By removing the front of the pooper cabinet with 4 screws a 20 gallon rubber made wheelie bin is exposed and easily removed. The other skiddable poppers contain the 30 gallon version wheelie bin and we found the 20 gallon to be more suitable for our small space.
1--The properties touch corners.
2--my kids are always walking/biking back and forth
3--there is a bus available for pick up 3 miles away
4--yes it would unless a trip off the hill was with others doing other things
I would like to add that living on our six acres would have no investment like a deep roots/shallow roots does. We are wanting to invite the right family to come and stay with us on our six acres free of charge. You would just have the expence of moving here and we might be able to help if the time is right.
I would have to say from the first log fell to when the umbrella is on that over 3,500 hours were/will be spent building 0.7. Many lessons were learned and I hope that 0.8 will take under 1,500 hours. And 0.8 is going to be 2x as big. I can imagine we can get it to about 1,000 in time. Log falling,skidding and pealing are a good 50% of this time.
Its a 350 Cummins. It smokes a lot when started but eases off when warm. I don't think its the rings cause we are not going thru any oil at all. I don't think its a cracked block because we are not going thru any water. I believe it is the fuel pump or injector pump supplying too much fuel causing some diesel to burn and some to vaporize causing the white smoke. Maybe even a bad injector.
we have a solar system in place that was very simple and is expanding all the time. We started with a plug and play system from goal zero that was awesome. But we quickly out grew it, and for its initial investment was pretty expensive. We now have 4 100w panels on the roof on a fixed frame that feed down to a battery pack of 8 deep cycle farm batteries. The inverter is beside the batteries and with the use of a double male cord we plug it into the wofati outlets and that sends power to all the rooms. It provides 70% of our power needs, but i think another set of panels and batteries will give us a surplus of energy. This summer we hope to have a small fridge and a washer back into the wofati. When we need more energy we run a propane generator that provides 2800w and runs for about 16 hrs on a 20# tank. We can run our meat grinder, vacuum, charge batteries and still have power left over when its running. Mostly is about conservation. We use a series of power strips to plug things into so when we are not using them we turn the power strip off and eliminating the clock/led lights/flashing reminders that are on the electric devices. We heat with wood. We cook with wood. We use about $15 propane a week, and that include some cooking with propane. Next year I don't think we will use $15 propane a month.
Post Yesterday 7:21:22 PM Subject: Livin' in a WOFATI!
Tim and Kristie, how do you assess the insulation effect from the earth 'embankment' (which will be perfected in next year's dry season), versus heat loss due to the end windows, and any air inflow required for the heat stove to work? Are you toasty? perpetually feeding the stove? both?
Also, do the windows provided enough light? How is the cheek-by-jowl 400sqft living working out... does it encourage getting outside? Could you happily consider living in this situation for an extended time? year? multiple years? Can we safely say it is infinitely better than the tent ? Do you 'escape' very often to 'civilization' at the Base Camp? Have many visitors?
as far as wood heat goes, I think rignt now we burn about as much as my brother is in his conventionaly built office with a rmh. we stay warm thru the night without getting up to tend to fire, and sometimes we almost forget to keep a fire going. I think with finishing the first layer of dirt and then the umbrella and final layer of dirt, our wood consumption will drop maybe in half again.We stay quite toasty, very comfortable. Even when we have been gone all day, an not tended the fire the coldest it gets is low 60's so far.
As for the windows they let in a lot of light! Its tight living with five people in that small of a space. We are a very outdoorsy family as it is , an we have enough animals an such that need our attention that we spend a lot of time outdoors. But the home is a comfy place just small. I do believe we could make do in this small of an area for as long as need be. An yes it is nicer this time of year than the tent for obvious reasons. The main reason that Kristie comes off the hill is to work on the computer, for internet reasons... or do laundry since the washer we were using in the tent an the wofati no longer works. An yes we have had a few family an friends that have dopped by so far.
I want to start a new thread here to talk about whats going on with the wofati as well as what it is like to live in a wofati. From time to time I will post about things happening at the wofati but I imagine Kristie, my wife, will keep everyone more up to date. My main reason for this thread is so people can ask Kristie and I what its like to be the first to live in a wofati. I have had several people ask me wofati questions, and some people are asking questions via 2nd hand. So, here we are.
Thanks lacia, that makes me feel better, I really wanted to keep the doeling, cause her mom was such a nice milker! I hated getting rid of her but I needed my herd to be safe. An I rather be safe than sorry so....such is life on a farm!
Hi lacia, it's tim's wife kristie, yes we decided to chance it, after our clean up an burning of things. But I do have one question, we kept a doeling from her kidding this spring, is there any chance that doeling would get CL?
We are trying to have angus cross, but right now a few different breeds, an a angus bull...we just got into cows last spring, so trying to build a nice little herd for ourselves. We are located west of Spokane Washington
Yes it helps some, thanks lacia . I didn't save any of the abscess puss, we burned everything. Then heavily sprayed everything else with bleach. I used gloves the whole time I worked on her so I think I am safe that way. Thanks for the info though!
Had a new angus baby this evening and it's right eye is blood red. When reflecting the flashlight it looks as if the whole eye is red. He seems to track with the eye so I don't think he is blind. Any ideas?