This is a tip for anyone who funds/buys the DVD's here or any large time-sensitive downloads anywhere else and is somewhat tech handy.
Even having a good Internet connection I use this method because it ensures I get the files downloaded and I don't like to sit around waiting all day. The resumable download tools are a much better general solution but here is another option.
Pay for a virtual server for just a day or so, some VPS are so cheap now I just keep one on hand just for this purpose. Digital Ocean has VPS for $5/mo.
This is all terminal stuff so you'll have to login to the server with a tool called SSH and do terminal commands and such. For those that aren't techies this might be an insane endeavor but download speeds are absolutely insane off the charts compared to what most residential Internet services can offer. I just downloaded the Better Wood Heat 4-DVD set in like 4 mins.
I'll eventually then have to download them to my computer from my own server but it avoids the anxiety of downloading them before my token expires and at my own leisure.
I'll be happy to provide a little support to anyone who chooses to undertake and is in a bit over their head, I know some folks had some issues getting their token and they expire soon.
I was looking into similar needs to stain/paint our deck. We're a little concerned about chemicals in most paints/stains and our neighbor has a coy fish pond so I'm pretty careful about what I do in my yard so as not to kill her fish. Apparently the previous owner would stain the fence every couple years and wipe out her fish. Whatta jerk!
I'm not sure where I found this at, maybe it was here. Either way maybe it will help you in your search.
I understand and agree with the point Bryan made on the audio quality. I also understand that the wireless lapel mic systems are pretty expensive if you are not going to use them all the time. There has to be a bluetooth transmission lapel mic that can work with smartphones, I imagine those would be much more affordable.
Erica what are you using to record the video? Smartphone or some type of camera? Maybe we could help you select and purchase a lapel mic. And by purchase I mean contribute funds.
If you are already using or have any experience with video editing software you could do it this way for cheap.
@Erik Weaver on one hand I feel like saying "Bah details, nitpicking!". Then on the other hand I agree. At the end of it though we are talking about a title, which means we need to condense all these wordy (but valid and accurate) ideas into a short hard hitting DVD title. To do that I imagine no matter what word-smithing we do the title in the end is going to have verbiage in it that is subjective and open to interpretation. Aside from using approximately 10 times less wood than traditional wood stoves everything I hear about RMH has been very much open to interpretation; virtually no smoke, safe, cheap. I doubt none of this but just pointing out that, yes some people are going to realize its not a magic wand and be upset.
I say lets just be subjective. Leave the concrete stuff for the back of the DVD and for the contents of the video (maybe some subtitley stuff).
I re-present my last contribution because I just like it so much.
Rocket Mass Heaters v[n.n]: more heat, less wood, sexy stove
Optionally you might add the version numbers after "RMH".
Maybe I'll be stoned for associated RMH so closely with wood stoves but I personally take vengeance on the lies of the wood stove industry and their total lack of real innovation. At the same time I guess this is "fighting the bad guys" which just seems to end in a line of trolls waiting to spew propaganda.
Hey thats in my neck of the woods! In fact I worked in Dover up until earlier this year. That woodworking place is about all its got left as far as attraction goes. Still some good salt of the earth folks down there though. What an amazing feat of knowledge and skill.
Coming up on 10 years in web development but last 3-5 have been much more focused on back end stuff using Ruby and now Clojure. I support the above sentiments, especially the link color. Kill the blue with fire. Never underline text or give it that anchor link blue color if it is not a link.
More images, especially for the blocks where you REALLY want attention. Like for ernie and erica's book giveaway, you need a really cool firey picture there which will also help balance out the content with the block to the right. A picture of Ernie doing the fire rocket with the pipe from Fire Science would be super cool. I'll see if I can strip a still pic from the video for you or maybe someone else with good tech skills could get it also.
Don't be afraid to make more links within the "free stuff" boxes to direct people right to the sign up form. Just don't make the links red, highlighted, underlined and blinking. Keep it subtle but make it super easy to sign up when you are reading about all the free stuff you could get. You can even anchor link from the content box of free stuff to the part of the page with the sign up form (it doesn't have to be a separate page).
Brag about how awesome the daily-ish email is even without the incentive of all the free stuff you could get.
I like the picture of Paul looking all World Domination-ey.
I personally have found tremendous value in the daily-ish email simply based on how many times I have found links to incredible forum topics that I otherwise may not have found. In simpler words the summarizations of interesting forum topics is just as good as the free giveaways.
At this point is there anything about the wofati design that is not scalable to larger structures? I'm thinking 1000-2000 sq ft. I suppose some folks might be interested in a second floor but I personally have no interest in that besides maybe storage/crawl space.
What kind of lifetime is such a structure expected to have? I know it is largely theory at this point but are we talking at least outlasting matchstick homes?
My wife and I are seeking refuge from traditional homes, lifestyle, debt servitude and all the other nasty that comes along with "the American dream" and I was very interested in the monolithic dome homes and earthships while she really likes underground homes. Wofati seems like it meets both needs in the right ways and WAY cheaper, possibly by order(s) of magnitude.
If there is a compiled resource with answers to these kind of questions I haven't found it so I would surely appreciate a point in that direction.
I swear I heard in a podcast weight related discussion of the pebble variant. Any leads to the weight of this build compared to traditional RMH with cob mass? A reference (even a best guess) would also be welcome as to which podcast this was discussed in. I have been listening to some to try and find it but have not come across it yet.
I'm thinking of building a smaller RMH for my partially covered deck, but of course I do not want to overload the load bearing capacity of my deck. It is ground level but still.
