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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.
When I got home from work I fired up the antique wood cook stove and got some water pots on to heat up for our showers. While I had that going Melanie brought out some food for a full meal which we cooked on the antique stove.
Our fully off grid shower includes a 12 volt DC water pump with a shower head. We put the pump in a bucket of warm water and enjoy a very nice hot off grid shower. A solar charged battery provides the power for the pump.
While the water was heating up on the wood cook stove I hauled some loads of fire wood and stacked it up on our wood pile for next winter. I still have a lot of fire wood to process.
Both our off grid homestead dinner outside and the off grid indoor shower were great.
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