Win a copy of Mudgirls Manifesto this week in the Natural Building forum!
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic

Building a cave in subtropical Africa ?  RSS feed

 
Posts: 9
Location: Bamako, Mali
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Hi everyone,

I heard that deep enough, the temperature of the soil is the same everywhere :
Would a cave be useful in subtropical Africa ?

Living actually in Mali I am looking for options to safely store things like onions. I was wondering if a cave might be possible ? 

Thanks for your help,

Eli
 
Posts: 50
6
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Interesting question. I've seen man made caves  in Finland, where they had them against animals, frost in winter and heat in summer. And we have them in France for cooling wine. Of what i understood the underground temperature is stable because of the insulation the ground offers, but is still dependent on the seasonal differences and average temperature year round. So it will be cooler underground during a heat spell, but warm during a colder period.You could dig a hole and measure or look for a cave on hikes and pull out the thermometer.
Or check this link out, they're cooling onions!. Low tech refrigerating is the search term i used.
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/12/mohammed-bah-abba-explorer-moments-cooling-technology-helping-Africans/
 
Eli Sinayoko
Posts: 9
Location: Bamako, Mali
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Hi Hugo,

The link is very inspiring, I will try this technology as soon as possible!

Thanks for the tip,

Eli

 
Posts: 358
Location: Upstate SC
10
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Cave temperature (and the temperature of spring water coming out of the ground) is the average temperature of the region.  This temperature can be below freezing in parts of northern Canada to room temperature in tropical regions.  Caves and root cellars are especially useful for food storage in regions with a seasonal temperature change where the cave temperature is frostfree and in a range  conducive  for food storage. Cave humidity can vary depending on the outside relative humidity, how much cooler the cave temperature is below outside air temperature, and how much water is dripping in the cave.  The main advantage of a cave for food storage in tropical regions is that it provides a stable temperature and humidity compared to an above ground room.
 
Hugo Morvan
Posts: 50
6
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I was wondering if chives wouldn't grow all year round in a tropical climate? It's not the same as onions for sure, but maybe easier? And i got this Chinese garlic growing, grows like chives, just cut some leaves and add to a salad, it's lovely.
There are lots of things i can't grow here in France, and people are dragging food all over the world. I try to be conscious about that when shopping and look for local substitutes.
 
It means our mission is in jeapordy! Quick, read this tiny ad!
New Job: Restoration Coordinator - Americorps
https://permies.com/t/87480/jobs-offered/experiences/Restoration-Coordinator-Americorps-Position
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
Boost this thread!