Off Grid Living – A Helpful ‘How To’ Guide To Living Off The Grid.

OFF GRID LIVING – A helpful ‘How to’ guide to living off the grid.

living off the grid

Welcome to Off grid living where we will try to bring you information for attempting to live life off the grid.How to survive without mains electricity or gas and without mains water. How to grow your own food. This blog post will therefore be an ever expanding one that will deal with the following topics.

1. HEATING – Installing a wood stove.

small wood cookstove

2. WATER – Hot water systems. Rain water harvesting.

3. POWER – Installing a solar power system.

4. FOOD – Growing and preserving your own food.

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Gill will show you how to grow vegetables and fruit virtually all year round.

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off grid kitchen

To help us bring you accurate off grid living advice and demonstrate the installation of the various off grid technology and appliances we will show you first hand how each are installed and work. This will give you the chance to disconnect from the grid but not compromise your life style. To help us do this we are converting an old goat shed into an off-grid self sufficient eco ‘kitchen’ lodge.

installing a tiny wood stove to live off grid

A small shed that will act as a showcase for the various solid fuel, solar and green energy products that are available online for the would be ‘off-gridder’. We are calling it the off grid tiny wood stove kitchen as it will be also be a base for us to cook up great tasting food on the wood stove and new tiny wood stove range. Who knows we may be able to open up a little Hobbit sized bistro serving only food which has been cooked on the tiny wood stoves.

So why would you want to live off the grid?

This great off grid blog gives you a few good reasons!

Off grid living in pictures from photographer Ed Gold – BBC item.

The Money less manifesto


Once you have a cabin, a shed or whatever place it is the first thing you will need to do if you are to exist after the sun has gone down is heating. Along with eating this will be your primary concern. As you cannot just plug in an electric heater you need to consider the heating options. 1. Bottled gas heating 2. Solid fuel heating. The first option is expensive and does not give you the opportunity to source fuel which potentially could cost you nothing. The second option is the best one but rather than just simply installing a stove you need it to perform more off grid tasks such as providing heat for cooking and heating water.


Pamela Tatam at Porch has written a fantastic article that will take you through the many different ways that you can build a sustainable, self-sufficient home. Make sure you click here to check it out!

So why would you want to live off the grid?

This great off grid blog gives you a few good reasons!

Off grid living in pictures from photographer Ed Gold – BBC item.

The Money less manifesto



off grid living

‘Off grid living with Lindsay’ are a series of ‘HOW TO’ videos showing how to install and use the kit you will need to live the off grid life.






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Our Hobbit Stove Has Been Fitted!

"We had a Hobbit stove fitted this week by Alex Reay from Flues and Fires, and I just wanted to get in touch to say it is AMAZING and we love it! We have a lovely cast iron tiled fireplace which I was desperate not to lose when we installed a small wood burning stove, but until I found the Hobbit on Google, everyone told me it would be impossible to keep the fire surround. The Hobbit is perfect - not only does it fit very snugly, but it looks fantastic and the blue door complements the tiles very nicely. We are sitting enjoying a fire now and absolutely loving it! Thanks for creating such an amazing product."

Nicola Williams

Small Stove Review 10

The Best Stove Ever!

"It’s the best stove ever! It’s easy to light, very efficient, burns anthracite and stays in overnight (ours has been in for three weeks now). It even keeps a kettle of water at the ready for a cuppa! What more can I say, we love it! Just the thing to make our Yorkshire home cosy, and the cat loves it too!"

Lynn and Andrew, West Yorkshire

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First Small Stove Installation

Was looking for a small stove for my first self-install. Found Mark very helpful. Knowledgeable, friendly service. Stove burns well and generates lots more heat than the previous open fire. What is not to like?


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A Huge Thank You!

"Dear Mark and Gill, a huge thank you for designing and making the Hobbit stove! We had two different London-based fireplace companies tell us that we simply had to knock out the old cast iron and tile fireplace to fit in a woodburning stove, and that there was no other option! Then we found you online. We are delighted with our little Hobbit, which swallows up logs and kicks out a good amount of heat. Perfect for the winter! I will also be writing to the London-based fireplace companies to put the Hobbit on their radar. Best wishes."


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Delighted With Our Hobbit Stove!

"Mark, Gill, thank you for your assistance, we are delighted with our Hobbit! I fired it up this evening after taking all afternoon making a register plate to fit the opening."


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It's Brilliant!

"Hi Mark, here's a photo of the Hobbit installed in my Yorkist grate. It’s brilliant! It also throws out a lot more heat than the grate did."

Roger T

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Just to Say Thank You!

"I just had a chat with Gill saying how delighted we are with our little Hobbit stove, and to also thank you both for your attention to detail and excellent customer service!"


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The Little Hobbit Has Stepped Up To The Challenge!

"We just wanted to say how impressed and how much of a life saver our little Hobbit has been! It was fitted a few months ago in our holiday home in Rhu, Scotland, which is a large open plan conversion in a Victorian house. This weekend our boiler decided it was not going to play ball. The little Hobbit has stepped up to the challenge, providing heat to a very large area, about twenty eight foot by twenty four foot with a high ceiling of about eighteen foot, keeping the room reasonably warm, warm enough for us not to use cardigans!”

Alan W

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Very Pleased With Our Hobbit!

"We are very pleased with the stove and think it looks great! We restored our fireplace (it was hidden under plaster!) and the whole look is better than we hoped!"


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Absolutely Delighted!

"Just had our Hobbit SE installed in our Victorian fireplace and we are absolutely delighted with the end result. We felt passionate about preserving our lovely fireplace!"


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Our Pride And Joy!

"What a fantastic fireplace with the beautiful Hobbit stove. It fits perfectly into the small space and throws out a lot of heat. Here's a photo of our little stove, now our pride and joy and much admired by all who see and feel the warmth."

Chris and C

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"Just to bid you all a Happy New Year and to say how much we’re enjoying having our Hobbit stove! It was easy to fit with the help of your excellent ‘how to’ videos and we’re just awaiting our inspection by building control for the certification. The Hobbit has fitted neatly into the hearth vacated by the old gas back boiler (with a little cosmetic rendering) and never ceases to surprise us how much heat it can deliver to the point that the new condenser boiler is having an easy life, thereby saving us on gas bills too! Everyone loves having a ‘real fire’ in the living room."

Philip Baird

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A Brilliant Little Wood Burner!

"The stove we bought from you is really starting to come into its own as the weather cools down. Here is a photo showing how much one of our dogs is enjoying it!"

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Brilliant Product!

"Just wanted to share a picture of our newly installed Hobbit. Absolutely delighted with it, and so pleased we were able to retain our existing fireplace as well. Brilliant product, thank you!"



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