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Mike Haasl

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Mike is a homesteader, gardener, engineer, wood worker, blacksmith and most recently a greenhouse designer. He heard about permaculture in 2015 and has been learning ever since.
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Maybe a screen shot of other advertising?  Or maybe I'm misunderstanding the type of advertising that is talking about.
First impression:
The graphic for "Purchase Advertising on Permies.com" looks a bit underwhelming
How about that button for donating money without wanting anything in return?
I think for your goals that is plenty of water.  I think in colder/cloudier places (north or north east US) you want 5 gallons per square foot of South facing glazing.  

If they're under benches and not getting any sun, they should still contribute to the thermal mass effect but painting them black won't really help.  I believe there are other tricks like keeping them away from walls a bit and allowing for air circulation to heat them from all sides.  Insulation underneath could also be a good idea.
14 hours ago
The Straw, Wood and Iron level badges have just been added.
1 day ago
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sand badge

build a kindling cracker

(wood burning tools list) complete 1 of:
   - poker
   - tongs
   - rmh scoop
   - metal rack to hold a poker, a set of tongs and an rmh scoop


straw badge
Welding list (complete at least seven points and at least 5 different items):
Projects should mainly be constructed by gas or arc welding
  Make a twisting wrench from a crescent style wrench - ½ point
  Make a guillotine fuller - 3 points
  Make a spring fuller - 1 point
  Make four matching angle braces (broader than 90 degrees) to attach legs to a platform (deer stand, water tower, etc) - 2 points
  Weld a trailer ball to a tractor implement - ½ point
  Weld two hooks or chain clevises to a tractor bucket - ½ point
  Welded digging fork - 1 point
  Fix a crack in a tool - ½ point
  Beefy set of shelf brackets - 1 point
  Sawhorse brackets for two wooden sawhorses - 2 points
  Door latch - 1 point

Forging list (complete at least seven points and at least 5 different items):
Projects should mainly be constructed by forging
  Set of tongs with rivet and drawn out handles (no flat stock with twist) - 2 points
  Forge and heat treat two punches or hot chisels or one of each (show they aren’t brittle) - 1 point
  Nice fire poker - 1 points
  Nice gate handle - 1 points
  Drawknife - 3 points
  Hardy hole tool - 1 points
  Forged digging fork - 3 points
  Forge a spring fuller - 1 point
  Log peeling spud - 2 points
  Tomahawk head from railroad spike (ready for handle) - 2 points
  Decent knife from railroad spike or file - 2 points
  Heat treat a homemade knife and prove it - 1 point
  Hand trowel - 2 points
  Hinge - 2 points
  Holdfast - 1 point
  2 wingnuts or other hand tightened nuts - 2 points
  Repoint and harden/temper a pointy tool (pick, mattock, etc) without removing any metal - 2 points
  Marshmallow or hot dog fork for campfire - 1 point (2 if SS)
  20 nails - 2 points
  Branding iron (for leather or wood) - 3 points
  Utility grade broad axe - 3 points
  Utility grade adze - 2 points
  Utility grade froe - 2 points
  Utility grade gouge - 2 points

Shop list (complete at least seven points and at least 5 different items):
  Crude forge - 1 point
  Prep coil spring to use for 6 punches/chisels - 1 point
  Make a center punch - 1/2 point
  Crude anvil on a stump - 1 point
  Sturdy metal work table - 2 points
  Make a sheet metal hand brake - 1 point
  Rebar drawer/door handle (flattened ends - torch?) - 1 point
  Nail heading plate - 2 points
  Stamp with initials to mark metal - 2 points

Sheet metal list (complete at least seven points and at least 5 different items):
  Water trough or pan - 2 points
  Urine diverter for willow feeder - 1 point
  Nice RMH ash scoop - 1 point
  Nice dustpan - 1 point
  Grain scoop - 1 point
  Chicken funnel - 1/2 point
  Squirrel/raccoon guard for a post - 1 point
  Solar oven reflectors - ½ point
  Pinwheel or spiral wind spinner to scare birds from growies - 1 point
  Copper flower - 1 point
  Sink a small bowl or spoon - 2-6 points
  Gravity powered fan - 2 points for Sheet Metal, 4 points for Other
  Lamp shade - 3 points
  Reflector style camp stove (redirects heat from campfire to cook) - 4 points
  Chicken feeder - 2 points
  Storage box without lid - 2 points
  Storage box with lid - 4 points
  Chimney cap - 4 points
  Berry picker hand scoop - 1 point
  Berry picker standing scoop - 2 points
  Mailbox - 2 points