The only other strife I have with Coinbase is they only support Visa cards. I've just been limping along waiting for transfers from my bank but it sure would be nice to use my MC debit. We have a Discover and one credit card is too many for me. I don't need a Visa too. Wish they could get MC support.
@paulwheaton As far as transfer speed, this is my understanding and if I knew better I would still say it this way to keep it brief. Hashing type algorithms are executed amongst distributed nodes in order to verify transaction integrity for each transaction. This is of course a resource intensive thing once you start getting into the transaction load that is commonly taking place with Bitcoin today. Its like community acceptance of a transaction, one or two nodes could be fooled by a fraudulent transaction but after more than a few nodes are consulted eventually one will spot the evil happening. Realistically the first node is going to call it out but were talking about people's money here so it has to be pretty bullet proof. Along with that comes some prioritization of transactions. Its a free-markety kind of thing, faster processing costs more. I'm sure there are additional variables but these are the ones I am aware of.
If my above explanation is amiss someone, please correct me.
I'm in NE Ohio, I live in Massillon (a few miles west of Canton and about a half hour south of Akron). My wife and I live on a little 1/10 acre lot. We are looking to find land and hope to move within 5 years. The trend seems to be southern Ohio or Carolina's. Looking for more stable (warmer) climate year round.
I consider myself more of a permie fan than a full fledged permie. Like on the road to becoming a permie.
@paulwheaton while I really like the idea of investing in land next to you my wife and I seek warmer climates than we are in now (northeast Ohio). We have been looking to the Carolina's or southern Ohio. Montana seems like a step (a big one) in the wrong direction regarding climate.
PS: What self-respecting American prefers cake over pie?
I'm signed up for a $100 all-in reservation. I'm very excited and hopeful that this car will reach production and see some market acceptance. I've been on the hunt for a VW TDI for a long time and it just hasn't panned out well. This would be my daily driver for work but I would be keeping my little S10 and our Jeep Commander. Or maybe I'll sell the S10 and buy a trailer for the Jeep.
I currently drive a Pontiac G6 and if I really try hard I can get it into the 30s as far as MPG goes. I have done some rough analysis on fuel cost and efficiency comparing my current commuter to the Elio Motors car.
I drive a one-way 22 mile commute 5 days a week.
If I change nothing else with my commute but drive the Elio car instead I would save 5.11 gallons of fuel per week (over 20 gallons per month and 255 gallons per year). I would save $19 / week, $77 / month and $970 / year.
I'm also considering changing jobs if the opportunity is there where I could work from home most of the time and in the Elio car I would then spend about $6 per week in fuel ($24/month and $306/year). It would save me $215 in fuel per year and save 56 gallons of fuel per year comparing the Elio at my current commute to the potential future commute.
The other interesting thing I think about a lot as a commuter in the corporate whore world is how much time I sacrifice just driving around the streets in a car (listening to podcasts of course).
Currently I spend approximately 2.6 hours per week (10.3 hours/m, 129.2 hours/y) on my existing commute. If I change jobs I'll spend approximately 1.2 hours per week (4.9 hours/m, 61.7 hours/y).
I think these numbers are shocking and if some people realized how much time of their lives they burn driving around they would open their minds up more to changing their lives. Reflecting on this data just lunges me further into a plan of ditching corporate whore world for "greener pastures".
It says in a 5-gallon 4x60" flue with 6x12" feed works well, and in a 25-gallon 4x66" flue with 8x25" feed works well.
So I'm making a 55-gallon could I just use the same pipe sizes as the 25-gallon. According to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drum_(container)#Background] the 25 and 55-gallon drums are the same height, so the 25" feed would extend the same distance from the bottom of the barrel as it does in the 25-gallon.
I know that RMH for sure are very sensitive when it comes to CSA, does the same apply to pocket rockets?
I'm generally just confused on what part is "fudgable".
I'm stuck on getting the paint off of a barrel to build a pocket rocket. Ideally I'd have it "media blasted" but I can't find a nearby pro that will do it for much under $100. Will I be able to get all the outside paint off (the inside is already paint free) with a few good burns in a completed pocket rocket? I'd prefer to not do the clay paper if I don't have to, it looks fun for the spring/summer but not in December
Alex Ojeda wrote:Do you guys have Dick Proenneke running around up there?! Beautiful stuff!
Dick Proenneke what a badass! I could watch that documentary over and over.
This is really greatly inspiring to see as it progresses. Looking to buy 5-20 acres in the next couple years and get a rough cabin on site to start working on a permanent home. Sort of the grub steak concept but leaning more toward a get away cabin than a permanent living structure.
There appears to be quite a bit of jointing going on, how solid is this thing? Say if someone were to goof and back the track hoe into it, would it budge?
I know in his podcast regarding this very topic, Paul Wheaton mentioned Jack Spirko's (from The Surivival Podcast) philosophy on college, I just want to clarify something on their behalf. Based on what Spirko puts on his podcast his approach isn't so much screw college across the board. It is much more balanced, it is actually supportive of college, just not EVERYONE SHOULD GO NO MATTER WHAT. I don't like speaking for anyone, and I am paraphrasing here but I have heard Spirko speak on this more than once and do know that this is generally what he proposes.
It really makes sense and I have always gone with the theory that if you can afford to go to school without taking on a great deal of debt, you know what you want to do, AND having a college degree is significant in that field, then by all means get on with it. If any of the above is not true, there should be at least some restraint applied to the decision of whether or not to go, and if you do go don't expect it to turn out well.