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Thermal Massification

This article is an attempt to journal my experiments with adding thermal mass on and around my small woodstove in my 2-story, 2-car garage.  This is my shop.  This is where I play, build, tinker and wrench on things.  It needs to be warm enough to be comfortable working when it’s below zero outside but […]

By |February 24th, 2015|Energy Efficiency, Heating, Woodstoves|0 Comments

Troubleshooting Rocket Stove Issues – Smokeback

Great Post from Erica on Permies

“The ‘smokeback after 1 hour’ problem often comes with stagnation in the barrel. This can be due to air leaks into the barrel (usually shows up fairly soon) or poor insulation around the heat riser.
My guess is that when you added more material around the heat riser, you effectively increased […]

By |January 10th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Rocket Stove Questions

(1) You hear the words secondary combustion and re-burn used quite a bit in rocket stove talk but it just occurred to me that perhaps that’s not a very accurate description of what’s going on. Most burning happens in the burn tube and lower heat riser. Does unburned wood gas or smoke “re-burn” at […]

By |January 10th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Uses for Wood Ash

What to do with all these ashes?

Found this on Permies
“Add them to urine or chicken manure. Ashes are high in potassium, moderate in phosphorus; urine is high in nitrogen and moderate in phosphorus. Together, ashes and manure make a perfectly balanced fertilizer. If you add 1 part ashes and 1 part urine or chicken manure […]

By |January 10th, 2014|Gardening, Heating, Recycle, Reuse, Woodstoves|0 Comments


Loose yourself here… the name “Inspiration Green” says it all:
Great collection of rocket mass heaters at

Tracking his path to sustainability. Not the prettiest site but I somehow keep ending up back on this site:

perhaps the largest and most diverse collection of permaculture ideas in the form of forums. It takes a while […]

By |January 10th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Water Heat Storage – Thermosiphons – Heat Exchangers

Using Rocket Stove with Water as Primary Thermal Battery:

By |January 10th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Building the Ultimate Home / Greenhouse

This is worth thinking about. Paul Wheaton is got his hands deep in the Permaculture cookie jar. This is a home design he is working on that would involve no heating or cooling, yet would maintain a constant comfortable temperature:

By |January 10th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Solar Heater / Furnace – Soda Cans? Passive?

How Much Will it Cost Me to Have Free Heat?

Aluminum Soda / Pop Can Solar Heater / Furnace

Daniel Strohl got a whole bunch of people talking by posting details of his soda can garage heater:

He made a second version that’s apparently much more effective but didn’t post many of the details in his follow up […]

By |December 27th, 2013|Energy Efficiency, Heating, Solar|0 Comments

The Best Kale Chips (I’ve Made)

This recipe makes a double batch or one batch of kale chips and some great salad dressing if the remaining sauce is thinned out with water or a mix of water/vinegar.

Kale! My favorite is the crisp and firm varieties like the Curly / Lacinato / Dinosaur. Curly Kale seems to grab and hold the sauce […]

By |December 16th, 2013|Recipes|1 Comment