The Helpful Woodshed … know how many cords of wood all season.

Collecting firewood is a hard task to do each year.  It may be a sustainable source of heat, but it is not sustainable work for the human body.  When I built our woodshed, I designed it to easily keep track of how much wood we have stored, and how much we are using throughout the … Continue reading The Helpful Woodshed … know how many cords of wood all season.

Another Firewood Season Coming to a Close *Note sigh of relief…

Wearing my grubbiest, holiest t-shirt, toughest Walls jeans, a pair of worn out hiking shoes or rubber boots, and skip a shower until evening because I am about to sweat through every pore of my skin; I head out to fell, buck, transport, split, and stack firewood for the 2016 season. Gathering wood this season … Continue reading Another Firewood Season Coming to a Close *Note sigh of relief…

Preparing for a winter storm … Grateful to be off grid

During the last storm in our area, many people were left with out power for days because the wind had knocked out the power in several places.  Many homes today are designed to be completely dependent on the grid.  When a power outage occurs, the obvious lights, electronic devices, and refrigeration goes down, but that … Continue reading Preparing for a winter storm … Grateful to be off grid

Domestic hot water from a wood cook stove, now that’s a hot idea.

All domestic hot water in our home currently is heated by the wood cook stove and stored in the tank behind the stove for later use. Since we have been using the wood cook stove to heat the home and cook meals, there has been plenty of hot water for showers, dishes, and laundry during … Continue reading Domestic hot water from a wood cook stove, now that’s a hot idea.