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.
Homesteading in the mountains can be inconvenient, dangerous, challenging and lots of hard work.
We put a lot of thought into being prepared for mountain winters and it requires a lot of work to be fully prepared.
Putting a safety fence around a woodstove keeps small children and pets safer.
Learn how to clean your own woodstove and chimney.
The best way to start a fire in your woodstove.
The basics of using a woodstove to heat your home.
How to keep your livestock warm and your life full on chilly winter days.
A blog about the joys of wood heat that covers comfort, energy savings, ecology and history of the trees and sustainable harvesting
Ilene Freedman and her family reshaped their Chanukah tradition to feature family activities instead of presents.
Woodstove sweepstakes winner Ken Newman plans to use his new Vermont Bun Baker to heat both his home and his meals. The Bake, Crackle and Broil Giveaway, sponsored by MOTHER EARTH NEWS, awarded the $3,400 woodstove to Newman earlier this summer.
Jennifer Ford of Bees of the Woods Apiary explains how to prevent, identify and stop robbing in the beeyard.
Learn how to pinch back basil tops for a particularly bushy plant, then make delicious pesto with your harvest.
Springtime happiness can be measured by the sweetness of your strawberry patch.
A first look at the newest vegetable crops in the garden before the CSA harvests begin.
Heating with wood in a cast iron stove.
Cooking meals on a vacation can be easy. Bring some essential items with you and enjoy homecooking, on vacation.
A travel log of our family's mission to find local food sources on our trip to Puerto Rico.
How to make candles you can really light from the peel of Clementine oranges. A wintertime craft...just oil and an orange peel!
We dipped candles from our hive's beeswax to celebrate winter. Candlemaking is a nice seasonal craft. Here’s how we did it, plus some tips to get you started.
On a snowy winter morning, the kitchen table becomes the grand cathedral of a home. It is the place of family, song, wood fires, community and love as we wait for spring.
Find out whether a wood pellet stove is right for you, and discover the best stove to buy.
Making Music on the Front Porch ... let's define what the musical Front Porch is.
Check out the Kimberly stove, an energy efficient, small space wood cookstove.
How a born and bred city boy came to leave Detroit, start a Tennessee homestead with his wife, and blog about it here.
Whether you have a small grove of trees or acres of woods, this manual will guide you through the right methods to care for and sustain your land.
Steve explains how one practical guy invented a way to burn pellets efficiently without an expensive pellet stove
The Warm Heart of an Iraq War Vet’s Washington Log Home
After only a few nights with a wood stove in the tipi, I've become happily addicted to warmth I have to work for.
To satisfy today's home buyer, a developer of million-dollar luxury homes in New York is offering smaller, more affordable houses--more anecdotal evidence that the McMansion is dying.
Elmira Stove Works offers distinctive, superior quality appliances with its innovative line of Fireview cookstoves.
Cam loves growing his own heat!
Steve Maxwell, Canada’s Handiest Man, provides tips on splitting firewood for home heating via woodstoves or fireplaces.
Woodstoves can have indoor or outdoor air supplies depending on factors and requirements for the building.
When Woods End Labs recently tested biodegradable plastics and found that most aren't compostable under home compost conditions, one reader (known as Eco-Oxo) wrote that Oxo biodegradable bags aren't designed to biodegrade under compost conditions. Woods End Labs is following up, taking the reader's suggestion and testing Oxo under the conditions Eco-Oxo recommends. This is Part 1 of the new test, where you can follow along and see how Oxo fares under different conditions.
Do you have a woodstove or pellet stove at home? We’d like to hear more about your experiences with woodstoves and any tips you may have for heating with wood.
Here are your options for sealing a woodstove.