andre hirsz

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since May 26, 2017
thunder bay ontario canada
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The re gen on an electric car uses gravity to recharge the battery in much the same way, going down hillsides and slopes, does it not? So using this same technology does seem to have potentials already in use.
1 month ago
Hi Mike. Its the charred posts that will be below ground level. Not the gabian wall. Only to reduce any shifting of the gabians in frost heave. All wood exposed is charred as in Japanese method called shou sugi ban. To preserve the wood. Also post should go upside down in the ground where possible. As the tree naturally wicks water the other way. The gabians also serve to retain heat at night and wick or absorb heat in the day. They also collect moisture in condensation. All my Apple trees have good sized boulders beside them and grow 2 times faster then those without. Night heat seems to have this increased rate from the rock.
10 months ago
Hi Mike. I have the same design in mind , arched cabin design with compost heat at north side. The one difference is my foundation to sit on 2 gabian berms made with gabian baskets. Both for cost and thermal mass. Like to avoid cement and put charred posts right thru the gabian baskets to below frost line. Cross beams joined to posts. Gabians above ground maybe 2 feet sitting on 3 in of gravel.
10 months ago
Masonry bell is certainly worth considering. Thank you. For summer nights I often use a wood stove for heating water, drying produce etc. In replacing the wood stove with a rocket mass heater I was planning on closing off vents to the thermal mass , to exhaust straight from the  bells manifold duct. Allowing less heat to be stored  in the cabin. In warmer seasons ,  while keeping warming features.
1 year ago
Thanks for your input. I will build the stack to the required height as I have from the rocket mass heater.book by Erica and Ernie Wisner. Was just wondering if 2 foot gas pipe with sealed lid would be too thick a material 5/8"?
1 year ago
Has anyone tried a thicker walled bell or barrel in their design? Would a 1/4 " or more walled bell have the same required effects? As I presume  that the bells purpose is partly to create temperature variance for further draw. Any input would be much appreciated.
1 year ago
These are my best cash crop that require the least maintenance. Observing this plant for over 10 years Ive learned that that the patches last not much longer than 12 years and seem collapse when exhausting the nutrients they require. Also I noticed that transplanting the suckers soon establishes a new colony when placed in the right location. My best berries seem to like north facing slopes , shaded from the east, which shows me that they prefer cooler condition that holds morning moisture.
1 year ago
This is a very hot and clean fuel from polyethylene waste
1 year ago
I found that a local clay does wonders for my gums. I now use it in a powder form for toothpaste. Not sure the exact type of clay that it is other than a reddish very tacky material.
1 year ago
The abundance and heartiness of the sweet clovers has caught my attention for some years now. A favorite with bee keepers but I've also noticed a great amount of seed from this plant. Am wondering if anyone has experienced a sprouted flour from the seed of this plant?
1 year ago