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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DIY Easy Raised Trellis Planter For Your Garden - Free Plans


A great way to increase your garden's output of produce without increasing the garden size is to use raised trellis planters. Raised trellis planters allow plants to grow up instead of out. You will learn how to make a simple raised trellis planter in a couple of hours. This trellis planter is simple to make. …

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How To Build A Hoop House Style Greenhouse On A Tight Budget

hoop house

For the last four years we have been extending our growing season with a hoop house style greenhouse. The hoop house we designed and constructed is simple to make, has withstood winds in excess of 75 mph and will not break the bank to build. The benefits of a hoop house style greenhouse include: ease…

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Homestead Septic System Primer (Anaerobic, Mound, Aerobic)

Homestead Septic System Primer

A homestead in an area where there is no public sewer system will need to have an approved septic system. The purpose of this septic system is to remove wastes from the home, safely convert them to effluent and return the water from the effluent to the ground water. The septic system is usually approved…

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Urban Homesteading⎜History, Dark Chapter, Types, Skills

Community Garden

Urban Homesteading is a movement that started over 100 years ago. It has been called Backyard Homesteading and even Hobby Farming. The different names it has been called all describe the same basic idea. Producing as much of the food eaten by the urban household as possible given the amount of yard or other space…

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