episode 134 video listener feedback
August 18th, 2016 by Off The Grid

If there is one thing I learned from other people learning from my experience living off the grid its that curiosity will be peeked and questions will arise. When I first began this journey toward an off grid lifestyle invariably the next thing after the WHAT?!? factor was the fact that most people had a question or few. Most long time listeners will be no stranger to the story of how I got where I am today.. living in an off grid camper with no power or water. Every once in a while I need to remind myself that chances are new listeners / viewers find the show and as such will have some of the same questions. Why did you choose to go off the grid? What is it like living off grid? What about power? How do you get water? Etc.. Today’s video episode I answer a couple of questions that came in from listeners. Dean from Youtube asked Why did you decide to go off the grid? Another email came in from LeeAnn. She asked if I have the option to park the camper in the woods? Doing so would help to stay 10 degrees or so cooler in the summer months.

You see the thing is that after living this way for a little over a year I look back and realize that in fact I have come a long way. For years I watched countless hours of videos on Youtube, searched the web for resources, spent many a days / evenings in the backyard practicing mini survival skills, and finally mustered up the courage to take that scary leap of faith off grid! It was not easy but I would not trade this unique life experience for anything! One thing that stands out still is that the first 2 – 3 months were a MAJOR adjustment period for me. After living 40 years in the “traditional” on grid suburban lifestyle and then voluntarily choosing this lifestyle some things came to mind. For one thing I found myself honestly questioning my sanity. Amid a serous bit of self examination I came to the conclusion that if I was sane enough to question my actions and give it the time to reach some reasonable answers then I was indeed not out of my gourd! lol If you ask some of the people that are close in my life then you may not get the same answer. Living off grid for the most part can be challenging and both beautifully rewarding at the same time. This lifestyle may not be for everyone.. for me I am quite content and love the soft sweet sounds of mother nature as opposed to the ever intrusive chaos of the concrete jungles our modern society has so quickly adopted.

 

Video Post notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: When you give people a glimpse of what off grid looks like they tend to have a few questions.
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vine around tree cane
December 17th, 2015 by Off The Grid

Keeping an eye out for opportunities in your environment can be easy when you are already exploring and looking for resources. If you are already living off the grid or are planing to do so in the future making the absolute best use of your time is critical. Ever since the colder weather took care of the ticks in this area I have found myself venturing out exploring more and more around the camper. As it turns out the surrounding woods are a golden opportunity for someone with the eye of an artist and the ambition of a crafter. It seems like everywhere I look there are beautifully ornate trees with vines wound up and around them. The thing is most of the time you see one or two of these scattered along the side of the road in your travels. vine around tree caneThe fact that a majority of these trees or future really cool looking canes are all over the place out here within walking distance of my off grid camper makes for an excellent opportunity to make some wonderfully ornate walking sticks.

While going out on my walks in the morning I realized that several things were being done all at once which ultimately will save me a lot of time. If you are living off grid or are looking to do so please make note of this. Going for walks and exploring the area around your home serves many purposes at once. Yes you are exploring and getting exorcise but it also gives you the opportunity to look for resources such as firewood or building materials. If you are into making crafts see what else you can find in your area to create something. Making the best use of time when your out and about is not only easy but is just makes sense. In my case I have found a LOT of future walking sticks, canes, princess wands, and Harry Potter like wands as well. There is enough to keep me busy for a long time out here off the grid in the enchanted forest! lol 🙂 A quick search online showed that there does not seem to be a lot of money to be made but as a hobby $35 – $250 per waking stick / cane would be fun none the less. Alas with everything I have going on out here at least for now I will need to keep this one in the back of my mind until I have some.. free time.

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Take some time to think about how you will wash laundry off grid to save time and money.
  • This is the cool link to Steven Harris’s website about alternative energy, solar, and more www.steven1234.com
  • Checked out the other great resource mentioned in today’s show about modern survival at The Survival Podcast.
  • Be social! Connect with me and the podcast on Facebook, like the page, and tell a friend! 🙂
  • 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. 🙂 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! 🙂
  • 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 🙂 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! 🙂

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! 🙂
  • 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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