Off-Grid lighting idea….cheap!

August 20, 2014 Rourke 10

Visiting my local Wal-Mart to check on the ammo selection I found a display of solar landscaping lights on clearance for .72 cents each. These are the very cheap models usually selling for $1.00. I […]

….On grid down laundry

April 25, 2014 Rourke 2

  This is the first of a series of gear reviews that I will be leisurely doing. Due to the nature of our 16 person retreat, I have collected a lot of really cool useful […]

A little off-grid cooking……

March 12, 2014 Rourke 1

A buddy of mine and I recently got together for a little “off grid” cooking. Several methods of cooking were represented including a using a Deadwood Stove, a small backpacking stove, and an “expedient” stove […]

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Best Rechargeable Batteries

July 27, 2013 Rourke 4

Best Rechargeable Batteries In an age where technology is more advanced, and people are more aware than ever of the impact that we are having on the environment, it is astonishing that more people are […]

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Off The Grid

August 26, 2012 Rourke 10

by Wolf Grulkey 15 years ago I bought 13 acres of cedar forest in NW Arkansas with the idea of building a self sufficient homestead/retreat.  The first thing was to organize a water supply.  There […]

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Our Cooking Preparations

August 14, 2012 Rourke 5

by Jim Jones – KC5DOV Having been prepared for Y2K or not so prepared as we later learned the following winter when we lost electrical power for eight days, I was relieved and let down at […]

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Water Off the Grid

August 9, 2012 Rourke 5

Water Off the Grid By Bev   When I was a little girl we used to go visit my great-grandfather, Harry, on his farm in Trout Valley.  We would carry buckets of water from the fresh […]