Homesteading

Installing a Wood-Burning Stove Temporarily for Emergency Heat

One of the biggest problems associated with a loss of electrical power isn’t the loss of our televisions and computers; it’s the loss of heat. Home heating is all controlled electronically, so without electricity, it doesn’t work. Even gas heat or hot water heat won’t work, as electricity is needed for the blowers and pumps…

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Can You Convert Your Home to Passive Solar Heating?

In modern day America, most homes are heated with natural gas or electricity. Natural gas provides clean, inexpensive heat, which is distributed through the home by forced air. While electricity isn’t as cheap, it is distributed in a similar way. Either one will keep the family living in that home warm and comfortable. These two…

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Home Repair Supplies to Store for Emergency Situations

When we talk about what to store for our emergency needs, the most common things that comes to our minds are food, water, medical and other standard supplies. But what about if it is not us who needs emergency supplies but our homes? Since our homes can be easily damaged both from natural and man-made…

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Stockpiling For Your Kids While Letting Them Pitch-in A little Work

If you have children, that’s of course going to factor into your stockpiling. Most people calculate their food needs based upon everyone eating adult portions, even though most of their family is children. That’s a pretty good way to do things, as it provides you with some buffer in your food stocks. Besides, teens, especially…

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Kids Chores & Safety 101!

Children today tend to rebel against the idea of doing chores. They feel that they deserve to be given what they want, without having to do anything for it. That’s a manifestation of today’s entitlement mentality. A large part of our population thinks that they are entitled to receive what they need to survive, as…

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What to Do When Your Well Gets Sick

Imagine that you are outside working in your garden.  You have been out since 6:30 a.m., and now that cool morning air is giving way to the stifling heat and humidity, causing you to break out in a sweat that soaks your shirt.  You decide to go inside and slake your mounting thirst with a…

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