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10 Tools to Help You Live Off the Grid

These products, including a generator, portable power supply and lantern, are aimed at those who want to live more independently and self-sufficiently.

by Hobby Farms HQMay 10, 2019

This article first appeared in a special supplement called Living Off the Grid. The editors searched for items useful to people who want to live more independently and self-sufficiently. Products include a generator, livestock feed and tools, a light source and a portable powers supply. So have a look at the things we found that can help your off-the-grid farm run better.

1. Generator


Honda Power Equipment’s EU2200i Super Quiet inverter generator (shown above) offers more power with color-coded startup components, as well as a new fuel-shutoff valve.


2. Electric Netting for Livestock

Electric netting is ideal for poultry, pigs, goats, sheep, dogs and other small animals, easy to set up and move, and provides protection from predators.

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Kencove Farm Fence Supplies

3. Field and Brush Mower

DR Power Equipment’s PRO-26 Field and Brush Mower’s disc brake system provides power-steering functionality.

DR Power Equipment

4. Portable Power Supply

With four AC outlets, a USB port and heavy-duty DC cables, the Traveller 3,000-Watt Digital Power Inverter ensures that you will have portable power when the weather gets iffy.

Tractor Supply Co.

5. Organic Layer Feed

Purina Organic layer feed is a complete layer feed for laying hens starting at week 18. Available in pellets or crumbles, it now includes Purina’s Oyster Strong® System, so your hens can stay strong and lay strong-shelled eggs — no supplements needed. Sign up for their feed challenge at to get a coupon.


6. ATV Manure Spreader

Loyal ATV Manure Spreader from T.R. Metal Crafters Inc. is simple to operate with two front controls, while the “bear-claw” beaters quickly shred and spread all types of manure (including that mixed with straw).

Roth Manufacturing

7. Livestock Feed Supplement

Calf-Manna includes multiple sources of high-quality protein, which provides an array of essential amino acids that meet the needs of many different animals, from horses, cattle, rabbits and goats to poultry, swine and deer.

MannaPro Products

8. Oil Lantern

The W.T. Kirkman No. 2 Champion features a full-weight pressed “Loc-Nob” globe, wing-lock burner for wind resistance, galvanized construction, 31-ounce fount capacity, 27-hour burning time, thermal output of 1,400 BTU per hour and operates on average at 6 cents per hour worth of lamp oil.

W.T. Kirkman Lanterns

9. Freeze Dryer

Harvest Right Freeze Dryers preserve the taste, nutrition and texture of nearly any food for up to 25 years, including fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy products, meals, desserts, and more. Small, medium and large sizes are available.

Harvest Right

10. Egg-Turning Kit

Brinsea’s new Semi-Auto Turn Kit transforms the Mini II and Maxi II Eco incubators into semi-automatic versions that are easy to fit and use. The kit includes a turning mechanism; one standard egg disk for hen, duck and bantam eggs; one small egg disk for pheasant and quail eggs; and full instructions.

Brinsea Products

This article appeared in Living Off the Grid, a 2018 specialty publication produced by the editors and writers of Hobby Farms magazine. Aside from this profile of people who’ve established new lives in remote areas, Living Off the Grid includes stories on renewable energy, growing plants without seeds and permaculture. You can purchase this volume, Hobby Farms back issues as well as special editions such as Best of Hobby Farms and Best of Urban Farm by following this link.

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