Dean Howard

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since Nov 24, 2014
NE ARIZONA, Zone 5B, 7K feet, 24" rain
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While the book is full of freakishly fantastic information, I still have not read it due to the small size of the print.  I would like you to consider a normal sized print of this great intro to our marvelous Permies world.  It would be well worth the money and I'd even give copies away.  Knobby Tires
Please capitalize Mike in the fourth paragraph, second sentence.  
4 months ago
I would love to create, contribute to, learn from an RMH database.  First, cudos to all who have spent countless hours doing video, writing book, and giving seminars.  You've done heros work.
There are probably 10 years, or more, of experiments, designs, and methods, all pointing toward an efficient, easy design, yet no one person, or group of people, have created a go-to database of materials, mixes, criteria, limitations, dimensions and component parts (ie; heater cores, heat risers, ceramic "Lego"-type fire brick, or building blocks that work every time... and the 10,000 hours of knowledge available to wade through gets exhausting... I think to the point of many of us not feeling comfortable experimenting on our own.

There are numerous contributors, expert and novice alike, yet no great way to have it all in front of you, in well defined terms.   For example, the occasional refractory cement expert contributes unbelievable knowledge, but those references are soooo hard to find again.  Some have made headway in having refractory ceramic heat risers made in small quantitiy buys... yet I spend hours looking for that reference, or looking for the feedback, for example.  I'd like to see us get to a point where several of us take on building generic parts that can be purchased (or made), and not have to re-invent the wheel hundreds of times over.  These parts can be offered to the public for sale in a common forum, or even an ever growing catalog that is available on a forum, as well as providing info on "best mixes" of ceramic, perlite, cement, clay, cob, with a simple rating system for all the things that make, or break a project, ie; longevity, cracking, melting/heat resistance, thermal stability, availability, cost, ease of use.

How to get this idea evolved and rolling... I don't know, but if we get our heads together... who knows?  There are many experts out there, and I'm not the one to compare the experts.   I would start by listing the 5, or 10 best methods of efficient wood heating for instance (kacheloffen, masonry, RMH, batch, dragons, etc.), then try to simply rate them with efficiency, cost to make or buy, pros, cons, and continue breaking them down to component level parts, both homemade and purchased.  

I could go on, but you can see how "off-the-shelf" parts or "comparisons of methods" would greatly ramp up the success of this great RMH idea that is a pillar of Off-Grid and Sustainable Living.  

Jo Average
8 months ago
I've been growing worms winter and summer under a tarp.  I hill up the compost, water it in, add some greens when I have them.  The worms love it and survive the cold temps.
11 months ago
Cudos to all you folks that made this ebook such a success.  

I almost hate to ask cuz I don't wear glasses, except to read.  Will there be a normal sized print and a large print edition available in the future.  There's so much good info packed into those pages, but I've had two copies sitting on my desk for about two weeks and havn't even started to read yet.  I guess I would like them in a more normal print size please.  If not, out comes the magnifying glass, and I'm not blind yet.  Silly me, huh?
11 months ago
I would like to see you keep the title short, or simple, and expand on VORP in the first paragraph.  It's not going to mean much until it's explained in detail.  I would cut the Title in half, like:
Valuing Garden Food Over Diet Cola
1 year ago
It's not so much that DE stops working when wet, but as used outdoors, rain will tend to settle it/ dilute it/ push it into the ground.  It's the sharp bones of tiny creatures and is effective when swallowed... maybe more effective when used in a glass of water, yet seems to work well in chicken feed, horse pellets, dog food and the like.  Nearly all graineries put it in with the grain.  It's not like we can choose to avoid it.  Just sometimes our parisites get out of control.  It's the absolute most effective thing we can use on parasites and super low-cost tout-bout... or ta boot, as the english say.
1 year ago

Justin Wood wrote:
What makes DE so magical that my 6 year old son will remind me that he has not had his "dirt" today and ask me for some DE?



While it's uses are many, I would warn people not to think of it as an everyday item to consume, and probably would not get kids thinking it's magic candy.  Eating it every day is totally unecessary, and some say the abrasive nature of the powder will break down the mucous lining of organs, including the intestines.  

For effective parasite usage, I would recommend it about once a week for a severe probem, and maybe once a month while there are no parasites visible and no symptoms.  Parasites are easily destroyed and it takes time for them to re-establish in your system.

I love it as an insect barrier and have used it to get rid of crickets, roaches, grasshoppers, JJapanese beetle grubs, scorpions, and other insects with an exoskeleton.  

Bed bugs is my number one favorite use.  I sprinkle a little on a pillow case and sheets, as I've had them bite my wife at even large hotel chains.  It does not seem effective on anything small, or anything large.
1 year ago
My Question:  So, where are we now?  2018

As builds continue in so many different directions, I'm wondering if there are concrete answers on the questions that have plagued us for so long.  
For those  of us who followed the discussion for years, and then tapered off... have we nailed anything down, or are we still experimenting in so many directions I can't keep up.  I was hoping for a Zaug stove solution and then cancer strikes... and yatty, yatty, ya...  I'm not trying to minimize anyones efforts or struggles.  People have excelled in different ways, then BAM, bad luck, poor heath, and doors close.

Do we have a best "name the part of the stove here" design?

We know a few designs work well when plans are followed, but I'm looking for long-term durability, even code-buildability, simplicity, interchangability, affordability, crowd pleasing suitability, light and durable, and other considerations that yield that "inexpensive shippable core", or other part that is so easy to build that even my mom could do it?  I'm thinking the one part or two that I love so far is the J-tube, the Pebble Style, Pauls shiny copper looking stainless steel barrel patina.  Where are the molded manifolds, the latest heat risers, and latest off the shelf parts to be had?  Hmmm?  Are they out there and I just can't find them?
1 year ago
Thanks for your interest...
This area is high desert, not far from the beauty of the White Mountains, Show Low, Petrified National Forest, skiing, etc.  It gets an average of 22+ inches of rain a year.  I have two full time neighbors who raise goats, sheep, chickens, pigs, dogs, and cats.  I've married since this project started and need to consolidate elsewhere nearby.  Send me Purple Mooseage for further details, if interested.  Dean