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The Best Way to Split Wood Efficiently
March 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

My husband has designed his own firewood chopping block for the best way to split wood efficiently for us. If you split firewood, then you know the value of efficient …

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Simple Homesteading – How to Start Successfully
March 13, 2019 · · Homesteading

Starting a new homestead can be an overwhelming experience. We start out full of hopes and vision. We look for a better quality of life through simple homesteading. Then the …

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A Wood Stove Hot Water Heater Heats Water for Free

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 from your wood-burning …

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How to Use a Wood-Burning Cook Stove

When my companion and I began our 18-month transition period of moving to and living in the woods, we also began a period of education. We discussed and planned much. …

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How to Build a Homemade Barrel Stove

By W. Wayne Robertson – Many people are familiar with wood heaters made from steel barrels. This is a description of how to make a homemade barrel stove. An effort has been …

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How to Build an Inexpensive Outside Oven

By Donna Cerabone – Breads old-world style—crispy on the outside, warm and soft on the inside—are impossible to make in a standard oven. Many ethnic meals are only complete with …

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Stocking Your Food Pantry with Emergency Essentials

By Nancy Farris – When planning your emergency food pantry, you should first ask yourself two questions: If an emergency occurs, what are the things I will most likely lack; …

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How to Build an Energy-Efficient Home

The challenge of learning how to build an energy-efficient home is not in the engineering and design: it’s in juggling the trade-offs. Every element of a home has ramifications on other elements. …

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Add Kerosene Lanterns to Your Off The Grid Living Supplies

By Jack Chapis If you’re like me, then you are proud to be part of your homestead heritage. I use oil lamps because of the soft nature of the light and …

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No-Peek Beef Stew for a Winter Warm Up
March 13, 2019 · · Canning & Kitchen

Is there anything better to chase away the bone-chilling cold of winter than old-fashioned beef stew? Well, yes. How about “no-peek” old-fashioned beef stew? Beat the winter blahs with a …

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A Recipe for Luxurious Luffas
March 13, 2019 · · Canning & Kitchen

“Taste this,” Paew Piromya tells me in her father’s Bangkok restaurant as she passes a green vegetable dish with brown gravy across the table. “Guess what it is.” The thick vegetarian …

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Heat and Eat on a Wood-Burning Cook Stove

By Gail Reynolds, Missouri – Among the most common of homestead essentials is learning how to cook on the wood-burning cook stove. For most Countryside readers, the ultimate focus of the …

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Fire In Your Pasture: Friend or Foe?

Originally published in the March/April 2017 issue of Sheep! magazine. Subscribe for more great stories!  By John Kirchhoff, Kirchhoff Katahdins Renick, Missouri Fire in your pasture is like a brother-in-law, …

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Rules for Safe Water Bath Canning
March 13, 2019 · · Canning & Kitchen

Our grandmothers did things differently. But that was before they knew what we know now. If you’re new to canning, throw out most of what your grandmother taught you and …

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Safety in the Garden
March 1, 2019 · · Growing

While gardening is a healthy and fun pastime, it’s important to remember there are risks involved. Enthusiasm for getting out in the garden and completing a task sometimes leads people …

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