Nick Kitchener

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Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
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There is a Youtube channel called StillIt which has a lot of information about craft distilling.
1 day ago
A couple of reasons this might be happening. The exhaust gasses do contain water vapor, and if they cool down to the point where that water vapor condenses on the inside of the pipe because the pipe is not warm enough then you will get water collecting. It makes sense that it is at the end of the pipe where the gasses are coolest, and the cold outside air is sucking heat out of that end of the pipe. The chances are hat tis pipe is slanted slightly up, and so the water will flow back into the pipe, collect around the cleanout, and leak out through the seal.

You may notice this effect on a motor vehicle where you see water coming out of the tailpipe when the engine is cold, but not when the engine is hot. This is because the exhaust pipe has warmed up and so the water escapes in gaseous form.

Another possibility is that the internal diameter of the exhaust is big in relation to the volume of gasses flowing out. When this happens, the gasses swirl around inside the pipe instead of flowing smoothly in one direction. It may even suck in cold air from the outside and mix with the exhaust gasses in that last section. This mixing will also cause condensation to form. Maybe try restricting the exit hole and see what happens. It will create a back pressure so best to do this once the fire is drawing properly otherwise you might fill the room with smoke. But this back pressure will cause the exhaust gasses to flow more uniformly and eliminate any back draught. It might be an easy fix.
Bolete family mushrooms (porcini, slippery Jack etc) and violet chanterelles (pig's ears) grow under pines and form a symbiotic relationship with them.

Pines are also a good wind break, and are useful for creating microclimates. On the coast they will trap windblown sand, and I've planted young trees on the leeward side where they are protected from the salt and sand while the pine needle mulch traps moisture.
2 days ago
Oh come on people. If Paul was a shape shifting sasquatch...
5 days ago
I live in NorthWest Ontario and nobody here has been successful with horizontal hives. I think it has to do with the enclosed volume to surface area ratio. In the cold weather they just can't maintain enough heat.

The standard practice is to insulate the hives and pretty much seal them over the winter using Styrofoam. they want the bees to go into hibernation but not freeze. That way they use less food. wit these practices, 50% mortality rate is considered normal.

We're trying a bee hut. It's super hot in the summer and super cold in the winter, and bears are an issue. I think keeping the direct summer sun off the hives, and breaking the cold winter wind will make a big difference.

and since we're using a bee hit it would make sense use a Warre rather than the Langs everyone uses here. It might be a little smaller but it seems more suitable for the bee's natural tendencies, and the lifting equipment can be part of the bee hut infrastructure.
5 days ago
Yes Raken houses are cool. This is an alternative idea where you can easily and cleanly transport the nutrient byproducts.
5 days ago
Hey I had a wild thought...

I wonder how an aquaponic type of system might work, but instead of putting fish in a tank, you place rabbits over the open water tank.

I live in a climate were aquaponics would have to be done indoors because of the very cold winter.

I'm thinking all the waste from the rabbits can drop down into the tank. Over time, it breaks down in an aerobic environment (maybe with shrimp?) and the water is circulated through the growing beds as usual.

I'm thinking rabbits because they usually produce stinky effluent, their effluent isn't as "hot" as chickens, and they don't like living together so keeping them in cages is more suitable than incorporating a more social animal like a chicken.

Anyone tried this as an experiment?
5 days ago
Back when you first got into Permaculture, I recall you stating that one of the big draws to you was the fact that it provided positive, creative, and constructive ways in which we can direct our energies for the betterment of humanity and the world we live in.

It stands in contrast to getting angry at bad guys, shouting, breaking and burning things... all which simply serves to propagate division, conflict, and further the agenda of the bad guys.

Political and ideological belief systems that advocate intolerance of people who have different views are tools created by the same bad guys whose purpose is to create and multiply division and conflict.

What I think you are experiencing is a reaction to a monoculture of thought. Universities are especially vulnerable to this because they are essentially factory farms that produce intellectuals who think alike and act alike. and you know that anything that is adapted to a highly simplified system is inherently unstable and fragile.

If I take a pig out of a factory, or a plant out of a hydroponic production facility and "set them free" in a highly complex inter-connected natural environment how long do you thing they would last? Not very long right? Unfortunately there are a ton of people who live in human factory farms both physically and mentally. What I struggle with is 1. Can they even be reached? and 2. Can they even survive a transition? and 3. Is my time and energy better invested in developing more fit for purpose individuals that are seeking and wanting my help?
I wonder if you tied a strap between the handles so that it goes across your shoulders and behind your neck if it would help. You can then use your legs to perform the initial 4 to 6 inches of lifting.

The problem with shoulders comes in just as your arms pass level and one set of muscles takes over from another. That transition point is the danger zone so a strap won't help with that, but it may help engage your large muscle groups in the initial lift where the tines are deep in the soil.
2 weeks ago
Ideally you would have 2. One for breaking ground and the other for seasonal work on established beds. The requirements are different.

Weight is certainly an issue. You will quite possibly be lifting this thing 1,000 times, and when you lift it, it will be stuck in the ground. These things are easily over-engineered and you pay for it with shoulder issues a already mentioned in a previous post.
3 weeks ago