Cinder Blocks: 17 Ways to Use Them

Cinder blocks may seem like an odd subject to discuss in a survivalist and prepping forum, but they are very useful tools that will be an excellent addition to your preps. After a collapse or major disaster, homes will be destroyed. Roads will be gone and buildings that housed animals, shops and storage will be nothing more than heaps of material.

You will need to rebuild, but the home improvement store and local lumber mill will be gone. It won’t be easy to come by the building materials you need. Not to mention, building with wood may not always be in your best interest if you can’t do it right. You need something sturdy and relatively fire resistant.

There won’t be a local fire department to call if a fire breaks out. The blocks are relatively maintenance free and if they do happen to break, crumbling the blocks and turning them into gravel is easy with a sledgehammer.

Cinder blocks are something you want to keep in mind when you are thinking about rebuilding. In fact, using them on the property today would serve a dual purpose. The sturdy blocks are more likely to withstand some minor shaking, fire or even high winds.

You can make some pretty cool things with your cinder blocks. After a disaster, if by chance your structures made with cinder blocks collapsed, you already have the building materials to start over.

Check out the 17 ways you can use cinder blocks today and in a post SHTF world.

1-Building a frame for your underground bunker out of cinder blocks gives you stability and a stable form. You won’t have to worry about rust damaging the cinder blocks. Fill the holes in each block with cement to give yourself protection from nuclear fallout.


2-You can build a nice, big firepit to use today and after a disaster. Creating a deep pit will give you adequate space to cook meals, purify water and as a source of heat and comfort.

3-Make a root cellar out of cinder blocks. The blocks will provide support and help keep the underground area cool, which will extend the life of your crops.

4-Use cinder blocks and wooden planks to create shelving in your root cellar, garage or basement. Use metal bands to secure the blocks to the walls for additional stability.

5-Steps into your root cellar or up to your home or outbuilding can be made with cinder blocks. You can partially bury the blocks to give them some stability.

6-Make a porch by using cinder blocks as supports. Cover the blocks with wood and you have a sturdy porch to enjoy some family barbecues or watch the sunrise.

7-You can make outdoor furniture with some cinder blocks and pretty pillows. Create chairs or couches with the blocks, throw a couple of outdoor pillows on them and you have durable, weather-proof furniture that is built to last. You can even put some paint on the blocks to make them look a little nicer.

8-Create a nice barbecue pit or outdoor oven with cinder blocks. You can use this to cook with in the summer and after a fall. The pit is designed to act like an oven. Throw some lava rocks or firebricks into the bottom of the pit. Add some wood and burn the wood until the rocks are nice and hot. The heat reflects off the blocks and back into the space, cooking food at a nice, even and very hot temperature. Cinder block will crack with extreme heat. It is best to make a large pit with the fire concentrated in the center.


9–Create a raised garden bed with cinder blocks. Arrange the blocks to create a square. Fill the area with good garden soil and it will help keep out weeds from coming in around the edges while keeping your plants contained.

10-Build a pool or a large pond with cinder blocks. Dig a hole as deep as desired. Arrange the blocks to create a sturdy frame. Line the frame with Visqueen and create a deck around the pool with the blocks. Fill with water and you have your own backyard pool that can double as an emergency water storage.

11-You can use a couple of blocks to make a nice firewood holder outside the door. Place 2x4s in each hole in the block. They should lean outwards a bit to create a V. Place small firewood or kindling into the V. It will stay put and keep your wood nice and tidy.

12-Make a bookshelf out of some stained wood and four to six cinder blocks. Set the blocks apart the length of the wood planks. You can make a shelf with three to four shelves high.

13-Use cinder blocks to create a meat smoker. Creating a closed in box with blocks is a very cost effective way to make your own jerky. This is something you can use now and after SHTF.

14-An entertainment center constructed from a few cinder blocks and wood planks is something that was very common back in the 70s. It works and it is cheap. You can use almost any kind of wood, drape a pretty cloth over it and you have a functional place to put your entertainment items.

15-Cinder blocks combined with mortar make a sturdy retaining wall. You can make a yard more level or build up a foundation to put a patio or porch. It is a good idea to use rebar and cement in the holes of the blocks to make them sturdier.

16-Make a bed platform/frame to put your mattress on. This would be great for a cabin, shelter or even in your house. This is one way to store the blocks for use after a disaster while using them today.

17-Create a path through areas of your yard that tend to get muddy in the wet months. Digging the bricks down a couple of inches, adding a layer of gravel and then filling in the bricks would give them stability. The raised path would keep you out of the mud and your feet dry.

Dave Steen

About The Author: Dave is a 58 year old survivalist; father of three; with over 40 years of survival experience. He started young, learning survival the hard way, in the school of hard knocks. Now, after years of study, he's gray-haired and slightly overweight. That hasn't dimmed his interest in survival though. If anything, Dave has a greater commitment to survival than ever, so that he can protect his family. Click Here To Read More About Dave

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