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rockies
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# Posted: 28 Sep 2020 17:33 - Edited by: rockies
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On Youtube, Homesteading Family did a great video on canning.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVYZP1D6wHo

The brand of pressure canner she recommends is from All American.

http://www.allamericancanner.com/All-American-Pressure-Canners.htm

The best book (I've heard) on canning is Balls Book of Canning.

https://www.amazon.ca/All-Ball-Book-Canning-Preserving/dp/0848746783

Lehman's has canning supplies (if you want ti support an off0grid type of business) but there are lots of others.

https://www.lehmans.com/category/canning#

There is also a free 4 part course on safely canning food on their website.

https://www.schooloftraditionalskills.com/meals_on_your_shelf_sign_up

rockies
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# Posted: 28 Sep 2020 17:45
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To protect your roof from damage from ice and snow.

https://disastersafety.org/winter-weather/prevent-roof-damage-from-heavy-snow-and-ice /

As little as 1 inch of ice could cause your roof to fail.

rockies
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# Posted: 29 Sep 2020 17:21 - Edited by: rockies
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I found this Youtube channel the other day. it offers some great advice on setting up a homestead on raw land.

https://www.youtube.com/user/VergePermaculture

The really interesting thing about their approach is they have a free contour mapping app so you can figure out the lay of your land and then upload it into Google Earth Pro and start designing your homestead.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-d-DXyz-ypI&list=PLsszit8mIl_URJZjBGp4gmCamwpXlK9v-&i ndex=94

https://contourmapgenerator.com/#2/37.9/-44.6

This video has a discussion with a lady who used the app to design her homestead on raw land in Saskatchewan.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEcR9V7uX-k

There's also a free webinar on how to use their app.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CS2xPzhUWuU&list=PLsszit8mIl_URJZjBGp4gmCamwpXlK9v-&i ndex=92

Most people are so overwhelmed with the process of building a homestead that they frequently overlook something and by the time they discover their mistake it's way too late to fix it (and far too expensive).

What I found really interesting about these videos is that they help YOU evaluate and then design the infrastructure of your land on a computer and then offer practical advice throughout each step (roadwork, water, cabin location, etc) all before you ever put a shovel into the ground.

rockies
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# Posted: 30 Sep 2020 21:58 - Edited by: rockies
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Boy, there's a lot of info on homesteading, greenhouses, permaculture and developing raw land on this Youtube channel.

https://www.youtube.com/c/VergePermaculture/videos

They also have their own website with a lot of free articles and courses.

https://vergepermaculture.ca/

rockies
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# Posted: 30 Sep 2020 22:03
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One video on the Verge Permaculture Youtube channel was about having a cold room and the challenges of storing food in 5 gallon buckets.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cz8Di_BQUhI

The product she recommends is called Gamma Seal Lids, which transforms a standard bucket into an easily re-sealable food storage bucket.

I would think that this lid would be much better at keeping out pests than the lid that normally comes with the bucket.

https://www.usplastic.com/catalog/item.aspx?itemid=24282

rockies
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# Posted: 30 Sep 2020 22:08 - Edited by: rockies
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Another great video on the Verge Permaculture Youtube channel concerns Bison Hand Pumps.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7aWzaOI1GcQ

https://www.bisonpumps.com/

This is a great back-up hand pump that can fit inside your existing well (along side your electric pump) and be there ready to use in case of an emergency.

rockies
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# Posted: 1 Oct 2020 19:38 - Edited by: rockies
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Another video topic from Verge Permaculture is on how to design and build a passive greenhouse which would require no electricity or added heat sources like propane or a wood fired stove.

Overview of the passive Solar Greenhouse Design App.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hckLApyAbDw

Choosing the shape of the greenhouse.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRRT3NHnY60

Choosing the Glazing.

https://www.y2mate.com/youtube/E8jZ_le9-c4

irrigation in your greenhouse.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdVwa8V_fNg

The importance of a kneewall in greenhouse design.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Guo40xb3Em4

Vent design (with an amazing wax cylinder)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elK-8qlr0NU

This is one possible solar vent hinge you could use (there are other brands). The piston cylinder is filled with wax which expands or contracts depending on the interior temperature of the greenhouse so it will automatically open the greenhouse vents when the interior gets too hot. You will never have to come out and manually adjust the vent panels again.

https://solarventworks.com/gigavent_installation.htm

These cover some of the basics but there are lots of other videos on passive greenhouse design, construction, usage on their Youtube channel as well.

rockies
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# Posted: 2 Oct 2020 20:26
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A very good channel from a guy building his own cabin.

https://www.youtube.com/c/WoodnessGoodness/videos

rockies
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# Posted: 2 Oct 2020 20:35
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A good resource on building a log cabin - Handmade Houses with Noah Bradley.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfNcyHyZX9VoY2feVgztBnw

rockies
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# Posted: 2 Oct 2020 20:50
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Everything you need to know about metal roofing - on the Metal Roofing Learning Channel.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb8AQ1xSlraw-Vm43Wx6ArA

darz5150
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# Posted: 3 Oct 2020 00:47
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Hey Rockie.
Do a link for ACOPOWER LiON cooler fridge/freezer.
Hobotech on you tube does a good test drive on it. Long video of course, but the cooler is pretty impressive actually. Not cheap. But might be an alternative for people on the go or for those who use their cabins part time.

