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Boiling Maple Syrup & Working In Off Grid Wood Shop

We have been boiling maple sap into pure maple syrup for weeks now on and off since we tapped early. The flow is not yet daily but the time is coming. I worked in the off grid wood shop designing a panel meter for my Quanta generator device.   Chris and I have been working fu

Early Season Tapping Maple Trees & A Gift Arrived

I have been tapping maple trees early this year due to an early warm spell that began already in January. I am still working with the Bedini Motor restoring lead acid batteries. And a beautiful gift arrived at the off grid homestead.   Since it turned warmer in mid January I

Tapping Maple Trees And Off Grid Homesteading

We have a warm spell of weather the past two weeks so I am tapping maple trees early this year. I am also restoring lead acid batteries for use on the off grid homestead in our greenhouse during the winter months.   First thing in the morning I had to sweep off the solar pane

Snowy Day At The Homestead & Tiny House Work

It was snowing quite heavily today at the off grid homestead so I alternated between shoveling snow outside and working on the tiny house electrical wiring inside.   It started to snow early in the morning. We had some large fluffy snow flakes falling down. It was quite prett

How & When To Tap Maple Syrup Trees & Off Grid Homesteading

We are in the end of January 2017 and I have already started to tap my maple trees. The sap was flowing heavily on this day as well. It was busy today at the off grid homestead.   Normally the maple sap flows near the end of February to the beginning of April some time. It va

Awesome Solar Power & Building Magnet Separator

The day started out with a clear blue sky and we had some awesome solar power production at the off grid homestead. I am still restoring lead acid batteries in our greenhouse with the Bedini motor. Chris is splitting fire wood outside.   The day alternated between sunny and b

A Lot Going On At The Off Grid Homestead

It was a very busy day at the off grid homestead today. All three of us were hard at work on this day doing different tasks around the homestead from felling trees to pumping water to crafting.   We have had a very wet and partially snowy time recently so the ground is all wh

Off Grid Laundry - Drinking Water & More

It was a cold, dark day at the off grid homestead so we spent some time washing clothes, crafting and other homestead projects. Most of the time was spent doing indoor work on this day.   It was pay day so Melanie and I went shopping for our monthly grocery supplies. We go to

Updates On The Off Grid Homestead

After a few days of working on the pulse motor/battery desulfator I give you an update on things at the off grid homestead. It is a beautiful warm, sunny day and the solar power battery banks are topping off nicely.   I was able to walk around in a T-shirt because the sun was

Counting Amps & Watts In My Off Grid Solar Powered Home

Living off the grid – with no outside source of electricity – means that you may need to count amps and watts. When solar or wind energy is your only source of electricity then you must watch your energy consumption every day to ensure that you do not drain the battery bank. R

Got running water in my off grid trailer

2012-05-01   I finally got running water in my off grid camper. It may be something you never think about and take for granted on a daily basis, but go without it for a while and you really learn to appreciate the nice comforts of modern living.The trailer has a 4

Should You Choose Solar Or Wind Energy – or both?

There is a lot of talk on the net about either solar energy or wind energy. Many homes decide to use one or the other. Most choose solar energy for their home. But have you ever considered using both? If they could both be installed affordably, for the average family, then why not? Here are some

Going Solar – Gutting out the electrical junk from my off grid trailer

April 26th, 2012   I have been converting my off grid trailer to solar for the last few months now. The last step in the process was to remove that old, bulky power converter and the 115 volt power cable that was normally used to plug into the grid at campgrounds

Fully Off Grid On Earth Day 2012

April 22nd, 2012   I guess I did my part on Earth Day 2012 by staying out in the Off Grid Trailer. I have no connections to any utilities. Everything is fully off the grid. I must provide my own water, heat, electricity and waste management. Using the old

Living In The Off Grid Camper

April 21st, 2012   I am staying in the Off Grid Camper full time now. I am still improving the trailer every day, making it comfortable for long term living. There are a lot of life changes to be made when moving off the grid, but it is a satisfying feeling when
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