Man! I wish I were free to do this! This sounds super awesome!!!
The description doesn't state whether meals will be provided (i.e. included in the cost) or whether they will be extra. I saw that there will be people that will need to help with prepping the meals, but the description doesn't indicate if this is included in the cost. Could you please clarify?
I just got my DVDs today! I can't wait to get a chance to sit down and watch them! I especially like how you shipped them with free fire starting material (aka newspaper) for my first rocket mass heater! It was very thoughtful!!! Thanks so much Paul for all that you do!
This paper provides the amount energy stored in the wood (as seen above) but lists many more types of wood than the 10 listed above. It also lists some qualitative properties for each type of wood - such as ease of splitting and how many sparks are produced when burning the wood.
Something that the Missouri paper points out is that "One pound of oven-dry wood of any hardwood species has an available heat value of about 8,600 Btu. Resinous softwood species, such as shortleaf pine, tend to average slightly higher at 9,050 Btu per oven-dry pound." Another interesting tidbit from that paper is "On a volume basis, the heavier air-dried wood is, the more heat it will produce. Therefore, a given volume of the heavyweight woods, such as oak or hickory, will produce more heat than the lightweight ones, such as cottonwood and willow." In other words, if you are looking for a greater amount of heat per volume of wood, take a hardwood, but if you are looking for a greater amount of heat per unit weight of wood, take a softwood.
Anyway, I hope these data points might help some in the discussion.
Welcome to the forums! So glad you could make it!
It is my understanding that you have said that water from laundry washing machines can be used as a source for greywater. (Don't you have a DVD out about Laundry to Lawn or something like that?) I further understand that water from tubs and showers can be put into a greywater system. Now both of these are potential sources for removal of feces (e.g. small amounts stuck to human bottom, dirty cloth diapers in which not too long ago I was up to my armpits, etc.). I used to wash soiled cloth diapers in the washing machine. So, I have a few questions for you regarding so called dark greywater, i.e. greywater that has potential to be considered as blackwater.
--At what point does greywater become considered dark greywater? Similarly, at what point does dark greywater become blackwater? I'm curious both from a legal standpoint and from a more practical standpoint. For example, if I were to wash in the tub just after having defecated (but having wiped thoroughly), I would assume that is considered still greywater. Correct? However, if I am going to be washing lots of cloth diapers do I need to consider it blackwater? Are there certain things (e.g. coliform, etc.) that we need to test the water? If so, what concentrations are considered the range for each category? Or perhaps, is it more of a non-precise continuum; you'll know it when you smell it?
--Does contamination of a greywater source last indefinitely if the source of blackwater is removed? For example, in the case of cleaning the dirty cloth diapers in my washing machine, do they permanently contaminate my washing machine or can I safely say that after x number of washing other non-blackwater rated material it would be safe to say it is a greywater source? Would I need to disinfect the washing machine?
Thanks for all your help in understanding these questions (and all the other ones on the forum too)! I am pretty sure that I can safely say that we are all overjoyed to have you out here sharing your knowledge on this matter!
I think that this is caused by number 2. The date is 2015/05/12 at 12:14am central time.
I'm using Firefox version 37.0.2 on Ubuntu 14.04. Please let me know if you need more information in tracking down this bug or if you want me to test something.
P.S. Tried it on Chromium Version 41.0.2272.76 Ubuntu 14.04 (64-bit), but didn't get the CSRF page. Instead, the Rove beetles link took me to the forums webpage (http://www.permies.com/forums). Hope that helps.
That sounds great. I'm sorry that it is such a hassle for you to set up. Please don't feel rushed. I just saw a message in the other thread that indicated that the emails had already been sent out and thought I had missed something. No worries and please take your time.
And of course, you are right about the streaming WDG videos. I don't know what I was thinking of. I guess I was just tired, it being so late and all.
Hi Cassie or Paul or whoever-
First off, let me thank you again for all your hard work and dedication. I really appreciate it. I received emails for the downloads versions of the files (WDG and the old rocket mass heater DVDs) just fine. I was able to download them successfully. I also was able to download the rest of the candy just fine. Thank you for all of this.
However, I haven't received an email about the streaming version of the old rocket mass heater DVDs or the WDG DVDs. I didn't have a vimeo account when I received the email saying that I needed to send a reply with my vimeo account name/number. I made one yesterday morning (April 4th) at about 7am central standard time. I then sent an email to Cassie with my newly created vimeo username at about the same time on April 4th. I checked my spam boxes (since the email address I used for vimeo doesn't match the one for the permies & kickstarter - I hope that doesn't matter) and didn't see any email in either of them. Did I miss something or do something wrong? Let me know if there is additional information I can provide to help resolve this issue.
Hate to disappoint you Paul. Here's a file listing of the 3 files that I was able to download. The first one is the good version. The next two are the corrupted versions that I was able to download. As you can see from the file sizes, they are smaller than the good one.
-rw-rw-r-- 1 mgoto mgoto 17341647 Mar 26 04:46 rocket-mass-heater-manual-ch04-operation-and-maintenance.pdf
mgoto@mgoto-ThinkPad-T510:~/m/environment/rocket-mass-heaters$ ls -l rocket-mass-heater-manual-corrupt-01.pdf
-rw-rw-r-- 1 mgoto mgoto 17284372 Mar 25 21:06 rocket-mass-heater-manual-corrupt-01.pdf
mgoto@mgoto-ThinkPad-T510:~/m/environment/rocket-mass-heaters$ ls -l rocket-mass-heater-manual-corrupt-02.pdf
-rw-rw-r-- 1 mgoto mgoto 17279992 Mar 25 21:18 rocket-mass-heater-manual-corrupt-02.pdf
This corresponds with what I can tell from using tail (a program that lists the last few lines of a file). The good version ends like other pdf files
/Root 1 0 R
/Info 2 0 R
The corrupted ones look similar to this:
0001617763 00000 n
0001617869 00000 n
0001618052 00000 n
0001618123 00000 n
0001618229 00000 n
0001618412 00000 n
0001618483 00000 n
0001618589 00000 n
0001618772 00000 n
It seems to me as if the download is getting cut off prematurely. This could be a server problem, a problem with the client that is downloading, or some problem with some part in the middle (maybe a part of the internet caching a corrupted version?). Your suggestion could potentially work though. If there is some pdf reader that could read a corrupted version of the file and then write it out again, that might solve the problem since it would probably write it out with the proper ending. However, it might not since some of the data that is missing might actually be needed to properly read the file.
