Heating and Cooking Off-The-Grid With A Wood Stove

M.D. Creekmore

I've been interested in self-reliance topics for over 25 years. I’m the author of four books that you can find here. Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about prepping, homesteading, and self-reliance topics through first-hand experience and now I want to share what I’ve learned with you.

6 Responses

  1. Mrs. B says:

    Yay! Good for you! I was unaware of the self powered fans. I have two wood stoves I use for alternative heating so will be looking into those. My wood stoves don’t have a blower. I wanted easy and basically bomb proof for back up heating. Thanks for posting.

  2. Deeters says:

    You may have addressed this in your plans, but looking at the drawing I don’t believe so. You are going to wan the chimney to extend above the peak of your roof, otherwise if you get a wind from the wrong direction it will fill your house with smoke. Unfortunately, that probably means you will have to get on the roof to install it, but better to plan for that now than to need to stove and end up with a smoky house that drives you out into the cold anyway. Trust me, I’ve been there…

  3. patientmomma says:

    I am wondering why you are waiting to install the stoves? Installations never go 100% correct and you may need additional parts and people to install them.

    “If the SHTF during a winter cycle we still have more than enough non-biofuels stockpiled to last until the warmer weather permits us to set up the stoves.”

  4. Jack says:

    Man, if there was a brick chimney of the end of that building in the first picture, it would be a carbon copy of my log cabin in the great northeast. Happy memories, for sure. My caution to you would be similar to a post above. For long-term SHTF use, the flue should extend AT LEAST two or three feet above the nearest thing (in this case your roof) in ten feet. You can expect downdrafts if the flue does not extend above the nearest object in ten feet. My other note would be, do you have experience cooking on wood-fired appliances? That can take some getting used to. Definitely, a skill that should be practised pre-need. I may be a good idea to install a cheap auction stove in an outbuilding or screen room structure to practice the art of cooking and baking with wood.

  5. bluesman says:

    We have used the ecofan on our wood stove for years and it is wonderful. It uses no electricity and is far cheaper than most stove blower options . It moves a lot of air noiselessly . I would install the stoves now, use them, get used to fire building, and cooking on them . SHTF time is no time to be going through a learning curve on the stoves . Ask a stove installer what the requirements are for chimney elevations. This will save you a lot of headaches with smoke problems.

  6. Firesider says:

    Like minded individuals…. I designed and prepared a similar back up system for the central part of my home, exiting through a window but with a two story flue. I have all of my components on hand, mostly acquired at two estate sales. I have done one “dry run” installation of the system, refining my flue supports and “prettying up” the inside heat deflectors for the wife. The dry run was, in my mind, critical to insuring that all will go together in a reasonable time frame and I highly recommend that anyone who designs a similar system conduct one as well.

    Thanks for the thoughtful and well documented prep.