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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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 🙂 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! 🙂

 

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! 🙂
  • 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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January 8th, 2016 by Off The Grid

Today’s episode of Off The Grid Podcast is another listener feedback show. It still strikes me as odd at times that there are more and more of you finding, listening to, and emailing in for the show. I have been recording episodes of the podcast for almost a year now yet waited until I was actually off grid to start posting them. Off The Grid Podcast began taking the internet airwaves back in early July and thanks to each and every one of you listener feedback shows now seem to be semi-regular and growing part of the podcast. It may not seem like much to someone outside looking in or reading this now but each time I get an email from one of the listeners (you) its a small light of encouragement to keep going strong. Yes I would continue doing my thing out here off the grid in the little camper, taking my mini adventurous walks in the woods, and dealing with the challenges of each new season but still it means a lot when something new pops in the inbox. lol

Recently a couple of emails came in from listeners just like you. First up I share a quick email from Jill in Chicago. She sent in an email with this AMAZING looking recipe. I got a small kick out of what she described as something good to try in that little “gizmo” I cook with. lol 🙂 The gizmo is my Rocket Stove!! Yup if you have been listening to the podcast for any length of time you know I am a huge fan of the Rocket Stove and I also love to cook. Unfortunately the ongoing refrigeration or lack of has been a major challenge. Next up was an email sent in from Carl & Maggy from Michigan. His email was a bit longer. He shared some hard earned experience from his trials building, assembling, and ultimately buying a good shelter to work under. The shelter also acts as a great cover for storing larger items like firewood or a vehicle outdoors. Carl emailed in a couple of other suggestions but I will leave that for the show. You have to have some reason to listen to Off The Grid right?! lol

If you are reading this then hopefully you have taken the time to listen as well because I also shared a few stories from my recent ongoing mini adventures out here off grid in the woods. As one might guess living out in the woods alone with all of the mild to wild surprizes mother nature has is not for those who are easily startled! Last night I pulled up down the dirt path after a long day, got out of my car with my LED headlamp on, and was greeted by the sound of a couple dozen startled crows above. They scared the CRAP out of me! This was strange because I have never seen them perch there before. The large number of birds with their fast flapping wings right by my car high up in the tree tops directly above got my heart rate going fast! It was kind of like something out of an Edgar Alen Poe poem. lol Hopefully they choose a better perch next time. If you are listening to the podcast then hopefully you will enjoy my other mini adventurers as well. 🙂 One quick note.. if you heard me mention my phone battery being low. Well what you may not know is my iPhone batter has been giving me trouble for quite a while now. It appears that the batter may now be completely DONE! Why am I taking time to write about this you might ask? As I mentioned in today’s episode of Off The Grid Podcast there was going to be a link with a video I took this morning in the woods of the odd tree / cane I found. My iPhone will no longer turn on! GRRRRrrr! So please be patient until I get a replacement to access my phone again. Once it is straight I will post a link to the video here. As for a real quick side note did you know that many products are designed by manufactures to fail after a certain lifespan? Yes it is true!! GRRrrrrr!! OK I will get off my soap box now. Thank you once again for listening to th podcast and also taking time to email. If you have something to share or have questions, comments, or feedback please send them in! I would love to hear from you! 🙂

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Be still once in a while & observe your environment. You may see something cool right in front of you!
  • I will post a link to the video as soon as I can get my phone fixed. (ASAP)!!!
  • 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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