Other list (complete at least seven points and at least 5 different items):
  Make, grind, polish and stamp a name tag or key fob - 1 point
  Solder some garden art (flowers, etc) from copper - ½-4 points
  Sand cast anything from aluminum (bigger than a golf ball) - 2 points
  Cut a sign from metal, torch or plasma (8” by 18” min) - 1 points
  Copper tongs - 2 points
  Copper shishi odoshi - 3 points
  Campfire tripod and hanging grill (buy grill and bulk chain, make/assemble the rest) - 2 points
  Assemble firearm from purchased components - 2 points
  Dress up a mushroomed chisel or splitting wedge - 1/2 point
  Draw down the diameter of a piece of wire with a draw plate - 1 point
  Make a 6 oz ingot of metal other than lead - 2 points

wood badge
180 points required
Oddball points allowed

Welding list:
Projects should mainly be constructed by gas or arc welding, one project needs to be from metal other than steel
At least 30 points required:
3+ new items from Straw list
4+ items from this list:
  Build a trailer (4x6 or bigger) - 8-24 points
  Make a welding table (3’x4’ or bigger, adjustable pad feet, apron to clamp to, ¼” thick flat top or grating for torch work) - 8-16 points
  Two matching metal sawhorses - 4 points
  Work stand (vertically adjustable “T” that screws down into tripod legs) - 4 points
  Exhaust system for a vehicle - 3-6 points
  Make a length of chain with 10 links - 3 points
  J tube rocket engine (twofer with Rocket badge) - 4 points
  Decorative arbor or entry for a gate - 8-16 points
  Functional gate - 4 points
  Pretty gate - 8-16 points
  Bicycle frame - 8 points

Forging list:
Projects should mainly be constructed by forging
At least 30 points required:
3+ new items from Straw list
4+ items from this list:
  All the hardware for a door (hinges, latch, knob), no lock - 6-18 points
  Custom hammer (hardened) - 2 points
  Beautiful door knocker - 3-9 points
  Beautiful door handle - 3-9 points
  10 punches/drifts/chisels - 3 points
  Beautiful axe - 4-12 points
  C-clamp - 4 points
  Shovel - 6 points
  Decorative and functional spindles for 10’ of railing - 6-18 points
  Make a length of chain with 10 links (forge welding) - 5 points
  Soup ladle from one piece of metal (food safe) - 3 points
  1 place setting of tableware fork/knife/spoon (food safe) - 4-8 points
  High quality broad axe - 4 points
  High quality adze - 3 points
  High quality froe - 3 points
  High quality gouge - 3 points
  Two person log tong (swivel or pinching)- 4 points

Sheet metal list:
At least 30 points required:
3+ new items from Straw list
3+ items from this list:
  Custom bike fender - 4 points
  Custom ductwork for hvac system (20') - 8 points
  Raise a small bowl - 4-12 points
  Watering can - 8-16 points
  Copper pot/kettle/pan with tin - 8-16 points (counts for Other or Forging)

Other list:
At least 30 points required:
1+ new items from Straw Shop list
1+ new items from Straw Other list
4+ items from this list:
  Keyed lock - 8-24 points
  Safe box that is pretty- 4-12 points
  Make a gun barrel - 10 points
  Make a firearm - 30-90 points
  Smelt iron from ore - 50 points
  Make a heat powered wood stove fan - 20 points
  Veggie oil foundry - 4 points
  Japanese box bellows (cross over with dimensional woodworking) - 4 points
  Treadle hammer - 20 points
  Build a welder (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lM4sO6CN0mI) - 8 points
  Build a plasma cutter - 16 points
  Nice cutting table - 8 points
  Turn down a brake rotor - 2 points
  Stamp with artistic touchmark to mark metal - 3 points
  Timber tool - 16 points
  Log arch - 12 points

iron badge
1030 points required
Oddball points allowed

Welding list:
Projects should be primarily but not necessarily entirely constructed by welding.
At least 100 points required:
3+ new items from Wood level
1 project must be with aluminum and one with stainless steel.
Remaining points can come from additional items done from Straw and Wood lists, plus these items if you'd like:
  Hammer patch and weld a hole in a truck - 8 points
  Large smoker ala https://permies.com/t/120306/Homemade-Smoker - 30 points
  Large trailer - 40 points
  Convert a vehicle to wood or charcoal gasification (joint project with Tool Care)  - 80 points (plus 10 points of Tool Care (Wood/Iron))
   - Street legal, capable of 60mph and 40 mile range
  Convert a tractor or garden tractor to charcoal gasification (joint project with Tool Care)  - 40 points (plus 5 points of Tool Care (Wood/Iron))
   - Capable of 6 hrs run time
  Small trailer with walking suspension - 40 points
  Large trailer with walking suspension - 60 points
  Large solar panel mounting system (braces, not just clips) 60+ square feet - 20 points

