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How Much Does Off the Grid News Cost?

Dear Editor,

What is the cost of Off the Grid News? I need to know before I sign up! I have been told that there is a “Wiseway Pellet Stove” that does not require any electricity? I was trying to get information about it when I found your website. Are there such stoves? Who can I contact to find out?

Thanks,

Roy

 

Dear Roy,

Off the Grid News is a free newsletter and website. We don’t charge anyone a dime for access to all the timely information that we feature. We have a wonderful assortment of topics that we write on and try to feature something for everyone – from homeschoolers to gun enthusiasts, from homesteaders to novice gardeners, and everyone in between.

Yes, there is a pellet stove manufactured that doesn’t require any electricity. You’ll find information about the WiseWay pellet stove at https://www.wisewaypelletstoves.com/.

We had a write up on pellet stoves on Off the Grid News back in December. Not only was the article informative, but the comments from our readers gave a lot of information as well. You can find that article at this following link… //www.offthegridnews.com/2011/12/12/wood-pellet-stoves-a-revolution-in-wood-burning-technology/

Thank you,

The Editor

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Horse or Mule for Homesteading?

Dear Editor,

In an off-the-grid situation, would it be better to have a mule or a horse on your homestead? I’ve heard pros and cons either way and thought I’d ask your opinion.

Sincerely,

Staci

 

Dear Staci,

You have certainly asked the million dollar question, and I can tell you that there will be about a hundred different answers depending on who you’re talking to. Mules are more economical to keep in terms of feed and durability, but they can hold a grudge for years and lash out at you at the most unexpected times. They’re also big babies. They can feel just a little off and will refuse to work. You can ride a mule just as well as a horse and there are gaited mules that are quite smooth. They generally don’t get stupid with their flight response the way a horse does, so in dangerous situations (such as getting a leg hung in a fence or some such), you can more easily work to mitigate the conditions.

Horses, on the other hand, require more attention and the feed bill for them is a little higher (but if you’re on a homestead with your own pasture, hay, and making your own feed, you offset some of those costs). The breeds of horses better suited for a plow or homesteading are usually gentle giants at heart and will work themselves to death for a loving owner. Their flight response to any perceived danger is quite intense and can be a dangerous thing if you’re unprepared. However, if you build a relationship with your horse, you can overcome this with a calm demeanor in these circumstances.

There are pros and cons either way you go. I won’t lie—I’m a horse person and they would be my first choice. But that doesn’t mean it’s the right one for you. Talk to those who own these animals, get some advice from different forums, and then make a decision that is right for you.

Thanks,

The Editor

 

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