Read on to see some ideas on finding free resources as well as some things that we, and others have come up with to generate a bit of extra cash flow, and or minimize some costs associated with building and maintaining a homestead. Keep in mind, we are "wannabee homesteaders" and are working toward that goal. It will not be an easy task!
Click here to visit our wood crafts page on FB if you are in Alabama or know someone that is.
|Rustic Re-Purposed wood picnic tables. $65|
|Child sized picnic tables $45|
|Rustic end tables- $25 each|
|entertainment stand- Not currently available but different wood and design possible.|
|Cupcake tower- No two would be the same and they must be covered if used for food|
|Worm casting harvester- this was an experiment but works great. the next will be a bit different. no price figured yet.|
|Cricket box- Can be used for any purpose|
Rustic signs and wood crafts
|Woodburned Garden Signs $5|
|Just a simple arrangement before painting.|
Our primary source of heat is a wood burning stove. Being in Alabama, the winter isn't as bad as other areas (I was born and raised in NY), so we can get away fairly minimal with the amount of time we actually have to heat here in AL. We use about a cord of fire wood per year which can cost more than a couple hundred dollars depending on the methods and measures of the dealers.
For details on different methods used by dealers, and how to be sure your prices are accurate for your needs, check out the post entitled "How to measure the value of cord wood so you're not over paying."
Firewood is a resource that can be found as a free resource with a little homework and effort. You may or may not be able to get every bit of the wood you will need for the cold season, but even some of it is a bonus with the price of firewood now-a-days. Going even further, you may get lucky enough to have an abundance to sell if you find the right opportunity. Consider the list below to get ideas on how to get free firewood.