Thank you so much for purchasing Creating Your Off-Grid Homestead. I’ve listed below the products and tools that we regularly use on our off-grid homestead, and any special discounts that I am able to pass on to you. Except where noted, I have no affiliation with the companies, other than as a satisfied customer.
Homestead Honey (https://homestead-honey.com) – My blog about gardening, off the grid living, herbal wellness, food preservation, foraging, and all things homesteading. In addition to this eBook, I have written several other books, including The Backyard Bread & Pizza Oven, Building a Homestead Root Cellar, Homestead Honey’s Guide to Fall Gardening, and Family Homesteading. I also offer one-on-one coaching to support you in turning your homesteading dreams into action.
Backwoods Solar (http://www.backwoodssolar.com) – Backwoods Solar is, in my opinion, the way to go if you are looking for support in setting up an off-grid solar, wind, or micro-hydroelectric system. They have outstanding customer support as well as a wide assortment of products. Let them know that Homestead Honey sent you if you give them a call, as they are one of my blog sponsors.
Sun Oven (http://sunoven.com) – Sun Oven sells solar ovens and accessories for cooking with the sun. We have their All-American model, as well as the dehydrating racks, which are great for drying fruit or making multiple batches of cookies. If you are interested in purchasing a Sun Oven, there are two discounts available to readers: One is $70 off the dehydration and preparedness package, and the other is $50 off an All-American Sun Oven. You can order here.
StoveTec (http://stovetecstore.net) – StoveTec is a maker of Rocket Stoves and accessories. We use their Lightweight Biomass Cookstove, and are testing their Firefly stove. Good friends of mine were instrumental in starting StoveTec, so I’m partial to this brand, but there are also a lot of DIY options out there for building your own rocket stove.
Jotul Woodstoves (http://jotul.com) – We love our Jotul stove, which we purchased almost a decade ago. The current equivalent of our stove is model F 3 CB. This model heats up to a 1300 Square foot house (so, it’s overkill for our tiny home, but we already owned it when we moved here), and we love that we can cook on its top.
Berkey Water Purifier/Filter (http://www.berkeyfilters.com) – We use a Big Berkey with three filters for our family of four, but there are many other Berkey sizes to meet your needs.
ConcenTrace (http://www.traceminerals.com/products/liquid-tablet-minerals/concentrace-ionic-minerals) – We add these trace mineral drops to our filtered drinking water to ensure that we’re getting the minerals that our bodies need. I purchased ConcenTrace through a vitamin supply company for around $17 for an 8 oz. bottle, which has lasted well over a year.
Solar Phone Charger – There are many portable solar phone chargers on the market. Ours cost around $65, and had two small solar panels as well as two USB ports.
45 Watt Solar Panel Kit (http://www.harborfreight.com/45-watt-solar-panel-kit-68751.html) – My father-in-law had purchased a system similar to this one for his RV, but gifted it to us when we moved onto our land. We used it in tandem with a car battery to be able to charge our phone on cloudy/rainy days.
Solar Energizer and Electric Fencing (https://www.premier1supplies.com) – We purchase most of the electric fencing supplies for our grazing animals from Premier 1.
Emergency Weather Radio – We purchased an emergency weather radio through LL Bean. While I’m not seeing the exact model on their website, the one we have features both a hand-crank and a solar panel for charging. We keep it tuned to the NOAA weather station for warnings of tornadoes or other storm events.
Honda EU2000i Generator (Here’s a good review of its features: http://www.diy-experts.net/honda-eu2000i-review/) – We used our generator daily while building our house, and now weekly for building projects and to make items for our Etsy shop.
Homesteader Drying Rack (http://homesteadstore.myshopify.com/collections/homestead-laundry/products/homesteader-drying-rack) – We use a clothesline for most of our laundry drying needs, but on rainy days, in winter, and when I overflow our lines (which happens very often), I love my Homesteader drying rack from Homestead Store.
The Humanure Handbook (http://humanurehandbook.com) – This book contains all the information you need to start your own humanure system at home.
Home Power Magazine (http://www.homepower.com) – I gave Brian a subscription to this magazine when we first started our homestead to feed our brains with the latest information about solar, wind, micro-hydro, and other off-grid technologies.
Tumbleweed Tiny House (http://www.tumbleweedhouses.com) – This company offers building plans for several models of tiny houses on wheels. Since we built our own house on a foundation and without formal blueprints, we have not used their plans, but those wishing to build a tiny house might find their website helpful.