Non-Electric

Heating Your Home With Coal

Blue Flames Of A Coal Fire

100% American Off-Grid Home Heating During the coldest part of winter I often burn coal instead of wood in my stoves. To my way of thinking – nothing keeps you as warm as coal. There are two main types of coal used in the United States for energy: bituminous coal and anthracite coal. Bituminous coal…

Non-Electric Drip Coffee Maker

Non-Electric Drip Coffee Pot

I got an email yesterday and a question the day before about the coffee pot that’s sitting on the cook stove in the Hot Spot post from a couple of days ago. Maybe other readers are interested in that coffee pot too. So what follows below is some old-fashioned show and tell. We have hard…

Non-Electric Kitchen Sink Lighting

2 Flat Wick Oil  Lamps Near Kitchen Sink

I keep two flat wick oil lamps for task lighting near my kitchen sink in the event of an electric power outage. When both lamps are lit I have adequate lighting for doing the dishes and for general kitchen clean up. The lamp directly above the kitchen sink sports a reflector on the lamp holder.…

Insect Screen On An Aladdin Mantle Lamp

Bug Screen On An Aladdin Mantle Lamp

Pictured above is an older style insect or bug screen on the chimney of an Aladdin mantle lamp. Mantles on Aladdin lamps are extremely fragile and expensive, and believe it or not a lamp mantle can break from the weight of a big bug. Lamp mantles are made of a very fine, light weight knitted…

UNIQUE Brand Off Grid LP Cook Stove

Unique LP Cook Stove

Above is a Unique brand LP cook stove. I bought the stove from Lehman’s Hardware a couple of years ago after they had their big flood damage sale at the Kidron, Ohio store. I got the stove for almost half the price of a new one because it had been sitting in 5” of muddy…

An Aladdin Lamp With A Parchment Shade Covered With Fabric

Aladdin Parchment Shade With Fabric Cover

In most situations the light from an Aladdin mantel lamp is easier to live with if it wears a shade. Aladdin lampshade styles are varied and come in three types – glass, cloth or parchment. Glass shades are held in place by a ring and parchment or cloth shades use a chimney mount that is…