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Solar Oven Guide & Reviews

Solar Oven Guide & Reviews

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Considering a solar oven? In this comprehensive solar oven guide, I’ll go through everything you need to know about solar ovens and solar cooking. You’ll find comprehensive, honest and unbiased solar oven reviews on every top solar oven available right now, videos explaining my experience testing each solar oven, and even my personal interviews with each solar oven manufacturer. Using this solar oven guide, you’ll find the best solar oven for your needs—or you can even learn how to make a solar oven on your own using simple materials.

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Why I Created This Solar Oven Guide

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Moving into my tiny house took many adjustments at first. Not only did I downsize, but I also went off the grid. Off-the-grid living presents quite a few challenges—and one of the biggest was how to cook food without electricity. When you rely on solar power, you can only store so much energy in your battery reserve, so I needed to cook food in a low-powered way. My quest led me to explore how to cook using solar ovens and solar cookers: appliances that capture and concentrate the sun’s heat in a box, to cook up delicious dishes—no grid required!

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Fall Video Intern

This fall I’m taking on an intern to help us with a video project I have going on.  This isn’t one of those “internships” where you get coffee and make copies, so get ready to roll up your sleeves.  We are a small team here at The Tiny Life, which means you’ll have the chance to actually do interesting work.

The main focus of this internship is video editing, creation of YouTube thumbnails and social media marketing.  You’ll need to be in the Charlotte, NC area and be able to come into Tiny Life HQ for around 10-20 hours a week.  This internship is unpaid.

You don’t have to be a wizard with Adobe Premiere or iMovie, but should have the basics.  Part of this will be training you to do new skills and techniques in video editing, social media and online publishing.

Please apply below!

Happy Holidays From The Tiny Life

This week I’ve been winding down for the holidays.  I have been doing some last minute shopping before I head to my folks house.  With tiny houses you don’t always have room for a big Christmas tree, but I actually ended up getting two trees!  The first was at my coworking space that I own, each year we have a holiday party and a real tree.  Here it is:

I also got a really small rosemary shrub that has been grown in a Christmas tree shape.  This is great because it’s small, but still has a great smell.  Plus I love rosemary, the last one I had, I planted it outside and it took off like gangbusters.

For gifts this year I held back on some purchases I had wanted to make, so I could share them with my family if they needed ideas.  I have been wanting a headlamp for around the house.  I live deep in the woods and it’s always really dark outside the house.  For those nights I need to turn on the generator, grab something out of the trailer or car a headlamp is great to have.

I also asked for dish towels, as my old ones were ready to retire.  Finally I asked for credits to Audible, the website that I get my audio books from, which download to a phone app; I love audible and read 34 books this year (down from last year’s 41).

That’s all I have to report this year, I hope to see you all in the new year!

How Things Have Changed For Tiny Houses – 7 Years Blogging

Over seven years ago today I decided to start blogging about tiny houses, little did I know the journey I was starting.  Back then I didn’t really know what a “blogger” was or even how to blog.  Fast forward to today, seven years later, and I get to do this every day.

keycandles-19Since then my life is drastically different: I have built and lived in my tiny house for almost 2 years now.  I’ve written two traditionally published books and 5 ebooks.  I put on a conference.  I have a job that I can’t believe is my everyday routine.  Finally, I went on to build another company altogether.  As I write all that I’m almost in disbelief that I did it all and yet very grateful too.

Looking back, this was my first post on this website: The Difference between a Tiny House Vs. an RV

A lot has changed since then.  First and foremost just the sheer number of people that have become involved has exploded.  When I started, I didn’t know anyone that had even heard of tiny houses. Now, it seems like everyone has.  I used to know everyone involved, they all could be found on my bookmarks and their numbers in my cell phone.  Today I can’t even keep up with everyone, who is who, and what new houses are coming out.

The houses themselves have started to have a broader type of aesthetic and design.  There use to be only a few types of houses out there, now we have all sorts.  House on average have gotten bigger and more complex too.  When I first put in plumbing and a mini split, I was one of a handful; many friends had rudimentary plumbing and I didn’t know anyone with a mini split.  Now people have pop-outs, AC, porches, cat walkways, hot tubs, and other elaborate setups.

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Another big change is tiny houses are now more widely used as a stepping stone instead of a lifetime option.  I think this is great, because it is more true to the mission: a housing that serves your own purpose, that empowers you.

I did a little digging and found out that so far I’ve written 479,849 words in total on this website alone since I started.  I’ve recorded close to 7,500 minutes of podcast episodes.  I’ve made videos that have been viewed for over 1.4 million minutes.  The blog has been read by millions each year.  I look at those numbers and I’m equal parts tired (lol) and humbled.  If someone told me the day I started that anything I did was going to be seen, read or listen to by even 100,000 people, I would have said to you “get outta here.”

I think most of all I’m grateful.  So thank you for joining me on this journey.

Celebrating Our New Book: Tiny Houses Built with Recycled Materials

Book CoverWe’re proud to announce the official release of The Tiny Life’s second print book: Tiny Houses Built With Recycled Materials!

If you’re looking to reduce your environmental impact, save some money, and add some character to your tiny house, be sure to check out this book. It’s packed with tips and tricks for sourcing, restoring, and using recycled materials in creative ways. Our aim was to capture both the best information you can put to use immediately in your tiny house build, as well as the inspiring stories from builders that can give you ideas you never would have thought of otherwise.

We poured a lot of love into this book. Whether you’re in the middle of building or just curious about tiny houses, we hope that it can help you on your journey!

To celebrate the release of the book, we’re offering a signed book special offer! We’re offering copies of our books, signed by author Ryan Mitchell. As a bonus, we’ll include a free copy of one of our ebooks with each purchase!

All orders include: free shipping, one ebook, and a Tiny Life carpenter pencil.

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