Wood Stove is Free Hot Water

Free hot showers for the past three weeks.  The weather outside is cold enough to keep the wood cook stove fired up almost twenty-four seven to heat our home.  With the wood cook stove heating the home, cooking much of our food, and heating our hot water, we have been able to wash dishes, do … Continue reading Wood Stove is Free Hot Water

Temporary hot water? Reality Check… We live off grid (part 3)

I have talked about hot water during the late fall, winter, and early spring months, but I have not really discussed how we have hot water when not using our wood stove.  This is another off grid reality check.  It's another one of those facts that separate our home life from those on the grid, … Continue reading Temporary hot water? Reality Check… We live off grid (part 3)

Reality Check… we live off grid (part 1: of our transition period)

Sometimes my wife and I have to remind ourselves that we live off the grid.  We do not receive any electricity from the power company. We make our own electricity using our solar panels and sometimes back up gas generator in a pinch. During evenings, I like to unwind by watching Youtube on the television.  … Continue reading Reality Check… we live off grid (part 1: of our transition period)

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.