Life "Off the Grid" at the Field Lab (Texas Country Reporter)

  • Опубликовано: 8 апр 2011
  • Meet a man who turned his entire life into an experiment in self-sustaining, off-the-grid survival. At the Field Lab, John Wells uses new technology and old-fashioned craftsmanship to get by in Big Bend.

    Read John's blog -

    From Texas Country Reporter # 1123, 3/7/2009.
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Комментарии • 58

  • Munky Bidness
    Munky Bidness 16 дней назад

    My God he's right.

  • Me
    Me 2 месяца назад

    Was that a heat exchanger?

  • BassBreath100
    BassBreath100 4 месяца назад +2

    Plant some damned tree's for crying out loud !

  • Myturben isdurty
    Myturben isdurty 5 месяцев назад

    I don't get it, he sold his house from upstate N.Y.. That's as rural as it gets, and you have fresh water.

  • Jack Brown
    Jack Brown 5 месяцев назад

    Go John

  • will crow
    will crow 8 месяцев назад

    This fella's got the right idea. He's livin the dream if you asked me.

  • Bernadette mc lean - o hara
    Bernadette mc lean - o hara 9 месяцев назад

    best of luck to you Long may it last oh love the rooster

  • Год назад +2

    This guy is a phony! No one in the area likes or respects him. He seeks publicity constantly, even PAYING the New York Times to publish an article about him. He lives off of a nest egg of $500,000 left to him by his dead parents. This money has funded his MANY failed projects including a dam, parasail, electric sand rail and many more that paid interviewers will never hear about. Terlingua is full of hard working off-grid folks living on the income from jobs or Social Security. THEY can tell the real story! This guy is simply a mentally ill narcissist!

    • kevin joseph
      kevin joseph 13 дней назад

      neighbors??? No one in the area likes or respects him.

    • JohnnySixString
      JohnnySixString 5 месяцев назад

      "No one in the area likes or respects him. " Why should he give a shit? Isn't that one of the reasons to move out to the middle of nowhere?

    • Cloud Dweller
      Cloud Dweller 7 месяцев назад

      I thought so.

  • Brenda S
    Brenda S Год назад

    Awesome way to start my morning.

  • Michelle Gibson
    Michelle Gibson Год назад

    I want to know if the storm effected him or not?

  • mary shaffer
    mary shaffer Год назад

    This is some people s dream that totally opposite of acquiring.

  • JamesSmalley Jr
    JamesSmalley Jr Год назад

    dream come true, absolutely perfect

  • Rómulo Contreras
    Rómulo Contreras 2 года назад


  • jeffy john
    jeffy john 2 года назад +5

    I lived out in rural texas for seven years in my late twenties and mid thirties. It is not all what it is cracked up to be. After major drought, fires, ( i nearly lost my home twice) and flooding. When it comes to food, (the long commute) gas to get anywhere is a major expense. Also when you need a contractor, repair person (for something you cant handle yourself), it is a major ordeal and long wait. People long for an isolated kind of life (there are some perks) but you had better get used to living, being alone. No social clubs, activities, or just plain stimulation. Crime is a factor too with very little protection..You better be locked and loaded, especially at night because if something happens, the police will not even begin to know where to go. I now live back in the crowded city I grew up in. I can walk right to the store, work is a 20 min commute. I can have anything delivered, something breaks, I know a plumber two doors down. Things aren't perfect in the city, but when I was looking to get away from it all, I definitely got more than I bargained for.

    • PreacherDaveTPM
      PreacherDaveTPM 11 месяцев назад +1

      It's not for everybody. Some can handle it, others can't.

    • Redfish Incorporated
      Redfish Incorporated Год назад +1

      jeffy john I ran screaming from the big city 10 years ago and never looked back. Sometimes I have to go back for one reason or another and I can't wait to get out of there and back to my country home.

    • Angry Skeleton Corn Man
      Angry Skeleton Corn Man 2 года назад +2

      the way i see it, you gave it an honest try didn't like it.. and thats ok.

  • Danny Tavarez
    Danny Tavarez 2 года назад

    i would like todo the same thing thanks in texas

  • Danny Tavarez
    Danny Tavarez 2 года назад


  • IamtheKGB
    IamtheKGB 2 года назад +2

    theres a lot of benefits of desert land, besides being cheap. typically less or no building codes, less people to complain about the noise you make and what you do on your land, privacy. im looking for land right now and if its not desert land, its have to be a really good price and in an isolated area with little to no building codes.

  • Claude Rains
    Claude Rains 3 года назад +10

    If you have access to clean water that is half the battle. The rest is easy if you have the skills. Something 80% of the people today lack and one reason they work 50 hrs a week to have someone else make it for them.

    • SickKnowledge82
      SickKnowledge82 3 года назад +1

      +Claude Rains Texas is one of the few states that promote water collection water rights. Every year it rains even in the dry desert we all just let it trickle down the drains. You can collect thousands of gallons even in the brutal desert.

  • Haven Oppelt
    Haven Oppelt 4 года назад +2

    Wow, where in texas... it's so dry compare to my part of texas... must be near el paso...

    • Robert Taylor
      Robert Taylor 7 месяцев назад

      Study Butte is just outside of the Big Bend National Park on the west side.

