Good stuff Daron, I have been working on my dams for years now. I am slowly restoring a very old dam system that is fed by a year round spring. I hope to create a larger place for my moose mamas to raise and feed their young. Looking forward to seeing your work.
Tipi's have what is called an Ozan, similar idea to what you describe.
Here is a video of a full Ozan. There are different sizes. You can see that it forms a smaller room inside the larger Tipi, when combined with the "liner". The larger Tipi cover is then brought back together forming a large cone. The air flow comes up from the ground level between the liner and the cover, and out through the adjustible smokehole in the top. I am not sure how firepit smoke would escape from the living area under this type of Ozan ?
So I think yout inside roof idea would work.
What type of heater were you thinking of having for the colder times? Have you seen the rocket mass heater in Pauls tipi at his lab in Montana?
I think the concept was to heat the people rather than the whole space? So it might work in your roundhouse too without an inside roof? I am wondering if your roof would be built like the thatched roofs in europe in that it would be water tight but not airtight. So you wouldn't need an interior roof ?
In Colorado and Wyoming I have harvested lots of crawfish from everyplace from ditches to giant reservoirs. I am wondering about the need for lots of oxygenation. Many of these waters were slow moving and murky. The crawfish lived in holes in the muddy banks or under rocky outcrops. When I was young I found one frozen in ice, solid, I thawed it out and it crawled away ! So it seems to me that they are pretty hardy and wouldn't need much special care.
I always liked Lander, kind of in a "banana belt" area if I remember correctly. You might ask them if they have seen any of the Wyoming farm to Fork you tubes. Seems like there were a couple of farms on there that were fairly close but I would have to watch them again for sure.
Do you have any grass clippings that you could add in there?( preferably without any chemical fertilizers or weed killer treatments) Sounds like you have a lot of what we call "brown" and not enough "green" ?
If you have a lot of browns then you might have to give it a lot longer. This will give the fungus / leaf mold a chance to break it down, which will also make compost of a "forest" type.
Howdy Danielle, welcome to permies! I have not tried it but as I was thinking about it I think I would find an old pair of jeans, sew them up to make a sort of "arrow quiver", maybe a flap with a button or snap to be sure the loppers stayed in the "quiver", might have to pad it a little where it rubs against your back ?
Much better! It looks like there might even be variations from person to person, home to home ? Seems like this might work anywhere that it is hot and rainy.
I owned a Tipi for years and there are similarities. Opening at ground level, inside liner or wall, creates a draft that cools the room. Cone shape. Neat
Howdy Amanda , welcome to permies! I added your post to the California forums and will bump it back to the top in hopes it will be seen.
Being the holidays and all , it might take a bit for someone to reply, so be patient and enjoy some of the other threads here.
I got some seeds about three or four years ago for our place in Wyoming. I planted them in pots at the house in Denver. They all came up in the spring and "died" in the winter. I buried them pots and all in fall leaves. Next spring they came back up from the roots. They "died" and regrew three times! So maybe mulch the dead ones really well and see if they come back up next spring ?
I finally planted them, near a newly dug pond up at our Wyoming place , this fall, so we will see if they make it.
Brian, glad you are feeling better! I turn 60 next year and always feel healthier when I am up at our place in the woods. I am really hoping that someday I will be able to make it more of a full time place.
So do you order your brook trout for your Aquaponics system from someplace? I just built a bigger pond and would love to add some brookies.
Do you have to fence your place to keep deer and such out of things?
I have been emulating my local beaver friends . I cut some large and small trees, lay them across the flow, and add rocks , gravel, mud, sand, more wood, and clay, here and there. I have built about 5 dams in a creek that is a raging flood each spring and the water seeps a little but is slowly plugging itself with my help.
hey elle, I did something like that at one of our homes over in western Colorado. Except we had gutters and downspouts . It was a new house so as part of the new landscaping I dug a dry creek bed out from the downspout, curving and over small waterfalls into small ponds and then out to the sidewalk spillway. I added gravel to the streambed and larger rocks along each shoreline. Every time it rained we had our own little stream among the woodchips and flowers. So if you can get the water flowing before it soaks in I think you might have a cool feature in your yard.