Off On Our Own by Ted Carns
Is a book about living off grid for 36 years and how it slowly developed from primitive to a comfortable modern totally self reliant way of living. It touches not only on the practical side of life, but on the spiritual side as well, and it explores and explains how the two reciprocate.
It is filled with stories of experiences in the wilds of nature, a number of "how to" DIY projects, favorite recipes and explorations into the mysticism of creativity. There is an in depth chapter that explains the many "systems" in operation at The Stone Camp such as it's hybrid electric system, wood gasification, methane production and storage, wood gasification and gray water treatment. There is a chapter devoted entirely to the practice of zero waste and it's ramifications and a two that present a new and unique perspective on timber harvest and the use of fossil fuels.
Salsa has a heat index. Indian Food is rated from 1 to 10. Spice can burn your tongue or enhance the flavor. The original manuscript of this book was perhaps a fire and brimstone #9. Thanks to the wisdom of my editor Cathy Dee's we cut it down to somewhere between a #2 and #3 on the heat scale.
One error on page 197 third line from the bottom. "The Oliver's front tires" should read "The Ford's front tires" 11 pages were cut in a rush to meet deadline. I was unaware the fact that the roofing company that stashed the pilfered ice guard was also dumping their garbage in the woods was edited out. Had they not been doing that I would not have taken it.
Off On Our Own
Living Off-Grid in Comfortable Independence
by Ted Carns
256 pages, 63 b/w photographs
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