The 10 Best Off-Grid Homesteading YouTube Channels

by Vern Evans

This is an updated look at the top 10 off-grid homesteading YouTube channels by subscription count and other selection criteria. We review new channels and update annually to continue to bring you the best options online.

Homesteading and getting off-grid will never go out of style. People are always looking for ways to get back to the land, and the best off-grid homesteading YouTube channels let you live vicariously through them. By sharing their own love of self-sufficiency, these top creators can share off-grid tips, build complex off-grid setups, or just give you an escape.

Whether you are looking to learn or just relax, homesteading is a great rabbit hole to go down on YouTube. With a huge range of skills and techniques out there, you can always find fresh faces and content stepping up and sharing their love of the land.

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What is Homesteading?

Homesteading is the process of establishing a self-sufficient lifestyle by developing and maintaining a home or piece of land.

Homesteaders try to produce as much of their own food and resources as possible, using techniques like gardening, livestock rearing, and food preservation. They may also generate their own energy through methods like solar panels or wind turbines to go off-grid.

Homesteading practices can vary widely, from those who fully embrace a self-sufficient lifestyle to those who simply aim to live more sustainably and reduce their environmental impact. Even these top channels reflect the different approaches.

These YouTube channels all champion the homesteading lifestyle and the creators below express their love of off-grid self-sufficiency through the content they create.

10. Appalachia’s Homestead

Founded in 2014

482,000 subscribers

Previous rank = 10

Patara stays at the entry spot on our list, defending her position as she continues to gain subscribers on her homesteading channel.

Head to the mountains to join Patara as she shows off her homestead. She has a slight alarmist prepper angle to her channel, talking occasionally about why she escaped suburbia for a homestead.

Her bread-and-butter topics include:

  • gardening
  • animal husbandry (esp. chickens)
  • food preservation (esp. canning)
  • homeschooling

Here is her channel’s welcome video:

9. Becky’s Homestead

Founded in 2006

544,000 subscribers

Previous rank = 8

Becky does it all and is your quintessential homesteader. She consistently drops content every week on a huge range of topics.

Becky is sweet-natured and a great hostess as she guides us around her homestead covering a huge range of topics. Self-sufficient, community-driven, and eco-friendly all drive her project scopes, and she explains along the way how you can accomplish it all too.

She has also authored a couple of books, so she is a vault of homesteading info.

8. Kris Harbour Natural Building

Founded in 2015

565,000 subscribers

Previous Rank: N/A

Kris does it all and records it all on his unique sustainable homesteading channel from across the pond.

He started his channel when he was 28, and since then he bought some land in the wilderness of Wales, built his off-grid home, and outfitted it with solar and hydropower. He is living his dream, like many homesteading YouTubers, after snatching up some real estate on eBay.

This ex-Londoner also knows how to film and produce interesting videos of his lifestyle:

7. Homesteading Family

Founded in 2016

695,000 subscribers

Previous rank = 7

Josh and Carolyn share a huge range of homesteading tips but they really excel in whipping your garden and pantry into shape.

The Homesteading Family wants to help you increase your self-sufficiency and become healthier through their gardening, preserving, DIY projects, and traditional cooking videos.

Their motto is to help families grow, preserve, and thrive- and they are an excellent resource to get your pantry in order.

6. Arms Family Homestead

Founded in 2011

862,000 subscribers

Previous rank = 6

This small-town family is living their best life out in Oklahoma. Plus, the star of the show is occasionally a miniature donkey.

This family-first channel follows a small-town family as they strive for self-sufficiency and document the good times and the bad. They are a likable bunch with plenty to teach and plenty to share.

You’ll find yourself enamored with their animals as well, from loyal dogs to bison, and even mini donkeys.

5. Bushradical

Founded in 2017

1,060,000 subscribers

Previous rank = N/A

Brooke and Dave Whipple have a pair of channels and several cabins between the pair of them, and Dave’s channel has a significant edge on subscriber count.

