Dennis Barrow

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since Jan 19, 2014
Just bought 10 acres and starting to build our new home.  Living in 5th wheel trailer for the winter. FUN !!
10 miles NW of Helena Montana
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Rob, and everyone else.  What fantastic ideas!!!
I wish you luck with getting your earthbag home approved.
I have "scavenged" for most of my life.  We just moved and built a new home in the country here in Montana.   When we moved the wife wanted me to get rid of all my "scavenged" stuff.  I did not.  I have used 80% of the stuff already, saving us hundreds, if not thousands of dollars!

Looking forward to learning more from you all.
3 days ago
Back in the early 90's we lived in Battle Creek Michigan for a couple of years.

I planted a few tomato plants on the south side of the home we rented and they took off!!!

Two of the plants turned out to be cherry's and actually ended up being almost 14 feet tall and we could pick tomatoes out of the second story window.

Way more tomatoes than we could eat.  Made sure all the neighbors had their fill and the local kids were encouraged to grab a handful whenever they wanted.

Sweet tasting.  Bought the plants at the local market and were supposed to be NOT cherry.  Other plants were a couple different varieties, but man, I have never seen tomatoes grow that tall.

I do believe all the neighbors were tired of them after awhile.  ;-)

Dinie Johnson wrote:How can you go through both floors and attic? Does the pipe help heat the next floor up? We have a 2 story as well and wanted to put it in the basement. But we were thinking about an L bend.

Dinie, I am building my home from scratch.  I built a "tunnel" for the triple wall stove pipe that runs through the back of a closet on the main floor.  It is completely enclosed.  
When the stove pipe enters the floor above, (from basement), it transitions to a triple wall pipe.
The triple wall pipe is anchored with metal straps designed for it so there is no movement of the pipe.  When it enters the attic there is a special shield that keeps the insulation away from the pipe, then out through the roof.

Just keep in mind that you will need to clean the chimney at least once a year, so any bends, (angles) in the pipe, well, you need to be able to access that pipe to clean it.
1 month ago

Cindy Haskin wrote:

Dennis Barrow wrote:Homesteading skills to be successful...
With, the internet and I looks like you have the will to do it, so just do it.
(I admit I didn't read the entire post as it was way to long. Sorry)

And the reason the post was so long is because there are so many things to know and do on a homestead,  but I didn't even cover half. And I've not even arrived on the property.

Thank you everyone for valuable input.

Cindy, just don't get overwhelmed with it.  
I used to build homes for a living and owners would get very overwhelmed thinking about what had to be done.
Just start with the foundation and build up from there.  Same with homestead.
Roof over your head, water, food, (garden, maybe small to start.  I am building my retirement home now and only planted about 30 sq ft of garden but it produced wonderfully!).

Take it one project at a time.  Do it right the first time.  

Research for that project so you are knowledgeable and can do it.   Try to learn to many things at once and you might miss some important items.

Exciting that you have not arrived on the homestead yet!!  I am pushing 70 and have just started over with homesteading with a blank piece of land.  I spent a lot of time a year ago sitting on my land looking and thinking. ?Where to build the home, how to align it, best view, etc.  Where will garden go, chicken coop, out buildings.  How will they affect each other.  Main wind direction, (would prefer not to have some smells come into house daily. lol

When you get there spend a few days at different times of the day just sitting with a cup of coffee or tea and observing.  Look at it from all angles before making big decisions on changes.

1 month ago
Homesteading skills to be successful...
With, the internet and I looks like you have the will to do it, so just do it.
(I admit I didn't read the entire post as it was way to long. Sorry)
1 month ago
I agree with Thomas, not that difficult to install.
But, get someone to help that has experience.
I just installed  a wood stove in my walk out basement, (new home I am building for myself).  Stove pipe goes all the way up through the roof.  Two stories and attic.  A lot of special pipe, supports, shielding and everything needs to be kept away from the wood a certain distance.
I was able to get everything I needed from Home Depot.  Triple wall pipe, insulation shield, etc.
So it is not that difficult, but do the research on products.  Don't want to burn down the house.
1 month ago
Welcome Leigh !  This is the best forum on the "net".
Great people, advice, and some guy in bibs we are trying to help with World Domination !!  ;-)
Really is a fun and knowledgeable place.
1 month ago
Coffee while I let the chickens out.
1 month ago

Vava Ava wrote:Here in South Florida we have pigeon peas and Sesbania grandiflora (vegetable hummingbird), White yams, Papaya, many tropical fruit trees like white sapote, jackfruit, cocoplum, natal plum, wild coffee, coffee arabica, cacao and many others that grow wonderfully from seed. Also great self seeders, ageratum (deters root knot nematodes), gaillardia (carefree native flower).... if anyone is interested in growing in zone 10 let me know and i can help with selection.

Wow!  You have plants that I have never heard of before!!  Of course I live here in Montana almost on the Continental Divide so a lot won't grow here.
Vegetable hummingbird !! how cool is that.  I did a quick search and it sure looks like a neat plant, (tree).

I do believe that I would have to have a year round greenhouse for some of those plants.
2 months ago
Welcome, Acadia, (love that name!!).
I have been thinking about perennial's for my new homestead a bit now, but building a new home has kept me busy.
Now I will research it, (if I don't win your book!)
2 months ago