Donald Ray

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As for energy savings: I have become a Prius owner. Last year I discovered I could use the DC power pack to supply power to 3-10KW inverters to power my home. https://plugoutpower.com/ or https://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/article/running-our-house-on-prius-power

The car can run for about 3 days while supplying power to the house and it is much quieter than other types of generators.
2 days ago
I am spending the winter in Ohio with my daughter. I look forward to learning how to build a greenhouse to grow some winter veggies?
3 weeks ago
I live in Tornado alley so I want to start with the Shelter first. As it might be used in the future as a part of my house, I am concerned about the lack of warmth in the wintertime? If the ground is usually around 60 degrees, that will be cold on my feet. Is there a way to bring the temperature of the floor higher?
5 months ago
Call this suggestion addition "Woffattee Pro"

This is a Thinking Outside the box idea and addition to the project. I have been living off-grid (in the city limits) for 5 years. I have these ideas:

    -I have a 150 sq. ft. icebox made from straw-bale and am using a CoolBot to bring the temperature down to 45 degrees and below (will not freeze). (The metal roof is used to collect rainwater.)
    -I collect rainwater for my needs - currently have a 1400 Gal system from IBC totes. (I like the idea of using greywater for other things)
    -It was a timely coincidence that I had purchased Oehlers books and am placing my Woffattee onto a drafting program. I am including the Wof on top and in front of an Oehler emergency shelter. (I will place a hidden door that will attach to the escape tube of the shelter as one of my concerns is being raided  for my food and having a "safe room" is a good idea)
    -As I have studied many other concerns with living off-grid; I will include into my Wof a "Liberty Toilet System", sink and shower. The water collected from the sink and shower will provide water for the toilet and watering plants.
    -The "Liberty System" can be used to get rid of poop. Because it has a stainless steel chopping system, I can also clean my vegetables and flush them also. These will be flushed to a:
    -Solar CITIES IBC Biogas System is a simple method of collecting methane-producing items. The beauty of this design is that it not only produces methane (propane like gas) but it also produces a near-perfect fertilizer that can be used for the Wof vegetable garden
    -So my suggestion is the addition of a "shower, sink and toilet" system; a "methane and fertilizer system"; and:
    -Putin - a Chinese company - can provide equipment for methane. Lights, cookstoves, water on-demand heaters, and my favorite is a generator that runs on methane. If the generator is placed underground it will be silent. I think premies is against generators but they would only need to run long enough to charge a battery and run the various pumps for the greywater and the Liberty System.

I talk too much, I am done . . .

don

P.S. if you like this idea, I am 65 and could use some helping hands. I got a backhoe!
5 months ago
DUCKS!

This movie provides all the positives of using ducks. He does not mention grasshoppers but that would be a prime food for ducks. Don't use chickens in the garden though:https://www.youtube.com./watch?v=baXSrl5Vmb0

don
5 months ago
Hello and welcome Owen,

I have a yard with bermudagrass and johnsongrass and a bunch of weeds. I was following a rancher that claims planting "cover crops" will remove weeds? Does your experiences address that and is it really true there is a way to get rid of these two grasses?

don
5 months ago
I broke it? You need to know that I just attempted to purchase your offer with PayPal and the website refused my payment? Said I had to do this and such and so?  Thanks anyway and if you get it fixed, let me know I would like to attend. . .
5 months ago
cob
I want to see a pic of the deepwater pond - hole in the ground - left from all the cob from your project. And how did you mix so much cob; pic of herd of oxen stamping cob would be great too. . .
5 months ago
cob
I'll support the kickstarter.
5 months ago
For the first time; I have a 50' row of sunflowers. (the 12' tall with one-foot wide flower type) Half of the plants came up and are already 4' tall so it seems they will reach maximum productivity. I would very much like to assure they have good flower production and wonder if adding bees to the mix would help?
6 months ago