If you have notions about setting yourself up for off-grid living, here are some suggested first steps.
Some open land, a stand of trees, a lake or river, and a snug cabin: you've got most of what you need for off-grid living.
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Ingredients for the off-grid home:a gravity shower adjacent to a Four-Dog stove (slate hearth and rock wall for safety), a cooker hooked to the outside propane tank,oil lamp, pitcher pump, reverse-osmosis water filtering system, 12-volt cooler, and 12-volt Power-to-Go unit.
A simple two-person greywater dry well
A portable Four-Dog stove weighs 55 pounds, cost $175, and will keep you warm on a four-dog night.
A 40-galloon basswood rain barrel on brick supports
A wood roof gutter to collect and channel rainwater into the barrel.