6 Awesome Tips for Optimal Wood Stove Performance

Wood Stove FireIt’s been a few years since I posted the article titled, Our New Efficient Wood Stove Has Finally Freed Us From The Clutches Of Our Old Electric Furnace! so today seems like a good day to revisit the topic of heating your home with a wood stove.

More specifically, I’ll be focusing on what you can do to keep your wood stove functioning the way it was designed to work. The wood stoves of today are a different animal than the types your grandparents grew up with. The are designed to burn much cleaner and efficiently. With the addition of these improvements there may be some additional maintenance procedures you’ll need to perform if your want your wood stove to stay at the top of its game.
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The Next Generation of Homesteaders is Here

Patty & Colton

My son & I with his dog and our 15 month old English Mastiff “puppy”.

There aren’t too many people alive today who remember the days when you could claim a parcel of land, build a cabin, and start living off the land. As a matter of fact, I’m not aware of anyplace in the United States that will still allow you to do that.

In the day and age that we live in now, homesteading has an entirely new meaning. When you hear people use the term today, they’re really talking about getting back to a simpler way of life. This often includes living off the grid, raising livestock, growing their own food, and being as self-sufficient as they possibly can.

Many of you know that I started this website shortly after my family moved away from the suburbs of Utah to start this type of lifestyle in the mountains of Southern Oregon. We lived that way day in and day out for over eight years and it truly was a wonderful experience.
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Yard Pro Equipment Mini Towable Backhoe For Homesteaders

Yard Pro Equipment Towable BackhoeI’m very excited to tell you all about our newest toy today! FYI, my husband would be mad at me for calling it a toy. For years, we have wanted to buy a backhoe but like many homesteaders, there’s just not any money in the budget for such an expensive machine.

We recently ALMOST made a HUGE mistake and purchased a used 1975 backhoe/trencher but then my husband stumbled upon the YardPro mini towable backhoe. We contemplated whether it would really be able to get the job done since it’s so small. It actually only weighs a bit over 1,000 pounds without an operator in the seat. Well, probably a little more than that when you have 4 gallons of hydraulic oil in it that it doesn’t come shipped with. But the difference isn’t much.
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Tips for Starting Stuborn Engines on Power Equipment

Well, spring has sprung and many of you are pulling your power equipment out of storage. Whether it’s a lawnmower, rototiller, weed eater, or chainsaw, the one thing that all of these devices have in common is an internal combustion engine.

A couple of weeks ago, my husband was talking to a friend who was spending some time working towards getting a riding lawnmower running again. This inspired me to write an article that might help many of you who have a hard time getting those engine driven power tools started after sitting over the long cold winter months.
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