Non-Electric

Steel Ash Carrier – Keeping Valuable Wood Ashes Safe Until You Use Them

Steel Ash Carrier

Pictured above is a steel ash carrier sitting on my front porch. The ash carrier is full of fly ash and cinders from the daily morning clean out of my cook stove and parlor stove. Believe it or not, seemly cold ash, cinders, embers and stove coals can sometimes keep heat and reignite for up…

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.…

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…

Hand Protection When Loading Wood Stoves

Hand Protection

I keep a pair of heavy welder’s gloves next to every wood and coal stove in the house. I never load a wood stove or open a stove door without wearing them. I learned about hand protection and wood stoves the hard way 10 years ago when I suffered a 2″ long  third degree burn to…

Non-Electric Task Lighting By A Cook Stove

Non-Electric Task Lighting By Cook Stove

An Aladdin lamp with a glass shade provides non-electric task lighting near my cook stove early in the morning. Glass shades have a couple advantages over cloth or parchment lamp shades. The first is that they can be easily washed  – an important consideration in the kitchen. Secondly, if the bottom part of the shade…

Treadle Sewing Machine Advice

Singer Model 66 Treadle Sewing Machine

You love to sew. Or perhaps you are looking for a sensible off grid sewing machine and think you’d like to buy a treadle sewing machine but don’t know where to start or what to look for? Maybe you are worried that all treadle sewing machines are expensive antiques and you can’t afford one? Or…

How To Safely Use Real Candles On A Christmas Tree

Candle On Christmas Tree

I’ve developed a contact allergy to spruce, pine and any type of conifer needles. So this year for the first time in my life I have an artificial Christmas tree. The fake tree is 4 ½ feet tall and came complete with attached mini white electric lights. This new holiday development completely delights my mother-in-law.…