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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.
It has been snowing for a couple days now but this day it was sticking to the ground for the first time.
It was snowing quite heavy at times the other day and it was sticking. It was cold all day and never got out of the 30s so the snow was sticking on the ground. It was pretty but we are not ready for it yet.
I am processing fire wood every day now for heating our off grid tiny house. We heat our home entirely with fire wood these days.
I hope to have at least six cords of fire wood before the snow covers the ground.
I hauled over and stacked another 18 wheelbarrow loads of fire wood from the back yard where I had processed the logs from last year. This was from 6 truck loads of 8 foot long logs I got for free last year. I let it cure all summer and recently cut and split it. Now the wet wood goes on the back of the fire wood pile and the dry wood goes up front to be used right away.
I started hauling and stacking the oak from the front yard as well but I did not count how much I moved.
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