Use this parabolic mirror as a handy pocket-sized firestarter.
Houston-based Mahindra USA is doing its part to help prevent fires during this drought season by reminding rural residents of a few simple things they can do to help prevent catastrophic damage to their homes and property.
Tips on how to enjoy fireworks safely!
Tips on how to use "best burn practices" at home to minimize wood smoke and protect your health.
Building a fire to stay warm? Use these ‘best burn practices’ to minimize smoke & protect your health: www.earthgauge.net/?p=17955
Splitting firewood is a heavy-duty, daunting task, but this video shows that it doesn’t have to be with the use of this ingenious log splitter.
You can cut and trim trees with a chain saw, then load long lengths of trunk or major limbs onto a firewood processor, and operate the controls while the machine cuts firewood into uniform lengths and splits it.
Cam appreciates his local volunteer fire department.
The Warm Heart of an Iraq War Vet’s Washington Log Home
You can make your own fire starters from cardboard, sawdust, lint and melted candle wax or buy them ready-made.
Steve Maxwell, Canada’s Handiest Man, provides tips on splitting firewood for home heating via woodstoves or fireplaces.
From roasting on a split to baking in a tannur, you'll find rediscovered techniques and recipes that capture the flavors of wood-fired cooking in "Cooking With Fire" by Paula Marcoux.
A video guide to making the fire-starting tinder that has worked best for me the past two decades, whatever the weather.
The fire moon shows up every year when the forest fires start up. Maggie Bonham has some recommendations for preparing to evacuate with animals.
Getting rid of fire ants can be hard. In this article, I explain the background behind these pests and my own personal experience with them.
The ‘Kiwi House’ is organized around the primal element of fire.
Catching a cold after flying is common. Find out why plane travelers get sick after flying, and learn how to boost your immunity to avoid post-flight colds and flu.
Cyndee and Tony love being in control of their own power and never having to worry about rate increases and outages in south-central Colorado. Solar panels, a wind turbine and a wood-fired boiler keep them plenty warm and happy.
If your loved ones were depending on you to start a fire for their warmth in a pouring rain, could you do it? Survival expert and author of PRACTICAL OUTDOOR SURVIVAL, et al, shows you how it's done.
It may be springtime in many parts of the country, but some are still buried under the final remains of a snowy winter. Learn how to start a fire atop hardpack snow.
Preventing allergy causes as opposed to treating the symptoms.
We love our lifestyle and all the hard work that is associated with this lifestyle is just a small part of it.
Trees are beautiful and they are useful as sources of food and shelter, and for building and using as fuel.
Cutting firewood in the winter opens time for other activities during the short summer and fall seasons.
Low-fired brick is a very sustainable building material with low embodied energy. They are made with locally procured clay and fired with rice hulls, a by-product of growing rice. Brickyards are located near urban areas to minimize transport costs.
We received more than 900 responses to a recent poll about flu shots, and we want to know: Are you getting a flu shot this year, and why or why not? Plus, share your tips for staying flu-free, flu vaccine or no.
As H1N1 (also known as "swine flu") continues to spread, people are taking a variety of precautions to avoid catching or spreading the virus — from being more diligent about washing hands to cancelling long-awaited vacations. Tell us what you're doing, and find out more about H1N1 and how you can stay informed and healthy.
How we prepared out homestead for the best wildfire prevention possible.
This low-cost, easy-to-assemble fire pit from Instructables is made with concrete tree rings and rocks. Just add a grill and you've got the perfect backyard hangout, all for around $50.
I can deal with a lot of things- floods, frosts, Japanese beetles, but one thing I can't stand is fire ants. Living in the north for a good portion of my life, I was close to unaware of their existence until I moved to the south. Then, everywhere I looked in my yard I saw the same thing; enormous mounds of orange clay filled with irritating stinging ants.
Get rid of fire ants — without using heavy-duty chemical pesticides — with these tips for fire ant control.
After fire took her friends’ award-winning historic, renovated home only a year after its completion, Ilene White Freedman asks “Who will rebuild their spirits?” A follow-up to her post about the home's renovation.
TERA-Light is a perpetually renewable fire starter that requires no batteries, no chemicals — only air and organic plant material!
How big a woodlot would I need to heat my home with wood for the entire winter?
Review of a great axe made by Vipukirves.
Make a winter checklist to follow in preparation for winter in the mountains.
Cam describes the zen-like state he achieves while splitting firewood.
