listener feedback brent epi 103
March 11th, 2016 by Off The Grid

Today’s show is a special one because after doing the Off The Grid Podcast for about a year now one of the listeners sent in a video. Brent took the time to email in a video and also had a great safety tip to share for anyone living off grid or hikers venturing out. Anytime you are out a good ways from society then you need to play it safe. Brent suggested sharing an important message for campers, hikers, and anyone venturing off the grid. He said it would be a good idea to know your GPS coordinates in case you ever needed to dial 911. This is a really great idea because a lot of times if you venture out away from the roads it could be hard for emergency personnel or first respondents to find you. If you know your GPS coordinates then if you ever needed help it could be there sooner rather than later. So this is one thing I will look up and keep on hand as well.

Brent also brought up a good point for the Off The Grid Podcast that I had not thought of. A few episodes ago (Show 101 & 102) I mentioned that I was working on incorporating a Patreon page for listeners that would like to help support the Off The Grid Podcast. The thing is I completely forgot that some people might like to help but at the same time may not be fond of a subscription based format. This was something I had not taken into consideration until now. Brent suggested that he and his wife might be interested in purchasing a walking stick / cane or two. This was another great idea and it gives me an excuse to work on something I enjoy doing. My dad got me into making canes when I was younger. I still remember being in awe admiring some of his craftsmanship. The beautiful spiraling wood grain where a vine had been elegantly swirled up looked like something a genuine wizard would have by his side. πŸ™‚

If you are following me on Periscope I broadcast a live video a few hours ago. The video is the one mentioned in today’s podcast. I decided to show it there because after remembering I would be waiting for about 3-4 hours for it to upload a good nights rest sounded like a better option (its about midnight now and I am ready to go!). So if you would like to check out the video please click on the link below in the show notes for Periscope or you can check it out once the internet gods let me upload in a reasonable time frame again! lol πŸ™‚ Thanks for listening and as always if you have anything to share please send me an email!

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Be prepared when going camping, hiking, or living off grid. Know your GPS coordinates so first responders can find you if there an emergency!
  • Be social! Connect with me and the podcast on Facebook, like the page, and tell a friend! πŸ™‚
  • Check out Live Video Broadcasts of the show here on Periscope.
  • If you want to be part of the conversation say hello on Zello! Search for Off The Grid Podcast channel.
  • Please help support this show and the off grid community by checking out Off Grid Singles.
  • Get The Off Grid Podcast on the go with iTunes and Stitcher. Please Subscribe and rate the show!
  • Like to watch videos about off grid living? Please connect and subscribe to my new channel on YouTube.
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drive thru tree
February 26th, 2016 by Off The Grid

The last couple of days have been the opposite of “tame” when it comes to weather out here in the off grid camper. Over the years living in Virginia you just kind of get used to numerous storms and hurricanes. The last two days we have had some very strong winds, thunderstorms, rain, and yup a tornado or few from what mystorm damage outside camper co-workers told me the next day. The featured picture for this show was of the tree that fell over during the storm yesterday. Driving back to the camper after a day of strong winds and rain I knew I had to make one of two choices in a split second. Option 1 stop driving on the now slightly flooded, muddy, and slick path, and get stuck in the mud.. or Option 2 keep driving and simply plow right through the fallen tree. I chose Option 2.. vroom vroom clunk crunch woohoo I made it! lol πŸ™‚ The other picture here is of some thing that were outside the off grid camper. Yes the strong winds did break some of this. Luckily most of the severe weather missed me out here in the camper though.

If you have been following the Off The Grid Podcast recently you know that I have been working on something special for episode 100. After exploring several options to broadcast a live show while weighing the pros and cons of each I have decided to go with Periscope. What is that you may be asking? Periscope is an app that can easily be downloaded to your phone an also tune in on their website as well. In case you are wondering you will not only be able to watch live video but you can also type your questions / comments live too! Yes show 100 will be a live broadcast and thanks to one of the listener’s recommendations I will be using Periscope to make it happen. Thanks Brian!! I would love for you to be a part of episode 100 so please join us this Sunday at 5, 6, and 7 PM eastern standard time. I know this may be short notice for the first live broadcast for Off The Grid Podcast so I am honestly curious to see how this will goes! lol

