Why do people think using propane has anything to do with being off-the-grid? They are two completely different things. Off-the-grid means you are not hooked up to the electric utility grid. The last time I looked, my propane company did not have any wires to connect our house to any grid. One has nothing to do with the other. People always try to make rules………..must be the nature of people. There are no rules. I don’t follow someone else’s rules for being a modern homestead or for living off-the-grid.
In fact, many of the people who write or post about this subject, don’t even live off-the-grid. Or at least not full time. They use vehicles with gasoline to get back and forth to their homes. I don’t say to them, you are not off-the-grid because you do not power your vehicle with electric generated from your alternative energy system. I don’t do that yet, but I plan to. Just like someday, I plan on getting rid of my propane stove or at least only use it for canning. But maybe I will find my system will not allow me to use any other type of stove. I need to can, more than I need to worry about someone’s interpretation of what living off-the-grid means.
People have the misconception that off-the-grid means you live in a little cabin and don’t have the internet or telephone, make all your own clothing, don’t ever go to a store or buy anything from the outside world. That is not what it means people! It means you are not hooked up to the electric companies’ power lines. That is all it means. Because people cannot imagine living that way. If you use propane, feel free to use it. It is not part of the power grid. Not one bit!
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