Mike Haasl wrote:Good point Trace! Might the frozen ground be a benefit come spring so that they don't flower too soon?
One thing I keep thinking about. Trees in central Illinois probably have bare frozen ground around them in the dead of winter. Up here they have 1-2' of snow around them and the ground doesn't really freeze under that snow. So trees that can handle southern IL just fine can also likely handle colder ground than we get up where I live. That's rattled around in my brain from time to time the last few years...
Isaac Hunter wrote:...tract of private timber land...
William Bronson wrote:
Anymore I look at all my permaculture style activities as what I enjoy, rather than what is practical.
Practically speaking I should just get a second job and buy long term storage food and a hyper insulated solar powered home with rain water storage.
Dan Fish wrote:I dunno man. I feel like having a wood stove is my personal pinnacle of thrift. Here is how I see it:
If seasoned oak is $400 a cord and I burn 4 cords (cause I also have about zip for insulation... for now) then I heat my house all fall, winter and spring for $1600. Let's say I value my time at home at $20 per hour. It's low but I am spending time out in the sun and getting a good workout so I think it's fair. And to be honest if I am falling trees it's so much fun it's hard to even count that time. Then we have some costs. 2 gallons of saw gas and the oil is about $15, maybe two more for the splitter since I split by hand as much as I have time and energy for. Or when I am in a bad mood, hahaha. Oh and bar oil so lets be crazy and say $80 for expendables ( I added gas for the truck). So now we have $1520. Divided by $20/hr means I have to take 76 hours to break even. No way in hell it takes more than 20 working hours to fall, limb, buck, split and stack 4 cords of wood.
Michael Cox wrote:Sadly the fabric of the building cannot be touched. It is a historic listed building, and retrofitting insulation and double glazing would not get past planning. This prevents the obvious steps that I would love to take - RMH, secondary glazing, insulating the walls etc... The windows are absolutely huge and single glazed. Plus we rent, which adds another layer of difficulty.