Three emails came in for today’s listener feedback segment of the Thursday Off The Grid Podcast. I won’t spoil it for you but here are a few details if you have not listened. Steve emailed and was curious about how my Chocolate Peanut Butter beer turned out. If you missed it here is a link to the 3 shows ~ Episode 61: Bottling the Strange Brew, Episode 60 Brewing Chocolate Peanut Butter Beer, and Episode 56: Making Beer. Brian emailed with a tip on what I will be using for live broadcasting here for the show. Please see the link below about Periscope to tune in and follow all future live shows (and view past live videos). This last email came in from Pat. He asked about this years garden and also shared a good observation. I did not realize it at the time but this was a tough one for me. Why you ask? Well ironically I have been keenly aware of the fact that I need to “focus” going forward more so this last week. Pat’s email was really cool because in a way it was kind of like the universe was reminding me that focusing was something I really need to focus on! If you have ever really taken a good look in the mirror then you know that facing some of your own “stuff” from time to time can be challenging to say the least. It is always for the best and I really appreciate it that he was brave enough to point that out. Thanks man! There was a lot more to these emails but I have to save something for the show so if you have not already take a listen! πŸ™‚

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: When you have a lot going on try to focus and get it done!
  • Be social! Connect with me and the podcast on Facebook, like the page, and tell a friend! πŸ™‚
  • Is there more you ask? YES! Check out Live video broadcasts on Periscope.
  • If you want to be part of the conversation say hello on Zello! Search for Off The Grid Podcast channel.
  • Please help support this show and the off grid community by checking out Off Grid Singles.
  • Get The Off Grid Podcast on the go with iTunes and Stitcher. Please Subscribe and rate the show!
  • Like to watch videos about off grid living? Please connect and subscribe to my new channel on YouTube.
  • Got questions, comments, or tips about living off grid? Please share your thought below or Contact me!

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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™‚
  • If you want to be part of the conversation say hello on Zello! Search for Off The Grid Podcast channel.
  • Please help support this show and the off grid community by checking out Off Grid Singles.
  • Get The Off Grid Podcast on the go with iTunes and Stitcher. Please Subscribe and rate the show!
  • Like to watch videos about off grid living? Please connect and subscribe to my new channel on YouTube.
  • Got questions, comments, or tips about living off grid? Please share your thought below or Contact me!

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monster wolf spiders
December 10th, 2015 by Off The Grid

Today’s episode of Off The Grid Podcast is all about you questions, comments, and feedback that listener just like you have emailed in about. As you know I have only been off grid out here in the camper for less than a year but in this short time I have really learned a lot. As more new listeners find the show our audience and off grid community will continue to grow right along with the new episodes. πŸ™‚ Every once in a while you guys and galls take the time to email. THANK YOU! It means a lot to me every time I see a new email from listeners just like you because it is a reminder that someone is listening. While I have seen the numbers grow on website views I never really know if “you” are listening. lol Do you remember back when you first started listening to the Off The Grid Podcast? Well try to put yourself in my shoes for a minute. I started recording these shows months before I started posting them up online. At the very beginning back in July I started posting shows up 7 days a week to get these episodes current. When I started this whole off grid adventure earlier this year I was posting these episodes knowing that chances are nobody was listening. Fast forward to today’s show number 78 and it is kind of like a runner getting a second wind by being able to do another listener feedback show! lol So when you take the time to email it is a great opportunity to share some of your questions and awesome info as well. As you start to email more of your questions, comments, suggestions, and feedback I will continue to share theme here with listeners just like yourself. Thank you to everyone that has taken time to email. I will always be grateful!

Some of the questions from today’s Off The Grid Podcast show are listed here:

  1. Some really good questions, comments, and info about installing wood stoves in RVs / Camper.
  2. Does your camper have a propane heater?
  3. If not hunting dogs nearing the camper then what puts you on alert out there in the woods off the grid?
  4. Do you ever get “creeped out”? If so by what?
  5. Does fire attract animals?
  6. If you were to hear people approaching how would you respond?

If you have been listening to the show for a while no doubt you have probably heard me mention Trucker Carl. He has emailed a lot of good info in the past. Just recently he emailed another great link to an article about building super simple root cellar. Essentially all you need is a 55 gallon barrel, a shovel, and some time to dig. I checked out the website and it looked like they also have a LOT of really good info about survival prepping and just being prepared for SHTF scenarios across the board. You can check out the easy do it yourself prepper root cellar project here on 101waystosurvive.com. The site has a lot of articles for the DIY guy with easy to follow instructions for the how to.

