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Off the Grid – Why?

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“My ultra-rugged off-grid kitchen!” “RD, why do you live off the grid?” That is a question I am often asked. My short answer is a simple one: “Because I want to.” My long answer however, has a little more detail in its delivery. I’m usually a bottom line kind of guy (especially, when I’m sitting with my goddam accountant!) so here is a quick overview of how this article is going to play out. If you live on the grid [Read More]

Portable Generator

Portable Generator

You’re thinking of going “off-grid” and for your main power source, you’ve decided to go with either solar power or windmill generation. Good plan, I love it! If you’re like me, you’ll have plenty of power tools in your workshop. Things like a circular saw, bench grinder, mitre saw, radial arm saw, table saw, drill press… all of these will work well on a small portable generator. I recommend you get one rather than relying on your main power supply [Read More]

What Kind of Firewood?

What Kind of Firewood

“Birch is often used” Here is the easy answer… any kind as long as it’s dry. But, there’s a bit more to it than that. First things first… Green firewood is a bad thing. Green wood still has too much moisture in it and burning this stuff will cause your chimney or stove pipes to build up with creosote. And, that damn stuff can easily combust and start one hell of a fire. Burning your house down because you used [Read More]

When the Rugged Dude is Away, the Animals Will Play!

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Back in 2010, I built a new house way back in bush and way off the grid. The property was 35 miles outside Thunder Bay, in an area known as “Kam,” short for Kaministiquia. Somewhere near the halfway point in the building process, I had to leave town for a few weeks to teach a guide training course in Manitoba. Not that I was paranoid, but more curious to see who, if anybody, was snooping around while I was gone. [Read More]

My Big Rack

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“Plenty of power, free of charge. Sort of…” As per usual, the Rugged Dude (that would be me, ya cement head) starts an article with a weird, if not somewhat, dumb title. A “big rack” could be taken as a nice big-ass buck with a set of antlers pushing the 150 mark. Or, a “big rack” could be provoke visions of a smokin’ hot chick with a very large set of… wait for it… titties. That’s right, I said titties. [Read More]

You Get Your Water From Where?

You Get Your Water From Where?

“Clean water – for free.” I’m pretty lucky. I found a great piece of property that I really like. It’s private, 2.3 kms from the road and I could actually afford it. But, the coolest part – it has a river running through it. It has a good flow, it’s clear and there is plenty of it. About three feet is the average depth. It also has brook trout swimming in it… so some of my meals come from that [Read More]

Frontier Food With The Rugged Dude

Frontier Food With The Rugged Dude

Frontier Food with the Rugged Dude… Yes, I know it rhymes, it’s supposed to.  Andy, one our ultra-rugged camera dudes first suggested “Wild Food with the Rugged Dude,” but we quickly found out there is already one or maybe even two shows with the words, “Wild Food” in the title.  So, what with the frontier part? Well, a friend of mine once told me that my “frontier kitchen” looks pretty rugged. I thought that could be part of a cool, [Read More]

My Pet Fox

My Pet Fox

Back in 2010, I started building an off-grid house, way the hell back in the woods, 35 miles west of Thunder Bay, Ontario. This was a very good hunting and fishing area and it wasn’t unusual to wake up in the morning, look out my window and see deer, moose or black bear, along with a wide assortment of smaller critters like porcupines, pine marten, coyotes, wolves and squirrels. I even saw some drunk dude wandering across my back yard [Read More]

Awesome French Fries

Awesome French Fries

Who in their right mind doesn’t just love good French fries?  I do… but, I know they’re not the healthiest thing in the world for a 51 year old dude to eat, so I indulge only on occasion.   And, I normally don’t brag about my own cooking… but, right now, I’ll gladly bend that rule.  My French fries are the best on the planet!  Well, maybe not the best on the planet, but they’re damn good!  However, my fries weren’t always [Read More]

What Are You, Chicken?

What Are You Chicken

“Rhode Island Reds make good laying hens” Before I get started on why it’s so rugged (and just plain cool!) raising your own food, like chickens, ducks, rabbits and pheasants, I must come clean on something that has to do with chickens. Really clean… I mean, embarrassingly clean. Are you ready? (Oh, shit, I’m not so sure if I should do this.) Reader to The Rugged Dude >>> “Okay, RD… take a deep breath… be brave and just friggin’ say [Read More]