jordan barton

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Living off-grid 23 acre farm, with goats, chickens and pigs.
USDA Zone 8-9
Coastal Salish Sea area, British Columbia
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Hey jeff
Pictures would be great when you can get them. I am interested in your bench

Some info which I believe most would find helpful.
Where do you roughly live?
How big is the space you are heating?

What is your burn time like? You say constantly. So you light up at 8am and than the stove goes until 10pm? If so I would say you need a bigger stove! Our fisher stove in the big house takes all day to heat the house. Than rinse and repeat the next day

My walker stove heats up a 200SQft tiny house which is very well insulated. Right now I start the fire with a full firebox. this included paper/kindling and 2x2s run the stove with the primary air open for about 10 minutes. When I see the secondary burn start and the "cooktop" get in excess of 600*F I close the primary air. Than about 1 hour later I fill the box up and than call it good until the next evening. Again a small space. I also block the secondary air when I go to bed so air isn't circulating through the mass/bell overnight.

One thing I will say is that I would love to run the stove full blast. However all of the heat will be released from the cooktop with little going into the brick bell. And than my tiny house turns into a sauna! Nice but hard to sleep with.
My thread https://permies.com/t/tiny-house-masonry-heater

12 hours ago

Coydon Wallham wrote:[
The Solarium 3D plans include a listing for "high temperature tape" with no further info.  I think it would be good to elaborate on this description as it has proven vague when I've gone on my RMH materials scavenger hunt.

This is the most recent post showing up in my search for high temperature or silicone tape. The local fleet store had some tape rated to 350* (I forget the UL number it carried), and I think some other that was slightly higher. An Amazon search pulls something up that claims 1020*F tolerance (the military stuff?), but I've found that on very, very rare occasions marketing info on Amazon should not be trusted. Anyone with helpful experience to share...?



I believe the tape they use is 3m high temp tape. I do not have experience using it. However I believe it would be real easy to cut your hand on the tape. Wear gloves. https://www.3m.com/3M/en_US/p/d/cbgnaw011285/
2 days ago
My other suggestion is to not lift the round of wood onto the chopping block at all...
You can stack all of the rounds upright in a circle than put a rope/ratchet strap around the whole circumference and wack away without needing to lift the round up onto a chopping block.
The other tip is to put a inner tube around the round and smack the wood. The wood will stay upright instead of falling over. This means no lifting the round either.

Sometimes I carry a 1/4 piece of firewood around  to each round and place it at the bottom of the round facing me. SO when you smack thru the round the axe hits the piece of firewood instead of the ground/rocks.


If a piece is difficult I will place it long ways in front of me and wack thru it long wise instead of thru the round portion. works well


Also with big knotty pieces. You can take your chain saw and cut just through the knot. It splits easily afterwards.
2 days ago
Here is my tip.......

Buy from Saw mill operators! The stuff is so easy to process your self. None of it will be large. Most things can be chopped with a one handed axe. Some operators will be happy that you took the "work" off their hands.

I end up selling about 10 cords of mill ends each year. Its great stuff. It often comes with small pieces and the bottom slab which can be chopped up. Its often seasoned. Maybe some of it is green wood. We do not cut up green wood however...

2 days ago
I wouldn't call this my favourite! As in I just found this song tonight....

Been reading Susan Cain's Book Bitter-Sweet How sorrow and longing make us whole


Beautiful book. She talks about melancholic music and I happened across this tonight while I was doing dishes.

Incredibly moving. My heart swoons
5 days ago
My concern would be the expanding and contracting of the different materials. Especially where the normal brick is touching the old wood stove steel. I would think an expansion gap would help with this. Maybe cardboard which would burn out. Even though I do not know what this is going into. I find it a bitch to only have 1 access point into the stove. Again maybe you can build the stove from the top.... I am not sure.  

I have been redesigning the firebox in our cast iron stove and its annoying having to reach in from the door. I would love to be able to remove the top!
5 days ago
Hey folks

So I have been using a combination of a cotton duvet(with very little/no stuffing) with two wool blankets on top of me to sleep for a few years. It works well when the house is 70*F+. It works quite poorly when the house is 60*F. I also find I need to keep the blankets "together" or else I need to make up the bed often. I think subconsciously it restricts movements while I am sleeping.

Anyways I went camping one weekend this fall, we were in a tent and all I had was this 10*F Black Diamond sleeping bag. I got it in Nepal and its works great. I than decided to use it daily as my sleeping blanket. It is synthetic and not my favourite for long term use. However it does keep me warm and there is no more restricted movement. I can also throw the blanket off me when I am too hot and quickly put it back on in seconds. So it sparked my interest to find something more permie like.

I haven't researched options. I was hoping people could fill me in. The sleeping bag is puffy, and light weight.

Anyone have a really good sleeping blanket recommendation?
2 weeks ago
For me, I cook bread at around 500~*F for 20 minutes than I turn it down to 450~*F for about 20 minutes ish. How I tell if the bread is cooked is by knocking on the bottom of the loaf. I am listening for a hollow sound. If it is a dud sound, its needs more time.
Usually I take it out of the bread pan and knock on the loaf. If the hollow sound is missing I will put the loaf back in the rocket oven without the bread pan for a few minutes.


Also when you start your sourdough are you starting with a freshly fed starter? Or are you adding to a starter which has old(sour) starter in it? Maybe the loaf tastes fine when fresh, however after 2 days or so its sourness becomes more noticeable?

Would you be willing to share your process for making bread?
2 weeks ago
Personally I believe an " in the box" set up would be quite a lot of money. Compared to piecing it together yourself. You can even look at plug and play systems and build one yourself. Chances are you can find some solar panels on marketplace/craigslist. Having an off grid system requires knowing a little bit about how solar works. So at least learning what is required to build one, will help in repair/maintenance. When something goes wrong do you want to be calling a solar electrician? Are they common where you live?

Will has very useful information on building your own solar system along with other videos related to solar.


Another option which is convenient is solar generators:
3 weeks ago