Most people start a homestead with the goal self-sufficiency. Not having to worry about what would happen to you or your family in the event of some big disaster or knowing exactly what goes into the food you’re giving your kids to eat are two big reasons people are drawn to this lifestyle. I know it’s what pulls my husband and me to it.
A big part of self-sufficiency in Alaska is your heating source. Most people who live outside the borders of town rely on heating oil, which can be extremely expensive. So to supplement, many have wood stoves.
Gathering and storing firewood is one of those unending chores on the homestead.