"Self-sufficiency does not mean 'going back' to the acceptance of a lower standard of living. On the contrary, it is the striving for a higher standard of living, for food that is organically grown and good, for the good life in pleasant surroundings... and for the satisfaction that comes from doing difficult and intricate jobs well and successfully." John Seymour ~ Self Sufficiency 2003

Wednesday 22 May 2013

Howdy :)

Sorry I've been MIA but RSon popped over for a long weekend, and it was good to catch up with him - my blogging suffered - temporarily :)


This is just a quick pop in to welcome Mobile Rik, my newest follower :)
Mobile Rik describes himself as a:

"Cosmic Wanderer, Nature Lover, Rockhound. I blog about DIY RV Hacking For Serious Boondockers, Off-Grid Survivalists, and Full-Time Campers."

His blog can be found at http://diycampingoffthegrid.blogspot.com/  and his web site : http://mobilerik.com/ (it has another blog attached to that too : http://mobilerik.com/articles/) both of which have tons of idea's for an off gridder :)  Reckon he may have some good idea's for those followers of mine who live near Highway 118 :)

Thanks for hitting the followers button - bear with me if there is a delay in replying to your comments here - but the sun dictates my activity, or lack thereof - as I'm sure you know :)


  1. Hope you and the family had a lovely visit.

    1. Jane - We haven't seen RSon for over 5 months - so a good visit was long overdue and very welcome :)

  2. Bought a new no 8 Welcome Dover at that place in Parow installation complete and fire it up today

    1. Regi - Good luck. Just in time for the 5 day cold front :)

  3. I just want to know, the say it's an coal stove but you can only burn wood in it, in the old days they make it full of coal

    1. Stephan - Welcome & thanks for leaving a comment.

      I think the reason that you can only burn wood in it now is because the bottom grate (part # 17) burns through too quickly with coal - coal produces a lot hotter, and longer burning heat.

  4. Hello there , I have recently purchased a Dover ,champion Dover 7a cast on the door . I would be grateful for any information on this little stove as I intend to install it in my home ,hoping someone has info .
    My email is aholland34@gmail.com.

  5. I have recently acquired a champion Dover 6a , I am installing this treasure in my home .Would be grateful for any information anyone could share on this Woodstock..my email address is

  6. Dani
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    Hi Alan

    Too cool - hope you enjoy your Dover stove :D

    Alan, the only info I have is the diagram of the Dover stove, which I will attach to this e-mail. Ideally, the Dover chimney should be installed inside a brick chimney - to prevent smoke from escaping from the unsecured joints of the normal (aluminium) stove pipe which is available in South Africa. If you can get a "proper" stainless steel chimney, which locks together, then the outer brick one would not be necessary.

    Good luck - and enjoy your newly acquired warmth.


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