You just have to click the freebie link within 48 hours. Once you click a freebie link, you then have eternal access to the freebie and it's downloads. So, yes, please keep trying! (You can see a list of all the freebie/digital market stuff you have access to here: permies.com/forums/premium/list/#mystuff)
I'll keep looking into this to see if I can figure why it's not working for you.
This is Paul's ebook about raising chickens. In his search for the best way to take care of his feathered friends he kept notes - this ebook is the result.
Here's the intro:
"After years and years of scraping/shoveling/scrubbing chicken poop, I now have a system where I don't scrape/shovel/scrub any chicken poop.
After years and years of selling meat/eggs for just a hair more than I paid for the feed, I've almost eliminated feed costs.
After years and years of not being able to take a few days away from the chickens, I now have a system where I can go more than a week."
Read all about his adventures in all things chicken, from chicken tractors to finding the best feed to how not to raise chickens.
It's now available for purchase. Just click in the payment box below to get access to your copy.
This book is also one of the rewards for those of you who supported this Kickstarter, and will be made available to you shortly.
Just found a bit about greenhouses from the original horse Bill Mollison--he talks about growing stuff you'd have to import that would cost lots of land and labor for people elsewhere: ginger, coffee, tea, pineapples, cinnamon, vanilla (and I'd add chocolate). He was suggesting sinking the first story of a 2-story greenhouse, but the editor of the pamphlets wrote this: ". . .beware of severe thermal stratification problems in 2- story greenhouses. One story with dwarfs performs much better. --DH]" In case this is relevant. page 92 of the pdf document "Introduction to Permaculture", the PDC Mollison gave in New Hampshire.
Thanks everyone, I really appreciate such positive feedback on the Medicinal Forest Garden Handbook, and if you think of any publications/places that could do with a review then do get in touch. I am just now working on a new website for the Medicinal Forest Garden Trust which aims to support education and research in sustainable harvest of medicinal trees and shrubs. On the website we will include a short online video course linked to the book. I will post an update when it is all set up in the autumn, just getting to grips with video-editing skills!! Best wishes, Anne
My garden season is more or less over for the year already. A combination of poor weather, poor pollination and ill-health at important gardening times has resulted in, after harvesting potatoes and squash, there being not much left at all to do.
This morning I was able to at last complete catching up on weeding, mulching as much as possible, removing some dead branches from shrubs, tidying the garden shed, etc., and the only things left to harvest are a bit of basil, a secondary planting of lettuce that finally decided to start growing, and possible some runner beans although there continue to be relatively few pods setting. There are a few flowers out in the garden too. One of my neighbours was saying to me the other day that they're not seeing as much pollination this year either so it's not just me. If that's good or bad news, I don't know.
My health has improved and I believe the garden helped. I'm a little disappointed that garden work is coming to an end for the year.
At some point later this fall I might expand the garden area a little more, and once I have room in the yard waste pick up bin I'll need to cut up some of the dead branches and have them carted away, and then I'll be able to get at my composty-soil heap again. (It's currently underneath a dead branches heap.) When I can get to the compost-y heap I might spread some of that soil around the garden to hopefully make the garden soil more fertile for next year.
I might keep some of the dead branches and see if I can figure out how to whittle something.
I'm also hoping to get hold of some cheap local apples and see about putting up some applesauce.
My little freezer is packed full of rhubarb, basil-sorrel pesto, zucchini, and potato soup, and I cut a dahlia flower for the dining table this morning. This gardening season could have been better, but I will still consider it a success, and I expect to have more fun growing next year!
Chris Sturgeon wrote:Hi El.
I'm a member of the Yukon Bee Club. I suggest you check out our web page. If you do the Facebook thing, then the club's founder, Etienne, does an amazing job of recoding and sharing his knowledge through the bee club Facebook group.
He usually puts on courses in the Spring, out at the Mt Lorne Community Centre.
This Manual is only the fill-in-the-blanks owners' manual, not the full Rocket Mass Heater Builders' Guide. That 400-page book is under license agreement with our publishers, and we can't resell it digitally independently.
However, there are a few pieces of this project that we wanted to make more easily available to those who don't want or need the whole book.
When we wrote the contract with the publishers, we reserved the right to continue selling previously published documents, including this brief Owner Manual.
The most up-to-date version we had self-published at that point was Chapter 4 of the draft, a very similar manual is now Chapter 5 of the published Builders' Guide.
We felt it was important to encourage the good practice of builders providing as-built drawings and operators' instructions to their clients, and to make it easier for DIY builders to document their work in case they ever needed to share the details with kids, guests, or new owners.
An Owners' Manual shows that your heater is not just a haphazard jerry-rigged contraption, it has known best practices and a conscientious manufacturer and installer.
So this is like a little workbook section, which you can purchase very affordably compared to the other books and videos out there.
