Mark Brunnr

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I'm happy to hear the tumor is doing better Paul! I'm a fan of which has a lot of good peer reviewed research regarding nutrition. In the US, according to whatever the statistics department is called, 14 of the top 15 causes of death are food related. It sounds like you're going down the right path. There are a ton of healthy recipes on that site and a good number are easier to make, if you'd like options for meal variety
Yup Thomas, we used that method on the lab in 2022 and it worked very well. So long as the lid isn't bent/warped it's very easy to finish the burn, and even if it is warped a bit you can just have some mud on standby to pack into any gaps around the lid. The next day everything was cool and the charcoal was very light and "clinky".
1 month ago
David the Good referenced this video about using soup cans/ any cans with a crimping tool to make charcoal retorts in about 1 minute, which can then be tossed into any fire:

1 month ago

Candace Williams wrote:Can you explain what this is, the function, result etc.?

It's a pledge system, those who are in the bootcamp can post pictures/video of what they are doing, and for every 100 days of such posts people pledge something in return. Some offer cash, others crafted items, etc. This provides some income for the boots, who would otherwise have to leave to find employment to pay bills like for a cell phone or car insurance.
Bootcamp Media Pledge: BMP - give the boots a BuMP!
Where do you believe a RMH falls on the Wheaton Scale for the average urban/suburban email recipient? I'm a big fan of the RMH, but where I'm currently located I don't believe it's a good fit. For my neighbor who is level 0-1, I'd guess a RMH is level 4+ to them, thus it's "crazy". Obviously a wood stove user would see a RMH as closer to normal and is a better fit.

I expect a good percentage of backers are also previous backers, so if the movie or the extras feel too similar, people may be less interested.

The number of emails recently has felt like a lot, perhaps because the text only format I get makes them all feel similar or repetitive.
6 months ago

paul wheaton wrote:I believe that if this book is read by 100 million people, several global problems will be solved.
please click on the thumbs up for this post if you agree with this.

While I clicked the thumbs-up for this, I think it would be more accurate if instead of "will be solved", it was "could be solved", because just getting people to read the info and be more aware doesn't mean the problem will be solved. It would certainly get more people asking why it isn't being solved, but IMO it would also get those who profit from the status quo to resist changes. Still a massive net-positive step, as it would initiate at least the desire for change.
7 months ago

Opal-Lia Palmer wrote:Anyone have experience with this?
Liberator Rocket Heaters
I was thinking I could make a brick or cob "mass" around it.

One was installed 2 years back at Wheaton Labs, in the workshop (there is now a batch box cob heater in that spot). Also Uncle Mud has used one for several years at his house if I'm recalling correctly. It has some mass built into it, but I'm not sure that you can add more mass to the exhaust area and still generate the proper draw. I would contact the manufacturer to confirm whether that's an option, they might already have some options that are tried and tested.
7 months ago

David Hillcat wrote:
Idea: I could the tilt and empty/tip hot biochar straight into a water-containing vessel, that is on the lower level (metal wheel burrow containing some water)? Then tilt the (still-hot) drum back to 60o and go again? I suppose I am thinking that I would like to build up a large pile of feedstock, then have a day of producing many batches, in a constant stream of batches that I walk past and tend to periodically.

This means labour must be reduced as much as possible, both on the feed and product sides.

For sure that could work. Since you'll have a VERY hot barrel  handling is an issue, and since it'll be hot coals and still-burning material that landing zone below needs to be protected including wind protection. Otherwise you could have a fire start below if anything lands on combustible material like weeds or grass. One gotcha I see is the ability to feed material in from the front if the barrel is close enough to the edge to then tilt over to pour into another container with water below.

11 months ago