[ / / / / / / / / / / / / / ] [ dir / b2 / f1 / tenda ]

/offgrid/ - Offgrid

Generate - Renew - Replenish


Winner of the 78th Attention-Hungry Games
/bimbo/ - Plastic and Fantastic!

April 2019 - 8chan Transparency Report
One Alacrity node crashed, but it is back online. Some threads might be 404ing as a result. As for the media server, we are looking into potential improvements.
Subject *
Comment *
Verification *
File *
Password (Randomized for file and post deletion; you may also set your own.)
* = required field[▶ Show post options & limits]
Confused? See the FAQ.
(replaces files and can be used instead)

Allowed file types:jpg, jpeg, gif, png, webm, mp4, pdf
Max filesize is 16 MB.
Max image dimensions are 15000 x 15000.
You may upload 5 per post.

File: 58423fed7dc25e1⋯.jpg (78.49 KB, 600x425, 24:17, STOP SCROLLING AND READ TH….jpg)

c05534  No.3[Reply]

Welcome to /offgrid/, the board dedicated to discussion and sharing information all about electricity generating, farming and gardening, raising livestock, living from the land, building traditional communities, and all things related.

Check the catalog first!

- Keep posts and images work-safe

- Keep criticism constructive

- Report obvious spammers, don't engage

- Check the catalog and use the search function before making a new thread

- Try to keep thing neat and organized

Check this sticky occasionally for board updates

- Board created Jan 27th, 2018 - Happy birthday!

- You can upload up to 5 images in one post, .pdf files, and embed youtube videos.

- Names/Tripcodes are enabled (for now)

- CAPTCHAs must be completed when posting a new thread

Post last edited at

File: b32fc5013ce8941⋯.jpg (159.66 KB, 1120x750, 112:75, Still-Life of Books.jpg)

64e910  No.18[Reply]

Upload your PDFs here. Please try to include the title, author, and subject matter in your post so people can search for it later.

6 posts and 4 image replies omitted. Click reply to view.

26ff2a  No.100

File: 6624c5a269ac74f⋯.webm (15.96 MB, 640x360, 16:9, Building Healthy Soil - G….webm)

9fdd73  No.103


This has helped me out quite a bit in terms of motivation. I bought some land with high hopes of gardening and farming, but those dreams got trampled by very little water in the aquifer. I kinda resigned myself to just a few plants that need watering, and then dry farming the rest (wheat, oats, and the like). Seeing this really kinda inspired me to give it a real shot. I don't have the money to get any "no till" equipment for my tractor, but I think a small box seeder with a hoe drill on recently rained on soil would work well enough to get some cover crops going. focusing on nitrates on a small section for the time being.

Thanks for the inspiration, /offgrid/

5be7c6  No.105

File: 20826868bd61de1⋯.png (153.94 KB, 360x490, 36:49, Helge_Ingstad.png)


Pelsjegerliv (Trapper life) by Helge Ingstad is a must read IMHO. He left his law practice and lived as a trapper for four years in the Canadian wilderness in the 1920s. One year he lived with a group of Indians, and one year he spent completely alone with his sledge dogs. Very inspirational stuff.

8bab75  No.106


Cool, will check it out

59a5cd  No.107

Invidious embed. Click thumbnail to play.


If you can find a copy of it in English you are in for a treat. Back in the ’90s there was a short docu where some, including Helge’s grandson, tried to find the log cabin he and another trapper built in Canada, by a lake Helge named ‘Elgsjø’ (‘Lake Moose’), by following the descriptions Helge gave in his book.

Part two: https://invidio.us/watch?v=CW-rSCVfCz4

Part three: https://invidio.us/watch?v=l1I8v0e25zY

Part four: https://invidio.us/watch?v=2945VdwSNU8

File: b1c2251e910d00d⋯.png (152.46 KB, 1112x559, 1112:559, Trompe Design.png)

File: bece23f8a7caa60⋯.pdf (4.15 MB, Trompe Summary Final Repor….pdf)

07dd4b  No.104[Reply]

Perfect Off-grid air compressor

This is an amazing and simple invention that only relies on running water, a stream or river. Water flows into a pipe where a number of straw-like structures incorporate air into the flow, these air bubbles are compressed by the water in a lower chamber where the bubbles separate into a pipe of compressed air.


>No moving parts, as long as you keep the outlet 3 feet of head below the inlet it will produce compressed air indefinitely. No maintenance!

>It's beneficial to aquatic life, incorporating air bubbles into the water encourages the food chain and helps to clean the water.


<you need a section of flowing water

<lots of initial digging / planning

<you need three feet of head between the water inlet and water outlet

I wanted to share this invention so that I can get ideas on designing a Compressed Air Powered Turbine / Generator. I'm trying to develop some home made turbine that will run off of about 50 psi to run an Alternator / Generator.

