Wood Stove Vs Pellet Stove: Which One is Right for You?

Both Types of Stoves Have Advantages and Disadvantages.  Here’s How to Weigh the Options. The idea of wood heat is appealing to many people.  In many ways it...

10 Ways to Maximize the Heat from Your Wood-Burning Stove Across the Whole House

Wood-stoves are Space Heaters.  Here’s How to Get the Heat into Those Hard to Reach Places. Many of us enjoy the warm, direct heat of a wood burning stove. ...

Home Solar Power 101

Here’s What You Need to Know About Home Solar Power and How to Get Started How many of us think solar power is a good idea but just never seem to get around to...

Natural Materials You Can Use in Place of Goose Down

When it Comes to Insulation, Goose Down is the Champ.  Here’s How to Find Natural Substitutes that are Just as Good. There’s a reason Goose Down is found in so...

How to Restore Early American Lumber and Carpentry Tools

It’s Time to Get Those Antiques Off the Walls and Back into Our Hands Believe it or not, there was a time with no power tools.  Everything was done by hand and the...

Mastering the Craft of Making Jerky

It’s Not Just for Beef Anymore.  Here’s How to Explore the Jerky World. It’s hard to say where and when jerky originated.  We’ve been drying food for...

8 Ways to Turn Tin Cans into a Kitchen

Hobos Mastered the Craft of Tin Can Cookery and You Can Too. It’s one thing to forage in the wilderness for wild foods, but...

Food Dehydration Methods

Perhaps the Oldest Food Preservation Technique and One That We Should Understand as Another Step Towards Self-Reliance. It’s impossible to establish how food...

Instant and Natural Winter Survival Shelters

A Shelter can be Critical to Wilderness Survival.  But What Can You do When Time Isn’t on Your Side? Critical needs for effective winter survival make a short...

Building and Maintaining a Sustainable Fire in Winter

Any Temperature Below Freezing in the Wilderness Can be Life Threatening. Here’s How to Survive When the Odds are Against You. Fire and water don’t mix. That’s what...

Wood Stove Vs Pellet Stove: Which One is Right for You?

by | February 20, 2019

Both Types of Stoves Have Advantages and Disadvantages.  Here’s How to Weigh the Options. The idea of wood heat is appealing to many people.  In many ways it can be more economical than conventional heat provided by natural gas, propane and especially oil and electricity.  If you’re heating with firewood in a wood-burning stove and […]

10 Ways to Maximize the Heat from Your Wood-Burning Stove Across the Whole House

by | February 13, 2019

Wood-stoves are Space Heaters.  Here’s How to Get the Heat into Those Hard to Reach Places. Many of us enjoy the warm, direct heat of a wood burning stove.  At times they over-heat a room and we have to adjust dampers, flues and stove-vents to manage the temperature.  But all too often remote bedrooms and […]

Home Solar Power 101

by | February 6, 2019

Here’s What You Need to Know About Home Solar Power and How to Get Started How many of us think solar power is a good idea but just never seem to get around to it?  Well maybe it’s time to take the first step towards solar.  It doesn’t have to be expensive and you can […]

Natural Materials You Can Use in Place of Goose Down

by | January 29, 2019

When it Comes to Insulation, Goose Down is the Champ.  Here’s How to Find Natural Substitutes that are Just as Good. There’s a reason Goose Down is found in so many sleeping bags, parkas and pillows.  It has proven over centuries to be one of the best insulating materials to keep the heat in and […]

How to Restore Early American Lumber and Carpentry Tools

by | January 19, 2019

It’s Time to Get Those Antiques Off the Walls and Back into Our Hands Believe it or not, there was a time with no power tools.  Everything was done by hand and the only power was muscle and intelligent leverage.  It was the only way to get things done at a time when off-the-grid meant […]

Mastering the Craft of Making Jerky

by | January 11, 2019

It’s Not Just for Beef Anymore.  Here’s How to Explore the Jerky World. It’s hard to say where and when jerky originated.  We’ve been drying food for millennia in the sun, the wind and over variations on a fire.  One idea attributes the actual word “jerky” to a tribe in South America called the        […]

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