Self-Reliance

Build a Home Using Alternative Building Materials
February 16, 2020 · · Self-Reliance

Building a self-sustaining home or structure is a wonderful concept that can be put into practice by anyone looking to create shelter for man or animal.

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How to Make a DIY Barrel Smoker
February 12, 2020 · · Self-Reliance

Barbecue competitors know all about building a DIY barrel smoker. Smokers can be built from many different humble beginnings.

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The Best Wood-Burning Stoves for Off-Grid Living
January 16, 2020 · · Self-Reliance

Picking the best wood burning stoves for your homestead is a personal affair. Factors including your budget, your intended use, and personal preferences will largely dictate what stove you choose.

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Avoiding, Recognizing, and Treating Hypothermia Symptoms
January 6, 2020 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites An enemy lurks in the coldest depths of the land, taking thousands of victims. But it’s not wildlife. It’s the cold itself. Recognizing hypothermia symptoms can keep …

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7 Reasons to Consider a Composting Toilet
January 2, 2020 · · Self-Reliance

Why should you consider a composting toilet? In order to answer this question, it is important to first understand how composting toilets work. True composting toilets optimize the natural microbial decomposition process to fully convert waste into fertilizing soil.

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What Size Generator Do I Need for My Farm, Ranch or Off-Grid Home?
January 1, 2020 · · Self-Reliance

When most people think of Connecticut they envision a state covered in pavement and cramped little houses stacked on top of one another, but nothing could be farther from the truth. Surprising as it may seem, the majority of New England is rural in nature, dotted with farms and homesteads averaging from five to 100+ acres per parcel. 

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50 Must-Haves for TEOTWAWKI

Arguably, the most important thing to store for a SHTF (Stuff Hits The Fan) or complete TEOTWAWKI (The End Of The World As We Know It) scenario is knowledge. Without it, you won’t survive.

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Surviving Weather-Related Power Cuts and Outages
December 27, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

It’s all fun and games until it’s lights out. But a little preparation can help you survive power cuts and outages.

Losing power during summer is hot, sweaty, and miserable. You hold glasses of milk against your perspiring forehead then drink before the milk goes bad.

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Wintertime Epsom Salt Hacks
December 17, 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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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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