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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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Cooking
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DIY Sourdough Starter

  Happy Thanksgiving!  While we are on the topic of food, I would like to complain about it for a second.  I always have a hard time finding recipes and methods for cooking when you have only a small wood stove to cook on.   I know there aren’t huge amounts …

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Off Grid Utilities

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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Gardening
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Compost in Beds

I left off, quite a long time ago, talking about how the soil at my place was close to worthless. Clay and rocks and very acidic. Far from what I will need to be able to grow a years worth of food for a family of four. It is getting …

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Gardening
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Raised Garden Beds and Hugelkulturs

Now that I have figured out that I do not have good soil, I have to start getting ready for next year.  I have picked out a few places where I would really like to put garden beds.  If I can get the raised beds layed out, I can start …

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Cooking
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DIY Rocket Stove

Now that we have a kitchen with a roof and some water, we need to get cooking.  The stove that we thought would work best in our kitchen was a simple rocket stove.  The one that we built was simple, but cost us $60 for fire brick.  We spent the …

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Off Grid Utilities

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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Outdoor Building
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DIY Outdoor Kitchen

I chose the outdoor kitchen to be the first project on the new blog because this kitchen is my baby.  My outdoor kitchen is far nicer than my indoor kitchen will ever be.  It has it’s own garden, rain collector,  rocket stove, and other good stuff.  Lots of projects for …

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Materials

From Woods to Homestead

When we first bought our little piece of land, it was nothing but trees and rocks. So many trees that we couldn’t even set up a tent. After a huge amount of hemming and hawing we finally decided to have a logger come in and clear some of the land. …

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Just Chat and Pictures
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One Year Off Grid

I’m excited to announce that we have officially been off grid for a whole year.  I would love to write a long, descriptive post about how amazing a journey it has been, but I’m posting from my phone while my computer is getting fixed up for the new blog.  What …

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