This is such a lower income area that people really do hang on to anything that is good! There are sales going on and this summer (we were building last summer) I hope to be able to stop at more when I am in town.
Last May we moved to very North central WA State. In our little tiny town there are a couple of thrift shops but not what I was used to in the PNW. I have bought used from the time I married at 18, 45 years ago. If I wanted it, it was going to have to be inexpensive. Well, now, a year into our 'homesteading" my jeans and shoes are wearing out, the local thrift stores are high priced (if they have my size) and I really don't want to have to drive 50 miles one way to Wally World (in another small town) to buy something cheaply made. Sigh. Ok, rant over
As a kid I used to go morel picking in SW MI. We moved to WA ST and continued to find them although in smaller quantities. About 12 years ago DS and DDIL were visiting us where we were located on 68 acres with lots of woodlands in the Puget Sound area of WA ST. They went for a walk, came back for some paper bags, returned about an hour and a half later with 3 of the large grocery bags full. I thought we would never finish cleaning them, but boy were they good. I think that was the last time I had them
We, 8 of us (mostly female adults), will be building 3 or 4 small dwellings this summer totally off grid on 40 acres. We were at the property a lot this past summer doing prep work. The only building there when we bought was an outhouse, bucket style. It got used during the day and each tent had it's own bucket n sawdust for the gals (guys just peed at the nearest tree).
First up this spring will be bathhouse/toilet areas, 2 of those as there is some distance between the 2 main building sites. Also outdoor kitchens which will transition later into summer cook areas. We have built a 7 x 7 shed around the well head for the generator and for tool storage.
Anyone visiting while we were there didn't have a lot of bathroom choice. We did make a composting bin to dump buckets in and will continue that.
Dale Hodgins wrote:I bought a number of Phillips 10.5 watt led bulbs.
They cast light which is very similar to incandescent. They are in a very durable hard plastic case. This is important for me, since some will be taken to jobsites.
I tried them out in my PowerPack, along with many small appliances and electronics. Everything worked well.
In December I bought 28 of these from Lowes, (not the closest one it was selective) for $1.98 each! We will be moving out to our property in North Central Washington State in a couple of months and we will be waaay off grid. Every little bit helps. And, no, I won't be using all 28, I was sharing the wealth, lol.
I simply don't recommend metal pipe in the heat riser. Or anywhere in the burn area.
Clean fire starts at 1200 F. Steel starts glowing around 900, and hits working temperatures (cherry red, where it starts to get soft enough for permanent deformation) around 1300.
A consistently clean-burning, well-insulated rocket mass heater can routinely hit 1800 to 2000 F, and we have some anecdotal evidence that super-insulated versions or stoves running rich fuels can get much hotter. E.g. forge-welding temperatures (2900 F). If it can transform metal, metal won't last in that environment.
We pretty much use brick - clay brick, either firebrick if we can get it, or reclaimed, older clay brick. We have done some prototypes with ceramic refractory materials, but these tend to cost more, are harder to replace if damaged, and don't hold up to abrasion as well as the brick.
Anything metal in the heat riser should be regarded as temporary.
I have been searching for this information for several weeks. We will be starting to build our house in the Spring and would like to install our RMH as we go. We would like to assume we will live in this house for the next 30 years and want the RMH to last also. Is this reasonable for a RMH with a brick riser?
We have "THE BOOK" along with many of the others mentioned here. Erica, will the plans for the Bonnie 8" heater adapt ok for a brick riser?
I will be back with many questions but we don't plan on experimenting, just building to plan.
Welcome! I am new here too (living in the Tacoma area right now). Last month we bought 40 acres out of Tonasket in the Aeneas Valley. We wanted to build with straw bale but are having trouble locating the materials needed. The property DOES have an over abundance of ROCKS. This is possibly going to be our building material.... now we need the proper mortar, lol, no one said this would be easy.
We were lucky in that a well had been drilled and has great tasting water!
We got back last night after spending the weekend looking at parcels, both sides of Hwy 20 out of Tonasket. We left a message for our agent that we were ready to talk terms and put together a contract YAY!
This will actually be the 3rd time to own property up here in the NE, once somewhere north of Tonasket and, back in the 70's, below Northport. Both times we had to leave because DH needed to have a job and it just wasn't happening. Doing things a bit different this time around