The first time I heard about a rocket stove was when my husband was researching ways to create a heat source for his workshop. My first question - what's a rocket stove? Well, a rocket stove is basically a high-temperature combustion chamber with a vertical chimney. It requires very little fuel … [Read more...] about Building a Rocket Stove: Step By Step Tutorial
There's nothing I dislike more during the winter than waking up cold. If you heat your home with a wood stove, then you know what I mean, unless you have a humongous stove that can be stocked full of enough wood to keep your home toasty and warm for an entire night. You can pack most wood stoves in … [Read more...] about How To Build A Fire That Lasts All Night: Dry Wood vs. Green Wood
Have you ever used a dutch oven? Over a camp fire these pot-pan combos can be great for making a pot of beans, soup or chili, but did you know you can also bake in them? This spring my husband and I attended a dutch oven cooking class where we learning to make everything from a rolled pork loin … [Read more...] about Dutch Oven Cooking – Know How. Be Prepared.
Starting a fire in the woods, or during any camping trip is not complicated, but many people have no idea how to get started. You can use chemical fire starters, but even if you usually use lighter fluid, it is still a good idea to know how to start a fire if you are ever without that can of lighter … [Read more...] about How to Start a Fire for Camping: Campfire 101 for Beginners
If you have spent any time at all researching off-the-grid houses and energy-efficient homes, you probably have run across the mention of a cob house. A cob house is not made from corn cobs, as I first assumed when I heard the term, but rather uses a mixture of sand, straw, and clay similar to an … [Read more...] about What are Cob Houses? Are They Easy to Make?