A new study finds that generating electricity from coal costs taxpayers $345 billion each year, making renewable energy start to look like a bargain.
A National Resources Defense Council analyst calls proposed standards “the most important actions to clean up air pollution from dirty coal-burning power plants since the Clean Air Act was last updated in 1990.”
Using a hot summer day to grow the winter wood pile.
A short lesson and video on stacking firewood in round piles
While the snow's flying, this is a good time to plan your garden rotation, order seeds, preheat early spring garden areas, and more.
How having a rhythm and routine assists in accomplishing difficult tasks.
Cam loves growing his own heat!
Kinetic log splitters have taken the log-splitter market by storm. But how much do you know about these lightning-fast, hyper-efficient machines? Check out these surprising facts about kinetic log splitters.
Being in control of your own home heating.
Providing the firewood to heat his home has become a pleasurable hobby for Cam Mather.
Cam enjoys a magical walk through a winter wonderland while cutting and hauling firewood.
Cam hates to see good scrap wood go to waste and so he cuts it into kindling and has even started selling it!
Which fire starting tool works best - or at all?
I made a hole in the ground, and then decorated it with rocks!
Protecting against fires has long been important to code officials, builders and homeowners alike. None of us want to see our homes go up in flames or experience the loss and grief associated with fire.
Things you can do to prevent fire damage to your home from an external source.
Fire pits can be great things. They are attractive, inexpensive to use and help to extend the use of your yard through the fall and winter. But they must be used safely. Here are some guidelines for fire pit safety.
During national bedbug summit, health experts urge thorough cleaning and heat as the best prevention and cure for the nasty pests.
Try these organic techniques to help prevent tomato early blight.
Learn how to prevent Alzheimer's with diet. There is plenty of time for people to make brain-healthy lifestyle and dietary choices to potentially delay the onset of this dreaded and devastating disease.
Learn how to sharpen your chainsaw properly with a file and guide
MOTHER EARTH NEWS Associate Editor Thaddeus Christian discusses the best firewood for your wood-burning furnace so you can enjoy wood heat all winter.
Use materials at hand—stumps, logs, railroad ties, and sawmill slabs—to build a firewood log deck that takes the effort out of lifting the logs, and holds them at a convenient height for splitting.
The basics of using a woodstove to heat your home.
If you’re considering buying a new log splitter, you may have begun to debate whether you want an electric log splitter or a gas-powered model. What’s the difference? DR Power Equipment has some useful insight for you.
The best way to start a fire in your woodstove.
Even after 15 years, Cam still loves heating his home with wood that he cuts himself.
Firewood, the major yearly task when you heat with wood.
Splitting firewood has changed over the lsst 40 years. A sharp chain and hydraulic splitter make all the difference in the world.
Firewood, the major yearly task when you heat with wood.
When the power goes out for an extended period of time, what do you do? If you're properly prepared, you're life will be a lot easier cooking or baking your food.
Evergreen Institute founder's Missouri home burns; wood furnace is suspected cause.
Learn how to waterproof fabric with these simple instructions for making tin cloth.
Steve explains how one practical guy invented a way to burn pellets efficiently without an expensive pellet stove
Cam Mather tries out a battery-powered chainsaw at his off-grid homestead in Ontario.
How we persist until our 11 cords of firewood is accomplished and then re structure our lives.
After a wildfire destroyed their off-the-grid compound in Colorado, Betty and Rolland rebuilt—better than before—following Rolland’s creed: no plywood, no plastic and nothing that smells bad when it burns. The wildlife around their home approve.
Porch building tips along with deer pressure notes and golf cart pickup bed instructions.Throw in a 5 foot high chicken wire fence and a rare appearance from a normally camera shy cat named Strider and you've got an idea of what we've been up to.
Before beginning construction on their new home, this couple is taking steps to prepare their land for their impending move-in by planting perennial natives, building some walking trails, cutting firewood to dry, and more. They’re having a blast!
Those who garden know that weeding is often essential to growing good vegetables or fruits. In a forest, sunlight too is a limiting factor. By knowing which tree to cut and which to leave, forest health can be improved. Cutting for firewood can serve as an incentive to "weed" on the ultra-perennial scale.
In the first study of its kind, Duke University researchers found multiple toxic chemical flame retardants in car seats, breast-feeding pillows, changing pads, crib wedges and bassinet mattresses. Ask about flammability standards before you buy.