January 4, 2023

Permies Homestead Bundle: Day 3 Resource Reviews

Yesterday, I focused on reviewing gardening and food resources in the Permies Homesteading Bundle. Today, I'd like to take a look at other resources that can help save us money. Prices for everything seem to be going up, so what is the average person to do? Here are some ideas.

There are a couple of resources in the bundle for ways to stay warm without increasing our utility bills.

Building a Better World in Your Backyard Instead of Being Angry at Bad Guys by Paul Wheaton and Shawn Klassen-Koup. I did a review and giveaway of this book several years ago, and here's another chance to grab a copy. It's good enough to mention again, because if anything, it's more relevant now than ever. What this book offers are realistic, practical ways to take control of your life without sacrificing personal comfort. The authors define this as "luxuriant environmentalism." (That includes staying warm!) I think this is important because of everything I mentioned above. We don't have to be victims of world events, environmental catastrophes, and politicians attempts to fix everything. There are things we can do for ourselves and our families, and this book is loaded with a lot of good ideas on how to do that.

This is one of the 35 resources found in the Permies Homesteading Bundle.

I'm pretty sure that most people would agree that the biggest chunk of the electricity bill goes for cooking and heating. For me, I'll add food preservation to that list because I do so much canning. So, here are a couple of resources for the more adventurous of us.

Uncle Mud's EZ Cob Rocket Stove for Back Yard Fun and Canning by Chris McClellan. This is one I definitely want to try. Me! It looks easy enough that I could make it and I'm not a builder!

The beauty of rocket stoves is that they require much less wood for cooking or heating! Efficiency is built into the design. That makes this little outdoor stove perfect for cooking and canning. And the removable collar for a canning pot is quite clever.

Uncle Mud's PDF contains clear instructions for building this, with whimsical illustrations to clarify. And it's one of the 35 useful resources found in the Permies Homesteading Bundle.

3D plans for a Pebble Style Rocket Mass Heater by Paul Wheaton and the Bernal Bros. Studios

Along the utility saving lines, here are plans for a small but effective rocket stove for home, workshop, or greenhouse heating. This design combines the fuel efficiency of the rocket stove with a heat-retaining thermal mass. The instructions are clear, with plenty of photos and beautiful graphics from the Bernal Bros. For those of us looking for a serious way to stay warm and cut the heating bill, this resources deserves a good look.

Okay, one last one for those of us looking for creative, frugal ways to save money and solve problems.

The High Art and Subtle Science of Scrounging by Jim Juczak is not just dumpster diving! It starts with examining our choices when we have a need and developing a strategy of not buying anything we have an alternative for obtaining. These strategies are discussed in the book's chapters for housing and shelter, building materials, food, health and medicine, transportation, clothing, and even taking vacations. Lots of interesting personal examples make this a truly enjoyable read with practical information to be put to use.

And it's one of 35 resources found in the Permies Homesteading Bundle.

Not what you're looking for? The excellent thing about this particular bundle is that you can use the codes for yourself, or you can give them away as gifts to friends and family. You can check out or purchase the entire bundle here


Toirdhealbheach Beucail said...

Leigh, Building A Better World In Your Backyard was in the most recent Kickstarter bundle, and one I am looking forward to reading. It is what attracted me to Wheaton in the first place: the idea that instead of being negative and lecturing, go do something positive and do it in such a way that people do not feel like their lives are being significantly impacted.

(Soapbox moment: This is one of the greatest flaws and complaints I have about much of the conversation around the environment, smaller living footprints, and lighter living. The underlying leitmotif is "You must give up things. You must readjust your standard of living down. You must adjust your expectations down. You must feel guilty. This is not the sort of language to get people to buy into your program.)

Fundy Blue said...

So interesting, Leigh! I am never going to be a homesteader like you, but I enjoy living it vicariously through your posts. We're keeping our thermostat at a lower setting and wearing housecoats on top of our usual clothes. I do try hard to buy only what I need, and I'm quite creative at repurposing over and over.

Leigh said...

TB, I couldn't agree with you more. And that's why about the only places I visit on the interwebs are Permies (where the "be nice" rule is strictly enforced) and my favorite blogs.

The negative and criticizing approach of so many environmental and climate "activists" does not portray a sense of sincerity in solving the problem. Because dividing people never solves problems.

Fundy Blue, thank you! And good for you! The book Toirdhealbheach Beucail mentions above (Building A Better World In Your Backyard ) is one everybody ought to read, I think. It's interesting, entertaining, and loaded with lots of good ideas.