Heat and Cooling, Power generation

Wood Stove Generator – Part 1

15 Oct , 2016  

The goal was to generate a few watts of power from a woodstove. It would charge a 12-volt battery or run a small circulating water pump. The project came about when I was waiting for some parts for the Cowboy Hot Tub project, I thought I would mess around with some ideas for generating power […]

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Buildings and Renovations, Heat and Cooling, Relaxing

The Cowboy Hot Tub Project – Part 2

16 Sep , 2016  

Lots of changes to the project, but the end results was a hot bath in an off-grid situation. The first was to move the tub to a better location for my family. The old tub was located down at the lake, which can be tiresome walking up and down the hill to use the washroom, […]

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Heat and Cooling, Relaxing

The Cowboy Hot Tub Project

19 Aug , 2016  

Since it was super hot at the cabin (and no campfire ban), though it would be a good plan to “test” the Cowboy Hot Tub Project. The goal was to place a hose/copper pipe in the campfire and run it back into the tub. The water would be pumped through the hose and come out […]

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Firewood, Heat and Cooling

Free Firewood- Finding Gold in the Burbs

10 Dec , 2015   Video

This is an awesome deal for people that have a wood burning fireplace or wood stoves. Free firewood! Why buy it when it’s being given away for free. Whenever I head back home to the suburbs I drive around the neighbourhood or look online for free firewood. It’s a win-win scenario. I don’t have to […]

Appliances, Food, Heat and Cooling

Part 3 – Solar Panel and a Modded Electric Cooler

23 Jul , 2015   Video

Ran some tests on the modified 12 volt Coleman Cooler in the first weekend of July. It just happened to be one of the hottest weekends in our area. Afternoon day temps hovered around 28*C or 81*F and it was a dry heat. Living on the West Coast, I’m just not use to that type […]

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Heat and Cooling, Relaxing

Stage 1 of the Cowboy Hot Tub Project

2 Jul , 2015  

Wa-hoo! Completed stage 1 of the Cowboy Hot Tub! Found a large, used, galvanized, livestock water tank on craigslist for $200. I’ve seen new ones for $350 – $700. It measures 10′ long x 3′ wide by 2′ deep. Holds a bit over 300 gallons. No leaks and it’s in fairly good shape. Originally, I […]

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End Cuts, Food, Heat and Cooling

Part 2 – Fan Upgrade for 12V Electric Coleman Cooler

25 Jun , 2015   Video

This is part 2 of the Removing the Cooler Gizmo from an Electric Coleman Cooler series. The hot and cold fans are upgraded to a more efficient model and some changes were made to the wiring. The original plan was to put it into the old 1920’s ice box, but, after a second look (and […]

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Appliances, Food, Heat and Cooling

Removing the Cooler Gizmo from an Electric Coleman Cooler

2 Jun , 2015   Video

This video starts with another treasure found at the local recycling center. In Canada, residents can take bottles, cans, plastic and cardboard into a township recycle center. It’s a volunteer program and unsupervised. It’s a real plus for homeowners who miss the weekly pickup by the city. On the flip side, many residents use the unsupervised […]

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Equipment, Firewood, Heat and Cooling

Time-Lapse of Firewood Frenzy by the Family

22 May , 2015   Video

Getting firewood isn’t exciting for most people. It’s the dreaded chore when camping or going out in the middle of the night. But, if you’re living off the grid it’s necessary for for heat. For me, I like working on a firewood. It’s a process. Seeking the perfect, dry log, cutting and then stacking in an […]

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Hauling, digging, etc, Heat and Cooling

Using a Winch-in-a-Bag to Move Large Logs

8 Apr , 2015   Video

[huge_it_slider id=”2″] This portable winch is a must have for an off-grid dweller or off-road explorer. It’s set up to work off a trailer hitch, 12 volt car battery and has a pulling rate of 2000lbs. Picked up last year, on sale, for only $79 dollars (regular $129.99). The project I needed it for was […]

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Hauling, digging, etc, Heat and Cooling, Power Tools

Spring Break Tree Clean Up

26 Mar , 2015   Video

Had some time off during Spring Break in March.  Decided it was a good time to remove some trees that were diseased and to close to cabin. Side note: Personally, I don’t like to cut down trees, I like the shade and privacy they offer. But these were too close to the structure and could come […]

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End Cuts, Heat and Cooling, Other

Christmas Stocking Stuffer Ideas: Jelly Wax Fire Starters

17 Dec , 2014  

This is a step-by-step video showing how to make simply fire starters. These odd-looking chunks make great stocking stuffer the for the outdoorsy type of people. It’s one of the projects my family likes to work on and give to the rural neighbours as a small Christmas gift. They work fantastic in getting the wood stove […]

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Heat and Cooling, Power generation

Bits & Pieces of Winter Projects from the Cedar Workshop

15 Dec , 2014  

An update video of what has happened at our remote cabin in the woods. Old man winter has dropped by with a dump of snow and the temperatures have really dropped. Since the ground is frozen solid, it has put a stop to part 2 of the Build a Basic Grey water filter system. The […]