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DIY Off Grid Solar: How To Wire Solar Panels

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Thanks for stopping by for part 4 of the Tin Hat Ranch’s DIY Off Grid Solar series.  Did you know that you have a couple of options in wiring your solar panels?  Did you also know that how you choose to wire your solar panels can affect what components you choose down the line?  Do …

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Filling the Cupboard by Bartering Skills

Do you know how to sew? How about canning or dehydrating? Are you really good with an axe or hammer? All of these skills can be used to barter for the things you need. With the rising costs of pretty much everything, especially food, more families are trying to find ways to get what they …

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Family Prepping in Spring

The birds are singing, the bees are buzzing and spring time projects are starting! Prepping in spring brings especially fun activities that the whole family can get in on. The best part is it doesn’t seem or feel like you are ‘prepping’ or even learning a new skill. It just feels like fun as you …

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DIY How To Off Grid Solar Power Series, Part 3- What You Need To Know To Mount Solar Panels

Welcome back to the Tin Hat Ranch DIY How To Off-Grid Solar Power Series.  Where you choose to mount your solar panels will have a a direct impact as to how much power they generate.  In this part of the series we tell you the things you need to consider when choosing a location to …

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Camping Skills Can Help You Survive

  For most people, camping is a fun weekend activity or hobby to get out and enjoy nature. Humanity, especially in the ‘modern world’ has forgotten that when we were hunters and gatherers it was normal to carry around animal skins that had been sewn together to make a shelter with. Those camping skills you …

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DIY How To Solar Power Basics- How To Choose and Size Batteries

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  This is the second part of the DIY How To Solar series.  If you missed the first part, check it out here.  Be sure to check out the first episode as there are a TON of useful links, worksheet downloads, schematics, and valuable information.  In this episode, we talk about battery basics, an essential …

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DIY Solar Power Basics- How To Size and Understand Your Off-Grid Solar System

The truth is, we don’t need electricity.  Minus the last century, humanity has lived without it since the dawn of time.  The truth is, we’ve forgotten to live without it.  Fortunately for us preppers, we can generate our own.  Join us in part one of the “DIY Off-Grid Solar” series where we discuss a basic …

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When the Bullets Run Out

I had an interesting question the other day that has stuck with me so much that I decided to write a post about it. “If a disaster is so huge and lasts so long, what will people do when the bullets run out?” I admit I chuckled at the question at first. The planet…running out …

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How to Smoke Your Own Meat and Cheese

Who doesn’t love the flavor of smoked meats and cheeses? Not too many people I know! Many people consider smoked meats and cheeses to be part of a special dish or a treat that is rarely enjoyed. History will show us that the use of smoke is actually an ancient method of food preservation that …

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Becoming a Confident Canner

Many people want to learn how to do their own canning but are too intimidated by it or cannot afford to get the equipment needed for pressure canning. They worry that the pressure canner will explode in the kitchen and put themselves and their family in danger. What most people don’t realize is that there …

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