floating logs frozen water ditch
February 13th, 2016 by Off The Grid

Join us today as I slow down to take refreshingly adventurous walk around an icy pond that just appeared in the woods after the unusually large amount of rain and snow. If you have been keeping up with my mini-adventurers out here in the camper and off the grid you know a LOT of precipitation over the last month has graced flooded frozen pond woodsthis area. We have all had times in life when unexpectedly everything gets busy. I recorded today’s episode of the podcast while I was out enjoying a cool walk down the path and making my way around the flooded areas. This “Adventure Saturday” starts out following a set of little bunny rabbit tracks in the snow. The rabbit tracks started over by my very frozen compost pile near the off grid camper and lead all the way down the path. I’m not going to spoil it for you but I take a leap of faith over where the dilapidated bridge used to be. Hopefully you enjoy today’s show as much as I did experiencing it with microphone in hand! πŸ™‚ As always thank you for listening and if you have anything to share please send me an email from the link below in today’s show notes.

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: When the weather changes your landscape it may make it more difficult to navigate your normal surroundings. Take a little extra time and caution! πŸ™‚
  • If you want to check out the Christmas episode I mentioned with the bell here is the link.
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cold walk in the woods
January 29th, 2016 by Off The Grid

This was some video I took of the first snow fall a couple of weeks ago. Walking down the path I was delighted with the new landscape that seemed to emerge overnight with the recent snowfall the night before. Please keep in mind this video was taken BEFORE the last snow storm hit (mentioned in episodes 91 & 92). As always thank you for taking the time to check these out, watch, share, and listen! ~ Levi πŸ™‚

 

Video Post notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Just a little snow can change your landscape. Watch for downed trees and before unseen obstacles.
  • When its unbearable cold outside you better have a way to stay warm or your in trouble.
  • I will add a link to the video mentioned in today’s episode tomorrow. See the comments below this post to watch! πŸ™‚
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logs for driving path
January 22nd, 2016 by Off The Grid

Unless you have been under a rock hibernating this winter you know that the cooler frigid temps this week seem to be a precursor to the upcoming snow storm headed up the east coast. Here in Virginia we are looking at a good bit of the snowy flakes from above to accumulate in this next week. For now I will leave that one alone and get into some of your questions, comments, cool off grid links, and feedback you ave emailed in for the show. Thursday has come once again along with listener emails and that means I get to share some of whats on your mind here on the Off The Grid Podcast. Tom (also known as Chilly Dog) from California emailed in with some really cool info and a link about building log cabins. The Log Home Builder Association web site has a ton of really great info and they also offer classes or seminars on building log homes from scratch vs putting together a log cabin kit. As you may or may not know for a while I was watching all of the videos I could find about safely cutting trees, fallowing the bark off, and building log cabins. In the end I would like to incorporate some of my long term building plans to include a partial earth sheltered structure with logs. The site has a lot of incredibly useful tips about getting started, finding the right tools, saving money along the way,Β  and is a great educational resource if you are looking to build a log cabin from scratch. It is a non-profitΒ  You can find a link to the log cabin building site below in today’s Off The Grid Podcast episode show notes. Jill from Chicago emailed in again with some helpful hints on getting organized. She sent in this last time in response to some recent podcast episodes where I mentioned that I was wanting to clean up in and around the off grid camper. Once again when it comes to de-cluttering and getting rid of stuff rather than wasting potentially years of mental energy hanging onto items just makes for good common sense. Thank you again for sharing some cool and useful ideas!

One more quick note and observation I wanted to share with you was that extra self care is needed when you push yourself and are burning more calories than normal. With temperatures being the coldest yet I found myself not feeling so well because I have not been eating enough food. After a search online I learned that the human body burns on average 210 calories in about 30 min when shoveling snow. Everyone knows that when you get cold you start to shiver. When shivering your body is doing what it can to heat back up quickly. As it turns out your body burns 100 calories in 15 min when shivering. If you have seen any good pictures of me on the site from time to time you know that I am slim.. so this means that I don’t have a lot of calories stored! lol Once again I would like to apologize for some of the technical issues for last episode and.. this episode now.

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: When you are being more active & trying to stay warm during cold winter days make sure to boost your caloric intake.
  • Here is that like to the Log Home Builders Association that Tom emailed in.
  • Be social! Connect with me and the podcast on Facebook, like the page, and tell a friend! πŸ™‚
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snowing off grid on the camper
January 20th, 2016 by Off The Grid

If you have ever lived anywhere when the icy cold grip of winter winds chill you to the bone then you can probably relate to today’s episode of the Off The Grid Podcast. In the last few days it seems that winters icy cold grip has really take hold of this area. Freezing temperatures dipped down to 16 degrees. Keep in mind that when you are trying to stay warm inside of an old camper with no electricity or water then you need to use your critical thinking and common sense skills even more so. I had hoped to have my little pot belly cast iron coal / wood stove in by now but it has not happened yet. I do however have an awesome Little Buddy Heater. If you are looking to live off grid and need a little info about heating during winter’s cooler months then this episode will not disappoint. i shared some recent info and numbers with the temps both inside the camper, outside the off grid camper, and in combination with running a small portable propane heater. Yes you can learn a little bit by listening to this chilly winter episode. lol