Regardless of whether you use the Builders' Guide, videos, workshops, or some other resource to build your heater, we hope this fill-in-the-blanks manual will be a good resource to help you document the project.
If you don't wish to purchase a downloadable PDF for this purpose, we recommend the following documentation:
- Floor plan and detail drawings, including diagrams showing cleanouts, firebox shape, and any special features such as heat shielding. Draw to scale if you are able, using graph paper or other drafting tools; or you can take a photo or pencil sketch and draw/write in the important dimensions (with arrows).
- Photos of the project showing stages: foundations, insulation, firebox coursework, heating channels, layers of masonry and finishes, cleanout cap locations, chimney/attic installation
- Materials sources in case of repair/replacement: take photos or save labels/receipts from things like color tints, local stone or clay suppliers, refractory brick and insulation. Even with site-sourced materials, you may want to keep a small bin of color-matching plaster samples for chip repairs, and note where these are saved (usually in a closet or garage along with other household paints and trim pieces, labeled).
- Operating instructions (we include a printable pocket card with standard lighting instructions that you could place near the heater for guests or house-sitters). Some stoves have special instructions, such as how to load local fuels like coal, buffalo chips, and pellets; air controls or safety doors; chimney dampers or bypass controls; etc.
- Maintenance instructions and log. How, when, and where do you remove ash? What is the best way to inspect the chimney? Some owners may also note goals for firewood harvesting, cleaning/inspection before first lighting in fall, etc.
- Fuel usage log - Just as you might track mileage on a vehicle to have a baseline performance and detect problems early, you may wish to log your fuel usage and stove performance over the first full heating season. Some owners will continue this habit regularly, others will let it go unless they have reason to be curious or question the later performance (especially during unusual weather).
- Tricks and Tips: Sometimes efficient mass-accumulation heaters are too efficient for their own good, and may have quirks like not wanting to light on warm afternoons or during certain kinds of wind events. Documenting your own personal tips and tricks for operating the stove, and especially for lighting it safely from a cold start, can be very helpful in case you have to go away for a while. Or if you have repeatedly observed the same problem, e.g. the stove gets plugged up after someone burns a load of old office paper, note these types of problems and the easiest way to fix them.
Making your heater a good "baby book" is worth every minute you spend on it, as it can save you and future residents many hours and days of frustration later on. It makes all the difference to your project having a long and useful service life.
Builders or owners who created a digital "baby book" or owner manual using these suggestions, it would be awesome if you could share examples or links in this thread!
Welcome, Elizabeth! This is a frequent topic, for hubs & me, because in the last few years, we've each lost a parent, and so have several of our friends, plus both of our surviving parents have had a couple close calls, and with us being bikers... well, we are highly aware that 70+ mph on 2wheels puts us both at a much higher mortality risk, than being in a box, on 4wheels. I'm looking forward to learning from you!
It doesn't have to be a space hogging piece of exercise equipment. If the rotation post, were mounted close to a comfortable chair, it could be agitated simply by moving a short extension arm. I tried it using the little handle that is meant to let the chair go up and down. Works great.
No washing machine is complete without a spin dry function.
I'm sure you've seen those spin mops. You push the handle down, and they spin quite quickly. I use one that I'm happy with.
Today, I found a more commercial looking unit. This one is called, The Ultimate Spin Mop. Unfortunately, it didn't come with the mop. That's probably why I paid $5 Canadian, at Value Village. I'm going to find a way to adapt this to my cordless drill. Not sure how fast it will go but, I'm sure it will go faster than the one I was pumping. The trick will be to do it without wrecking anything, so I'm going to start it off slowly. The variable speed drill can start off at quite a slow rate.
There is a lot to like about the two layer greenhouses; they are very affordable. But the insulation value on them is R-2. This may keep cold-tolerant plants alive, but you're not going to be growing all that much in the winter, maybe some leafy greens.
Sergei, I am truly impressed. I do think that insects are probably the greenest form of meat that there is, and many cultures eat and enjoy them, but I can't bring myself to try. Just can't seem to do it(knowingly. I'm sure that I've eaten a number of them unknowingly.) What did you try first, and what are you eating now? I scoop up some squash bugs for my chickens, so I guess I'm a secondary consumer to a small degree. I will be quite fascinated to see what you do with this. Keep us posted!
Has anyone else tried entomophagy?
Hi everyone. I may be off track a little...sorry, but one bit of information may help. We're also new to Permies and I (Ilene who is Max's wife) will exercise my ability to show my lack of knowledge but desire to learn). Max has done a lot of research on building our own hobbit hole with several methods. What we wanted for sure was a green roof. We recently purchased 34 acres in southern Idaho and learned that in order to do a green roof we need to have any plans signed off by a structural engineer. You may or may not need to have this done but it is causing us grief because we can't locate one who is familiar with green roofs. Still looking. If anyone out there can point us in the right direction we would appreciate it. Good luck in your hobbitous adventure. May your feet be forever hairy.