Many people overlook homemade survival cement, but it’s an essential component of off-the-grid living. Chances are you can make some yourself right now with materials right outside your house.
There are many uses for survival cement. If you are trying to survive in the wilderness or if a disaster destroys your home, it could be your saving grace.
We all know how important shelter is when we are left to fend for ourselves out there. A tent isn’t always enough to protect us from the elements. Preparing food can prove impossible inside a flimsy or flammable shelter. Homemade survival cement is much more durable and stands up stronger against the elements. You just need to know how to make it.
Make Your Own Homemade Survival Cement
As long as you can find dried glass and clay that is suitable, you can use homemade survival cement to build a temporary dwelling that is strong enough to keep you safe from the elements as well as animals that can harm you.
You can also use it to build an oven inside your mud hut. You just need to put some effort into turning the mud and grass into cement. Then you can start building structures that will be livable if you ever have to make it on your own out in the wilderness.
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Homemade Survival Cement
One of the most useful substances one can use outdoors is Survival Cement.
This mixture of mud and grasses can be used for a multitude of projects, from construction of shelters, cooking structures, kilns and food caches, to wrapping food for clay baking (as seen in my articles on these subjects in Wilderness Way magazine ) and much more.
Survival cement has been used throughout the eons of history in countless ways.
It is simple to make, the ingredients are easy to come by and it is one of the most durable resources available in a primitive situation. In fact, during a trip to Utah a couple of years ago we encountered some Anasazi ruins that were many hundreds, if not thousands of years old where the survival cement was still intact. (See photos below) How many modern buildings will be able to say that?!
Tips for Making Good Homemade Survival Cement
If you are using your survival cement as a mortar, create a mixture that is thinner and wetter so that it will fill each and every crevasse and joint.
Cut your grasses based on the length of the item for which you will be using your cement. If you are building a large structure such as a kiln, or cementing over a shelter foundation the grasses can be left much longer and placed so they run all in one direction as opposed to haphazardly throughout the mud. In this way they act almost like re-bar. (See an Anasazi example below.)
If you do not gather enough grass and have to go harvest more mid-making, cover and seal your existing survival cement as best you can while you are gone so it will retain the proper moisture content.
If you must add water to help rehydrate your mud, do so a LITTLE AT A TIME. It’s much easier to add more water than to try to re-create the proper consistency once the mud is soupy.
Step-by-step Instructions for Making Survival Cement:
Find a source of mud with as high a clay content as possible (If you smush some of the mud into a ball and it retains it’s shape, you should be good.) and fill up a bucket with it — more if you are planning a large project.
The great thing about homemade survival cement is that you can use it to build just about anything you can think of. Whether you need walls for your dwelling, oven for cooking, or a food cache, you can use all the resources that nature can provide in order to survive.
Making homemade survival cement is easy and fun, and the end product is very useful.