Forging list:
Projects should be primarily but not necessarily entirely constructed by forging.
At least 100 points required:
3+ new items from Wood level
Remaining points can come from additional items done from Straw and Wood lists, plus these items if you'd like:
  Beautiful fire tool set - 16-48 points
  Iron/steel gate (think 1700’s Europe) - 80-240 points
  Elegant spindles for 10’ railing - 12-36 points
  Chandelier - 40-120 points
  Nice Candelabra or pair of candlesticks - 16 points
  Coach light - 8 points

Sheet metal list:
At least 100 points required.  They can come from additional items done from Straw and Wood lists, plus these items if you'd like:
  Beautiful hammered copper sink (food safe) - 40 points
  Steel wok - 40 points

Other list:
At least 100 points required.  They can come from additional items done from Straw and Wood lists, plus these items if you'd like:
  Make a mid size lathe using a lathe - 100 points
  Convert a vehicle to electric (joint project with Tool Care and Electricity) - 35 points
   - Street legal, capable of 60mph and 40 mile range
   - also earns 40 points of Electricity (Wood/Iron)
   - also earns 30 points of Tool Care (Wood/Iron)
  Convert a motorcycle or dirt bike to electric (joint project with Tool Care and Electricity) - 8 points
   - Street legal, capable of 20 mile range
   - also earns 100 points of Electricity (Wood/Iron)
   - also earns 5 points of Tool Care (Wood/Iron)
  Convert a tractor to electric (joint project with Tool Care and Electricity) - 35 points
   - Capable of 6 hrs run time
   - also earns 40 points of Electricity (Wood/Iron)
   - also earns 30 points of Tool Care (Wood/Iron)
  Large articulating solar panel system ala Solar Leviathan (40+ square feet) - 40 points
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Made some minor formatting tweaks and I'm moving this over to the main badge.  This thread is now locked.  Thanks for all the help with brainstorming this topic!!!
1 day ago
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Yes, that's quite a system!  A bit big for what I'm after.  I'm sure there's an industrial way to do what I'm after but I'm kind of looking for a hobby farmer sized arrangement...
1 day ago
Sorry Mihai, I fixed it!
1 day ago
I'm trying to remember the window and window sill layout at the abbey...  Could you post a few reminder photos?

How leaky are the windows?  I don't know how that would affect the situation but it could help or hurt to have them leaking.

I believe if an uncovered window has 10 units of heat loss, covering the middle 90% and leaving a gap at the top and bottom would reduce that only to 8 units of loss.  Or in other words, if air can easily cool and drop in front of the window and be replaced by more air that then cools, that circulating machine of cooling has a pretty strong effect.

If you block it at the top or bottom but let air come in or leave at the sides, the convection current can still happen to your detriment.

If the fabric was snug at the top and sides and an inch off the sill at the bottom, it should do the trick.

All of this is for nighttime heat loss prevention.  To get light through the curtain I think you'd want to cover as much of the window as you have to and seal the curtain to the three edges where it meets the wall.
1 day ago
general

This badge is about foraging, hunting, trapping, and fishing... with some guerilla gardening sprinkled in.  Must be wild foods - not gleaning or harvesting from an actively cultivated space.

Apples from a neighbor don’t count here.   Apples from a homestead that has been abandoned for at least five years does count.  Apples oddly growing in a place where there has never been any cultivation counts too (probably a discarded apple core led to the tree).   Apples that are the result of guerilla gardening count too.


sand badge

Required:
(fresh list) harvest one of: - 1/2 point
 - one pound (total) of:
       o huckleberries
       o raspberries
       o blueberries
       o aronia
       o salmonberries
       o true cranberries
       o serviceberries
       o sloe berries
       o blackberries (the tiny, trailing variety)
       o strawberries
 - two pounds of:
       o blackberries
       o highbush cranberries
       o elderberries
       o grapes
       o chokecherries
       o mulberries
- twenty pounds of:
       o apples
       o pears
       o apricots
       o plums
       o hazelnuts

(dry list) harvest, dry, and store one of the following: - 1/2 point
- one pound (fresh weight) of:
      o nettle
      o mint
      o rose hips
      o pineapple weed
- five pounds (fresh weight) of:
      o mushrooms
- twenty pounds (fresh weight) of:
      o apples
      o pears
      o apricots
      o plums

(tea list) make a cup of tea from one of: - 1/2 point
 - nettle
 - rose hips
 - mint
 - pineapple weed

(dish list) prepare a dish (soup, salad, entree, side, etc.) that uses at least a cup of one of: - 1/2 point
 - dandelion (blossoms or leaves)
 - wild mushrooms (must be cooked)
 - nettles
 - miner's lettuce
 - lambs quarter
 - purslane
 - acorns (must be prepared properly)
 - burdock root (must be cooked)
 - chickweed
 - wild sorrel
 - red-root amaranth (pigweed)
 - watercress
 - rose hips

