Vela Creations is an in-depth resource for off grid living. The site documents our research and experiences, hoping that they might help others interested in pursuing this lifestyle. This blog is designed to document our day to day experiences as we build our new, sustainable homestead. If you are interested in seeing more photos and videos, we have a flickr account at the following url:

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

We Won!

We have just been informed that our cistern article won the Instructables "Be Prepared" Contest!

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012


We just collected a bottle of duckweed, which we have dumped into the barn's tank.

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Rocket Mass Heater

We have just finished building and installing a Rocket Mass Heater, and it works great.

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Vote for Cistern Howto in Instructables Competition

We have just finished a full howto on our new cistern, and we've entered it in a competition.

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Sunday, November 4, 2012


Prey Mantis. One of our favorites.

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Heat Exchanger

One of the things we've been doing in the lead-up to winter is making our heating system more efficient, starting off with a new heat exchanger.

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Friday, November 2, 2012


I haven't blogged in two weeks and thought I'd do a general catch-up on what we've been up to.

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