hurricane firewood
October 12th, 2016 by Off The Grid

With this being Hurricane Season for the east coast of USA that means that my little off grid camper can be in the path anytime one is headed to Virginia. Hurricane Matthew just grazed our area out this way and it was a bit of a mini adventure for couple of days! If you have been a long time listener you have no doubt heard me preparing for tropical storms and hurricanes in the past. This area is about overdue for a good strong hurricane. Luckily this time the off grid camper made it through just fine. Very little if anything was out of place. I noticed a branch from my garden fence was down although that could have simply been nature itself telling me it was time to replace it. Now that the sun has once again broken free of the clouds and the birds are out chirping most everything is back to normal.

As you may know I have a nighttime delivery job. A few nights ago that meant I was out in my 4Runner driving in torrential downpours as hurricane Matthew was gaining full steam for this area. Before you ask yourself what were you doing out there?!?! I am and will always do my best to be extra cautious on the roads.. especially when the weather is severe! As I left the off grid camper heading to work with extra food, water, snacks, and essentials I took time to drive slower than normal observing the road along the way.free firewood from hurricane It was still daylight and some roads were completely covered in water. Still very passable but 100% covered none the less. This was one of many signs that this time our area was about to get some serous rain from hurricane Matthew. As the few short hours went on I took a few deliveries and took note how quickly the roads were really turning hazardous. As I mentioned in the Off The Grid podcast I saw one car drive into deep water only to stall out with the engine and most likely floorboards flooding. This is yet another time I found myself ever grateful to now have a 4wd that had more clearance than most from the road! I was very very grateful!

The very next day I was fortunate enough toaxe handle firewood be back out driving again finding lots of firewood on my way. The sun was now shining as the cooler winds reminded everyone in the area that the storm had only just been here hours before. By the end of the night I wound up with a full truck full of firewood. A good portion of which was already cut down to size. All I needed to do was split some firewood. By the way as a side note there is something very satisfying about splitting your own firewood! Needless to say once again I was grateful to have been presented the opportunity for free firewood along the side of the road.. even if it was the result of a nasty little storm that rocked this area for a day or so.

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: When opportunity presents itself in the form of natural resources be ready! It can save you a lot of time and work by being a huge time saver.
  • Here is the link to the Episode with the Video while Brewing Beer off grid.If you want to see more podcast episodes about this “strange off grid brew” check out brewing beer on the Rocket Stove.
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hurricane matthew
October 7th, 2016 by Off The Grid

If you live on the east coast of the US then no doubt the weather has been on your mind. With hurricane Matthew making its way up the coast heading my way has me back on my game getting things down and securing loos items outside. Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti as a category 4. This brought with it seriously damaging winds and rain to that area. As the storm makes its way up toward Virginia (where my off grid camper is located) I find myself still procrastinating a bit. None the less I don’t have a lot to move around out of the wind’s unpredictable 100 mph gusts. Why is this an important thing to keep in mind? When you are facing severe hurricane winds objects that are not secured down can potentially be very dangerous projectiles. Combine this with the fact that I live in a close to 40 year old camper and that means only have two options. Simply put its time to either bug in or bug out! After living off grid for a little over a year now the fact that the windows all look original makes me feel better. Why you may ask? Well if the off grid camper is close to 40 years old then chances are it has seen its fair share of crazy storms!.. and the camper is still in good shape for its age. Time will tell but as I type this it looks like hurricane Matthew is loosing some steam and may head out to sea. If it heads out to sea that will more than likely mean a couple of days of rain and wind with minimal damage. Fingers crossed! Thank you for listening and if you have something to share please email me! i would love to hear from you 🙂

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Life is short. When major events in your personal life take place try to learn as much as you can and make the best with the time you have.
  • Here is the link to the Episode with the Video while Brewing Beer off grid.If you want to see more podcast episodes about this “strange off grid brew” check out brewing beer on the Rocket Stove.
  • Be social! Connect with me and the podcast on Facebook, like the page, and tell a friend! 🙂
  • 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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cowboy pizza
October 6th, 2015 by Off The Grid

If you tuned in for Friday’s Off The Grid Podcast I was getting ready for a hurricane. I off grid rocket stovecelebrated the storm by cast iron cooking out on the rocket stove with a new recipe.. Cowboy Pizza!! We were supposed to get 6 – 12 inches of rain along with some strong wind. Keep in mind that all of this was in addition to the 7 straight days of rain that this area just soaked up so the ground was all set for some trees to fall down. Nothing really happened though. As always it best to be prepared and this turned out to be a very good exercise in prepping. Over the last year I really thinned my belongings down a lot and this included food storage as well. Timing for this weekend worked out really well for making good use of the time indoors and out on the rocket stove for viddles! lol 🙂

“Some people feel the rain and others just get wet.”

