Category: Non-Electric

Oil Lamp Basics

3 Flat Wick Lamps

As far as oil lamps go there are basically 3 or 4 different kinds: Floating Wick Lamps Mantle Lamps Flat or Round Wick Lamps Pressurized Lamps For power outages it’s a good idea to own at least one oil lamp. Your personal family needs and economic considerations should influence the type of lamp that is…

The True Cost of Heating with Wood & Coal

Wood Fire In A Wood Stove

I live in rural northwest Pennsylvania. In my house we heat and cook with wood and coal for about 7 to 8 months out of the year. We don’t burn much coal, because for the most part wood works well for us. Only during the hardest and coldest part of the winter do we use…

Heating Your Home With Coal

Coal Burning

During the coldest part of winter I often heat with coal instead of wood. To my way of thinking nothing keeps you as warm as coal. There are two main types of coal used in the United States for energy: bituminous coal and anthracite coal. Bituminous coal is the most common form of coal. It…

Non-Electric Drip Coffee Maker

Lindys Non-Electric Drip Coffee Pot

I have hard water on my farm. Hard water has killed every electric drip coffee maker that I’ve ever owned. So years ago I gave up on electric coffee makers and switched to either range top perked coffee or the Melitta pour over system for coffee. Both methods make good coffee but both methods have…

Hand Protection When Loading Wood Stoves

Stove Gloves

Wood stoves and coal stoves are a big part of my life. I keep a pair of heavy welder’s gloves next to every wood and coal stove in the house and I never load a wood stove or open a stove door without wearing them. The gloves are a gauntlet length and stay within easy…

Treadle Sewing Machine Advice

A 10 Year Old Learning To Sew

You love to sew. Or perhaps you are looking for a sensible off grid sewing machine and think you’d like to buy a treadle sewing machine but don’t know where to start or what to look for? Maybe you are worried that all treadle sewing machines are expensive antiques and you can’t afford one? Or…

Butane Clothes Iron

Butane Clothes Iron

A butane iron is a non-electric clothes iron. It is a cordless non-steam iron that uses butane to heat the iron instead of electricity. Butane irons are safe and easy to use and will operate about 5 hours on 150 grams of butane. At present butane irons are more expensive than electric irons. Both to…