Homegrown Evolution: Our Rocket Stove

By , July 1, 2008 9:55 pm

Homegrown Evolution: Our Rocket Stove

Low-tech is the new high-tech, and the best example of the low-tech revolution is the miraculous rocket stove–a stove that makes it possible to cook with small twigs–no logs needed! Best of all rocket stoves are easy to build. We liked the idea so much that we decided to build a permanent one just off our back deck for entertaining and as a backup to our gas stove should an emergency take out our utilities.

Interesting build. I’m still looking at building one but haven’t decided on the design yet. May build one like this to try it out.

Tuesday done

By , July 1, 2008 9:40 pm

After looking at the situation in the Q-hut where I was planning on putting the new shelves I decided that more needed to be done prior to putting them in. So removed the rest of the stuff from the floor and cleaned everything up a bit and took another look. Decided to add an inside wall with insulation and go ahead and finish it off. Started by taking a sledge hammer and straightening the wall a bit more. Lots more of that will have to be done but the bottom of the wall is close enough for now. Patched a hole that I suspect was what was letting water in. Removed the conduit from that side or as much as I could at the time. Am going to have to move the plow points and shelving I put up yesterday to get behind it to get to the rest of the conduit. Such is life in a sequential vortex…

Removed the storm door that we were using for an inside kitchen door and relocated it to the new entry door between the Q-hut and the trailer. Had to do that to get the shelves to fit properly. Will build another door between the Q-hut and the kitchen. Or not. Am thinking of moving the kitchen to the room in the back that is presently being use to store junk. Gonna have to think on that one for a while. Waiting is…

Updated WordPress from 2.5.1-alpha to 2.6-beta2. Built a new header and put it in. And am now gonna go and get a shower and call it a night. Till tomorrow… πŸ˜‰

theworkshop.ca – Home Page

By , July 1, 2008 1:01 pm

theworkshop.ca – Home Page

This is a link that Steve sent me some time back that I went and looked at (for a long time) and then forgot to post. Lots of good how-to stuff of all kinds!

Natural Insect Pest Control

By , July 1, 2008 12:50 pm

Natural Insect Pest Control

Insect pests are an intimate part of every home. In the air, carpet, counter or cupboard, every home shares it’s resources with these tiny, often unseen invaders. Pesticides are available for most common household insect pests, but these potent chemical compounds may be more harmful to you and the environment than the pests.

Here are some natural, non-toxic ways to control household insect pests.

Don’t think I have posted this link before, but if I have here it is again. πŸ˜‰ Good stuff!

AMS at USDA – Farmers Markets Query Page

By , July 1, 2008 12:45 pm

AMS at USDA – Farmers Markets Query Page

Farmers Market Search

AMS works to maintain a current listing of farmers markets throughout the United States. Market information is provided to AMS from various sources including state market representatives, market managers, and consumers. The farmers market database is updated on a regular basis.

If you’re looking for a farmers market this is the place to go.

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