Friday night I got in really late after picking up a bag of ice for the off grid refrigeratorcowboy pizza jalapenos because I still have no power here in the camper. It was raining.. SCRATCH that.. it was pouring cats and dogs! I did my best but still got soaked by the time I got off grid to the camper. Saturday proved to be pretty mild compared to what the weather man was calling for. Most of the day was spent inside the camper cleaning up, sorting stuff, rearranging, and going through a cool box of food my brother brought out the weekend before (it rained the whole weekend too). Mid afternoon I decided to venture out to the grocery store for cooking out on the rocket stove grill with a new recipe I wanted to try called Cowboy Pizza. I fired up the rocket stove, grabbed a cast iron skillet, and started cast iron coking here off the grid. Yup. I celebrated the storm by having my very own hurricane party all by my self! lol With the smell of wood smoke surfing on the wind I began to relax. I know I mention the rocket stove a lot but I love cooking out on it. When you cook a Cowboy Pizza with a good old cast iron skillet then your truly cast iron cooking! 🙂 Do you have a mouth watering recipy I could try out here on the grill? I would love to try it out here on the Off The Grid Podcast.

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Always be prepared with the ability cook a good meal out on the grill!
  • If you want to try making a Cowboy Pizza for yourself get the recipe on the Cast Iron Cooking page!
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off grid camper outside
October 2nd, 2015 by Off The Grid

Preparing for natural disasters is always the adventure before the adventure because solar panels off grid camperyou just don’t know the full extent of what mother nature has in mind yet. In this area we have a regular hurricane season. Right now hurricane Joaquin is barreling up the east coast and is set to impact my little off grid camper Saturday (tomorrow). Being out here in the woods off the grid is adventurous to say the least! Over the last few days I have gotten most of everything secured, moved around, and out of the way that I could possibly be affected by this storm. Hurricane Joaquin is currently a category 3 and is expected to drop to a category 1 by the time it reaches this area here in VA. Even if this turns out to be a category 1 hurricane it still means we will get another 6-12 inches of rain over the next 2 days. Along with the unusually high amount of rain in a short period of time the wild gusts of wind can off grid camper ac coverbe dangerous.

If you have half a brain you know that hurricanes and RVs or campers are not a good combination. It has been raining for an entire week. The rain started last Friday and has continued to rain most all day and night for seven days now. Add to the fact that the ground is already soaked and you have a recipe for a very sloppy muddy mess out here off grid. As always once again I am reminded that this whole off grid journey has proven to be an adventure every day. Hurricane Joaquin was downgraded from a category 4 but still any storm stamped with the label of a “hurricane” means pay attention, get prepared, use your head, and stay safe.. until the storm passes. 🙂

In preparing for this off grid wood pilehurricane I took the solar panels off of the camper roof and brought them inside. I put about a third of a roll of Duck Tape around the AC on the camper roof. If you remember there was a major roof leak around the AC so I was using the Duck Tape to reinforce the rope that was wrapped around the small tarp covering it. By the way with all of the rain in the last week the off grid camper has a few minor leaks that will need to be taken care of soon. I also organized and secured a few items that could be blown around by the strong gusts of wind.

Looking up some more info on this storm on weather.com was almost information overload but a couple of clicks led me to hurricane Joaquin’s inside track.. lol ok that was a bad joke! 🙂 If you want to learn more check out the link in today’s show notes below. Out of curiosity are you in the path of hurricane Joaquin? If so please post and let me know how your prepping for this storm and staying safe! 🙂 You are being safe right?

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: When you know a storm is coming your way get prepared early!
  • Learn more about hurricane Joaquin from the post I read on weather.com.
  • Got questions, comments, or tips about living off grid? Please post and share them here or Contact me!
  • Please help support this show and the off grid community by checking out Off Grid Singles.
  • The Off Grid Podcast is now available on iTunes and Stitcher so please Subscribe and rate the show!
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