    • chez-d usa
      chez-d usa 7 месяцев назад

      Haven Oppelt he mentions alpine a really nice town no chemtrails cuz of the McDonald observatory no fly zone

  • texx ritter
    texx ritter 4 года назад

    Everyone talks about how great that sort of isolated life is, but have you ever stopped to consider how lonely it must be? Also if he has family how they are cut off from their loved one. Seems like living in a desolate place could eventually drive you crazy.

    • dusan gajdos
      dusan gajdos 3 года назад

      he escaped from "mental institution" . seems like you going to turn him in .

    • Haven Oppelt
      Haven Oppelt 4 года назад

      In texas it really depends. My family has a farm over 300 achers. But we all live in dallas, fifteen feet max from our niehbors. Mine are about eight feet. We can get qway but for the most part are always right there.

    • Corey Roberts
      Corey Roberts 4 года назад +3

      +mawmawvee Well said...... myself, I dont like being around a lot of people or big cities, I would much rather be in woods. My brother in law loves living close to everything, I do not. I think for me it was the way I was raised, in the country away from people, where we didn't run to the town at the drop of a hat cause we needed butter or milk. Maybe went to town once a month. We grew and raised our own food. For some people its all they have ever known........ very much looking forward to getting back to it.

    • mawmawvee
      mawmawvee 4 года назад +4

      It would depend upon what kind of personality you are given. Some people are at peace alone. I can see it, since he came from NYCity.

  • Ron Knott
    Ron Knott 4 года назад +3

    I Commend him and actually I have dreamed of this for most my life.
    Raising kids and having a family has kept me in the hustle and bustle of the city.
    When they are all gone, I would dare to follow this lifestyle.
    How can you say living off the grid is more expensive, Obviously You've never been on extended camping adventures, much less been out of your climate controlled safety net.
    Time, hard work and effort is what is required to live this way.
    He actually has internet something I wouldn't worry too much about, but I know she has to check her FB regularly lol.

  • plutoplatters
    plutoplatters 5 лет назад +2

    oh yeah.... he's certainly crazy !!! lucky sob

  • plutoplatters
    plutoplatters 5 лет назад

    jaguar thorn knows !!!! .. nothing.

  • Greg Gardner
    Greg Gardner 5 лет назад

    he doesn't have the water for that, watch a little closer

    • PreacherDaveTPM
      PreacherDaveTPM 3 месяца назад

      Actually he does. There are several more large water storage tanks on his property.

  • Robert Bailey
    Robert Bailey 5 лет назад

    His style of living sounds wonderful.

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  • subash chhetri
    subash chhetri 6 лет назад

    Why dont you raise ur own farm and grow some vegetables with some green house...would have been much better and u dont have to spend money buying those can foods and eggs and free u know wat I mean homie

  • kyle white
    kyle white 6 лет назад

    i love u now.

  • TimelessRanchTX
    TimelessRanchTX 6 лет назад

    Great reporting! We're about to do the same thing but with a family of 4! Living in a tiny house, and completely off grid. We're blogging about it if interested....
    Cant wait to call John our neighbor!

    • Charlie
      Charlie Год назад

      So, how'd it go?

  • Joshua Ramos
    Joshua Ramos 6 лет назад

    Gotta have pop tarts 3:11. :)

  • RHJunior
    RHJunior 6 лет назад

    jim dandy great living on solar power--- if you live in a DESERT with 100% sunshine all the time.

  • PeakPureAir1
    PeakPureAir1 7 лет назад

    Yes it is the X DQ Dude. adam75south, He Is Not related to the big balls voice Whataburger Guy. Have you ever been out there? I highly doubt it will ever be very developed. A lot more people than you might realize live off the grid. I am planning on doing it in a few years. Just like anything else, takes a lot of planning, and then taking the plunge.

  • adam75south
    adam75south 7 лет назад

    is that the old dairy queen voice guy?

  • a575981735977018
    a575981735977018 7 лет назад

    wow, someone "truly" living off the grid..

  • Diana Armstrong-Zook
    Diana Armstrong-Zook 7 лет назад

    Intriguing, Something/event must've set him off tho ..?

  • Legend'sJourney
    Legend'sJourney 7 лет назад

    Good stuff!

  • a300pilotster
    a300pilotster 7 лет назад

    Dont dial 911.

  • Fay H
    Fay H 7 лет назад

    that is a wonderful wonderful way of life, I hope more people will take a leap of faith like this for their future survival. I believe it will come to that.

  • yardsausage
    yardsausage 7 лет назад

    i love that video.. i want more more more, simplicity is something i think alot of us want,but are afraid to try because of leaving our comforts, jobs, friends and family behind ,even the financial part of it may not be suitable for all, but given the chance i would like to try it!!

  • D Bolt
    D Bolt 7 лет назад

    away from the hussle and bussel of this fast spaced world

  • bobinmissouri
    bobinmissouri 7 лет назад

    yes it was way too short would love to see more of this ty for doing it

  • dobe762
    dobe762 7 лет назад

    too short great video...

  • QuietSundayLibrary
    QuietSundayLibrary 7 лет назад

    True-to-life version of "Peanuts'" "Spike". Fascinating and awe-inspiring.