My name is Adam Gamble, my wife's name is Melanie. We bought a house 2 years ago in zone 6a - mountains 17943 Lavelle PA. I have written a few page story on us in which the ending is very lacking because i got tired - but would post it if anyonw would wish to read.
Primarily the reason for this email is that our coal region area needs much better community and sustainable living. We are in the process of getting our 2.3 acre property(cedar and stone home 1,100 sq feet) zoned to agriculture or rural. it is residential now because the house is no longer a dairy farm which it once was.
No shed here, no greenhouse, whhheeewwww!! lots of work. The good thing though is that we will start fresh. mistakes and all. so... my garage, which is our herb nook/drying/tools has gotten frozen pipes every year... A rocket mass heater in my garage would be perfect. i have the flu(sp) already built in for coal. I am hoping that the rocket mass will heat up garage as well as the heat travel up to heat whole house and then we would not use coal anymore.
I will be buying cd's soon, and already have the podcasts and free manual that i downloaded. thing is, i am not that mechanically inclined for a project that could be our permanent heat source. Is there anything you could tell me, or know anyone in PA (or you) that would be willing to travel in the future warmer weater to help me put it together??
I know it is a lot to ask - and you probably have been asked this before - I thought i would try... to ask if anyone would take a road trip in future to help me build and install a rockaet mass heater.
It looks like Lavelle is near I-81; if this is correct, I am about two hours north of you, near Binghamton, NY. I won't have much spare time in the spring (a building project and business preparations will be ongoing), but would be happy to talk with you now and see what you need.
I would be able to have you visit and see my RMH in operation if that would be useful to you.
Good on ya for the go! I'm from Bucks County originally and PA has a special place in my heart.
An amazing resource for you would be a good friend of mine (also named Adam), who went off to the world to teach and learn and get a European Master's Degree in Sustainable Development, and came all the way back to Buckingham, PA to start a farm. He's running his first PDC this spring (a commuter course, might be a bit far for you). One of the greatest yields of a PDC is the social network and getting to meet people with the same passions in the same area. Maybe he would be willing to put it out to his students to see if anyone could help you with your heater build.
I see he's on Facebook, you should be able to contact him from there. If you don't do the Facespace (I don't), let me know and I'll send him a message and help y'all get connected.
Location: Lavelle PA 17943 6a
posted 3 years ago
thank you for the reply, i couldnt get back sooner due to the fact that i am not a billionaire(had to work)..lol... I dont have any means of communication but through phone and emails and permie stuff... dont do social media.
Briningham is just a tad far.... over 3 hours... dont think i will attempt to go there for school, i would miss quite a bit of classes between that and work. If you could contact him for me, awesome experience he's had, that woulkd be wonderful..
If the students wouldhelp, that would be a dream come true as well.. Of course i would have to buy the proper materials and send pics and all that good stuff. I told Melanie and her eyes got wide like the cartoon 'puss in boots' lol....
Its been a long day for me, i drank tea and took some valerian.. so i am ready for sleepy soon.. if you or anyone reading this needs info from me, just ask.
posted 3 years ago
No problem, I'm in Thailand, the time difference is a bit wonky.
I see you posted your email earlier in the thread, would it be okay if I pass that along?
I know he's a busy guy, and I don't want to promise anything for him, but I can put you in touch and take it from there.
Location: Lavelle PA 17943 6a
posted 3 years ago
Sure you can copy thread, that would be fine - it is public after all.... and for all the others, and you Elizabeth(you can copy and read this as well... it is a snippett of Melanie's and my life:
Hello fellow Permies!
My wife and I were married in June of 2009, and living in a small 2nd floor apartment in the city. Trying to save money (as many newly married couples do). We owned a Boxer named Titus who was very much loved and taken to every park we could find. As we grew tomatoes on the neighbors’ fire escape, and had our landlord put window planter boxes so we could grow parsley, basil and others….. We found out that our beloved 3 year old Boxer was wrecked with cancer. The veterinarian hospitals with their doses and double doses of prednisone – and countless tests, did nothing.
Except, what it did do was start a revolution in how we treated our bodies and our lifestyle. We had found that most of the tests and drugs given to dogs, animals, humans, and well as the food, hair products, and 80% of the consumer products were harmful. I was a steel worker at the time and worked sun-up to sun-down… I came home after work to find my normal soap, shampoo, and conditioner were not in the shower. “Babe, where’s all my soap and stuff,?” I yelled as I was already in the shower. My wife came in to the bathroom and handed me a jar of yellowish stuff, and told me I am using that from now on. I put on a fuss because I had not known of all the research my wife Melanie had actually done. Also, I did not believe in the cleaning capabilities of this handmade substance. I smelled it, and gave it a try… it was …. Satisfactory. I didn’t give the green light then, but as the months progressed, Melanie, with my warmest compliments started her own business.
“Nat-ural-ishis.” Which stood for Natural and Delicious. Melanie’s sisters, mom, and I stayed up late for months cranking out organic face scrubs, lip balms, and lotions. All from our 2 room, 2nd floor apartment.
We could pay for the ingredients, and a few weeks come out ahead. We even had a web designer help us with the webpage. At our dismay, the world was not ready for our all-natural, organic products. Even those closest to us would not completely make a change to living healthier. Shortly after the closing of Nat-ural-ishis, we put Titus to sleep. Though saddened, we strove even harder to save money and move out of the city to a place where we could grow our own food, and make the transition from being dependent consumers to becoming responsible producers.
On December 31st 2014 we moved into a wonderful cedar and stone home in the mountains(zone 6a). What a blessed Christmas and New Year’s gift!! It is a smaller home inside, but it has an awesome 2.3 acres! We get our water from a well, and burn coal for warmth. As we live in coal country, many people are unaware, or uncommitted to a lifestyle change, or even what “GMO” is. If you mention Monsanto, then you will think we just asked them what is the molecular structure of Loamy Soil… well, they won’t know what Loamy Soil is anyway… You get the meaning. We have found that much of the people in America are this way. Sickeningly sheltered by the media, government, and consumerism.
Okay, off my tangent. This world is in a crisis, not another one of my mashing’s - Melanie and I whole-heartedly believe we can help change the community and the world. Life is precious, and we know that the Earth with its landscape, can and will prove to be better than all the ways North America and the world strive to be.
At this time I would like I thank you for taking the time to read this letter.
Such things like us burning coal, which is wrecking the mountains here due to fracking and strip mining – use of a “Rocket Mass Heater” instead would be exceptional. An in-ground greenhouse, Hügelkultur mounds, and swales. These are the things which are needed, wanted, but not excluded to only those things. My wife and I are willing, to have all of our property used for a teaching and a learning tool for any classes on how to build or make a self-sustaining property for us and the future communities to learn from.
Sincerely, Mr. and Mrs. Adam and Melanie Gamble