How to Store Firewood: Try Low-Cost, High-Efficiency Racks

One thing we have in abundance here in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina is firewood. Last winter, we noticed that the number of wood piles on our neighbors’ properties increased dramatically.

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Buying a Chainsaw? Which One?

Buying a chainsaw can be a frustrating experience. What brand should I buy? What size bar should I get?

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How to Clean Creosote From a Wood Stove
December 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites In our home, knowing how to clean creosote from the stove pipe chimney is a job best handled by my wonderful husband. Although I do try to …

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Make Your Own Simple Drying Rack

Add to Favorites By Daniel Strauss, Lockport, New York It was my sister-in-law’s 50th birthday and my wife wanted to give her a practical gift of a dry­ing rack for …

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How (And Why) I Moved To A Straw Bale House

Add to Favorites By C. Gonzales, Port Republic, Maryland By August 2010, I had had enough. My home was lovely, warm when needed, cool when needed, pretty, functional, and safe. But it lacked natural …

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Wood-Burning Cook Stoves: How and Why

Add to Favorites The sound of wood cracking against an ax, the hollow thuds of the blocks hitting the ground, the popping and hissing of evaporating moisture as the fire …

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What to Cook in a Solar Oven
March 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites Several years ago, we added a solar cooker to our homestead tools. We have long, hot summers and cook from scratch every day, which was taxing our …

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