I have been thinking about this topic also. I think the worm solution may be a better one. Anyway it involves sending waste into a worm bin and letting them eat it all. Then when it is getting full switching to another bin and letting the first one sit for a year. Clean it out and switch back. There are a few topics about this here and there. The worms will eat food waste, toilet paper, just about anything that gets there. If your in a colder climate you can insulate their bin with foam housing insulation. I will edit this with links if I find them. I don't see why someone couldn't hook a worm system inline with a septic system as a first processor and let the liquids keep going.
After watching the Geoff Lawton video showing earthworks. I have been thinking about earthworks on the cheep. I expect these excavators must use a lot of fuel. I found a source to get an excavators used. The shipping isn't as bad as you may think if your comparing to renting a machine or hiring a driver. Now the fuel issue needs to be solved. The three fuels I am thinking about on the farm are alcohol, biodiesel, and wood gas. I expect biodiesel would make the most sense but take the longest to accumulate. Wood gas would have some issues with the burner not always being level. I don't know if the fuel lines in a excavator could even use alcohol. Would wood gas even provide enough power?
Hey fellow Permies. I would like to start this post off saying I get nothing from this charity link. Agricultural Simulator 2013 on sale for $4.00. I am not sure if anything useful can be learned from this simulation. It may even give bad information (modern farming tech) so be aware of that. I bought it to see if a Permaculture design could succeed in the simulator. It will be on sale for another twenty three days.
Alan Mikoleit wrote:I am making my own fully enclosed 3 wheel electric assist velomobile. It will be front wheel drive. The foam shell for the body is ready to fiberglass. The name will be Star-Tryk. Alan
Please make it open source (creative commons) we need more open source projects. It would also be a good way to attract help from people on the internet.
I would suggest perusing a land patent assuming you own the land. There is a lot of information on the internet about titles. I am not sure if the state courts will uphold them. A prudent man would never accept anything less. However be aware if you ever move you will have to knock down the buildings you put up. You might be putting yourself at liability otherwise. Once I get a land patent I doubt I will ever move again.
It's a little cabin. I would put a new roof on it. It might take some boards, tar paper, and some kind of covering. Roll roofing or tiles. You will know what it needs when you get up on it. You should be able to fix it with a hammer some nails and maybe a scraping tool depending on how it was built the first time.
Rocket mass heater - this will save wood. You basically make a rocket stove and send the heat into a large mass like a cob bench big enough to sleep on and send the exhaust outside. The bench will hold the heat for a long time. Takes some time to build.
Military surplus sleep systems can be purchased on amazon. Even if you somehow ran out of wood you would still be able to sleep.
You need to cob up the walls again.
I think you need to get there sooner then august if you can.
I looked up burnt limestone and found out it should be Calcium oxide. I am looking for a local source now to test it out. If your going to try this make sure you know what you are doing as adding water to calcium oxide can cause a caustic reaction.
Update: It looks like I can just skip a step and get Calcium Hydroxide mix it with water and apply it. I expect i will add the 5% the author suggested in his book. I will let you know how it plays out.
Thanks for the links. I have been busy digging through the web also. This is one hard to locate recipe. It seems most westerners buy their tadelakt plaster and learn how to apply it. It just doesn't seem as fun to me.
I am not sure you could make it too hot. The sand in the cob will turn to glass at 4,200 degrees Fahrenheit. I doubt you can get it that hot. High temperatures may have other effects on the cob. I would be interested in finding out what happens to your prototype. yes as the other poster pointed out you want to keep it out of the rain as cob is anything but waterproof without plaster. I am looking up the Tadelakt plaster but I can't find out how to make it yet.
I want to use a waterproof plaster on cob called tadelakt. I know it's a lime plaster that can be made waterproof using black soap or olive soap. However I am unsure how to make it. Does anyone have the recipe for tadelakt?
I checked out the wikihouse idea after reading this post. My first impression is it really isn't that affordable. You can make a CNC machine like the Blackfoot 4x8 or the greenBull. I plan to make one of these perhaps. However the place where you get killed is the boards. $48.00 each for a plywood board that is 1" thick. If you need seventy count, your spending $3360.00 per room. That room isn't as good as cob, Earthbag, or even adobe brick as far as energy savings and it still needs coverings and insulation. I cannot fault the project for not having the proper attitude for the future. At this point in their progress I would rather build an Earthbag Domicile.
Back in the 1970's Terry Miller came up with an air powered car. He called it air car one and published his designs. He was also quoted saying he could power his air car from a windmill. I am still looking for that design. I am not sure if he built one or not.
selfish = devoted to or caring only for oneself; concerned primarily with one's own interests, benefits, welfare, etc., regardless of others.
I don't think it's selfish to save for your future if your plan to help others. When you work for someone, no one expects you to do it for free, unless you volunteer.
