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The Do It Yourself World
Join us and follow along as we strive to become fully self sufficient and off the grid on our 18 acre homestead in the woods. My wife Melanie, our daughter Michelle, and I moved in the spring of 2017 to our new homestead in Northern lower Michigan.
We are surrounded by wild State forest land teaming with wildlife. For many, this is vacation paradise. For us, this is home. There are very few full time people around, which ads to the wildness and the beauty of the area. This also leaves us pretty much alone in the quiet and peaceful forest.
We are raising chickens for meat, eggs and for some extra money to help pay the bills. We grow our own food to help offset the cost of groceries. We hunt and fish for meat as needed and to stock up for the harsh winter months.
We hope to become more and more independent of the grocery stores with time and eventually become fully self sufficient.
We are putting up solar panels and battery backup systems to power our meager needs in our off grid tiny house. We use primarily wood heat to keep us warm in the cold winter months.
A lot has changed at the off grid homestead recently so here are some updates.
We have a new wood (used) Morso wood stove which is super efficient. This stove burns for 12 hours on 4 pieces of pine and keeps our home a cozy 70 degrees all the time. We regulate the temperature by opening the windows as needed because this was made for a 2,500 sq ft home and ours is 692 sq ft.
We are using solar power heavily these days in our off grid tiny house. We use solar power to charge up portable LED lights which we use as needed instead of using grid power.
We have a portable LED work light which we use in the back part of the house. The bathroom and back bedroom have no grid power at all to them. The circuit breakers are turned off back there.
In the living room we have our main solar power source from the large solar panels out front. Here we have 120 volts AC power, 5 volts USB, 12 volts DC and 24 volts DC.
Upstairs we heavily use our portable solar generator set for lights and radio and to charge up cell phones as needed.
Outside I am using my new PwPAM folding solar panel to charge up a LED light for our home. This is very powerful for its size and price.
I cut up some of the logs out in the yard today. Some were just a bit too long for the log splitter and had to be shortened a bit. Some were just in need of cutting yet.
I hauled some of the logs over with the wheel barrow but it turned out to be a bigger job than I had imagined and it wore me out.
We are burning through our fire wood already. We went through about a cord and a half already I figure. But we have been burning full time since early September so I guess we are doing well.
I am still determined to keep cutting fire wood until there is too much snow on the ground.
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