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Jesse Jordan

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Sudbury, Ontario
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I apologize in advance, I'm sure it's been covered before... But is there a way to purchase or stream the DVDs if you weren't involved with the Kickstarter?
6 years ago
Pretty self explanatory question, I guess! I've got my hands on an oil drum, there's a mass of firebricks ready...

What would be a good type/style to build, preferably something that could also be dismantled, since we're just going to build it in the backyard as a tester.

I did just get my hands on a nice ebook on the subject, but it'd be nice to hear suggestions from people with experience, haha.
6 years ago
I'd be interested in helping out however I could. I don't think it's terribly relevant, but I do own a 3D printer as well.
6 years ago

Adrien Lapointe wrote:

Erica Wisner wrote:Check out the contact info for the Ontario workshop at: http://www.ErnieAndErica.info/upcoming_workshops



Am I blind or the info is not on the website yet for the Ontario workshop?



It's there:

September 24-29: Rocket mass heater workshop(s) in Ontario, Canada. (NOTE: This will be our ONLY eastern workshop visit this year, so please spread the word in the Midwest, New Entland, Atlantic states, and Maritimes.)

It just doesn't say where at all
6 years ago
A workshop or two in Ontario, you say?

If you need a location, please let me know, and I will make it happen. Tons of acres on the family land, and I was actually hoping to be able to start building a house this summer, but the lack of exactly this kind of knowledge is all that's preventing me from doing so.
6 years ago
So, while scouting out the build site, we got the chance to get a close look at this old relic sitting on the land. All the windows and seals are intact, and while the roof does look rusty, it doesn't look like there's enough to let any water get through. The door is also fully functional.

I'm thinking we could re-purpose it into something, but I've no idea what. Any suggestions?
6 years ago
Now, I like to think that my google-fu is strong, but I haven't been able to find a place that sells earthbags in northern ontario.

I could use some suggestions, direct links being even better!
6 years ago
Fortunately, I do have a few friends interested in helping out. That being said, once I can draft up a final plan, I intend to try and recruit as many volunteers as possible, haha!

And I don't plan to use too many tires. The rocky ground that I have in mind is somewhat uneven, so I'd essentially create a level floor/foundation using the tires and concrete, as well as do the bottom few courses for the walls.

What I'd like to do from there is switch to straw bale for the remainder of the walls, and essentially cover everything from there. I'm not sure if that's even do-able, but I can't see why it wouldn't be. If anyone knows better, please let me know, haha!

6 years ago
Hi there Permies,

I've been lurking for months, but have only registered as of recently once my project started getting a lot more serious. I'll start with a brief summary, then explain in detail later on.

Essentially, I have a plot of land, hundreds of tires, free access to construction equipment and vehicles (including a wood process plant, various diggers and movers, cement mixer, all that fun stuff) easy access to straw bales, and no building code restrictions on the land that we're using. The lease for my current home would need to be renewed in October.

My goal is to build a hybrid earthship using rammed earth tires for a foundation and lower wall courses, with earthbags and perhaps straw bale walls, whatever roof ends up being most efficient (see: cheapest). The foundation would be resting on bedrock on a hilltop (yay northern ontario!), and I'm thinking a mix of rainwater catchment with water pumps from one or more of the nearby springs (which I also plan to install pico hydro generators on for some power - I intend to install solar panels at a later date). I plan to heat it with a rocket mass heater (I intend to build the Bonny Convection Bench from Ernie and Erica, people that I've seen around here!) while also having some passive solar action via the greenhouse I'd like to have.

The reason for feeling the need to include a rocket mass heater along with probably straw bale in the walls is that I'm in Northern Ontario, outside of Sudbury. It gets COLD here. We had a week of -40 or worse last winter, and I don't intend to freeze to death in my eco house

So, in short, I'm looking for the best advice, instruction, guides and information possible to see if I can make this project a reality.

6 years ago