Off The Grid in Oklahoma
by JACK-IN-OKLAHOMA on JANUARY 27, 2011 - 13 Comments in LAND

Our little piece of heaven

Just getting started on my project.  We have twenty acres down on the Salt Fork of the Oklahoma Red River.  The view is worth all the trouble.  To your left is the river front, 300 hundred yards of river sand bar for the kids to play on.  Just to the right is a creek that is about twenty feet deep.  It is easy to catch a mess of fish for supper.  We have two four wheelers to get around on the property and to run up and down the river. Nearest power utilities is about two miles away, you have to drive down an irrigation canal, through a cotton field, then a wheat field, and then another three quarters of a mile after you enter our property.    Needless to say getting utilities to our site is cost prohibitive.

 We first purchased a straight sided carport 20×26.  Due to the location they would not erect it on site, we had to buy it as a package price.  Saved 5% in the process.  After much consideration material for inside and out is sheet metal.  A local builder sold me his scrap rigid insulation 22x64x1.5 inches   400 square feet for 25.00, love it when we get a good deal.  Found five thermo insulated windows 32×60 at a local lumber yard without screens for 50.00 each.  B-class insulated doors with 9 panel glass for 45.00 each.  The floor is built out of pressure treated floor joist and plywood.  Didn’t get a good deal on that part.

 Two types of power will be utilized, solar and propane generator.  I bought the solar panels and controls from harbor freight, 45 watts each at a cost of $150.00, propane generator 375.00, best price I could find.  Local propane dealer delivered the 500 gallon tank for $100.00 plus $50.00 a year lease.  Can’t afford to fill it up right now so will have them deliver about 300 gallons and see how far it goes, $2.47 a gallon right now.

 I am using a sand point well with an above ground pump and pressure tank.  To keep from having to run the generator every time we want water I am building a water tower out of an agriculture  plastic tank.  I will also be using one just like it for my septic tank.

 Propane fridge, and propane dryer.  With the river and a creek that never runs dry keeping grandkids in dry clean clothes is a must.

 Between inverter, Solar Cells, led lights, wood stove, and oil lamps I hope to rarely hear that generator running.

Will be breaking ground this weekend, will have more posting as we move along, also will upload pictures and videos.

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13 comments

1 mack hill { 01.28.11 at 1:45 am }

hey, your the man!!!!! keep us posted .teach us how to fish ,you know that old chinese saying,thaT WAY WE,LL KNOW TOO

2 Shane Tyree { 01.28.11 at 2:13 am }

How did you find such great land? I live in Amarillo and have been looking for 3 years now for some water front property in Oklahoma or past Childress in Texas. I am curious about the spring, does the area flood? Great looking land and good luck on the power situation, I am converting to LED lighting for our motorhome to save battery life and let a solar panel keep us going in the winter, I know it works in a house as well! Congrats, Shane

3 Bruce { 01.28.11 at 2:13 pm }

Sounds great, please keep us posted on your progress. , I am in valley center .kansas.hope to do something like your doing soon. maybe this year even ,all the luck to you

4 wayne { 01.29.11 at 2:47 am }

Ever heard of a clothes line?
Less wear and tear on that propane dryer…

5 Brad { 01.30.11 at 7:03 am }

I am originally from Altus and have spent many days on the salt fork. I have to say I am envious as we are about 7 years from building our dream home. I am thinking of a shipping container cabin before then. Best wishes and keep us posted.

6 Nick { 02.02.11 at 5:39 am }

Thanks for the great post and pic. I live on an acre of land on the Pearl River in Bogalusa, LA, surrounded by wildlife management area, and am in the process of trying to get off the grid. I have researched the solar panels you recommended and will probably move forward with the purchase, thanks for the recommendation. We have flow wells here so continuous water is not an issue, and I am in the process of purchasing a wood stove. Its a fun process. With some solar in the mix I should be in good shape. Best of luck to you and keep us updated.

7 Nathan { 02.08.11 at 3:17 am }

With two running water sources on your property that as you say never run dry, have you considered installing a mycro-hydro turbine? I would think it would be a lot quieter than a generator and much cheaper in the long run than paying for a commodity like propane over-and- over again.

8 angela { 02.08.11 at 9:35 pm }

Woodburning stove, solar generator, hand wash clothes (or a wonderwash: manual washer) and a clothes line saves from using gas and cuts water usage down. build a portable water tank on a small utility trailer that you can take to the water with a four-wheeler or horse and fill with water then use sparingly before u fill again. This saves from over working your pump and the gas pumping excesively over a longer distance. Good luck.

9 john cleaver { 02.26.11 at 3:24 pm }

I really like your attitude. I am learning from you.

10 krystal waters { 04.06.11 at 8:27 am }

Dont have alot of money but we have heart and skills.krystal

11 JOE { 12.07.11 at 1:28 am }

This may be a dumb comment, but I have been looking to see where in the U.S. it would be allowed for someone to live “off the grid,” and except for this, the net suggests that it is illegal to do so.

12 Kimberly { 01.17.14 at 3:58 pm }

I’m living in a small town that’s become openly corrupt. I want to become self sufficient so that I can remove all utilities and stop being raped by local criminals. Can you instruct me on how to do this since I can’t get anyone in this one goat town to back me up?

13 sandra { 10.13.14 at 1:32 pm }

love your site…please keep us updated. working on converting motorhome to solar and want to eventually live totally off grid…learning alot from your post and other peoples comments .very interesting. keep up the good work

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