William Wallace

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I disagree that it is more efficient, as there are many factors like cost and size of heated area.
8 months ago
Currently, this heater is simply being used to stretch em1, with a large 6 dollar stock pot and lid from Walmart, and a milk jug to fit inside.  The 93 degrees should work out well
8 months ago
This isn't really an alternative fuel source, but rather an alternative way to provide heat to an area.  The foundation of this, is using water to heat an area.  Heating air is very inefficient through traditional ceramic electric heaters, but some people can not build a rocket heater for the thermal mass benefits. This is why I am suggesting that my solution is attempted.  

The idea is to use low watt aquarium heaters to create ambient temperature for a room.  If someone were to lay upon the top of heated tubs of water, I theorize that it would be a cozy night sleep.  

The watts needed is going to vary depending on situation, but I have seen experiment data supporting multiple small heaters.  Someone could use a single large heater, but having a large tank is the issue.   My choice has been the flat rectangular heaters, rather than the glass cylinder ones.  

I am writing this, because I saw a mushroom producer discuss how he was going to use a space heater, and I thought something like this would be a much more energy efficient method.
8 months ago
The peat is a substrate, which I have heard half and half peat and Coco coir is a valid substrate.  The difference here is my shrooms grow well on woodchips, so this is kind of a test.

Both perlite and peat were intended to also keep the soil moist in the summer heat that I am expecting this year. An added benefit of the perlite, is that it gave me a nice indication of my inoculate mixed into the chips.  Since I mixed the inoculate with perlite, and peat fully before mixing in the coconut coir, it helped me see which parts of the Rubbermaid tub are mixed..

Only on the last tub that I just finished that I started using two tubs and mixing from one to the other.  That was much easier than trying to turn over all the corners in a single tub.  

Since I cook breakfast up at synagogue, I have been adding in a full filter of spent grounds, and the shells from ten or a dozen eggs. The perlite peat mixture also gets a small handful of diatomaceous earth, as a pest control method, but it is also said to supplement the soil.

Since this mixture is being top dressed on my garden, I expect the peat and perlite to help my plants, but it is quite a small amount versus the volume of woodchips that I add in.  Theoretically, I think it helps me spread the inoculate out better, but it also might feed the fungi with a fast food source versus the chips that I expect to be a slower fuel source.  I really don't know, because I haven't fermented woodchips before..... And writing this reminds me that I need to inoculate some chips that were not fermented, so that I can watch for a difference.  Wine caps are new for me as well, recommended by Eric earlier in the thread.  

8 months ago
Spreading mushroom spawn has been fun.  I make a mixture with 1 part spawn, 1 part peat moss, 1 part perlite, 1 part vermicompost, and 4 parts hydrated Coco coir.  My choice has been to make about 30 cups of this mixture to a big Rubbermaid tub of fermented wood chips.

Finding two chairs aside the road, I have those sitting above the mushroom bed that I created, to create shade.   Having seen the bucket drip irrigation systems for off-grid, this might morph directly into that, as I have a large tub between the two out stretched chairs.  Two sets of chairs with two tubs seems to give the entire bed adequate shade.  It is one main thing my garden is lacking.

It has been fun making up the full chip mixture, and tossing it in the understory that is heavily shaded.  I am excited to see if it fruits in the sunny areas that I have placed it.
8 months ago
An idea to increase the diversity in my garden is accelerated by a large mushroom bed.  However, now I am considering using the ferment sterilized spawn as top mulch underneath my vegetables. It's cool, humid, and I don't think there will be competition issues.  

This should have positive influence on my ecosystem in several ways. The mycelium might turn beneficial relationships surrounding it.  A biomass above the soil helps to insulate heat. Then we have the degraded wood chip nutrients improving the situation continuously.

With the amount of degradation already seen in the chips from fermenting, I expect a portion to decay quickly.  Having a nice mixture of chunks in my mix should give me some power pellets to fuel shrooms.  

8 months ago
Wine caps are what I will be growing.

A video that I saw mentioned that I need to be careful to not use a product that has trichoderma in it, as that will inhibit growth. Both micro-mykos and tps billions has this in it, so I figured that I need to use care to not mix those two with it.

They wouldn't ship the spawn over the weekend (which is a nice quality assurance), and so I will receive it about Thursday. Stamets fermenting for two weeks might be a little much, but I am going to experiment.  I have about 6 big tubs of chips fermenting, and will start using them one by one as I configure the grow bed.  This way the first tub will be one week fermenting, but eventually I will use some other things when they reach two weeks. Wonder if I will see a difference.  

This isn't really for moisture, since the chips get laid out in the air and sun to sterilize.  My thought is the majority of moisture needs to evaporate, so that all of the anaerobic bacteria are eliminated.  Q
8 months ago
Thought you can propagate then just by driving into the ground?  Looking forward to what is discussed on this topic, because I know little
9 months ago
I've just taken Paul Stamets suggestion of fermenting woodchips under water for a week or two.  Then I will drain and dump them out to oxygenate and sterilize under the sun. It is said this will make sterile chips that are very available for myco growth
9 months ago
Trace, that's a nice method that I have not used yet.  Do you think this would inoculate riots if watered into the soil? This is my first year working with mycorrhizae, and I am fascinated that supposedly I can simply water it in and it will get to roots. It sounds like this blender method might work in the same way.

Similar to how you blend the mushrooms, I do the same with a can of tuna. With this blended fish, I add some cod liver oil.  Together I think they would compare to a bottled fish emulsion, or might even be better.  I am not sure how one would compare to the other.
9 months ago