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Let me preface this by saying that any off grid system can produce power that is just as "clean" if not "cleaner" than what you get from the power company--IF you choose the right inverter.  That's why I'm letting you know about this, so you don't make the mistake many others have made and end up having to repurchase equipment later on.

BACKGROUND FOR NEWBIES
First, a little background for those who are new to off grid systems.  If you've never heard of an inverter before, it's a component in a renewable energy system that converts DC power (what is stored in batteries) into AC power (what you use in your home).  Most quality inverters also have a charger built in.  The charger is used when your battery bank may need to be manually charged with a fuel powered generator.  There are two main types of inverters--sine wave and modified sine wave.

A quality sine wave inverter will produce power that is just as "clean" if not cleaner than what you get from the power company right now.  Hands down, that is the first choice for any off grid system.  Then there are modified sine wave inverters, which may produce a varying "quality" of power (i.e. better models may produce decent power, while the cheapest models put out awful electricity).  For years, the only reason why someone would consider a modified sine wave inverter was because of price, which was roughly half the cost of a comparable sine wave inverter.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_earth-sm.jpgOur previous installments of this series have been looking at specific things to look for in land or a homestead, but we've also been getting questions about "where?"

What is the "best" location?  If I determine that I need to move, where should I go?

There are no stock answers to these kinds of questions.  Everyone's situation is different, so we would not presume to put forth a "one-size-fits-all" solution.

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Stay tuned for this ongoing series of posts, covering what to look for in land or a homestead!

b2ap3_thumbnail_GardenProduce.jpgWhen looking to purchase land or a homestead, food is something else you need to consider.

Is the general location and the specific piece of land suitable for growing food (garden, orchard, etc)?

Unlike water and topography, there are things you can do to make a less promising property productive, but it will be a matter of how much time work and money you are willing to put into it.  And some things are beyone repair.

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Stay tuned for the upcoming parts of this series--on heat/wood, shelter, food, sanitation, power, and more!

It's an exciting adventure, and at the same time it's also a bit intimidating.  Let's face it, relocating is a big undertaking.

BUT, it's very feasible as long as you do your homework ahead of time.

That's where this series of posts comes in.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Combustor.jpgOkay, so I have a confession to make…

2016 was a crazy year in our lives and last fall I was so pushed for time that I was late in getting my firewood in.

So late that some of it wan’t totally cured and much of it got soaked by the rain.:-(.  Kind of a bad spot to be in with winter approaching!

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