Tiffaney Dex

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Thank you, Jordan, for posting this! We will also be doing the windowless version, so you have prevented a mistake that we would have made, as I don't know anything about that other board.
Thanks again!
1 week ago
Thank you both very much for your answers. On the IFB question, I was talking about the layer under the core.
1 week ago
Hi any and everyone! I have a couple of questions about Walker stoves.

1) I saw a video where Matt explains what kinds of wood he burns and for what purposea he chooses that wood. But what size of wood does the stove burn? Is it small wood, like other rocket stoves, or more traditional cut wood?

2) In a video, Matt explains why it's important to make e the core out of insulated bricks. Is there a reason to use insulated bricks on the bottom of the cook stove? Or could regular bricks be used?

If someone can answer my questions, I'd really appreciate it.

Take care.
Tiffaney in Brittany, France
1 week ago
I insulated the stone wall of my son's bedroom with hemp and lime. Because he wanted a clean and smooth finish, I finished it with a plaster consisting of one part clay and 2/3 part powdered marble plaster. Now, I believe I need to oil it . This is my son's room, where he sleeps. So I'm very reluctant to use the obvious choice of linseed oil. My husband suggested that I use a black soap paste, as used in tadelak but I'm worried about humidity collecting on the surface, when he has always chosen to sleep on that wall, where he is next to a window. I remember reading somewhere about using a flour paste. I'm not sure if that would be breathable or not. Do any of you have suggestions of breathable, only-mildly odoured ways to finish an earthen plaster? Could I just ust olive oil? Or sunflower, or some other oil? I'd appreciate any and all advice offered.
3 weeks ago

Cécile Stelzer Johnson wrote:
Cast iron, or cast iron covered with ceramic, or stainless steel are my go to whenever I cook something.

Hi Cécile,
Here, cast iron is hard to come buy, unless it is covered in ceramic. I have managed to get some plain cast iron that has come from England and the U.S. and I much prefer them to my ceramic coated cast iron. The ceramic that coats cast iron eventually gets chipped. I was told a long time ago told that you should never use them once they have a chip and always thought that the information must come from sellers. And I always used them with chips. And then I had a nasty surprise one evening. While cooking dinner, the area around a chip began snapping and breaking off. I had ceramic chips in our dinner! Of course, I had to throw it out (not even in the compost, and quickly figure out something else for dinner. And I became very wary of our French cast iron.
Take care
1 month ago
Thank you, Thekla, for sharing your thoughts on it with me. The thickest part of the earthen floor would be 9 centimetres thick. The rough concrete isn't as rough as you imagined. A previous owner layed it with the idea that something else would be put on top of it, so the surface was not made as a smooth slab, but has lots of smooth round pebbles all over.

But part of it that I wasn't asking about earlier would only be two centimeters thick. That floor was actually completed and tiles were laid by a different previous owner. So that part is smooth. We had planned to put a thin wood floor over the tiles, but we figured out during the winter that we have to get rid of all of the wood that comes in contact with the mass rocket heater before next winter. I really dislike tile floors but my husband is worried about an earthen floor not holding up.
9 months ago
I'm not sure if this is okay to ask here, but it goes along with durability issues of earthen floors. We made a rocket mass heater next to our bathroom, which we will use start using as a hot water heater next winter. I would like to put an earthen floor alongside it, as a buffer before the heater and a wood floor. But I worry about the fact that it would be applied on top of a very rough concrete. Does anyone know if the concrete would cause durability issues?
Good day to all of you.
Tiffany in Brittany
9 months ago
Anne, do you have a pressostat on the line to turn on the pump? And, if so, where is it in the line arrangement?
11 months ago
And thank you, Anne, for your second reply. Is the pressure tank in your house and how does the water get into it?

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11 months ago
Hi John. Thank you for the reply. Right now, we have three cubes up on two layers of concrete blocks where the ground level is about an additional twenty meters higher than the house. Unfortunately, last fall, lightning struck our house (along with all the neighbors) through the aerial lines and it went from our house to the water containers, breaking some of the blocks closer to our house as it went into the ground. Now the first cube has a slow leak. And we're disconnected from the grid.

Since the first cube is pretty useless now, we want to change the system. With the current system, I can feel up the washing machine. But we don't have water to our faucets. I'd like something att least two meters higher than our house to have running water, and two to three cubes, meaning two to three thousand kilograms, plus a few more with the containers, i believe.

My husband is leaning towards the idea of just stacking up cubes on a concrete foundation so that we have bottom layers for watering the garden and the upper layer for household usage, as that seems like the simplest and easiest idea. Do you know if the cubes can support the weight of one and two cubes of water on top of it?
11 months ago