Tag Archives : off grid

The 5 Gallon Bucket Book


This is quickly becoming my favorite go-to book for anything and everything that can be done with a 5 gallon bucket. Of course, I already was familiar with the composting toilet, the washing machine and the planters. This book contains more than 50 projects for around the homestead (and the home) that can be completed with 5 gallon buckets! Including…

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Off Grid Basic Maintenance


Today I have some maintenance chores to attend to, to keep the trailer off grid ready. Some of these basic maintenance items would apply to a stick built house as well.   Batteries –  I currently don’t have solar panels or a generator for the trailer. That means that my batteries need to be plugged in to charge. They are…

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Fermented Foods


Life in a 14 foot trailer can get very interesting. Especially when you’re trying to eat fresh, whole foods and your refrigerator will hold about enough for one day. Our fridge is about the size of a large cooler. Just try getting a gallon of raw milk, a half gallon of carrot juice, a quart of green juice, condiments, cheese, meats,…

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How To Cure Soap


That’s easy, don’t let it get sick! Aaarrgh! Bad soapmaker joke. Seriously, though, it’s one thing to pull out the folding table and make a batch of soap, but once the soap sets up and gets cut, it needs to sit around for about 5 weeks to completely neutralize the action of the lye and oils and evaporate some of…

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Heating With Wood


How nice it is to turn a knob and be warm.  How expensive!  How grateful we are to have finally installed a woodstove at the homestead.  Our first several years here were all about keeping the thermostat low and bundling up.  Admittedly, heating with wood can be a lot of work, especially when you cut your own firewood.  But there…

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