Amos Valenti

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since Mar 15, 2013
NE PA zone 6
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Angela,

It sounds like you are aware of some external factors (media choices, source water, etc) that can impact pH levels so take my anecdote with a grain of salt. Before our AP system balanced out we were constantly worried about fluctuating pH levels. Adjusting the pH did not seem to have any effect and the levels would climb back into the high 7- low 8 range. My previous traditional hydroponics experience had us so focused on the pH that we were not considering the system as a whole. We stopped daily pH tests and stopped trying to adjust the level. We fed our fish good food and added in plants. After nearly 5 years the system grows healthy plants and fish and the pH is still in the high 7s low 8s.  Each system and set of factors is different but if it will support life then it will find its own balance. Good luck!
2 years ago
This is a tour of our aquaponics greenhouse located in Plains, Pennsylvania.  
3 years ago

Balazs Dibuz wrote:Hi, Amos.

Do you mean the link to the Sacred Stone Camp fb page? Or Glen's RMH example?

And are you considering traveling to Standing Rock? I will be arriving there between Nov 10 and 14 and would like help building RMH for small shelter.

Balazs



The Sacred Stone Camp FB page.

We were thinking about traveling to Standing Rock. I must admit, in my zeal to help I glossed over much of the original post. The location of the posters lead me to believe Standing Rock was in New York but after a very informative internet search and thoroughly re-reading the post it is obvious that I am mistaken. I apologize for creating any confusion. The offer stands for free brick if you have anyone traveling from the NY/PA area I would be happy to meet them along the way.
3 years ago
Hello,

I will be traveling to the Wappingers Falls area the 2nd weekend in November. I would be willing to help out. I tried visiting the Facebook link above but could not get any details as far as location. I have some extra materials that I can donate to the project, mostly orange clay bricks but they come in handy for all kinds of things.

Depending on where you are located I can get 1 or 2 friends to join me. We are in NEPA about an hourish south from Binghamton. Let me know!
3 years ago
Hi everyone! This Saturday (10/15/16) we will be building the first dome on our double chamber cob oven. The oven is located on the beautiful Susquehanna river at Perennial Point in Plains, PA. Work is starting around 8am; weather permitting of course. Anyone is welcome to attend and join in the fun. PM or reply to the thread for details!
4 years ago
Hi everyone! This Saturday (10/15/16) we will be building the first dome on our double chamber cob oven. The oven is located on the beautiful Susquehanna river at Perennial Point in Plains, PA. Work is starting around 8am; weather permitting of course. Anyone is welcome to attend and join in the fun. PM or reply to the thread for details!
4 years ago
Hi everyone! This Saturday (10/15/16) we will be building the first dome on our double chamber cob oven. The oven is located on the beautiful Susquehanna river at Perennial Point in Plains, PA. Work is starting around 8am; weather permitting of course. Anyone is welcome to attend and join in the fun. PM or reply to the thread for details!
4 years ago
Hi everyone! I need help. My friend lives in Glendale, AZ area. She recently had a back injury and is being bounced around doctors taking prescription drugs for pain. She has learned about comfrey and would like to try using it topically as recommended. We are at the tail end of winter here in PA and I cannot help her out.


Are there any AZ permies in the Glendale area who can help?

Thank you very much!
5 years ago
Our heart burns for rocket mass heaters!
5 years ago
Update: Below is a video of the RMH running with the divider plate separating the front and rear sections of the firebox. This set-up was working ok but when we would load the back section with wood while the divider plate was in, it had the tendency to smoke back into the room. When the wood loaded in the rear section came up to temperature it would burn really well. So well in fact that it destroyed the divider plate in a few burns.



Below are 2 videos of the RMH in action without the divider plate. The audio in the video is mostly redundant. One video shows the the fire just being started and the other video shows the fire after a few hours. This set up using the lids without the divider plate works really well for my needs. Very minimal smoke back, only when loading the rear section.




Below is 1 short video from the top of the firebox as the fire is built.

5 years ago