Any Ideas would be appreciated.

File: c17fcdcaea42c24⋯.jpg (522.09 KB, 1318x912, 659:456, homestead01.jpg)

451d87  No.1[Reply]

Post your infographics here

7 posts and 30 image replies omitted. Click reply to view.

451d87  No.14

File: 9bc8f7c9e9d27ad⋯.jpg (137.51 KB, 638x903, 638:903, gar-irrigationclay.jpg)

File: 0eea7e8c1cae4e8⋯.png (308.78 KB, 634x912, 317:456, growpotato.png)

File: 98ecb8407386586⋯.jpg (54.58 KB, 621x808, 621:808, filtersand.jpg)

File: e77860979af3e88⋯.jpg (237.51 KB, 612x792, 17:22, hammock.jpg)

File: 7024e0985899010⋯.png (1015.83 KB, 600x1114, 300:557, gar-tomatoes.png)

7a6135  No.19

File: c66a4c798b9da08⋯.jpg (1.32 MB, 698x3414, 349:1707, 1494258501004.jpg)

File: e65ab2f4da20861⋯.jpg (636.17 KB, 1600x1131, 1600:1131, 1497270786925.jpg)

File: 5a2bed693e5b88f⋯.jpg (620.93 KB, 1080x3225, 72:215, 1499246073434.jpg)

File: 06820cabb974036⋯.png (671.78 KB, 672x2490, 112:415, 1488644617860.png)

File: a6ee1d15012ce9d⋯.png (697.69 KB, 672x4257, 224:1419, 1488643661034.png)

bad6d3  No.27

I havent bought it yet, but Im going to buy the Ashley Book of Knots….every knot known to man.

8d36d9  No.76


>if a wolf attacks you shove your fist down it's throat

Seems only slightly counter intuitive.

647221  No.102

File: a009c1e6966f3d7⋯.jpg (43.42 KB, 700x524, 175:131, 6150884323_1f0fa78a69_o.jpg)


Worked for this guy.

File: 9d757d30bc96578⋯.jpg (63.41 KB, 712x850, 356:425, 5fse2DK.jpg)

459bd4  No.82[Reply]

Post in this thread every time you visit /offgrid/, whether it be news, personal ideas or anything.

6 posts and 3 image replies omitted. Click reply to view.

40bbe8  No.92

File: 9db8e943780d353⋯.jpg (85.65 KB, 330x1024, 165:512, 1518249016870m.jpg)

Nice board you have here. A thread on permaculture would be nice. pic not quite related

413d14  No.93

Anyone have any good black diesel recipes?

19dc19  No.94




This channel is pretty good. Be very careful though, if you don't know what you are doing you can ruin your engine.

984990  No.95

File: 94f50f6948effff⋯.jpeg (221.18 KB, 1920x927, 640:309, serveimage.jpeg)

I ate raw beef today.

It tasted good and my stomach is not upset :)

0664da  No.101

How much money have you put into your off-grid residence? I'd drop everything for the woods right now if I could afford to.

File: 054b915c5258821⋯.jpg (1.15 MB, 2261x1679, 2261:1679, greenhouse_view_watercolor.jpg)

1c8ef1  No.15[Reply]

New to off gridding, but very interested. Many people probably feel the same way but no idea where to start. What are the best places to buy land? Best states in america? How about countries other than america? My main concerns are



>various things the state/country could do to fuck with you and your land


>legality of homeschooling so you can avoid terrible public schools

>other things I am forgetting that you feel are important to address

Sources of energy are another concern, is it a good idea to buy timberland and build a log cabin from it?

16 posts and 1 image reply omitted. Click reply to view.

8d38c9  No.80


Growing hemp for industrial uses legalized in Alaska;


This is important because hemp can be used for paper, cloth, food and more






Hemp is one of the most beneficial substances for off grid living and it is "one of the fastest growing plants"


Hemp has been suppressed (by relating it to pot smokers) because it gives its growers/users a lot for very little which is undesirable for those who seek to control others.

784837  No.84


How much time did it take for you to find your ideal location?

f7d486  No.90




Here are some interviews and homestead tours of people living off grid in Alaska.



9d80cd  No.96

Did any of you get into this lifestyle without any prior experience; just book learning? I've always lived in suburbs. Never worked a field. Never done anything more than simple home repairs. I'd like to think I could homestead, but I'm sure there would be a lot of trial by error for someone like me.

d204f4  No.98


Look into the WWOOF organization. Basically you volunteer your time on an organic farm and they give you free room and board and food. It's between you and the farm to suss out details of what you want to learn and help with. I've done a few, it's legit as long as you're upfront about what you want to do.

File: d9ddb6b533a6e62⋯.png (50.38 KB, 640x626, 320:313, 1499236116856.png)

de8270  No.23[Reply]

How extensive should be advertised for this board?

