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Thekla McDaniels wrote:great idea, I don't think this would work in my arid conditions.  I wonder what is your climate, humidity, daily and annual precipitation patterns



As I understand, Paul Wheaton does this in the desert... to provide fresh water for people, and to keep the critters out.  I'm in a rainforest type area, with lots of clay.  In areas without clay, you probably want to line with clay before adding the rocks... he spoke about this idea in his 2.5 hour video on YouTube...

2 years ago
I dug a nice big hole and filled it in with stone... gravel on top... next will be a layer of sand.  Goal is to be able to pump water out of the large black pipe (hole in ground) once the condensation fills up my "pseudo-pond"
2 years ago
In my area, a "shed" does not require any building permits.  You can build a shed 10x10 or 12x24, same difference.  They don't call it a "garage" until you park a car in it.  They don't call it a "barn" until you keep animals in it.  

There is a guy in town with an empty property, just a shed, and he's got an electric meter hooked up to it.  I'm not sure if he needed an electric permit or not... but no building permit, no zoning permit, and no occupancy permit.  
2 years ago

Devin Devine wrote:Hello,

Meetup page:

http://www.meetup.com/Poconos-Permaculture-Meetup/




Is this group still active?  Interested.  
2 years ago

Doug Hollman wrote:Hi Nathan,
I'm in the same boat you are. Seeking meet ups to build a sustainable community. I reside in carbon county. Been thinking of starting or joining a community for awhile now. Let me know if you want to talk more.



Monroe County, here.  Mount Pocono area.  Anyone still around?  Maybe we could start a local group.
2 years ago
*bump*  Just wanted to chime in and see if any Pocono / Northeast PA folks are still around.  I'm near Mount Pocono... looking to build a local network.  
2 years ago
Good thread! Attached are some photos of my current setup: an exterior masonry chimney with a Napoleon insert. I wanted to ask a few questions about making this setup as efficient as possible:

We've been burning wood like this for 4 years now, and it's a good setup: one cleaning a year, let the firewood season for a year before burning, works great. It's a little 2.0 cu. ft. firebox so I have to fill it 4 times a day, and it is usually over 200 degrees when I wake up in the morning.

[edit]I've also replaced the cheap, "foam" bricks that go inside the top of the firebox with stainless steel:
http://www.covingtoncreations.com/blog/review-napoleon-1402-wood-burning-insert-custom-steel-baffles
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Has anyone boxed in / insulated their exterior masonry chimney? Worth the investment? We are thinking about possibly insulating and finishing off the front porch on our house, which would enclose the chimney for another 8 feet. However, we've still got 20 feet of chimney sticking up above the roof of the porch...

One thing I've found that helps throw off some more heat is the "firebricks" that line the inside of the stove... I bought a bunch of extras and lay them on top of the unit, behind the cosmetic cover panel... these sit on top of the thin sheet metal above the unit's blower, holding a lot more heat in for the blower to "use."

Does anyone have other suggestions? Thanks in advance!
4 years ago