rockies
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# Posted: 3 Oct 2020 19:50
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Well, this is the link for the Acopower cooler.

https://lioncooler.com/

Here's a Youtube video on it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hshINowNgnA

And a review.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46cgW8HbPm8

And another review!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-cx__GCqsk

rockies
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# Posted: 3 Oct 2020 19:54
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If you don't want a battery powered cooler, Yeti is a brand of cooler that constantly gets top reviews.

https://www.yeti.com/en_US/coolers

rockies
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# Posted: 3 Oct 2020 20:08
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A great site with lots of info on off grid homesteading and practical advice on choosing motors and pumps that use very little energy.

http://solarhomestead.com/best-off-grid-well-pumps/

The Grundfos SQFlex uses a soft start system so there isn't a huge energy spike when it first starts up.

https://ca.grundfos.com/products/find-product/sqflex1.html

Of course, once the water is out of the well it has to be sent somewhere, so the type and number of circulation pumps you need will have a huge impact on the size of your off grid PV system.

http://solarhomestead.com/off-grid-circulating-pumps/

Look for Ivan Labs - El Sid circulation pumps.

rockies
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# Posted: 7 Oct 2020 19:12
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This video, from 30x40 Architects, discusses the Library of Congress archives of historical building.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqpizO414ck

Over 581,000 pictures in the archive showcase over 43000 famous buildings throughout the US and also includes measured construction drawings for many of them.

You can also look up "generic searches", such as barns, railroad stations, churches, public buildings, etc.

If you have an interest in historical buildings this site is a great resource.

https://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/hh/

rockies
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# Posted: 7 Oct 2020 19:24
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For free online courses from schools like Harvard, MIT, Berkeley, etc this site offers a lot of options.

https://www.edx.org/

rockies
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# Posted: 8 Oct 2020 19:25
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A wonderful channel from a young couple building an off grid cabin in the mountains.

https://www.youtube.com/c/WildWonderfulOffGrid/videos

rockies
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# Posted: 8 Oct 2020 19:29
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This video from 30x40 Architects features a discussion between an architect and his structural engineer on how best to design the pier foundation for a rural cabin.

Lots of info on what to consider (anchoring, wind load, etc), and especially focused on cross brace sizing and attachment methods.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29-xtjX8rAk

rockies
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# Posted: 8 Oct 2020 19:39
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An interesting channel on building and living in a container home.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-l69It3hxAY3tkBH_utLNQ/videos

rockies
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# Posted: 8 Oct 2020 19:44
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One man's story building a rustic log cabin alone in the Canadian wilderness.

https://www.youtube.com/c/ShawnJamesMySelfReliance/videos

rockies
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# Posted: 8 Oct 2020 19:50
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Young couple building an off grid cabin in Idaho.

https://www.youtube.com/c/RidingJava/videos

rockies
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# Posted: 8 Oct 2020 20:23
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How to use a compost thermometer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdIIO_CH-kY

Who knew? I didn't. I never even considered that a compost thermometer existed, but when you see the explanation and demonstration you think OK, maybe I should get one.

As the video notes mention: A good compost pile cooks at 50 - 65 degrees C. too cold and it does not cook, too hot and it lights on fire and loses its nitrogen and phosphorus.

https://reotemp.com/compost/super-duty-compost-thermometer-with-fast-response-tip/

rockies
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# Posted: 8 Oct 2020 20:28
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Some fantastic wood working tools and projects from Rockler.

https://www.youtube.com/user/RocklerWoodworking

rockies
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# Posted: 8 Oct 2020 20:29
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And more great woodworking tools from Kreg, especially their pocket hole jigs.

https://www.youtube.com/user/KregToolCompany

rockies
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# Posted: 8 Oct 2020 20:32
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A guy who likes to make stuff (and has 3 million followers).

https://www.youtube.com/c/Iliketomakestuff/videos

rockies
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# Posted: 8 Oct 2020 20:35
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A professional woodworker, cabinet maker and furniture builder.

https://www.youtube.com/c/Matthiaswandel/videos

rockies
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# Posted: 8 Oct 2020 20:37
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Stumpy Nubs Woodworking Journal !

https://www.youtube.com/c/StumpyNubs/videos

rockies
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# Posted: 8 Oct 2020 20:39
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Small but cool woodworking projects.

https://www.youtube.com/c/MakeSomething/videos

rockies
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# Posted: 11 Oct 2020 20:25
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If you get trapped at the cabin for a while (ice storm, road washes out, etc) you should have some freeze dried meals ready to go.

Happy Yak has rated right at the top for taste and convenience.

https://happyyak.ca/en/

rockies
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# Posted: 11 Oct 2020 20:33
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I've been thinking of getting a food sealer. From several different sites the Geryon E2900-MS has been the top rated food sealer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lS2hF0E9N0

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