Chainsaw User Guide (Pro Grade, Cost, Bar, Chain, Maintenance)

chainsaw and wheelbarrow

One of the most beneficial tools a homestead can have is a chainsaw. I've used chainsaws for 38 years, in fact our homestead has three. If the homestead heats with wood or supplements the heat with wood, you want to have a good quality professional grade chainsaw. In this chainsaw user's guide we will look…

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Cutting Down Trees (Safety, Cutting Firewood, Using Chainsaws)

If you heat with wood, you either buy your firewood or you learn to harvest your own firewood. I have 38 years experience cutting down trees without a single injury. I'd like to share with you what I learned and do so you too can harvest your own trees for firewood safely. To teach you…

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Fuel Storage⎜Long-Term, Cost, Safety, Gas, Diesel, Kerosene

Proper long-term fuel storage is something anyone can learn to do. Whether you are storing fuel for a generator, your chainsaw or other equipment. It is not rocket science. I know, I learned how to do it and so can you! Long-term fuel storage involves; proper storage methods, a knowledge of fuel stabilizers learning which…

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Bright Idea For Indoor Growing⎜Simple DIY Grow Frame Plans

Growing plants

We grow lettuce, spinach, greens and different herbs indoors all winter long for our eating enjoyment. We also start our garden seedlings indoors, transplanting them in the garden when it gets warm enough outside. With a short growing season due to our northern latitude, starting plants indoors increases our growing season by several weeks. This…

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Firewood⎜ Types, Uses, Seasoning, Storing, Cords, Facts

stored firewood wood

Firewood is a renewable heating energy resource. Carefully managed, a five acre wood lot can give firewood for a 1500 square foot house for a lifetime. Many homesteaders use wood heat as the primary source of heat in their home. Having heated or supplemented heat with firewood myself for well over 20 years, this is…

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Wood Burning Stove Chimneys, An Informative Buyer's Guide

braced chimney

A wood burning stove needs a chimney to allow the smoke and gasses to go up and exit the house in a safe and approved manner. Most wood burning stoves use what is called black chimney pipe from the stove to the inside ceiling or wall of the house. From there, special double or triple…

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Wood Stoves - Valuable Buyer’s Guide (Choose The Right Size)

wood burning stove

For nearly 20 years I have lived in homes that had wood stoves for heat or supplemental heat. In some of the homes the stoves heated just fine. In other homes there were rooms the heat did not reach. In one case the wood stove would not hold a fire all night long. There are…

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Grid Tie Or Off Grid Solar System - Which Is Better

solar panel array

You have located a great piece of property for your dream homestead. But one problem is there is no electrical power to it. You are considering a Grid Tie Solar or an Off Grid Solar Electrical System. What factors should be considered in making your choice? The Factors to be considered include: How far would…

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Homestead Property, Rural Property - The Differences

country homestead property

As someone who has lived on both country and homestead property I am often asked what the difference between the two types of property is. What is the difference between country and homestead property? The difference between country and homestead property involves differences in attitude, lifestyle and for many people it includes a difference in…

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Productive Garden From Rocky Soil - The ABCs Of Success

Large Raised Bed

The ideal spot for a garden on our homestead happened to be where a previous owner had graded the lot before building a metal shop. The grading had removed the top soil and left hard rocky soil that grew a mixture of weeds and some low growing grass. There are several problems with rocky soil:…

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