Off-Grid Living

The Global Sun Oven review

When asked which solar cooker oven I recommend, I always mention the Global Sun Oven. It was the very first solar oven I owned and it shows plenty of wear and tear. It’s more expensive than other versions, but its designers came up with creative solutions to common issues that made solar cooking more challenging than it needed to be. Now, this oven has been re-designed with a few more bells and whistles and the interior can now easily handle …

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DIY Solar Cookers

This is a guide to different kinds of solar cookers. I’ve worked with these fun little devices myself, on models used by NGO’s (Non-Governmental Organizations) to help feed the poor in Africa. Solar cookers are cheap to make and need only sunlight to cook food or purify water. With all the direct sunlight Africa receives, this is a good fit. They also reduce deforestation, and the hazards that come from having wood stoves in densely populated areas. But solar cookers …

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Power when there’s no power: Buying tips for your first generator

We all have had times when our power has gone out due to some natural or manmade disaster.  If you have any sort of frozen food stored, you definitely want to prolong its freshness in addition to carrying on your life as normal as possible. So what do you do? Getting a generator is one of many options. Lots of people have them and they are great for short-term disturbances in the power grid such as storms, fires, etc. Additionally, …

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The BioLite CampStove Review

Millions of Americans remember well the power outages that occurred in the summer of 2012. They quickly found out how difficult life can be without lights, refrigeration, or a way to cook food. For years, I’ve been stressing the need to have at least 2 methods of cooking food and heating water in case of a power outage. These alternatives should be: 1.  Fuel efficient. If your power is out and you’re looking for fuel for your camp stove or …

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A Manual Well Pump for Grid-Down Scenarios: The Bison Pump

Guest post by Stephen Clay McGehee who blogs at The Southern Agrarian. When we decided to add manual pumping capability to our electric pump well, it came down to two alternatives – the Simple Pump or the Bison Pump. Both are designed for different uses, so one is not necessarily “better” than the other. They are, however, very different. We chose the Bison pump. Before we discuss the Bison pump, let’s look at the Simple pump. The well and pump …

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EcoZoom: The Versa vs. The Dura

Guest post by RightWingMom.  This is a review of the two models of EzoZoom stoves, the Versa and the Dura. Disclaimer: Our EcoZoom demonstrations were conducted while on a camping trip in Colorado.  The elevation at our camp site was 7703 feet.  The morning temperature was in the mid 40’s.  As with all meal preparations, cook times will vary depending on elevation and outdoor temperature. The Versa is a duel fuel stove.  It can burn both wood and charcoal.  The …

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Rice & Beans on a Rocket Stove

A lot of you know that I love and highly recommend the Stove-Tec Rocket Stove.  It’s a highly efficient cooking stove that uses very little fuel, either wood or charcoal, but is sturdy enough to take on multiple camping trips.  Reader RWM (RightWingMom) recently sent me an email detailing her experiences making a rice and beans dish on her stove.  I’m going to let her words and photos tell her story.  (Thanks, RWM!) “I still need to work on my …

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The Dutch Oven Survival Kit

If you’re one of those folks without power, heat, or warmth because of the recent snowstorms, you probably know that you need a cooking tool that can bake, boil, fry, and saute. And it should be able to function with a variety of heat sources since you don’t know when the electricity might come back on. My nomination for this wonder implement has been around for hundreds of years. It’s easy to find, cheap, and effective.  Go get a cast …

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12 Things You Will Need to Live Comfortably While Homeless

Having lived in the woods, and houseless, for quite a few years before I had offspring, I know what you DO need and what you DON’T need to live happily in an off-grid, houseless situation. This would apply to a homeless situation, too. Here is what you NEED for living in a homeless situation: Bandanas — Use as a washcloth, napkin, snot rag, TP, easy bag for berries or herbs, a quick shirt (two knotted together), loincloth, head cover, mask, …

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