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Washing Laundry Off Grid

We normally have to use the laundromat for clothes washing, we just don’t have the room in the tiny house to dry all the clothes we wear.  But now that it’s nice out, I can start doing laundry here. First you get the water.  If we used the rainwater to …

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Keep the Fire Burning

Much of the winter is spent keeping the wood stove hot. We rely on the wood stove for our heat, hot water, cooking, and anything else we might need some fire for. We try to keep it going all the time so we aren’t constantly restarting it, but we don’t …

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To Move a Wood Stove

We built this house very rushed. It was October and already the air was a little too crisp to be sleeping in a tent without heat. We hurried right along and got in to the house just in time, but in the rush there were a few things that could …

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Simple Rainwater Collection Setup

We have been hauling water from the stream much of the time we have been living here.  Over the winter, the plan had been to melt snow on the constant burning wood stove.  We thought winter would be much easier for water collection.  This plan was baffled twice.  First, we …

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Hauling Water

All winter long we have had to buy water. We have not yet put in a cistern and it is too cold to put your hand into the stream to fill jugs. It is still pretty cold and there is no way to get the car down to the stream …

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Chopping Firewood

Chop, chop, chop. All winter long. Chop, chop chop. Not that I personally chopped a single piece of wood, but it seems like we spent the entire winter chopping firewood. I know that we were only unprepared because we were busy building a house, but it was really annoying to …

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Off Grid Winter Bathing

Without running water, baths are a little more of a project.  Not really all that bad though, now that we have got the hang of it.  You just have to start collecting the day before. Yes.  We are melting snow to take baths and showers.  As long as we get …

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Passive Cooling, a Root Cellar Ice House

One of the issues we have here on the homestead is keeping food cold.  We have a cooler that goes through tons of ice all summer.   Then during the winter the food freezes.  We plan to put in a root cellar this year for sure, but what if we could …

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Terra Cotta Pot Heater

The house I am currently living in is rather expensive to keep warm enough for my taste so I have been looking for other ways to help warm the house a little cheaper.  I came across this terra cotta pot heater and figured I would give it a try.  It …

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Solar Clothes Dryer

The less electricity you use, the less you have to pay for.  The less you have to pay for, the less you have to work at your 9-5 job, even though I’m sure you love it.  The less you have to work at your 9-5 job, the more time you …