Yukon Chair Super Shelter at Grizzly Gulch


The narrator says this shelter stays about 70F degrees inside even when it’s below zero.

He reports: I love to use super shelters in cold weather. This time I had a wild idea to combine a Yukon Chair (a wilderness version of a lounge chair) which uses a PSSL poncho as a seat, with a super shelter. I loved the results. This shelter is made with a poncho, cord, breathable rain fly (nylon parachute cloth), mylar space blanket with reflective foil, thin plastic drop cloth and small poles. It’s low cost and can be constructed very quickly. The main components have multiple purposes. The poncho, for instance, can be made into a hammock or of course used as rain gear. Compare to a more common super shelter made with a bush bed of cattails and log firewall. Clearly the Yukon chair design is much simpler and faster to make.

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Long Term Winter Survival Bush Camp (used for many years on trapper lines in the north woods)

Primitive Technology: Wood Roof Hut


“I built this wood roof hut in the forest using only primitive tools and materials. It should be pointed out that I do not live in the wild and that this is just a hobby. It should be obvious to most that this is not a survival shelter but an experiment in primitive building technology.”

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Super Easy Bread: How to Bake No-Knead Bread in a Toaster Oven


Bread making doesn’t get any easier than this… no mixer or bread machine (I’ll make it in a glass bowl with the handle end of a plastic spoon)… no-kneading (Mother Nature will do the kneading for me)… “hands-free” technique (that’s right… I won’t even touch the dough)… no shaping (I’ll let the “poor man’s Dutch oven” shape the loaf for me). It doesn’t get any easier than this.

No oven… no problem… you can bake no-knead bread in a toaster oven. For those with limited kitchens and those of you who don’t want to turn the oven on because it heats the house in the summer.

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I baked no-knead for several years using the more common recipe on the Internet. Steve, the artisan bread maker on YouTube, has refined the no-knead recipe and made it even easier. He shows how the same basic recipe can be used for traditional loaves, pizza crusts, rolls, French bread, raisin bread, cinnamon rolls, rye bread, etc. Steve has whole wheat recipes and cookbooks on his website No Knead Bread Central

Near Zero Cost Off-Grid Cabin Upgrades: Gas Refrigerator and Gravity Feed Water


Most people go out and buy everything new. The Boss of the Swamp (popular YouTube channel) shows how he fixed up a gas refrigerator and water tank that he salvaged from an old Shasta camper.

He goes into more details in another video: How to Outfit a Cabin on the Cheap From the same $400 camper he will use the sink, furnace, breaker box, outlets, door, windows, vents, plumbing and other salvaged parts. What a bargain. The gutted camper will be used for storage, And if he ever wanted he could strip it down and use the trailer. I love listening to old timers like this who have been living simply for decades.

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Veg Oil Powered Bus Converted with 99% Recycled Materials


Guisepi lives in his converted school bus and gives away free tea as a demonstration that we are a global community.

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Free Tea Party.org Traveling the land, this free tea house cultivates community, health, peace, sustainability, and genuine human interactions. The Free Tea Party offers an alternative to self-centered, over-consumptive, over-competative, under-competent, and high-speed philosophies often fostered by our society. Our alternative is based on: (1) The gift economy, (2) The slow movement, (3) Do-It-Yourself (DIY) or Do-It-Together (DIT), (4) Permaculture

Fast, Easy, Low Cost Soil Cement Floors


My Little Homestead has a new video series that documents each step of construction of Shea’s new earthbag bedroom. At the beginning of this particular episode they explain their favorite soil cement floor method.

They use this method as a subfloor or base for an earth floor (what they call cob). I think with practice and refinement it could create a passable finished floor with a bit of touchup later. Here’s the basic process: 1. Till the floor with a mini rototiller; 2. Moisten the soil with a garden hose and till the soil again; 3. Add 1/2” cement on the surface. They distribute the cement with coffee cans. 4. Moisten the floor and rototill. 5. Add more cement then repeat step 4 one more time. 5. Start at the center and gradually start tamping and leveling the floor. 6. Keep floor moist for several days so it dries and hardens slowly.

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Related: Eleven Earth Floor Methods Check out the different methods and I think you’ll see how this My Little Homestead method compares very favorably. My Dirt Cheap Housing Instructable explains how you can save tens of thousands of dollars building your own home using techniques such as earth floors.

The Palace the Master Carpenter Built


This rustic handbuilt custom home has the highest rated comments I’ve ever seen on any video. Almost every comment says things like “This is the best house I’ve ever seen.”

Maurice has outdone himself again. This is the estate and roundwood palace he was hired to make unique and beautiful. The property includes a pottery studio complete with kiln, enclosed vineyard, a wine making building including the lift to bring the barrels up and down, wine cellar, chicken coop, enclosed garden, chicken coop, riding arena, horse barn, caretakers house, swimming pool, and main house. The unique and handmade wooden masterpieces are what makes this property amazing…not just that it is big and fancy. What do you think? Maurice lives and works in Riggins, Idaho.

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Our blog emphasizes affordable housing made of natural materials. However, this video and home is so amazing that I couldn’t resist showing it.