Penny McLoughlin

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I was able to get the notify to work but the remind me appears to be for after it has launched. It said I could save it after the launch.
1 week ago
Hi Coydon,

I'm zone 6b. Winter temps occasionally down into the teens each year.

I have 2 inches of rigid insulation covering the 18 inches of concrete foundation that is above ground. The north side of the greenhouse is attached to our house. The greenhouse is covered by used double paned windows and 6mm double walled polycarbonate greenhouse panels.

Thomas - I forgot to answer your question about insulating under the 18' of exhaust and the answer is no. I was thinking of putting a couple of inches of sand under them for some insulating effect but it says pretty damp in the floor (despite having a buried drain) so I don't know how helpful the sand would be as an insulator if it was damp/wet?
5 months ago
Thanks Thomas !

Batch boxes are very interesting indeed. I have an 8" J tube system in the house for now that I built a couple of years ago. But I would love to have something that I could cook on too.

I'd like to do an oven system next I think and then a water heater.

Probably not until spring though. My house is only 1/2 finished inside and I've promised my family that I'd finish the wiring and close up the walls this winter :b
5 months ago
Forgot to mention that it has been doing a great job of decreasing the humidity in the greenhouse as well, which is awesome.

It pretty much steams out the chimney for the entire 2 hours that I've been running it each night.

Because I'm spraying the fodder racks at least twice a day. I was really building up a ton of moisture in the greenhouse.
5 months ago
So here's my newest accomplishment!

I made a 6" RMH for my greenhouse which is attached to my house. I'm in North Central Idaho and hoping to be able to grow cool weather veggies and sprout fodder for my livestock over the winter in there. Also, my neighbor gave me a banana tree after I finished the greenhouse this spring and the darn thing is fruiting so I'm trying to keep it alive over the winter.

Since the floor of my greenhouse is gravely rock, I put everything except the upper barrel below ground level and buried it in the gravel of the floor.

I've got 18' of exhaust pipe running through the gravel floor and then 12' of chimney pipe, 4 feet of which is outside the greenhouse.

My first attempt failed due to not using a large enough barrel over the heat riser. I used what I assumed was a 35 gallon barrel but ended up only being a 25 gallon. The smaller barrel almost worked but didn't allow for enough draft and it eventually smoked back.

I followed Ernie and Erica's designs for a 6" RMH but did the "5 min riser" alternative for the heat riser. 8" duct with durawool lining the inside.

Because it was all getting buried in the rock, I only did a  small amount of cob to seal the cracks between the fire bricks and the barrel. Yes, I know I should have burned the paint off the barrel before putting it together but I was in a crunch for time with freezing temps at the end of the week and having to tear it apart and rebuild it.

Works good so far!

I've been running it nightly for about a week now and it is keeping my 12' x 38' greenhouse at a toasty 50 deg overnight with outside temps in the low 30's to upper 20's.
5 months ago
So I had also upgraded to the $65 level and just got an email that I am only at $25 level. I found the post on changing my pledge and went to "manage my pledge" and it shows me at the $65 level.

Why did i get that e mail?

1 year ago
My new favorite is sour dough English muffins !

I use rye flour for just about everything so that's what I use in this recipe as well but I believe that they were originally made with wheat.

1/2 cup starter
1 cup milk

Mix together

2 cups flour

Mix again and let sit 8 hours

Add 1 Tbl honey, 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp  baking soda and mix.

Makes a very loose dough so flour board well and fold/knead it adding flour until can roll it into a log. Cut into 8 pieces and flatten into patties.

Cover and rest for 1 hour and then cook about 1 min on each side (until rises and is brown on bottom). Use medium high heat and preheated skillet.

Super delicious!
1 year ago
So while I have not experienced the click and actually don't wish to as it seems a very hard and all consuming path, I  very much respect and support those who have.

Perhaps in a similar way to Paul describes how he feels about people who choose a vegan lifestyle. A noble path that is not for everyone.

One thing that struck me while listening to part 3 was Paul's desire to have a place so clean and food so healthy and nutritious that someone with cancer could come and live there and their cancer would just resolve on its own.

I have been studying recently about the effects of excess omega 6 fats in our diets and how there is more and more research showing that they are one of the major causes of diseases like macular degeneration, cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Populations that have very little omega 6 in their diets have very low rates of these diseases and as the amounts of omega 6 go up so do the rates of the diseases.

Macular degeneration can be haulted by removing omega 6 from the diet.

Lab rodents actually won't develop cancers unless also fed a special diet high in omega 6. When they are using them for studying the causes and treatments for cancers.

Cardiovascular disease was almost unheard of before the rates of omega 6 consumptions began to go up.

Omega 6 is primarily from manufactured seed oils. Corn, soy, canola, sunflower, etc. Those oils being organic or not doesn't effect the disease rates.

The article below does a better job of explaining it than I probably could.

Love the podcasts and thanks for all you do!
I had "severe" periodontal disease and was told by a couple of oral surgeons that I needed immediate bone and gum grafting or I would be losing teeth.

There was pretty severe gum recession with deep pocketing in multiple areas and bone loss visible on x-rays and loosening of several teeth.  

That was better than 10 years ago and although my gums are not perfect by any means, my periodontal disease is listed as "stable". And my teeth are not loose anymore.

Here's what worked for me.

Homeopathic Mezereum 6C and Hepar Sulph Calc 6C. One dose of each twice a day.

Doug Simons "Wound and Tooth Powder" for brushing my teeth with. It's a powdered herbal compound of red dock, chaparral, herbs mansa, pine pitch, juniper pitch and white sage (dougsimons77at gmail dot com).

Water pick for "flossing" with. Initially I used it with salt water but as inflammation went away I switched to just water.

I did SCD for a while but then did GAPS diet for about a year and for the last 8 or so years eat mostly by way of Nourishing Traditons style although heavy on the fats and light on carbs.

To strengthen teeth enamel, I also try to eat 1/4 tsp powdered horsetail (equestrus hymale) fern daily. Mixed in yogurt or applesauce since it doesn't dissolve in liquids worth a darn. I get that from Doug Simon's as well .

I've actually been able to see my gums growing back over the exposed portions of my teeth ever so slowly. I still have pockets but haven't had them measured for several years so not sure how they might be changing.
1 year ago