If your cutting down the rainforest for oil you may be selfish.
If your fishing with TNT and killing more fish than you can use you might be selfish.
If your putting GMO's into food just for profit you might be selfish.
Yeah I have been looking at them also. I am going to wait and see how the first production units work then make a decision. It's one thing to make a press release and it's another to have your production producted tested in the field by customers.
I emailed my congressmen or in my case congresswomen. She basically said there wasn't much she could do for me. I also called and emailed the power company asking for a written conformation that smart meters were not harmful to my children health. The meter was three feet from where they sleep. I didn't get a letter from Southern California Edison, instead they put me on a opt out list. About two months later I was able to opt out of the smart meter program at the cost of five dollars a month. They charge extra to read your meter on foot.
I really enjoyed the video. I don't see why people are complaining about giving up an email. I invite more information on this topic. What is the worst thing that can happen? I give some resources to Geoff Lawton and I succeed at making a permaculture/polyculture haven for my family? If that is the problem sign me up. It's interesting and almost counter intuitive to take into account the land before placing the domicile. I think he missed a few things I would check out. The local government could become a major problem when you start doing some of the things in the video. You may want to do some research into paper pushers in the area and what they have a track record of doing to people on their land.
I started down the path today to off the grid glass. I picked up a big screen TV off Craigslist for free. Anyway I took it apart to see what it useful in it. I got a 50" Fresnel lens, three glass lenses and a mirror. I doubt the mirror can take any heat as it's a frontal mirror. I am going to see if I can't get a cloths rack or something at a garage sale to mount it. I expect I should be able to bring a crucible up to 400F (204C) or more. I need to get a crucible and dark glasses now. I will also have to aim mirrors at the crucible also. I may also have to concentrate the light coming from the Fresnel lens.
This guy is making glass with pure sand. Sure it's not 100% what I wanted but it shows the sun can pull it off. He didn't add the soda or limestone. They make the glass clear as well as lower the temperature needed. He is clever using the 3d printing tech.
I have been researching making glass? Especially off the grid glass. I want to make windows and greenhouses. Anyway I watched an episode of Kevin McClouds Man Made Home on youtube.com he made glass from sand, limestone, and soda. They used a propane oven to do it. I did some research and the Egyptians had a way to do it without propane. I am wondering if anyone here has any experience getting an oven up to the proper temperature without all the fancy on grid help. Does anyone think a rocket stove could get hot enough? Is needs to be 2732F or 1500c to melt the sand. That is hot, ghost pepper hot. Maybe a solar concentrator could pull it off?
I have also been looking for an answer. I am leaning towards earthbag and cob if i make it to an area without building codes. If I end up in an area with building codes I may build a Quonset hut and cover it with foamed concrete or quick crete. While it won't be green in materials it will be in energy usage. I am also looking into SCIP houses for an area with building codes. With an R40 roof, floor and walls I expect it would be nice. I need to find an affordable SCIP jig to go in that direction. The other problem with SCIP is it's new and you have to work with people that know what they are doing.
With the amount of research I am doing I can almost be a civil engineer. Can I just take a test some where to get the piece of paper?
I am thinking about a Quonset hut with some kind of fireproof condensation protection inside. Then a strawbale arch's as a thermal insulation. I want to have as little heating and cooling bills as possible.
I read a study on why houses burn, it concluded it was what they are made from. If I put nothing but metal and brick outside the building I should have very good exterior fire prevention. The insulation is the hardest part to come up with.
R Scott wrote:Spray foam is the best thing to do to a quonset. The reduced shipping volume makes its carbon footprint less than most insulation, and you can find corn-based blends.
I hesitate to use spray foam because I want the house to be as fireproof as possible. I will be living in a wooded area. This leads me to think about insulation on the inside of the Quonset. I have also read the metal building expands and contracts with heat and cold weather causing a rain of foam to come down.
I was just reading about straw bales. However I don't think the structure of a Quonset couldn't handle the weight without some kind of reinforcement. An arch of strawbale covered with earth plaster would be great if possible. I suppose if I could do that I wouldn't need the Quonset. hmm a cattle panel arch welded together covered with strawbales cut to make an arch. It should work but then I am back to the stupid building code problems.
I am considering getting a Quonset hut when I move and buy land. These metal buildings are inexpensive and should pass code anywhere. However they are pretty thin on the insulation. I would like to be as green as possible in my construction to minimize costs in heating and cooling. Besides pointing the building south and covering the south side of the building with windows for heating what else should I consider? I want it to be cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
I have had great success with DIY Aquaponics by Murray Hallan. Yes you will need a lot of patience and a quality water test kit. I am ready for a larger system now. I will also be getting a greenhouse to keep the water warm in the winter time. It should also help with the wind blowing the flower petals off some of the plants.