Seeing as it just started it is understandable that there is not much traffic here. My question would be how exclusive we want to keep this?

Is it ok to talk about it in other chan threads, because imo there is certainly a potential for more people that might contribute more pdfs, etc.

28797a  No.25

I've dropped a few ads in /pol/ and one in /polk/ (I don't know if people really use it anymore)

This board has potential and needs more people. I think we should advertise more.

fa89bb  No.56

Saw this in the selected boards at the top of the page. I'm loving this board.

778df5  No.62


I found my way here from /polk/. There are a couple of us that lurk there from time to time.

734f76  No.88


I am lurking on this Board for about a week now, and barely any Posts have been submitted at all. Therefore I'd assume that some more advertisement would not be a bad idea at all. thanks :D

File: f2d6ec0d06c5e93⋯.jpg (92.09 KB, 600x428, 150:107, winter.jpg)

2b9a6d  No.5[Reply]

Making this thread to discuss prepping for the winter and harsh climates.

Copying a post I cleaned up from from another thread…

>"Im planning to buy land in Patagonia (Argentina). any ideas in how to survive where there are 3 months of snow?"

6 posts omitted. Click reply to view.

c0f1e1  No.35

File: 13be3684161e870⋯.jpg (92.22 KB, 500x282, 250:141, 6761727741_f00512e0c9.jpg)


I like the idea of earthships except that tires are generally toxic even if they're hidden in the walls.

You could use rammed earth bricks, but earthbag/super adobe is much better. Its more durable and easier to build. Stacking tamped polypropylene bags full of earthen sand-clay mixture like bricks with barbed wire gives it tensile strength and resistance to disasters like floods and earthquakes. The bags are covered with plaster (maybe earthen plaster with straw) that prevents UV rays from deteriorating the bags. Other kinds of woven bags could also be used. The building can be shaped in lots of ways.

6fa03a  No.37

I live in South America and have been in the region. It is a no mans land. One of the roughest places to live on the planet

6834dd  No.41


I will have to look up the earthbag. Looks a hell of a lot easier than ramming tires.

58b679  No.46


Where are you from anon, a fellow boludo? or a chilote?

I'm a porteño puto myself, but I plan to buy some land in Patagonia when I'm done with my professional career, perhaps in 15 years or less.

0d87d5  No.78


>>here from /pol/

Faggot. I'm range banned from all of the boards from 4chan and am sick of living with my shit parents is why I'm an /r9k/ robot here. Can we go bowling now or something?

>I'm a poltard by the way

This is becoming as bad as saying 'girl btw'. Oh, oh and I'm from FL. Fuck your winter.

YouTube embed. Click thumbnail to play.

522cde  No.72[Reply]

By taking advantage of the high surface area and conductivity of certain forms of carbon (graphene and active charcoal), electricity can be stored in a way that

>Allows nearly instant discharge

>Can take a fuckton of recharge cycles

>Can have an energy density approximately equal to that of lithium-ion batteries

<Is limited to low voltage

Video related shows the basics, but the ones I'm about to make are going to use https://www.aliexpress.com/item/200x250x0-5mm-Flexible-Graphite-Sheet-with-high-heat-conducting-free-shipping-2pcs/32235522930.html instead of iron wire and salt water or something instead of lye. I also bought a bunch of epoxy from AliExpress when it was on sale in November for this purpose.

File: 005632480c590de⋯.jpg (41.62 KB, 770x400, 77:40, high tech farm.jpg)

995c15  No.47[Reply]


In this thread I'd like to discuss if someone here considered having his (or her!) homestead/farm in a more high tech fashion, like installing sensors to measure the soil quality/humidity or even for safety reasons, be it large animals depending on where you are, or intruders.

Also perhaps we could talk about modifying seeds at home, a la Monsanto, but less evil. Although perhaps this requires you to be a biochemist or something along those lines, but I'd guess that nowadays there's a lot of information available on the internet.

By the way, don't get me wrong, I like the old and proven ways but I see no harm in trying new stuff, specially if that means saving on our most important resource, time, and maybe taking more care of our limbs, hah.

If someone has an idea about what else to discuss, feel free to do so!

3 posts omitted. Click reply to view.

bb2c39  No.53


And for WEATHER information, you would think that is not critical, but it is.

Predicting the settings of climate control, irrigation, etc. .

ALL IS OFF GRID, so that means NO INTERNET is used to determine any of these factors.

I use local weather station (tied to automation computer) along with lightning sensor, and impact sensor (hail) custom made.

(note: hail sensor also detects nearby gunshots!)

Having these sensors makes it possible to vent fresh air from outside if the criteria is acceptable. In summertime, fresh air will be vented during night time when temperature outside is lowest.

(you get the point)

Also, can divert air intake from garage area instead of outside (in event of needing drier or warmer air, or in event of air quality issues like smoke outside).

