Learn how to make cement for survival with this guide and build yourself a sturdier building wherever you find yourself!
How to Make Cement | A Step-by-Step Guide
Building Temporary Shelter With Homemade Survival Cement
Many people overlook homemade survival cement, but it’s an essential component of off-the-grid living. That’s because there are many uses for survival cement.
If you are trying to survive in the wilderness or if a disaster destroys your home, homemade concrete could be your saving grace. So now, you just need to know how to make it.
As long as you can find suitable dried grass and clay, you can use homemade survival cement to build a temporary dwelling strong enough to keep you safe from harmful elements and animals.
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, though.
Then, you can start building habitable structures if you ever have to make it on your own out in the wilderness.
Make the Homemade Survival Cement
Step 1: Find a Source of Mud
What we have here is a natural mortar recipe for when you are making homemade cement from scratch. To make this homemade soil cement, you need to find a good source of clay.
The mud you will use for this homemade cement recipe should have as high clay content as possible. (If you smash some of the mud into a ball and it retains its shape, you should be good.)
Step 2: Fill Up a Bucket
The great thing about homemade survival cement is you can use it to build just about anything you can think of.
Whether you need walls for your dwelling, an 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. If you are planning a big project, fill an entire bucket with your ball of mud.
Tips for Making Good Homemade Survival Cement
1. Aim for Thinner Texture
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. This is the ideal mortar mix.
What Is Mortar Mix? It is an important component in building structures that need to be thoroughly mixed. The ideal ratio in a mortar is one part masonry cement to three parts sand.
2. Cutting Your Grasses
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.
This way, they act almost like re-bar. If you do not gather enough grass and have to go harvest more mid-making, cover and seal your existing survival cement as best as you can while you are gone so it will retain the proper moisture content.
3. Water Moderately
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.
Watch this video by Corporals Corner for more ways to improvise concrete:
Knowing how to make cement is a must in survival situations. Survival cement has been used throughout eons of history in countless ways.
This mixture of mud and grass can be used for a multitude of projects — from the construction of shelters, cooking structures, kilns, and food storage, to wrapping food for clay baking. It’s simple to build and can be very useful!
Do you have more tips on how to make cement for survival? Let us know in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on January 23, 2019, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.