Installing a Lock Top Chimney Damper is a common project among do-it-yourself homeowners. Many times the fireplace throat damper rusts apart and is non-functional, allowing heat and air from your home to escape through the chimney and vice versa. In today's chimney industry, we have top-locking chimney dampers that are easy to install, made of stainless steel, and completely seal a chimney flue when not in use.
Installing a chimney chase cover is a common project among do-it-yourself homeowners. Many homes were built with galvanized chase covers which rust after a few years – causing leaks and rust stains. Homes that were built with a masonry chimney eventually end up with a cracked and weathered mortar crown, also causing leaks and damage to the home.
Learn to choose the right-sized wood stove, manage your firewood and light, and maintain quality fires to heat your home with wood.
This is the final article in a series on how I made the transition to off grid homestead living by combining appropriate modern technology and reliable techniques practiced for thousands of years of human history. Currently I’m entering the first winter of full-time off grid living at my mountain homestead after completing the construction of my small house.
Homesteading in the mountains can be inconvenient, dangerous, challenging and lots of hard work.
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.
Cam Mather tries out a battery-powered chainsaw at his off-grid homestead in Ontario.
Unforgettable Fire's Kimberly and Katydid wood stoves are heating solutions for any and all spaces.
The best way to start a fire in your woodstove.
The basics of using a woodstove to heat your home.
A blog about the joys of wood heat that covers comfort, energy savings, ecology and history of the trees and sustainable harvesting
Even after 15 years, Cam still loves heating his home with wood that he cuts himself.
Heat Recovery innovator produces a safe hot water heating system kit for wood stoves.
Cam describes the zen-like state he achieves while splitting firewood.
Cam describes how the seasons progress through one messy task after another at Sunflower Farm.
Steve explains how one practical guy invented a way to burn pellets efficiently without an expensive pellet stove
Cam hates to see good scrap wood go to waste and so he cuts it into kindling and has even started selling it!
After only a few nights with a wood stove in the tipi, I've become happily addicted to warmth I have to work for.
Cam loves growing his own heat!
Steve Maxwell, Canada’s Handiest Man, provides tips on splitting firewood for home heating via woodstoves or fireplaces.
Cam describes why his method of harvesting firewood from his woodlot is the most sustainable way.
Providing the firewood to heat his home has become a pleasurable hobby for Cam Mather.
Being in control of your own home heating.
When it's cold outside, who doesn't love a cozy fireplace or woodstove? Wood heat is a comfortable way to warm your home, and there are many reasons it's a practical choice, too.