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: If you are going off grid try to save as much as you can before you do.
  • Be social! Connect with me and the podcast on Facebook, like the page, and tell a friend! πŸ™‚
  • If your up for making a root cellar out of a 55 gallon barrel check out this cool link 101waystosurvive.com.
  • If you want to be part of the conversation say hello on Zello! Search for Off The Grid Podcast channel.
  • Please help support this show and the off grid community by checking out Off Grid Singles.
  • Get The Off Grid Podcast on the go with iTunes and Stitcher. Please Subscribe and rate the show!
  • Like to watch videos about off grid living? Please connect and subscribe to my new channel on YouTube.
  • Got questions, comments, or tips about living off grid? Please share your thought below or Contact me!

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solar heating project
November 4th, 2015 by Off The Grid

If you tune in to Tuesday episodes of Off The Grid Podcast you know that I normally talk about the previous weekend projects. Thanks to you it seemed like a good idea to make a listener show with your comments, questions, and feedback sent in by email from you guessed it.. listeners just like you! This being episode 67 of the show now November already it almost seems like yesterday when the podcast started its journey off grid as well πŸ™‚ I started recording these episodes back in February before moving into my camper and living off the grid. After a number of setbacks and hurtles I finally made it and so on that day I decided it was time to start actually posting the episodes that had been stacking up for 6 months prior. After all what would be the sense in creating then posting podcast episodes if I never actually made it off grid? Which leads me back to today’s show about your questions, comments, and feedback.

Over the last few months the podcast has really gained some momentum online and that is all because of YOU! Some of you have started sending in some really great info, thought provoking comments, and invaluable feedback. After reading a number of your emails it quickly became apparent that I am not as “alone” in this hair brained idea of desiring a simpler, self sufficient, and more fulfilling lifestyle “off the grid”. A long time listener (does 67 episodes count? lol) Trucker Carl from Michigan sent in some very good info about how to winterize camper windows. by simply building a frame around each window out of 2 X 4s and some clear plastic. This would act as a super cost effective way to double insulate your windows from the freezing outside winter air. He had a number of good ideas for surviving the cold weather months in a camper.

Last week Brian sent in some invaluable information on using a commonly available Buddy Propane heater to keep your camper, tiny house, or small log cabin warm in the winter. What made his propane heater experience so valuable? His insight is extremely valuable because he said they used the Little Buddy and Buddy propane heaters for 100% of their heating for 4 years! Think about that for a second. Over those four years he was able to get a very accurate information about how well they worked along with the cost to operate one of the Buddy Propane heaters. Brian said that over those four winters they found that on low it kept the average temperature at 65 degrees F. Connected to a larger 20 pound propane tank the Buddy Propane heater would last about a week and a half. At $60 a month for even the coldest months and not freezing your you know what off sounds good to me! lol Yes tea lite candles are more affordable but I can tell you from my own personal experience its still quite chilly! After a little research I found that the Buddy Propane heaters are designed to shut off if it senses low oxygen. Still you should always play it safe in any tiny house, log cabin, or camper by installing a carbon monoxide detector. While I do not own one of these I will probably be buying one soon!

With this last weekend being a very productive blur checking the email our most recent listener feedback comes from Tom. He says that he started listening at episode 37 and had a number of questions. Tom asked are you in VA or NC? All about the about batteries.. 6V or 12V? Acreage or small parcel? Can your camper fridge run off electric or propane? He also asked about the off grid camper. Yes I realize this is still a fairly new show but sometimes it takes an email like this to remind me that new listeners are tuning in all the time so a little back story is needed from time to time. Hopefully I answered some of this in today’s show but if you would like to learn more about Off The Grid Podcast please check out the site www.offthegrid.tips for all of the back episodes of the show. As always if you have additional questions please feel free to email me anytime! Life can be extremely busy at times.. we all know this. Especially when your on the grid for work or working harder to get yourself off the grid! For this I am very grateful and really appreciate each and every one of you taking the time to do so. If you are a regular listener you know that part of the reason for my slowing the episodes down from 5 to 2 days a week was to begin posting more videos of everything out here off the grid in an out of the camper, along with some really cool solar projects. In appreciation for you all taking the time to send in your questions, comments, and feedback I wanted to post a quick video of the camper as well a preview of a solar heating project I have been working on. Please keep in mind that yes.. I have been taking step by step video of this solar heating project for the future too! πŸ™‚

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: We can learn a lot from from each other & there are more of us “Off Gridders” out there!
  • Be social! Connect with me and the podcast on Facebook, like the page, and tell a friend! πŸ™‚
  • Please help support this show and the off grid community by checking out Off Grid Singles.
  • Get The Off Grid Podcast on the go with iTunes and Stitcher. Please Subscribe and rate the show!
  • Like to watch videos about off grid living? Please connect and subscribe to my new channel on YouTube.
  • Got questions, comments, or tips about living off grid? Please share your thought below or Contact me!

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