Marion Kaye

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Thanks for posting me a link to this thread.
I particularly like the 'hood' over the cooktop.
I'm thinking this could be adapted to become a bottom heated oven, but I have a long way to go before I can try it!

What did you use for the cooktop?
6 months ago
Oh awesome!!
Thank you so much for the link, I'll post more on there, when I've studied it more closely. This thread had gotten very tedious, but now it's turned up gold, I'm glad I asked.
6 months ago
Thanks for that info., I'd often wondered if that was the case, but as I only use well dried, smaller diameter stuff I've never really bothered/needed to try. I don't use so much that storage is an issue, so I always have dry stuff available.
6 months ago

Mark Deichmann wrote:It takes ash about 15 -20 years to reach a diameter of 4 inches at chest height. Keeping in mind that where you cut one tree you get 3-6 on average back. Its long term at best but a nice tree to manage and nice to look at too.



Depends on climate and growing conditions, also on age of tree/rootstock. Round here, it grows a lot faster than that, more like 10 years to 4" diameter, though personally I wouldn't want it to get that thick, especially for the first cut. Not only will it be a shock to the tree, but it's more work to cut and handle generally. Coppicing (or pollarding) is the way to go. An established rootstock cut down regularly will put on much more growth than a new sapling. Typical cycle times are given as 7-10 years, but it really depends on how many stems you leave, and how thick you want them.
I have one that was cut at waist height (long story) when it was about 3" at that height, about 10 years ago, it now has three main stems all 4" or slightly more at chest height, but then again, I know where there are some ash trees in a car park that have hardly grown at all in the last 12 years.

For BTU per acre per year SRC willow is the best, and can be burnt in a rocket stove/heater, but if you need logs, I reckon ash cut at 2-3" is the best. Cutting down on your energy requirements will make 'which wood is best to grow for burning' less of a concern and you can have more space for growing other things, even other trees with other uses. Rockets aren't fussy about what they burn and will burn sticks, so once you have one you really don't have to grow anything special for fuel, just enough to provide adequate quantities of prunings.
7 months ago
To make stoneware pottery, you need stoneware clay. You could possibly use that clay to make a kiln to fire pots made of the same clay, but stoneware is vitrified clay, and that is a different ball game from earthenware.

On the positive side of things, I know from experience that you can use local earthenware clay to make a kiln to fire pots made of the same clay, and it will last many, many firings.

Unless you are seriously into medieval reenactment I recommend a domed downdraft style. Superficially this is much like the kiln in the video, but has a single central hole for the fire to enter the kiln and typically four equally spaced exit flues. Once the fire is going nicely the central hole in the top should be completely blocked so the hot gases redirect to the exit flues. (think rmh barrel, only without the insulated riser and with flues to encourage the draft rather than a bench.)
7 months ago
Hmm looks like I need to host on photobucket or somewhere first
7 months ago

Burra Maluca wrote:Have you seen Matt Walker's Tiny House Cook Stove Heater?

You'd still need a bit of metal for the door, but there's none in the stove itself, and the bench is different type too, with no flue pipe.



Thanks for posting, but actually yes. It's not just having a door that put me off it though. Among other things more personal to me, I don't see how he can call it a rocket stove when it doesn't have a riser, and in the video he actually titles it a masonry heater . . .

Looking on the positive side though, it does seem to be exhausting satisfactorily through a bench even without a riser!!

Posting on here seems to do wonders for my search results, at least, for a little while. . . I've actually found a couple of diagrams and pictures of almost exactly what I am thinking of making, and afaict they work alright!


Hi Thomas, to cut a long story short, between my finances and ministry of sadness wranglings, for metal, I am limited to what I have had lying around for years, and that's not much!
I do keep my eyes and ears open for anyone who might be interested in these sort of things, but due to the normal (i.e. not like me ;P ) demographic of the area I live in, the closest I have found was over an hour away, and they had to remove it or be unable to insure a very expensive (and wooden) building . . .

7 months ago
Metal barrels are as rare as hens' teeth around here and flue pipe is prohibitively expensive too, so I pretty much need to avoid metal but I would really like to make an rmh.

I know a rocket stove is doable without metal, but a lot of heat is wasted, which I would like to 'capture' in a cob bench/sleeping platform. I am concerned that without the rapid loss of heat provided by a large exposed metal surface, there will not be sufficient force in the draught to force the exhaust through any significant lenght of horizontal flue, especially once the downward section has warmed up.

The only examples I have been able to find of anything without metal are just stoves, and only one of them a proper rocket even. The best of them is Glenn Herbert's, and that exhausts into a vertical flue, after only a tiny downward section.

Being unable to find anything like what I am hoping will work, makes me very wary of the massive amount of work involved in making a cob bench in the first place. . .

If anyone has made one, or has seen one that works or has a link to one, I would love to hear about it.
7 months ago
Healthy newly hatched chicks will have a reserve of yolk inside them, as well as being well hydrated. They also slep a lot for the first few days, but even if the chicks don't need water, the hen does!

The cheeping of the chicks will keep the hen's attention more than eggs. While it's true that some hens are better at doing things naturally than others, I have only once seen a broody prefer eggs to chicks, and that was because only one hatched.
Sometimes chicks can hatch days apart, even after the hen has mostly left the nest and taken the chicks to water etc. A bit of cooling now and then is more normal than the constant even heat of an incubator.

When you say three 'stillborn' do you mean out of the shell?  That is very odd for several reasons, including some you won't want to hear about!
7 months ago