The heart of a homestead is the hearth. And when our off grid family was making building decisions, the choice to have a masonry heater was the first one they made. Their masonry wood heater (also called a kachelofen or a Russian fireplace) was a DIY project built from native limestone and … [Read more...] about Why They Use A Masonry Heater In Their Off Grid Home
Solar cookers harness the power of the sun's rays to heat and cook food. Because they use only the sun, they are not reliant on a source of fuel, like propane and wood stoves are. This makes them great as a backup cookstove for emergency situations. Also known as "solar ovens", "solar grills", or … [Read more...] about How To Make a DIY Solar Oven
In A Sea of Rocket Stoves, Which Is The Best? After viewing many videos on YouTube, I decided to purchase the Deadwood Stove. Seemed like the best value for the money. And I can say that I am not disappointed! It arrived promptly and I was totally impressed with the quality, construction and good … [Read more...] about My Favorite Indoor Rocket Stove – The Deadwood Stove
Off grid laundry has come up a number of times as a self-sufficiency topic. It makes sense for a couple reasons. First of all, because many people in our crowd are wanting to be self-sufficient of the electrical and water grids, and need find another way of washing clothes. Secondly, because we are … [Read more...] about I Literally Got My Tit Stuck in the Wringer of An Off Grid Washing Machine!
One of the basic needs for any survival situation is a means of cooking food. The most abundant fuel available is wood. There are many ways to use wood to cook food... the most common being a camp fire or the “rocket stove”. However, these methods are not the most fuel efficient, and a lot of … [Read more...] about How To Build and Use Your Own DIY Wood Stove
Not long ago we had the opportunity to purchase a Cobb Cooking Grill and we love it. The thing that intriguing most was it's portability, the small amount of charcoal (or?) to cook with as well as only the top gets hot so you can cook just about anywhere with it. There's only two small vent … [Read more...] about Cobb Cooking Grill Review – Honest Thoughts