4 pounds of seed balls/bombs  - 1 point

Electives:
Complete two of the following:
 - catch and prepare at least one pound of fish - 1 point
 - catch and prepare one wild rabbit/squirrel - 1 point
 - harvest maple sap and reduce it down to make 1 pint of syrup - 1 point
 - do 2 more items from the dry list (duplicates are okay)  - 1 point
 - do 4 more items from the dish list (duplicates are okay)  - 1 point
 - do 4 more items from the fresh list (duplicates are okay)  - 1 point


straw badge  35 points

Harvest at least five plants from the Sand Fresh list - 1/2 point each

Harvest and dry at least three plants from the Sand Dry list - 1/2 point each

Prepare at least eight dishes from the Sand Dish list (at least 5 different species) - 1/2 point each

Prepare 8 dishes (soup, salad, tea, dessert, entree, side, etc.) that feature the things you’ve foraged for other BBs - 4 points

20 pounds of seed balls/bombs - 4 points
      o at least an inch in diameter
      o can either be used immediately or quickly dried for storage (before the seeds germinate)
      o at least six different species in each ball/bomb
          - possible species:
              o nettle
              o dandelion
              o maple
              o mulberry
              o apples
              o black locust
              o sepp grain
              o daikon radish
              o alfalfa
              o tomato
              o sunflower
              o lupine
              o squash
              o kale
              o turnip
              o cherry

Save seeds from 6 species of wild plants - 2 points
    o At least one half teaspoon of each
    o Possible species:
       - Mullein
       - Sweet clover
       - Nettle
       - Apple
       - Apricot
       - Cherry
       - Berries
       - Dandelion
       - Nuts (acorn, hazelnut, walnut, chestnut, etc)
       - Dock/burdock
       - Miners lettuce
       - Sorrels

Sacagawea List (must do at least two)

Catch, butcher and preserve at least five pounds of fish(es) or ten pounds of shellfish - 4 points

Catch, butcher and preserve five wild rabbit/squirrels - 4 points

Catch, butcher and preserve one large mammal (deer, pig, elk, antelope, etc) - 8 points

Catch, butcher and preserve five wild game birds - 4 points

Harvest maple sap and reduce it down to make 1 gallons of syrup - 8 points

Collect 5 pounds of wild honey (without cutting down tree) - 4 points

Guerilla plant 500 woody perennial food seeds or cuttings (not seed bombs) - 8 points
- at least twelve different species
- possible species:
    o apple
    o pear
    o apricot
    o cherry
    o grape
    o mulberry
    o nettle


wood badge

Forage 200,000 calories from at least 10 sources
  - 6 sources of at least 10,000 calories each
        o No more than 4 of the 6 can be animal sources
        o For reference, the following have approximately 10,000 calories:
           o 14 lbs of venison
           o 17 lbs of duck
           o 15 lbs of trout
           o 42 lbs of apples
           o 100 lbs of morels
           o 3 quarts of maple syrup
  - at least half of the calories need to be dried for storage that could last more than a year at room temp - possible twofer with Food Prep and Preservation
        o can include
           o charcuterie
           o smoking
  - at least 10% is canned - possible twofer with Food Prep and Preservation

10 days eating 90% foraged food
   o 90% by calories
   o More than 6 foraged food types per day
   o Can include preserved foraged foods
   o Don’t have to be consecutive days
   o Minimum 1200 calories per day

1 mile of trail side forage gardening
   o 1 living plant per 10 feet of trail on average (so more than 500 plants)
   o within 20 feet of the trail
   o at least six different species
   o can be roadside, for rarely used dirt roads
   o the mile can be spread out between multiple stretches of trail
   o video of trail when introducing seed balls, and a general idea of what edibles were there to start
   o video of trail for several harvests and showing what plants made it
   o harvest 1000 calories each from six different species (can be from existing plants along the mile)
   o show at least 100 fruit trees at least four inches tall
   o at least 10,000 calories total (can go towards the 200,000 calorie BB)

iron badge

Forage 1,600,000 calories from at least 20 sources
  - 12 sources of at least 20,000 calories each
      o No more than 8 of the 12 can be animal sources

90 days eating 90% foraged food
   o 90% by calories
   o More than 6 foraged food types per day
   o Can include preserved foraged foods
   o One 30 day stretch
   o Four 7 day stretches
   o Minimum 1200 calories per day

1 mile of trail side forage gardening
   o 1 living plant per 1 foot of trail on average (so more than 5000 plants)
   o within 40 feet of the trail
   o at least twelve different species
   o can be roadside, for rarely used dirt roads
   o the mile can be spread out between multiple stretches of trail
   o video of trail when introducing seed balls, and a general idea of what edibles were there to start
   o video of trail for several harvests and showing what plants made it
   o harvest 5,000 calories each from six different species
   o show at least 100 fruit trees at least five feet tall
   o at least 50,000 calories total (can go towards the 1,600,000 calorie BB)
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pep