Learn how to make cement for survival with this guide and build yourself a sturdier building wherever you find yourself!
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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.
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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.
Hello this is awesome! I been wanting to repair stones on my home. And have a problem getting mortar. Can I use grass that I have as waste? Thanks a lot for great idea. Linda
Buy limestone and sand to make your own if youmust. Or, just buy cement at the store if you can.
Grass clippings would not be utile– long strong fibrous grass or reeds provide strength,
and this article said nothing….
I forgot engineers need multi-angle drawing and detailed instruction to make up for lack of imagination.
From yet another engineer…. NO!!!! we don’t NEED these things. We GENERATE these things so that folks that don’t know anything about what we design can replicate it successfully. Your how-to is…. lacking. You don’t even stipulate (or even vaguely suggest) that the mud bricks (not cement!) you describe need to dry before they can be used…. or offer any suggestions where clay can be found.
As an engineer, if you are going to dry these bricks of mud clay try to dry them in a kiln, over a fire or similar heat source. The article was a bit lame and really is lacking, BUT if the SHTF and you got clay soil, weeds and water and time you might as well try to upgrade your shelter. Protect these from direct rain. The good thing is that these aren’t going to burn….
that is smart but not smart enough.
I have been in the construction trade for over 40 years. I have work with engineers throughout my career, both electrical and mechanical eng. They all have a few things in common regardless of their field.
1. They are always right even when proven Wrong.
2. Their way is the Only way to do something even if it doesn’t work in the real world. (Looks Great on paper).
3. When you show them they have designed a “death trap” ( electrical const) and will never work they will get pissy about you showing them that with your experience and more years in the trade then they have, you’re right they’re wrong.
Now to be fair I have also met and worked with some Great engineers also. But they usually have several years in their field and are more open to talking about alternative approaches to design problems.
So it is my guess that the engineers criticizing this article are either very young or very narrow minded. The article was suppose to be a brief , not in depth as that would have taken much more space then was probably allowed for the author. One comment about he didn’t tell where to find the clay duhhhh. Is he expected to know where every clay bed in the North American is locate, another duhhhh. So to you engineers that showed your real world ignorance should stick to your paper and pencils and leave the rest of alone so we don’t have to write replies like this.
The article was well done for anyone who understood the need for brevity.
I do want to thank those negative responding engineers for giving me the opportunity to vent my 40 plus years of dealing with their narrow minded kind.
Amen Russell. Brief and to the point. Are you engineers understanding this lol.
Survival cement? It has been called Adobe for as far back as I am aware. It was the main building material in the southwest.
Yes indeed, call it what it is! Adobe. Period. Get a education before this author wrights a artical. Very lame.
And yet the proof reader “Wright’s” about the “artical”?
Cement is not mud and grass. You can make cement if you burn limestone in a fire until it glows incandescent. Let it cool and it will be brittle. You can pulverize it easily to a powder. This is quicklime and can burn you so be CAREFUL! KEEP DRY! It will create a lot of heat when rehydrated. Mix one part by weight with 2 parts sand, then add enough water to make it workable. This is basically cement and fine for repairing stonework. Never use Adobe for repairing stone or masonry walls. Adobe is pretty much what mud bricks are made of.
This is the true Cement; not adobe that is just grasses and mud that are dried into a shape of a ‘brick’ of some sizes. Chinking between logs of early cabins was just mud and grasses. It often broke out and needed frequent repairs to keep the weather and wind out. Cement made from fired limestone is a far longer lived item–as long as the Roman aqueducts perhaps.
“….As long as you can find dried glass ….”
I knew we were off to a bad start on this article on ADOBE. Got proofreaders?
as others have noted, very incomplete article re: drying, forming etc. If you want to be taken seriously….
I enjoyed the video very informative! The Romans often used sea water with the lime and volcanic ash. The structures in port areas were very noted for unique hardness .
When I originally commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get four e-mails with the same comment. Is there any way you can remove people from that service? Many thanks!
I think I’m missing something here… summarized (not by much) the article says:
1. get a mud ball
2. fill a bucket with the mud ball
Where’s step 3? Or is this supposed to be the meme:
I am no longer certain where you’re getting your information, but good topic. I must spend some time learning more or understanding more. Thanks for wonderful info I used to be on the lookout for this information for my mission.
Best home animal is Cat !
May I simply just say what a comfort to find someone that truly knows what they are talking about on the internet. You definitely understand how to bring a problem to light and make it important. More people ought to read this and understand this side of the story. It’s surprising you aren’t more popular given that you certainly have the gift.
Survival cement… make a good ash. Mix with water, drain and make small “ash balls” kiln the ash balls. crush ash balls, mix with water, sand, stone. Concrete!
Survival semen: Rub balls until firm, come and store in approved container in approved facility. Reconstitute as needed and serve warm.