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Brute 22 Ton Log Splitter Review

Brute 22 Ton Log Splitter Review

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate link(s) through which we may earn a commission on purchases at no additional cost to you. See full disclosure on legal page. Since we heat exclusively with wood and don’t want to purchase wood, we do a lot of cutting and splitting. Bailey wanted to be able to help with this but was afraid that she would hurt herself swinging a splitting maul. Because of this, we decided to get a wood splitter so…

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Five Reasons We Didn’t Choose Off-Grid Solar

Five Reasons We Didn’t Choose Off-Grid Solar

After buying an off-grid cabin we considered installing an off-grid solar electric system and were actually leaning toward doing so for a few months but, ultimately, decided against it and connected to the grid. We can see this being a good option for some people and never needing to pay an electric bill is certainly appealing, but it just isn’t for us. Here are five reasons why we decided to go on the grid. 1.     A solar electric system didn’t…

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They’re Going to Have the First of Many Adventures

They’re Going to Have the First of Many Adventures

Less than a week after closing on our cabin and months before moving in or insuring it, a huge windstorm blew through. We are talking our-house-in-town-being-without-electricity-for-a-whole-week-in-the-aftermath-of-this-storm huge. After the obstacle course of debris on my way to work, working all day (my office is conveniently located in one of only two neighborhoods in the area that had power that day) and going out for dinner since we didn’t have a working refrigerator or stove we went to go check out…

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They’re Going to Want a New Front Door (with a Window)

They’re Going to Want a New Front Door (with a Window)

Yesterday my parents came to help install a new front door and it was quite an ordeal. It seemed as though everything that could go wrong did. To summarize, my Dad had said we should be able to get it done by noon and after 3 trips to the store we had it pretty much finished by 8:30pm. Clearly you don’t want me to write a how to on replacing a door so lets leave that to Tom Silva and…

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They’re Going to Ask for a Plow Truck

They’re Going to Ask for a Plow Truck

We have quite the driveway – it is a quarter mile long and that is way too long to shovel. It is also cost prohibitive to pay someone to plow it every time it snows. Because of this, we wanted to buy a plow truck or tractor to plow the snow ourselves.     We considered several ways to clear our driveway including a plow truck than we never use on the roads, A nice plow truck, a tractor with a snow…

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They’re Going to Want Propane to Run Their Stove

They’re Going to Want Propane to Run Their Stove

After doing some research we decided that we wanted to get two 100 lb. tanks for propane that we could bring to town to get filled when we want rather than having a large tank and needed to deal with deliveries. We ordered some from U-Haul and had them delivered, we ordered a regulator that would automatically switch between tanks when one was empty and hoses from Amazon. The U-Haul delivery went just fine, but the amazon delivery didn’t come…

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They’re Going to Sell Their House and Move in (in the Middle of the Cold Minnesota Winter)

They’re Going to Sell Their House and Move in (in the Middle of the Cold Minnesota Winter)

We bought our cabin in July with hopes of selling our house and moving into it in the early fall with time to get electricity in before the ground froze. This ended up being a case of the Lord’s timing not being our timing and He worked it out that our house would sell in the middle of winter. The closing wasn’t until mid-January, but due to some close friends of ours getting married the first weekend of January and…

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