Led's are incredibly efficient for lighting. I use strings or Rope lights to light my house.
but your question kind of implies that you have no power. for that I would have to go with candles of some kind, really big candles burn very slowly so might be what you need.
Freezing 2000 pounds of water will take some seriously low temps for extended times. The thermal mass of water works in both directions. Meaning its hard to heat and hard to cool water compared to most things.
That said you dont need 200 pound blocks, Ice houses have been around forever. those blocks you can buy at the store will work fine you just need a lot of them.
so if you have harsh winters I would recommend you find something you can use as a large ice cube mold (maybe 2 liter bottles with the top part cut off?) and start producing them to drop into your ibc's. I also second the idea of just getting a refrigerated container instead. Look into burring it for extra insulation or at least parking it in permanent shade.
I recall reading about an icehouse that burned to the ground while the huge pile of ice inside took months to finally melt.
Dan Boone wrote: Making my food forest scooterable is a longer-term goal; but I really love the notion of repurposed riding mowers, which are a bit more rugged.
One advantage for the scooters is they are electric and thus can be charged on solar. Riding mowers are usually gas powered. I suspect there are probably a couple potential options out there, hell a good old Quad is a purpose built machine for this kind of work...figure out how to make one electric and you are set.
I like the train of thought. I have often thought that we should prepare for old age in many ways when we are younger. One idea I had is that the young should spend some time on a motorized scooter that so many old people end up in at some point in life. Mostly because you learn quicker when you are young and you dont lose those skills when you are old. So if you got used to things like scooters while young you would already have that skillset when older. Not to mention that a permaculture scooter with a little trailer on the back would be pretty hardcore.
I am living in Tacoma ATM and would love to hear updates. I would also love to check the place out, I may have some free time to help out with the build depending on when it happens.
Good Luck with the permit.
You can remove the Lodge seasoning with the stove top itself. put that sucker on high and leave it sitting on the burner for 5-10 minutes. I have a skillet whos sole purpose in life is for searing steak and at those temps you simply cannot keep a good Season on it.
Allen Jackson wrote:(I know this thread is old, but hope springs eternal...)
To the couple who did the floor heating system for the yurt, are you still using it, and have you experienced any issues with condensation collecting in your exhaust pipes?
I'm considering similar, but the engineer in me keeps warning that this is essentially a condensing heating system, and as such, is likely to collect moisture if it isn't given a place to drain away.
You have to keep in mind a couple things, this is a system that is open on both ends and has a couple thousand pounds of heated mass in the middle. water doesn't collect in warm places with airflow in my experience.
I used one of these when power was out for several days, one roughly 2 ounce charge of denatured alcohol would cook a 3 egg omelette and boil enough water for a large hot coco/coffee/tea with no problems.
Lard will make a bar of soap much harder and it will last far longer if used as a base, what I usually do is make the soap with lard, get it to the false trace stage then superfat with olive oil or what ever oil you would like. if you go straight olive oil you will have a bar of soap that leaves your skin silky smooth and only lasts a few washes.
I am no where near building this but it is a question me and my Girlfriend have. Can you build an RMH on a trailer type tiny home? would you need to re-enforce the trailer or limit the RMH to some smaller weight? are there any questions I am missing that I should be asking about this idea?