Self-Reliance

How to Clean Creosote From a Wood Stove
December 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites In our home, knowing how to clean creosote from the stove pipe chimney is a job best handled by my wonderful husband. Although I do try to …

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Battery Maintenance Tips
December 9, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

In this article we discuss the common types of lead acid batteries you have around your farm or homestead, their uses, and battery maintenance tips for optimum life.

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A Wood Stove Hot Water Heater Heats Water for Free
December 4, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites By Patricia Greene – A good hot shower or bath is essential to everyone’s well-being. A shower or bath on a cold day with free hot water …

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Alternative Heating Ideas for Price Hikes and Power Outages
November 26, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites Photos By Shelley Dedauw Growing up, I got in big trouble for turning on the heat. And we walked to school uphill both ways and then came …

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How to Process a Deer: Start with Sharp Knives
November 25, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites By Ellen Grunseth – Deer hunting and processing has been a family tradition for as long as I can remember. As kids, my brother and I would …

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How to Stop Pipes from Freezing
November 16, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites You’ve acquired your dream homestead. But do you know how to stop pipes from freezing and keep your dream from becoming a winter nightmare? Freezing pipes are …

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Wintertime Epsom Salt Hacks
October 20, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Trying to stay healthy in the winter is a challenge so I have some Epsom salt hacks that will help when you’re feeling under the weather.

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3 Natural Home Remedies for Fleas
October 18, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites Home remedies for fleas don’t have to be expensive, smelly or toxic. When I was a veterinary technician 20-odd years ago, the number one query of most …

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Fire Evacuation Procedures: Do You Have a Plan?
September 12, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites Our recent fires in the state of Washington have been a lesson in preparing fire evacuation procedures. The fires swooped in so fast that there was little …

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Tips To Help Homeowners Prepare For A Natural Disaster
September 11, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Knowing beforehand what to do when a natural disaster hits is pivotal.

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A Guide to the Best Survival Foods
September 10, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites Emergency survival and preparation is a hot topic right now. You’ll find many articles online regarding what foods should be on your survival items list. Some are better …

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An Earthy Guide to the Best Composting Toilets

Add to Favorites By Patricia Baird Greene In order to find and follow your own path to the best composting toilet for your family and self-sustaining living situation, it may …

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Wood-Splitting Tools for Today’s Homestead
August 30, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites Wood-splitting tools have enabled homesteaders to survive and thrive for centuries. Just like many of today’s tools we use on the homestead, there have been some marked …

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10 Frugal Homemade Fire Starters for Your Hearth or Emergency Pack
August 27, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites Save money on your survival gear list by making items from scratch. Homemade fire starters combine free or upcycled materials with inexpensive combustibles. Whether you need to …

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Elderberry Offers Edible and Medicinal Benefits
August 9, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites My first experience with elderberries came when my husband and I moved to the country to build our first home. We purchased land that was pretty much …

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