Books

40 Projects for Building Your Backyard Homestead: A Hands-on, Step-by-Step Sustainable-Living Guide (Creative Homeowner) Fences, Chicken Coops, Sheds, Gardening, and More for Becoming Self-Sufficient

Thinking about getting into backyard homesteading? Shop this selection of books to help you get started. Check back often as we post new books on a regular basis.

40 Projects for Building Your Backyard Homestead: A Hands-on, Step-by-Step Sustainable-Living Guide – $16.95 / $14.29
Description:
Learn all about how to build sheds, feeders, fences, and other backyard structures to enhance your sustainable living! Garden structures: Raised beds, planters and arbors, self-watering beds, grow-light stand, soil blocks
Fences and pens: Fence post basics, picket fence, solar electric fence, installing and stretching…

Wilderness Survival Guide: Practical Skills for the Outdoor Adventurer – $15.99 / $13.46
Description:
Learn the skills you need to thrive in the wild. Whether you’re an avid adventurer or a bushcraft beginner, this wilderness survival guide can help you level up your outdoor IQ and boost your confidence on remote trips and treks. Get pro tips for navigation, finding food, building shelters, and even applying basic first aid. Discover how to tackle any situation, from…

Prepper’s Long-Term Survival Guide: Food, Shelter, Security, Off-the-Grid Power and More Life-Saving Strategies for Self-Sufficient Living – $15.95 / $6.58
Description:
Prepare your home and family for any life-threatening catastrophe with this step-by-step survivalist guide filled with techniques, strategies, and DIY projects from a lifelong prepping expertThe preparation you make for a hurricane, earthquake or other short-term disaster will not keep you alive in the event of widespread social collapse caused by pandemic, failure of the grid or other…

Bushcraft 101: A Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival – $16.99 / $10.39
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BLUETTI AC200P Portable Power Station with Solar Panel Included

BLUETTI AC200P Portable Power Station with Solar Panel Included – $2,999.00
Voltage: ‎120 Volts
Wattage: ‎2000 watts
Special Features: ‎Fast recharge via AC and Solar in 1200W total simultaneously, Wide 35-150v solar input voltage range to allow you connect multi- solar panels in series, install easily, 2000Wh huge capacity ensure long lasting for your device during power outage, Recharge from ac wall outlet/solar panel/12v or 24v car/ lead-acid battery/ generator, Eco-mode to save more power for low loads below 50w, Built in mppt controller in the bluetti ac200p no need other controller for your solar panel, 40% faster recharge with Mppt, Solar charge cable and car charge Cable are included in the package, Support dual AC adapter to fast recharge bluetti ac200p in 2.5-3hrs, 2000W load 95% daily-used electric devices, 700W Max. Solar input power allow you recharge the bluetti ac200p full in 3.5hrs.

Generac 7127 iQ3500-3500 Watt Portable Inverter Generator Quieter Than Honda, Orange/Black – $1,449.00 / $1,010.96
Features: 16% more power than Honda, Featuring power rush advanced technology.Rated AC Frequency: 60 Hz
Description: ULTRA-QUIET – 40% Quieter than Honda* Advanced inverter technology and enclosure design provide optimal quiet performance (* Over 5 dB(A) quieter than the EU3000is, based on independent third-party testing) Ideal for work or play – durable steel enclosure, clean inverter power and easy portability make this the ideal generator for jobsites or recreational activities.

Champion Power Equipment 76533 4750/3800-Watt Dual Fuel RV Ready Portable Generator with Electric Start – $699.00 / $507.42
Features:
*Dual Fuel: Operate your 3800-watt portable generator right out of the box on either gasoline or propane, plus the unit holds 0.6-quarts of oil (included) and has a low oil shut-off sensor
*Electric Start: Power up the 224cc Champion engine with the handy toggle switch, battery included
*Intelligauge: Keep track of voltage, hertz and run-time hours to easily monitor power output and track maintenance intervals. Dimensions-26.3 x 24.8 x 22.9 inches

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Disaster Preparedness

2020 Waterproof Solar Power Bank Portable External Battery Charger

Product descriptions are from Ebay.  If you have any questions please contact the Ebay seller. USB battery packs are great to have for hiking, camping, backpacking, or for when the power goes out.

2020 Waterproof Solar Power Bank Portable External Battery Charger US – $16.88
Description:
*Number of Ports: 2
*Compatible Brand: Universal, For Apple, For HTC, For Huawei, For LG, For Samsung, For Xiaomi, For ZTE
*Modified Item: No
*Material: Plastic
*Connectivity: USB, Dual USB
*Type: Power Bank

2021 Waterproof Solar Power Bank Portable External Battery Charger US – $22.99

Solar Power Bank LED Dual USB Backup Battery Charger For Mobile Phone – $17.68

New Solar Power Bank 3 Panel Portable Charger 26800mAh External Battery Pack US – $47.88

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Solar panel with emergency radio
Homesteading

Starting With Solar Power

I finally bought a solar panel. In all honesty, I do not know why I waited so long for. It is a Nekteck 20 watt solar panel and I see this as a starting point for bigger and better things.

Before I bought the solar panel I asked myself, what purpose will the panel serve? I decided to go with a foldable solar panel with USB outlets for recharging flashlights, AA batteries and radios. Something to keep flashlights, lanterns and radios charged in a power outage. For right now, the focus is being able to have light and staying up to date on news when the power goes out.

The plan is to have two foldable solar panels – one for charging USB battery packs, and the other panel for charging cell phones, radios and flashlights. Hopefully, the next foldable solar panel will be a 40 watt.

The next project is going to take a little while, and will be about supplying the house with water off 12 volt batteries and solar panels.

Running Water

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kerosene lanterns
Disaster Preparedness

Using Kerosene Lanterns After SHTF

Kerosene is one of those things that just does not fit into my survival preps. Since I tend to think about long term survival plans, and kerosene will run out sooner or later, so how does all of that fit together? And then there are the hazard of using kerosene lanterns – fire hazard, health risk from fumes, glass breakage, storing kerosene,,,,. Because of all of this, I have decided to put kerosene into the short – mid term survival plans. In other words, kerosene would probably only be used for a couple of months – or until supplies run out.

On the other hand, I’am thinking of just phasing kerosene out all together – except for very limited plans and supplies. The question your probably asking is “why would you want to phase kerosene out?” The answer – there are too many risk. Why should I use something that poses a fire hazard and children can knock over? Fire + children = do not go together. If a fire and fume risk can be eliminated, then why not?

This is where solar powered lights come into effect. Solar is cheap, its free (besides the initial investment), its renewable, is safe, poses very few fire risk,,,, so why not use it? […]