In this day and age, having your home hooked up to electricity and water is so common that living somewhere considered “off the grid” seems almost impossible. However, as unlikely as it may seem, more and more people are choosing to ditch the norms and move into mobile tiny houses that can be taken wherever they choose to take them.
This style of living doesn’t come without certain challenges, but luckily there are plenty of options that make it possible. One of the most widely used power sources in this kind of scenario is propane, and you’d be surprised to see how many different things you can find that run on it. It’d be easy to go on for days about turkey fryers and the like, but we decided to stick to three very important items that make the idea of living off the grid possible. Here are three ways to get off the grid with propane!
Everyone needs to eat, and without a stove, you’ll be very limited on the different meals you’ll be able to cook. If you don’t have much space, there are camping stoves that fold up for easy storage when you’re not using them. On the other hand, if you have a dedicated area for a kitchen you can find full sized stoves that feature an oven as well! Pair that with a microwave and you’ll have the perfect kitchen! You’ll just need some electricity to power it, which means you need a…
As far as we’re concerned, electricity is a huge priority. It’s not that we’re tech junkies (okay, maybe we are…); electricity simply opens up a world of opportunity and conveniences that you’d be without otherwise. Batteries will do the trick for smaller items, but you are going to need a generator to provide a reliable supply of energy for your everyday items such as lamps. Many people prefer using solar power, which is an excellent option most of the time. The panels store energy for use at night, but if you happen to run out you’re going to want a “plan B” to use until the sun comes out again. Since you’ll have extra propane around for other household necessities, a propane generator is a smart choice.
You can find both heaters and water heaters that are powered by propane. They come in many shapes and sizes, including smaller portable ones, all the way up to large ones that are capable of heating an entire house. Another popular option is a wood-burning heater, however, if you don’t have access to free wood the costs associated with using one will stack up rather quickly. Also, propane heaters are much cleaner than their wood-burning counterparts, and more reliable in many cases as well.
Can you think of any important items that can help someone get “off the grid”? Tell us in the comments!