Why would a guy who lives off-grid in the middle of the woods with more work to do than sunlight to do it start a blog? That’s a great question and I’m going to answer it. First, let me welcome you to the Off-grid Maker. There’re a lot of web sites out there built around off-grid living and I’m thrilled you chose to stop by Off-grid Maker. *spoiler alert* you are the reason for this website.
Off-Grid Maker is the result of a journey that my wife and I started in 2010. We decided we wanted a simpler life and we wanted to become more reliant on ourselves and less dependent on systems outside our direct control.
Not having the financial resources to fund this expedition into the world of off-grid living we knew this was going to be mostly a DIY journey. We began researching everything we could about self-sufficient living, alternative energy, home energy production, foraging, bush-crafting, wild-crafting, alternative building practices and on and on. We started raising animals. We built a greenhouse and a solar water heater. We built a gravity fed water system and got rid of our 220-volt water well pump. All of this was getting us closer to an off-grid life, but we were still on the grid.
In 2013 we bought a piece of raw land in the Ozarks. We packed up what we could in the truck and trailer and moved onto the land. We lived the first two weeks in a 4 person tent with two dogs and a cat while I built “the wooden tent”, as my wife called it. It was a 7′ x 9′ shed. We lived in “the wooden tent” for 2 years while We built our cabin. That’s right, 2 years living in 63 square feet with pets. It was challenging but rewarding.
Now we live in the cabin that is dried in but not finished. We have running water(gravity fed), electricity(homemade), wood heat, hot water(wood fired) and no bills(except the cell phone bill). We’ve learned a ton of useful things about off-grid living in the past decade.
Now we get to the reason for this website. I want to share what we’ve learned with those of you who’re interested in going off-grid. I want to show you it can be done, even if you don’t have the money to buy all the expensive equipment and I want to show you it’s not as hard as it might seem. I will also provide as much useful information about the complexities and nuances of living off-grid as I can. And though most of the articles here will be tutorial type how-tos, I will discuss everything off-grid like philosophy, planning, prepping, survival, etc.. So please leave comments and ask questions. Your input will be my only gauge for improving the content on this site.
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