Today’s podcast was recorded at the office after a very long and late day that turned into night. If you noticed my energy was low it was because I pulled a double shift and then recorded the podcast for this episode. As I mentioned it was very late when recording so I will keep the wording for this post short.. Sleep is important!!! πŸ™‚ The video will be posted here on the website tomorrow. Please stay “tuned” for the update! lol Until next time stay safe, please stay warm on these bitter cold days, and enjoy some of the beauty that only snow can offer. As always thank you for listening! If you have any questions, comments, or other great info to share please send me an email. I would love to hear from you! πŸ™‚

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Sometimes your path can change over night. Adapt quickly to new surroundings & enjoy the beauty of new fallen snow!
  • I will add a link to the video mentioned in today’s episode tomorrow. See the comments below this post to watch! πŸ™‚
  • Be social! Connect with me and the podcast on Facebook, like the page, and tell a friend! πŸ™‚
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buddy heater vs wood stove
November 24th, 2015 by Off The Grid

If you have ever had to go without heat for any length of time during winter or an icy cold spell then you can identify with what I was facing this last weekend. With Thanksgiving fast approaching and the colder months now upon us life here in the off grid camper just got a bit colder. I have been making slow progress with installing the pot belly stove. Saturday was really nice outside but they were calling for the temps to plummet down into the 20s on Sunday so I was getting concerned about having no heat yet. On Saturday I went head on taking the cabinets out of the kitchen making room for my wood stove in the off grid camper. With a new space cleared for the pot belly stove I hit the road in search of the vent pipe and needed attachments for the installation. Surprisingly the big box stores did not have what I needed. While I was in the area I visited some friends and picked up some free ceramic tiles so it was still a good trip. I spent the rest of the day and night insulating several key trouble spots on the camper’s exterior that were drafty. With my LED headlamp on I was diligently working until just after 2AM considering a backup plan just in case I could not get the wood stove in on Sunday.

Sunday morning I woke to a stark drop in temperatures, the scattered patter sound of cold rain drops dancing across the ceiling above, and the shifting winds curling the tarp off the roof. Waking up to a day like that was not one I was looking forward to because the icy cold rain made most of the day a bit uncomfortable knowing I had no heat inside the camper. After calling around and realizing my hopes of enjoying a nice warm night next to the wood stove this weekend inside the camper were fading i went to plan “B”. It was time to get serious about buying a heater for the camper. Thanks to some of you guys I decided to get a Mr. Heater Buddy 4,000 – 9,000 BTUs because of its reputation and safety features. The Buddy Propane Heaters have (2) key selling points for safety features.. 1. They have an automatic cutoff if the heater tips over and 2. they also have a low oxygen cutoff built in as well. If you know anything about heating small spaces carbon monoxide poisoning is one main thing to keep in mind. They say CO2 can be the silent killer because you can not smell it. So needless to say when I figured out that I the wood stove was not going to be a go this weekend I went with plan B and bought on of these little propane heaters. It really made my night as sat in front of the warm glowing Buddy Heater reflecting back at the weekend’s challenging moments. So the next time you find yourself face to face with what ever difficult times life has in store try to make sure you are prepared with a backup plan “B”.

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Always have a plan “B” Life’s more challenging seasons and times can be tough.
  • Be social! Connect with me and the podcast on Facebook, like the page, and tell a friend! πŸ™‚
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October 20th, 2015 by Off The Grid

This weekend I took a mini vacation from the off grid living lifestyle while visitingwood bear carving statue some family up north in Pennsylvania. With all the family, fun, flea markets, and cool fall festival weather this weekend it was like warm chicken soup for the soul on a cold winter’s day. After half a days drive from VA to PA it was great to see family again just in time for a super fun fall festival weekend of cooler weather, great food, and hunting for deals at the local flea markets.I arrived very late Thursday night and woke to the warm greeting of “good morning!” from family I had not seen in a good while. The weekend was off to a great start with an art show, breakfast, and then hunting for deals at the flea markets. I had been keeping an eye on the weather with an app on my phone so I knew it was going to be colder but the unexpected snow flurries on Sunday were a treat! Yes I love the snow!

If you are a regular listener to Off The Grid Podcast you know that two opposing sides of the consumerism vs anti-consumerism mindset come into play when considering any new purchase for the camper. Indoor space is at a premium in the off grid camper so everything is thoroughly considered before buying. Over the last few years I have downsized a majority of my “stuff” in preparation to moving off grid in the camper. It might be best described as something like living in a tiny house. You must be efficient with everything you store and choose to keep. Yes there were a lot of really good deals to be found around almost every corner, table, street, and building. Indoors.. outdoors.. on a table.. on the ground.. everything new and old it was out there if you stopped long enough to look at what you found.

