kate Desjardins

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Forrest....  Thank you so much for the clarification.  i believe i have it now, and am really looking forward to  many building projects with it.....

Keep building..............
1 year ago
hi Forrest.  Thank  you for all of your references to papers and articles on woodcrete.  I have read them all.  However, i am probably even more confused now than before.  Each of the references used a different method of making woodcrete.  Some used perilite, some sawdust, some not, some lye, and urea.  Do you mind me asking you what you have found to be successful.
Kathy
1 year ago
Hi Forrest.  Love your work.  Did you mention that there is a video of your process.  Would love to see some of your work in action

Kathy Desjardins
1 year ago
Travis....I had the exact same scenario last year. I read and watched all the advise on sheet mulching, and applied it to a garden i had no problems with slugs in the past. Well exactly as you said, it created a Horror Show. Last year i would pick off at least 100 slugs every morning.......All summer long... there was not end. I did eventually rip up all of the sheet mulching after i realized what i had created. I also have snakes, toads, and plenty of birds around......but they did not make a difference.
What if found was that d.e. did not work effectively. I carried around a plastic container with about 1/3 water and a squirt of Dawn dish detergent. I simply put them in the jug and they die pretty quickly. I could not stand to cut them up. After a few days the dead mess went into the compost pile. i dont mind slugs in the compost pile, and i noticed that the dead slugs did attract other slugs.
I also put out bug traps, which are juice containers, painted blue and with tangle trap applied. It basically catches mosquitoes, black flys, horse flies. When these are full of bugs i put it on the ground and in the morning... all of the slugs are on the container, eating the dead bugs, and not in the garden. They seem to like meat better than veggees. it has been by far the best slug trap going.
I live by the ocean and pick up seaweed which i wrap around the brassicas. They will not go past that.

As for the comment that it would have happened anyway.......I totally disagree..... the sheet mulching causes disaster in some areas. Obviously like mine and Travis's.
I believe the lesson in all of this is for each one of use to discern what works best for us and Not to listen to those who think they have the magic pill for everyone. Every situation is unique.

With my changes to the garden this year.. i only have about 10 slugs each morning...far more manageable.
4 years ago
Upon reflection, possibly the condensate is at the end of the bench simply because that section is the last to dry out. The air it receives would be cooler that the rest of the pipe.
I will give it more time.....
6 years ago
Thank you ....all of that information helps. The good news is that it should lessen, yes I was in a hurry to get it finished before the snow fell, and did not dry out the cob as much as I would have liked. So it probably is damp in areas. Also happy to hear the wood consumption will lessen.
6 years ago
Thank you Thomas. When I have placed two bricks over the feed tube, there was a lot more condensation in the pipes. So you think that maybe it is still not completely dried out?
and if that is so, how does the moisture get to the inside of the pipes...
Kate
6 years ago
Well quite a bit of moisture on the outside skin........although it is double walled poly carbonate panels with 6 inches of space in between. Virtually no moisture on the inside..
6 years ago
In further reviewing my question, I guess the bottom line is.........How do we deal with the condensation?
6 years ago
Thank you for your speedy and scientific explanation.

The wood is yellow birch and was split around 16 months ago, into firewood size pieces. Last month I had it re-split into RMH pieces. It is probably around 15 percent moisture content, and stored indoors. The stove is in a newly constructed greenhouse with not much moisture in the air at this point.

I was thinking the condensation was a result of cooler outside air entering the stove the following evening/day, and condensation being formed when the cool outside air travels down the chimney and comes into contact with the warm inner pipes during the cold evenings. ( 15 degrees F)

I do not have a damper installed, and saw no mention of it in the construction details.

The majority of the water is at the end of the RMH run. before it exits up the chimney. I have a clean out there that I can look in. So I was not thinking that the moisture was coming from the wood........but I could be wrong.
Kate
6 years ago