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Radiant Foil Reduces Winter Greenhouse Heat Loss

I am putting radiant foil on the ceiling, walls and door of the off grid greenhouse to reduce heat loss during the cold winter nights. Radiant foil is also known as radiant barrier and reflects radiant heat back into the building, reducing heat loss.   I used radiant foil in

Off Grid Greenhouse After A Cold Winter Night & Homestead Updates

After some very cold winter nights reaching 3 degrees F with blowing wind, I took my camera out to the off grid greenhouse for an update on the plants. And I talk a minute about being snowed in for the weekend at the off grid homestead.   We got hit with 8 inches of snow Satu

DIY Greenhouse Insulating Curtains & Tiny House Emergency

I got the idea of using moving blankets in our off grid winter greenhouse to retain heat during cold winter nights. Our tiny house wood stove pipes disintegrated and we had to make emergency repairs.   We are trying to keep food growing in our off grid greenhouse this winter.

Greenhouse Thermosyphon Wood Stove Heating System Working

I finished the off grid greenhouse wood stove thermosyphon water heating system and did a test run to make sure everything works well. Melanie is inside working on our recycled pallet wood products for sale.   I have built a water boiler heating system using an antique Sears

Finished Greenhouse Wood Stove Boiler Heating System

I finished putting together the off grid winter greenhouse boiler heating system. This is a fully homemade system using a wood stove and two 55 gallon barrels. Some PVC pipe fittings and some PEX lines are all that were needed to complete the system.   This system will operat

I installed my antique wood stove in the off grid living camper. Free heat, hot water and cooking.

December 4th, 2011   I finally got my wood stove installed in the off grid living camper. It took longer to plan it than the actual work itself. I wanted to make sure that the stove would not cause anything to overheat. Living in a camper there is not much space to play aroun

Got an antique Sears Roebuck wood burning stove for my off grid living camper.

December 2nd, 2011   I just got an antique Sears Roebuck & Co wood burning stove for $10. On the front plate it shows the company name and then "No Hot Pot 30A". Guess that is the model number. It only stands 2 feet high. It has a 2 burner cooking top and a water boiler a

Why Disaster Preparedness and Survival are Important For Everyone. What You Can do to Prepare.

What is survival?   When most people think of survival or emergency readiness, they probably imagine a bunch of gun toting camouflaged rednecks running through the woods shooting anything that moves. But disaster preparedness is important for eve

Water proofing and patching up the roof of my off grid living camper

November 21st, 2011   Yesterday the weather was awesome. The sun was shining and it was very warm. Almost like summer. So I took out the rubberized tar roof repair and went to work on the roof of my off grid camper. For about $15 I got a gallon of this roof repai

Repairing Water Damaged Truck Camper

This is some work I did a few months ago, but I took a lot of photos and wanted to share it anyway. The slide in truck camper is my first ever camper and when I got it, the guy told me it had no water leaks and everything was good. Not.   Right after I got it home, we had a h

Making repairs on my new off grid living camper

November 18th, 2011   It rained a few days in a row, quite heavily. The leak above the sofa that I found was worse than ever. I decided to rip down the ceiling panel and see how bad it was.   But where the water was coming in there is very bad rot and dam

Winterizing My Off Grid Living Camper

Winter is coming fast and if I want to use this camper for off grid living during the cold months, then I need to get it ready soon. I plan to stay out in the camper during the winter and see if I can manage without any power or water hookups from the utility companies. I will need to provide hea

ThruNite TN42C Spotlight Extreme Field Testing & Daily Use

ThruNite sent me their super powerful TN42 flashlight with a visible beam range of 1,550 Meters/yards. This LED spotlight is so bright that it can be seen from 5 miles away and outshines even argon lamps.   The TN42C LED search light has a CREE XHP35 HI LED with a

Building A Wood Stove Boiler System For Greenhouse Heating

I am building a wood stove water boiler heating system for our off grid winter greenhouse using an antique wood stove water boiler and two 55 gallon steel barrels. This will work using the thermosiphon effect and will have no moving parts and no outside power source to run it.  

Snow Covered Off Grid Homestead As Winter Sets In

We got up to find a beautiful and snowy homestead. We had four inches of snow fall on us during the night, covering the land in white. The solar panels were also covered so I had to sweep them off.   By the way, the solar panels are currently laying flat because the wind out
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