This article is a summary of a YouTube video "CABIN TOUR | HOW A FAMILY OF 5 LIVES OFF GRID IN THE WINTER | A Self Reliance Journey // EFRT S8 EP5" by Epic Family Road Trip

Living Off the Grid in Winter: A Cozy Cabin Life

TLDRFollow our family's winter adventure living off the grid at our cozy cabin on an island. We discuss shelter, warmth, food, water, and safety. Discover the challenges and rewards of off-grid living in freezing temperatures.

Key insights

🏡Our cabin provides a cozy shelter for winter living, with additional rooms for sleeping, working, and storage.

🔥We have an efficient heating system, using both firewood and propane heaters to keep warm in freezing temperatures.

🍲Preparing and storing enough food is crucial for surviving the freezing months, with options for fresh, frozen, and emergency supplies.

💧Accessing water from the frozen lake is a challenge, but we have implemented systems and equipment for heating and using it for various purposes.

⚠️Safety is a top priority, with extra precautions for off-grid living in remote areas, including communication, navigation, and emergency supplies.


How did you prepare your cabin for winter living?

We built an addition for extra living space and insulation, installed a wood stove and propane heaters, and upgraded windows and roofing for better insulation.

What challenges did you face in maintaining warmth?

Collecting and storing firewood, managing propane supply, and maintaining a comfortable temperature while conserving energy were our main challenges.

How did you ensure a sufficient food supply during the freezing months?

We planned and stocked up on a variety of food, including fresh, frozen, and emergency supplies. We also had a garden and explored foraging options.

How did you manage water access and usage?

We pump water from the frozen lake into a tank and use a heat system to warm the water for various purposes such as washing dishes and taking showers.

What safety measures did you take for off-grid living in winter?

We focused on communication, navigation, and emergency supplies, including satellite phones, GPS devices, and emergency food and equipment.

Timestamped Summary

01:53We embarked on an off-grid winter living adventure on an island.

06:05We built an addition to our cabin for more living space.

09:01Preparing sufficient firewood and managing propane supply were crucial for warmth.

09:49Stocking up on a variety of food supplies ensured our survival.

12:51Collecting and using water from the frozen lake posed challenges.

23:13We used a heat system to warm water for various purposes.

25:42Hot showers and efficient dishwashing systems were achieved using propane heaters.

28:02Safety measures, including communication and emergency supplies, were implemented for off-grid living.