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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 […]

Troubleshooting Rocket Stove Issues – Smokeback

This is an excerpt for my own reference from a great post by 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 […]

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 the […]

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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 […]

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: http://www.richsoil.com/wofati.jsp


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 […]