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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.
I hauled home a load of fire wood that was free for the taking on the road side. Then I cut it, split it and stacked it to use for our off grid tiny house heating this winter.
There was a nice amount of oak fire wood sitting there for free so I hauled it home. Some was cut at the perfect size for the wood stove but some was not cut at all.
I unloaded the truck and then cut the logs to size with my chainsaw.
Then I split everything on the log splitter and stacked it up for burning. I sort the fire wood as I stack, putting dry wood in one pile and the wet wood in another.
I got a decent amount of fire wood from this haul.
I brought over my wood chipper next to the log splitter. From now on I will run the tree bark through the chipper right in place where it falls. The mulch can then be used on our garden to retain moisture and provide nutrients for the garden plants.