off grid

Daily Prep

Pump Water Without Electricity

Water pumping water wheel
Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 7:18 PM

An interesting off grid way to pump water to other locations on a property.

What Should I Do?

Build a Solar-Powered Water Heater

Solar water heater using a thermosiphon loop
Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 5:18 PM

This is a very simple design for a batch-type solar water heater that uses a thermosiphon loop to move water between a solar thermal collector and a storage barrel. While it’s not the most efficient method for solar water heating and works rather slowly, it effectively demonstrates the operation of a thermosiphon and its connection to hot water storage.

Daily Prep

Cinderblock Rocket Stove

The "4 Block" Rocket Stove!
Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 7:04 PM

A great video showing you how to make a very inexpensive and highly functional rocket stove with cinderblocks.

What Should I Do?

Sun Oven Solar Cooker

Off-Grid Food Prep

A first try at solar cooking
Saturday, August 31, 2013, 11:55 AM

Today, I want to switch gears from my usual fare and discuss something a little different. Each month, I want to try and accomplish a routine task completely “Off-Grid.” This month, special thanks to a decent little garden, I wanted to do an article on a project that includes as close to exclusively as possible things that I’m growing myself.

Because there are so many more qualified and experienced speakers on this subject, I rarely veer into the realm, although it’s one I enjoy very much: Cooking. » Read more

Daily Prep

Solar Ice Maker: No Moving Parts, No Electricity

A different approach to establishing refrigeration
Thursday, June 21, 2012, 12:09 PM

Here's a really innovative way to produce ice in off-grid and remote locations. No moving parts, and no electricity needed.