Of course, having more data from others having problems would be helpful, but I'm guessing that this is what is happening with others as well.
Cassie, et al @ Permies.com/RichSoil.com,
I'm not sure if this idea has been considered or if it could even be used due to your limited license to offer the download or due to some technical issue. However, have you guys considered using BitTorrent to distribute the files? This is a protocol (and program) that allows distributed hosting/downloading of files. Each computer that downloads the file can be used as a server to share the file with others. This reduces the load on the original server since there are now multiple servers. As permaculturists say, the problem is the solution. As more people download the file, there are more servers to host the file. Also, BitTorrent has checks built into the protocol to ensure each part of the file that has been downloaded was correctly downloaded. This would prevent the problem that people have been having of downloading a file that has been corrupted. Anyway, I thought I'd point it out to you guys just in case it could be an option in the future, maybe even for distributing the candy for the kickstarter. Please PM me, if you need some more information on this.
I also was having trouble downloading the pdf last night at around 9 or 10pm CST. I tried to download the pdf a few times (<6), and after coming up with the server busy error message some times, I was able to successfully download two corrupted pdfs. I just tried again (by following the directions given in the email, i.e. going to http://richsoil.com/rmh-manual.php and entering my email address) at 4:45am CST and was able to download an uncorrupted pdf successfully. I'm guessing that the server was just overloaded and not handling all the requests properly. People who are having trouble may wish to try again, potentially at a potentially less popular time (such as the middle of the night or early in the morning, maybe?). Good luck, everybody!
P.S. Cassie, you may wish to consider including a link to this thread in future dailyish emails that have candy for the grabbing. This way people will already know about this thread if they have problems and not email you directly. I had checked the forums for a thread with this topic, but I didn't think to check the "tinkering with this site" forum. Anyway, thanks for all that you do! I'm looking forward to reading the pdf!
Welcome to the forum. On March 18th, Paul wrote on the kickstarter website (as an update to the project)
What a roller coaster! And what a massive finish! Wow. We made $14,276 on the last day. I think we made something like $4000 just in the last hour.
Kickstarter will send me funds in two weeks. Complete with reports on which funds went wonky - so we will have the list of people where the funds went through smoothly.
We will then start putting together the great candy hand out. Here is the most important part: a lot of the candy we will be handing out is only for a very limited window of time. 72 hours. That was the deal that we arranged. So you need to make sure that your kickstarter email is correct and be checking that email. If you don't get your candy during the window, then you don't get your candy. A bit like going trick-or-treating on November 9th - it just isn't gonna fly.
Also, for those people that put in five bucks or more, you get access to the "secret inner circle" forum at permies.com. But for that to work, you HAVE TO make sure that your kickstarter email address matches the email address for your account at permies.com.
Right now anybody and everybody can get Erica's "annex" rocket mass heater plans for free. Normally she sells them for $15. http://richsoil.com/annex-plans.php --- I'm collaborating with her on this; she is hoping that we collect skillions of email addresses because she is going to start her own kickstarter very soon. So feel free to pass this tidbit on to anybody you think might possibly be interested in this sort of thing.
If you are just itching to talk about rocket mass heater stuff, you can hit the very active rocket stoves forum at permies.com.
Thanks so much for helping this project get over $100,000! I look forward to handing out mountains of candy in two weeks!
So, based on this we should be start expecting to see things in around 1 week from now (or around April 1). Hopefully there won't any fooling with this.
Miles, Thanks for the link to the Tipi thread. I've been looking through it. Very cool stuff!
Paul, I want to apologize. Due to some stuff that just came up this weekend, I won't be able to take the cross country trip with my kids and money became a little bit tighter. So, I won't be able to support your kickstarter at the TIPI level. I can support it (and have supported it) at a lower level, however. I think that you are doing some amazing things and I really appreciate all that you are doing. Thank you! Please keep it up!
I see that you said that a couple is ok for the TIPI5 (aka $600 level). I'm considering a cross country trip with my 2 children (ages 9 and 11 by the time of the trip). Would the three of us be ok to stay for the TIPI ($350) level?
I know that you said in the podcasts (which I'm slowly working my way through) that Wheaton labs isn't exactly kid friendly, but kids aren't banned either. So I thought I would check. Also is the tipi big enough for 3 average to small sized people?
There's only about 1 day (26 hours) left before this super kickstarter gets finished. It fills a nitch that is currently unfilled.
Rudy Valvano gave the supporters an awesome challenge.
$4000 needed to reach $30,000 with over 400 backers. I challenge everyone who is getting a physical copy to add $10 to your pledge to cover postage. Let me go first.
The $30,000 value isn't randomly chosen. There is a stretch goal at $30k where Matt Powers said he would donate copies of the books and workbooks to permaculture sites and areas in need that wouldn't be able to afford the materials. This is a noble goal!
I'm giving the same challenge to all of us permies out there! I've already upped my donation. How about you? Or if you haven't already donated, please donate now! Let's follow the 3rd permaculture principle of giving back the surplus! We can do this!
P.S. First post on permies! Long time reader though.