“Be careful of the price you pay or you will pay the price”

I found a number of practical tools and useful items over the weekend. The highlight old egw survival knifeof my flea market finds was a very old survival knife. The guy I bought it from said it was made in the late 1800s but I should have known better and questioned the knife’s age more. It is very old, very cool, and I am happy with my purchase but I should have done a little research on my phone before buying. There is a stamp on the side of the blade “EGW KNIFE”. After searching for a while later I could not find this particular EGW survival knife. Which leads me to the question at hand. If your into survival knifes or old WWI or WWII military collectibles and know anything about this blade please help me out. Do you know anything about this EGW KNIFE? All of the survival knifes that came up in search were similar but not like this. Is this really a late 1800s survival knife? It has a good bit of wear on it and you can tell it has been used a lot. The leather handle has been replaced with what looks like twine. I sharpened the edge of the blade as well as the saw tooth top edge of the knife. The guy I bought it from said the butt end of the knife fit onto a rifle but there is no attachment like most I have seen.. only a round kind of chain link? There is always something new to learn and I am intrigued by this little piece of history. Can anyone help me out with more info?

Sunday I ventured out on my own in search for last minute deals just before hitting corn fieldthe road to head home. Stepping out of the car I was greeted by the soft cold touch of ice cold snow flakes on my face and an unrelenting winter wind. After thoroughly enjoying three days of running water, hot showers, and the modern convinces of central heating and air I returned to a very cold wake up call with the weather back here in Va. It dipped down to the mid 30s and when your trying to stay warm in a camper off the grid with no heat its rough. I did just recently get a small cast iron pot belly stove but I have not been able to put it in yet. For the last two nights I have been heating low tech style with tea light candles. While its not the best thing to use it is a very affordable option when its about the only option you have to heat. The morning brought the warmth of a new day with sunshine and the sound of birds filled the air as they engulfed the tree tops. Hearing the mass migration of the little birds above was that much more of a reminder that winter will soon be knocking at our door. I need to double my efforts and get ready for winter now because frigid temperatures are on the way! Remember its not what you have its what you know. This weekend was like a reality real life preview of winter to come. Until next time stay warm, stay safe, and get ready for winter because I have a felling its going to be a messy cold one.

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Winter will be here before you know it so get prepared and get ready NOW!!!
  • Got questions, comments, or tips about living off grid? Please post and share them here or Contact me!
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August 10th, 2015 by Off The Grid

Welcome to another exciting episode.. well not really. I had a cold and my energy was low driving back on late to night to a friends house. So if my voice sounds a little off thats why. If you remember my cousin and I were out at my uncle’s about a week ago. Today I was back at it helping my uncle jack up the camper and clearing brush around the camper. We got the camper moved around so it is now ready to go! Woo Hoo!!! I also got some video of the off grid camper. (the video has not been posted yet – will edit here when it is up) After packing and moving my possessions were essentially organized chaos and my stuff was now out of my old roommates house.

Along with the long days, long drives, packing, and moving everything was going full steam but my body needed more down time. Ultimately I pushed things too far and my body made it a point to tell me to slow down by kicking out a common cold before the cold weather went away in place of spring. Normally I prefer to try and use only homeopathic natural remedies but this one was really kicking my butt! Yes making homemade cough syrup and thought lozenges are really not that hard. (will make some for future episodes of the Off Grid Podcast)

The mic was hanging down around the rear view mirror on the drive to my friends house as I looked forward to a good nights sleep. Yes you can get a good nights sleep on a couch when you are that worn down and exhausted! If you have been keeping up with the ups and downs on my journey to off the grid you know that I was crashing on a friends couch. It was not ideal but it was temporary and when they say that is key.

If you waste your time looking at the past you will not be able to focus on your future.

Spoiler alert!!.. the future is here! The future is now because these episodes are being posted documenting my journey along the way. Today’s Off The Grid Podcast episode was recorded March 24, 2015. I am now enjoying all that nature has to offer off grid in the camper. πŸ™‚ Thanks again for listening!

Show notes for today’s Podcast

  • Video mentioned in today’s episode will be posted and I will edit here when done.
  • If you like the show please tell a friend about Off The Grid!
  • Podcast episodes are being posted 5 days a week to get caught up to current shows!

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July 19th, 2015 by Off The Grid

Anytime your experiencing the cold weather first hand it reminds you that winter is no joke! Walking in the ice and snow with a 20 degree wind running across my face I head to pickup some lunch. The weather people are calling for more snow.. great! If I were living off the grid when this episode was recorded then things would be rough! You need to be prepared for winter. Thinking more about the coming months until spring time and all of the cold weather off the grid in the camper.

Today’s Off The Grid podcast was recorded back in February 2015 with 10 days counting down until I was set to move. The move to off grid was a momentous one to say the least. I am now off grid and posting these podcast episodes up each week to get everyone caught up with current weekly shows.

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