Aaron Tusmith

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Recent posts by Aaron Tusmith

That's a nice looking J tube you got there, I wonder if you could line the inside of the feeding tube and burn tunnel with firebrick splits, pretty cool though way to go on scoring the insulation, I know that is expensive!
8 months ago
I've been working on a hobby cabin that is perched at a slope, you can find it under "cabin project first pic" in the tiny house forum. Not sure if it will help you brainstorm or not but it is 200 square feet on a rubble trench/gabion foundation, the lumber order at the time was 750$ at the time of purchase (july 2018) so I'm sure that the same order would cost a lot more the days.
10 months ago
I can say that these seeds had just been washed in warm water. I had collected a bag full and crushed the pods in order to separate them from the seeds by removing the material that floated to the top, (the seeds sink). I suspect this saturation brought out their unique colors and varieties as opposed to the usual shiny black seeds found in a typical pod.

As for processing the seeds for food? I've never researched and methods with black locust seeds so I'm very curious.
11 months ago
I have harvested a couple small batches of chicory this summer and fall. Both times it turned out really good. In my experience, I learned that after washing, chopping the roots in to very small pieces helps in the grinding process after the roasting. At least MY chicory is super tough and woody stuff and extremely difficult to grind, (I actually used a meat grinder). But the second round I chopped the roots in to small uniform pieces for even roasting, and ease in grinding. One thing I did notice about the structure of the roots themselves is that there tends to be a very tough inner core surrounded by a much softer, fleshy type material on the outside of the root. I processed and roasted both parts but was unable to find anything online about which part of the roots might be more valuable in this application. Still, I found the whole process to be rather easy and intuitive. It has a great flavor, totally worth doing!
1 year ago
I'm currently reading the Humanure Handbook and the methodology is best explained towards the end of the book in the "Tao of Compost" chapter.
I have found the entire book interesting but if one were in a rush and wanted to understand the author's approach to composting humanure, reading the last chapter would probably cover everything. Read the whole book though!
1 year ago
Hey thanks for your input, I have never attempted this before so it will all be new to me. I do have one question that came up in some research. I noticed that in one recipe it said it was extremely important to sterilize the containers very well beforehand. I am just curious why this would be so important actually. Of course everything would be clean, but sterile?
1 year ago
so I have a couple different varieties of apples to chose from including crab apples. I have already ordered the cider press and I plan on ordering champagne yeast today... my goal is to make some type of alcohol-containing drink from the juice of the apples I have available on the property. I have done a little research and it seems pretty simple but wanted to see if anyone had some tips or info. Does anyone have any experience in using crab apples for this type of thing? Thanks in advance!
1 year ago
And here we have the deck build. New materials for the framing but the top decking boards are all repurposed picnic tables from an RV park. Though they were mostly warped and in bad shape I was able to lock them into place with clamps and screw them down for good. Will be expanding the deck soon, more pictures of the whole project coming soon as I haven't been posting here alot. New trees, and fences happened this summer too, stay tuned.
1 year ago
First update in a while and I insulated the ceiling and upper wall sections of the cabin. I had to settle for conventional pink fiberglass and foam board insulation for several reasons mostly being budget, and lack of available help. As I've written before I'm doing this project mostly solo so in order to make progress based on my available time I've had to cut many corners in terms of doing a natural building. Still, I'm happy to be at least partially insulated now and glad to have this part of the project out of the way.
1 year ago
I am very interested in the dust-off prevention and sealing as well. I do have a general question for anyone who may know; how do you actually know your walls are breathing enough? Without cracking open the plaster to check what might be some symptoms of a natural wall surface being too sealed? I have a small structure with light straw clay infill and Id like to know what to look out for.
1 year ago