when the ash is cool dust it on your skin. It also helps protect animals if dusted on their coats. Or if the bugs are chewing you up wipe mud on your skin.

  15. When building a smudge flame is ok initially but after adding the material you don't want flame or you lose the smoke. I've built many in my barrel. It has no vent holes. You want enough heat to get it going then add the damp material, manure is one of the best ones, but moss, wet hay, grass, leaves, whatever is available. You are aiming for cold smoke that is why it doesn't need a lot of oxygen.

  16. Eileen, thanks for coming by and the compliments! The opening near the front allows easy feeding of new material as well as more ventilation. Without bottom vents, the fire would snuff out when you put your smoke material in the top.

  17. Thanks again fellas, great work with video & audio; pro work. I noticed the can had an opening towards the lower mid 3rd like a window where your sticks stuck out of. Is this by design and function? Please elaborate or demonstrate more on this if possible. You guys are my new channel since you have similar climate issues as I do here in S.Fl

  18. I make a big smudge in my 45 gal barrel utilizing semi dry and fresh horse manure plus some green matter. Horse manure smoke doesn't stink but sure drives the mosquitoes off. Since my pasture is like a saucer the smoke rises to about 20' drifts over the pasture and drops down, giving the animals a reprieve. Last about 3 hrs unattended.

  19. @FullSpectrumSurvival Amen. Keep the good work up you guys and this page will take off. I like the clear amimatios too. Bravo on the video editing skills and the patience to do it. Until next time.

  20. Stan, thanks for the comment my friend. That was a stormy day and the wind shifted with every blow. Agree 100%, let the environment do as much of the work as possible. Dry fine tinder, good fuel, the wind at your back, and you're near guaranteed a fire. Thanks again.

  21. It should help to have the wind at your back and blow with the wind, not against it. It will get your ember more oxygen, starting the fire more easily.

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