Also when the CLOTHES DRYER is operating (the automation computer senses it via current consumption) it will trigger a fan forced INTAKE to the back of my clothes dryer, forced air incoming from the garage area (lowest humidity, highest heat), with a FAN FORCED blower into, along with a FAN EXTRACTION (lint chopper exhaust) running at the same time on the EXHAUST vent. This creates a "TURBO" effect (like on a car) where the dryer can fully dry a large load of clothes in under 20 minutes. Uses MUCH less propane that way.

Lots more of hi-tech stuff… That's a start.

e4a5c7  No.58





Thanks for your contribution, I'll keep these in mind for whenever I have $ for my own place and stuff.

Do you have some technical background in electronics?

ae3ebe  No.59


Not him, but I st couldn't help but wonder how much information and instruction manuals etc must be floating around the net about all kind of such things.

I'll have it a look in the next time, but currently kinda busy.

But I'll try to fill up the pdf thread in the comming weeks.

c5411f  No.61

Anyone have any good information on Pirate boxes, HAMnet, or packet radios?

bb2c39  No.70


I do have a pretty good electronics and engineering background, and create most of the systems in use at my house.

Also I own a plethora of electronic equipment including thermal imager(s) which were very helpful in determining thermal loads and conduction when doing things like the kitchen island (heavy rock structure) that has a thermal mass to keep temperature constant with as little active A/C as possible.

The most complicated part of my system was hacking the "commercially available" power system (solar charge/inverter system) to interface with the automation software, and thus program the software accordingly.

Wiring the computer ins&outs to valves, switches, and sensors, etc. was not as complicated (to me) as programming it.

Since I ran nearly every wire from "wherever it goes" (like a wall switch or motion sensor) back to the electrical room individually, it makes for easy changes of wiring and re-configuring things.

There are 3 utility "rooms" in my configuration:

1. the "water room" where the well pump main line comes in, and all 'pipes' to each area exit. This room contains all valves, and purification equipment. (floor drain also).

2. the "electric room" where the solar controllers and inverter, and breakers, and automation PC reside. This room has vent systems for heat removal.

3. the "battery room" where the only thing that is present is the batteries, with wires and hoses (for auto watering system) enter this room. (floor drain) and pure water supply is present for washing things down, but autofill system is computerized and comes from water room directly.

This separation of equipment is required because you cant keep any two of the elements together (water, batteries, electricity)

[keep in mind batteries give off corrosive gas, and need to be washed occasionally - some people will keep them in electrical proximity, but not a best idea.]

File: aa59cb81f790839⋯.jpg (813.65 KB, 2536x1892, 634:473, redbanana.jpg)

070383  No.36[Reply]

Hi guys, I am here from 4chan, I am BrFarmer, the Brazilian dude that posted the thread on of grid living.

If you guys want to see the archives, they are over on /pol under the name Brazilian Farmer and BrFarmer with a tag /LOG

For those that refuse to visit that site (I don't blame you) I will give you all a little insight into my current off grid situation. I live close to the equator and have been living semi-off grid for a while. I have a network of off grid brazilians that specialize in the creation of traditional natural medicine, especially for plants originating in the amazon basin and atlantic rain forest.

pic is from my red banana plantation.

6 posts and 1 image reply omitted. Click reply to view.

8549fb  No.45

Saw your threads and even commented on them back in /pol/, argie dude here.

I'm glad to have you here.

8549fb  No.48



Care to tell me about these heirloom seeds? what make them special?

21a934  No.49


They are not genetically altered to not produce seeds…..so they produce seeds. Never have to buy seeds again.

b2ba15  No.63


You're the biochemist right? How realistic would it be to use genetically modified bacteria to produce medicine off the grid? I know all the restriction enzymes, plasmids, and equipment needed to do it can be found on ebay, addgene.com and NEB.com, but could it be done by laymen or could the genetically modified bacteria at least be cultured and processed by laymen?

8549fb  No.64


I think his friend was the biochemist.

File: be08a7e157066da⋯.jpg (16.42 KB, 250x265, 50:53, thZ2KOHTSB.jpg)

bbc328  No.26[Reply]

Based army vet posts his progress as a prepper and homesteader. Lots of informative videos.


90bace  No.33

I would suggest we keep video information in a single thread a not make a new individual thread for every piece like you and >>24 did.

That would keep information more dense and easier to find.

Though I am sure this will come from itself once this board gains traction.

YouTube embed. Click thumbnail to play.

1b2058  No.24[Reply]

I found this video and learned something from it so I thought I'd share it since others might also find it to be interesting

Delete Post [ ]
Previous [1] Next | Catalog | Nerve Center | Cancer
[ / / / / / / / / / / / / / ] [ dir / b2 / f1 / tenda ]