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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.
I was home today and cut some trees out of our land to use for fire wood to heat our off grid tiny house.
I took my chainsaw and gear out into the woods using a wheelbarrow to haul it.
Out in the woods, I cut some tall dead standing trees and some tall half trees that had broken off at one point in time.
I cut about three full trees and three tall stumps. By this time the chainsaw was out of gas and so was I.
Cutting jack pine is slow work due to all the small branches jutting out all over the place. It takes a bit loner and more gas to cut all those branches.
I will try to get out here more often and cut some more wood. We have been burning fire wood full time already this year since September. We are using it up fast.
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