Dave also shares a couple of kids with Brooke, but neither features them on their channels (which I can appreciate, for the kid’s sake). You may recognize the pair from season 4 of Alone, a popular survival TV show.

Dave highlights his off-grid cabins, shows off how he builds them, and continues to document upgrades including:

  • drilling wells
  • building outhouses
  • adding solar power systems

Here is a start-to-finish of one of his off-grid cabin builds:

4. Justin Rhodes

Founded in 2012

1,070,000 subscribers

Previous Rank = 4

The Rhodes family involves their kids as they tackle projects around the homestead, making this one of the top family-oriented homesteading channels.

The Justin Rhodes Show is all about family-friendly homesteading, so it doesn’t just show you how they’re getting around their homestead- it teaches some powerful life lessons along the way.

Their likable family is a joy to watch tackle obstacles, as they teach their kids the importance of hard work and share some laughs while they are at it.

3. Wild Wonderful Off-Grid

Founded in 2018

1,080,000 subscribers

Previous rank = 5

Josh and Erin packed their three kids up and built an A-frame on plenty of acres in West Virginia, and it’s a blast to watch.

Our editor’s pick is Wild Wonderful Off-Grid, as this channel is good fun to watch and showcases the impressive A-Frame home they built from scratch in the mountains of West Virginia.

The most impressive part is that they did this while raising 3 young kids, which most of you parents out there know is a feat in itself.

2. Off Grid with Doug & Stacy

Founded in 2012

1,190,000 subscribers

Previous Rank = 3

Doug and Stacy make traditional homesteading look easy as they stick to a pioneer lifestyle- all the way down to Doug’s beard.

Homesteading and off-grid living may seem a little strange to most, but it was the only way to live not too long ago. Doug and Stacy harken back to a simpler time but also show that it’s not that simple.

There can be interesting things to find in every detail of off-grid life, and their pioneer lifestyle is a breath of fresh air.

1. Wranglerstar

Founded in 2010

2,510,000 subscribers

Previous rank = 1

The self-proclaimed professional homeowner has the biggest following to pair with consistent content from his huge video library.

Hello, beloved. The big one, Wranglerstar has grown into a massive channel over the years as Cody Crone left his urban life and documents his adventures along the way. He has a ton of resources at his disposal at this point, raking in an estimated $2,000 per day just in YouTube ads alone.

As an engineer, I appreciate his tool tests and reviews, but he has gone down some impractical rabbit holes, like ‘Earthing’, where you ground your bed with metal strips.

Despite a couple of loose screws and inconsistent stories about his time in the US Forest Service, he and his family sport the biggest and best homestead channel.

More Homesteading YouTube Channels

These channels were reviewed and have good content, but did not have the subscriber count or active uploads to stack up against our top 10. Still, they may be a good option for you if you are looking for even more off-grid or homesteading YouTube channels:

  • Guildbrook Farm – 344,000 subscribers – our neighbors out here in North Carolina have been building up a following.
  • Engineer775 – 328,000 subscribers – a prepping homestead guru, he can figure out and install any self-sufficient setup off-grid.
  • Better Together Homestead – 281,000 subscribers – a family-first channel with wholesome homesteading content.
  • Homesteady – 277,000 subscribers – with a ton of how-to videos, this couple is serious about sharing homesteading tips.

The Final Word

Homesteading and Off-Grid YouTube channels are out there in droves, but these channels are the biggest and best you can find. If you are looking for other mediums to explore prepping and survival topics, check out these rankings and roundups:

Plus, if you’re looking to start your own homestead- you might want to pick up some free land: How to Get Free Land in the US (and Canada).

If you have any favorite channels that we may have missed or chosen not to rank, weigh in below in the comment section. We’ll always take the time to review it before our next roundup and see where it stacks up.

Keep exploring, stay prepared, and be safe.

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