Has anyone tried one of these kits? It looks like it might be a better deal than the HF.
No, but I was researching that company pretty good. Good reviews and the nice thing about that kit is it is expandable so you're not stuck if you need to grow your system.
Great input everyone, thanks. I've been gathering components slowly over the winter. I'll keep you posted on my progress.
Those lights look very bright! Where did you get those?
Mine is off grid, and wouldn't have it any other way. Rather than solar, I bought a used honda 4,000 watt generator. Still starts first or second pull every time. The thing will run all day on 2 gallons of gas and I highly recommend this as a backup, even if you go solar. Used the generator to power all the tools to build the cabin, it worked flawlessly. 16X24 feet on concrete pad. Wood came from oak trees in the woods, cut by local sawmill for next to nothing. I built it with 12 foot walls and steep pitch on the roof, benefit to that design is the second floor is nearly all usable space. Have all the bunk beds on second floor, downstairs has the wood stove, small bar, seating, etc. Used 3/4' foam insulation on walls and roof. Space the 1 inch braces 48.5 inches apart so that a standard 4X8' sheet of foam insulation will fit. The small wood stove will keep it warm in about any temp. Put reclaimed wood from fence on downstairs walls, looks awesome and rustic. Don't have running water, but I built a pond that is located 75 feet from the cabin. I also capture rainwater from roof, use that to mostly water trees around the cabin during dry conditions. During deer season, we catch and filet catfish for dinner at least one night. For lighting, I have one coleman propane light that will light up the entire floor. I also have two old school laterns that look much better and run off clean burning oil, they will run for days on a single fillup. The tin and insulation were by far the biggest costs. All told I probably only have about $8500 into the cabin. It's perfect for what I need.