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Sweeping Your Own Chimney

As a homesteader, you should have some way to heat your home. The ideal methods are: Wood cooktop stove Rocket stove/Rocket mass heater Outdoor wood furnace Fireplace insert/standalone wood stove Traditional fireplace Most of these methods contain a stovepipe to...

My Favorite Way to Split Firewood

If you split a lot of firewood by hand, you might find it helpful to take an old tire, and put it around the wood so that when you split it, the wood doesn’t fly...
Making Compost the Easy Way

Making Compost the Easy Way

It’s fall, and that means compost season. Most people think they can just throw old table scraps in a leaf pile, and in 6 months it’ll be perfectly brown compost, but that’s not exactly how things work. Compost requires 5 components: Nitrogen Carbon...

Fiskars Staysharp Max Reel Mower Review

I recently purchased a Fiskars Staysharp Max Reel Mower A reel mower is one that has no combustion engine, rather the blades rotate due to you pushing the mower. It’s a little more work than a gasoline powered mower, but it’s cleaner for the environment,...

Proper Compost Temps

For compost to form, proper temperatures needed to be reached. Ideally, you’d like to keep the temperature at 150 degrees for a few weeks. This is done by having the right balance of nitrogen, carbon, water and air. The best way to tell what the temperature of...