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  1. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Great Article: What it’s really like—and how much it costs—to go off the grid
  2. Vendor Deals
    Hey all! BougeRV will launch its first-ever special limited edition pop-up store in Gandy Bridge Beach Area, St.Petersburg, FL 33702 on July 30th 11 AM - 6 PM. Providing a variety of activity gifts and a unique environment to immerse in the world of solar energy. This is our first-ever pop-up...
  3. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I started looking at land about 8 years ago, at the time I couldn't afford anything - and I've been preparing to go off grid for about 12 years. For a while now it has seemed that the cost of land has simply risen too high for me to be able to buy any, but I've continued searching anyway. Just...
  4. New Member Introductions
    Just found this board, thought I'd join to learn! I'm planning to leave the city and have properties in central WI. would like to find like minded individuals. I am thinking of selling a couple properties I don't need if anyone is looking for useful land with buildings in the country but 15 - 45...
  5. Food and water
    Does anyone know the best way to clean a food grade IBC tote used for salmon oil? The goal is a off an grid tiny homes potable water holding tank for a backup water source, I've seen some people recommending Dawn and then rinsing and soaking with bleach, but I know that salmon oil is pretty...
  6. Book Reviews
    "Where There is No Doctor" is a classic austere medical handbook published by Hesperian. The first edition was written in the 1970s in Spanish and the book has since been translated into English and a few other languages. It's designed for use by natives in the developing world who lack access...
  7. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I'm not talking about ghetto heating, rather using a clothes dryer as a wood burning heater in an off-grid SHTF situation. I inspected the inside of my dryer and it looks to be all-metal other than a few plastic and rubber bits I can remove. The metal seems a bit flimsy so I'm not sure it...
  8. Australia and New Zealand
    At this present time, owning a cannon would be frowned upon, but after it has all gone to hell in a hand cart & there is no longer any law enforcement to protect us:rolleyes:, then anything goes, right? So, if you are looking for some big guns, now is the time to get them. You can pick up...
  9. Non-Lethal Weapons & Self Defense
    Hi everyone! My partner is a felon. We currently do not have any guns in our home and he feels strongly that he doesn't want to put himself at risk of future legal issues by having any guns in the home. I, however, want weapons for self defense. I'm looking for suggestions on Airsoft guns that...
  10. DIY - Do It Yourself
    I have the general idea and I want to make one. I just want to know if anyone has good schematics or detailed instructions, and if I should build my rotor and stator from scratch or used a premade motor like most people. I also want help knowing if I should make an X or Y axis turbine and what...
  11. Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum
    I'm assuming those who go camping, hiking, or hunting know a few things about four wheeling. I'll Be looking for my first off road vehicle shortly. And I'm interested in what YOU may know, for I most assuredly don't. My first thought is to get something that has a sound chassis and rebuild...
  12. DIY - Do It Yourself
    We are off grid and set up the solar panels a few weeks ago. It is temporary till we build the house and mount them and add to the array. So for now they are on a wooden platform with the charge controller, batteries and inverter under them. It seems like every other day we have enough power. So...
  13. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    EDIT: This thread has become long and unwieldy. That's okay, there is a lot of good info here. But to make it easier to navigate to the most important parts, I've created a clickable Table of Contents. The INTRODUCTION & and PART I: DETERMINE ELECTRICAL REQUIREMENTS are this post. PART II...
  14. Vehicles, Transportation, & Overlanding
    I have seen many ideas on here for a bug out vehicle and SHTF vehicles, Here is my idea for the best well rounded multi purpose vehicle that anyone can have/build with very small budget) Total build 5-8k depending on what all you do. Steps can be added or taken away depending on your area and...
  15. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    A year ago we purchased a 5 acre lot of land in the foothills. We are 650 feet elevation. We have the top of the hill with a view of the lake below. We purchased a 32 foot travel trailer. This property is off grid. Nearest PG&E power pole is 1/2 mile away. We do not have a well yet. Plan...
  16. DIY - Do It Yourself
    Hey All, I just wanted to post the results of my several months long endeavor trying to heat (at least partially) my rented house with solar. The construction of the panel was unfortunately not photographed but there are a handful of finished and in use pictures. The Details: 4'x8' plywood...
  17. DIY - Do It Yourself
    I'm wondering if anyone has built, purchased, uses or has any firsthand experience with one. While they don't look overly complicated I'm interested in peoples real world experiences and impressions on having one. Such as, would it be a viable addition to a multifuel solution for power...
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