Brian Hammack

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since Dec 21, 2018
Have you ever wanted to just throw it all away and go live in the woods? Well, maybe not that extreme but definitely reduce your stress and reliance on the outside world. For her and I that is exactly what we wanted. Working 12 hours a day 7 days a week has taken its toll on both of us and we were ready for a change.
Who we are: the typical working family who has just gotten tired of the rat-race. Working at times 7 days a week just to pay bills and stare at things we never had the time to enjoy, especially time with each other. Armed with nothing more than the knowledge gained from forums, videos and articles we launched out into the unknown and began building our homestead.
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I was planning on going with the older bench style. But I guess I need to fully research the other one too.
6 months ago
The XPS can withstand 30 psi, but I am not sure about how it would stand up to heat. I'm not sure how much heat would be at the bottom of the stove. Wouldn't the perlite and cement mix still conduct heat?
6 months ago
My wife and I are building a 40x40 Earth-sheltered house on our homestead. The centerpiece for the living area will be a rocket mass heater that we will be building ourselves.

My question is should I install a layer of XPS polystyrene between the concrete floor and the heater's mass so that the floor will not absorb all of the heat. While this might be good at first glance but the burn time would be greatly extended if I had to heat the entire floor along with the heater's mass too. There will be a layer of XPS between the concrete and the ground.

Thanks,

Brian
www.hopehomestead.com
6 months ago
Have you ever wanted to just throw it all away and go live in the woods? Well, maybe not that extreme but definitely reduce your stress and reliance on the outside world. For her and I that is exactly what we wanted. Working 12 hours a day 7 days a week has taken its toll on both of us and we were ready for a change.

Who we are: the typical working family who has just gotten tired of the rat-race. Working at times 7 days a week just to pay bills and stare at things we never had the time to enjoy, especially time with each other. Armed with nothing more than the knowledge gained from forums (such as this one), videos, podcasts and articles we launched out into the unknown and began building our homestead.

Since these forums have offered us such a vast wealth of knowledge we would like to invite any of you to follow our journey, laugh, or possibly cringe at our mistakes and just maybe learn something along the way. Follow along at our blog and YouTube channel on how we go from the typical career couple to off-the-grid homesteaders, build our Earth-Sheltered home, start our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Hope Homestead Farms, LLC and much more.

homesteadjourney.org

11 months ago
My wife and I are currently in the planning phase of building a 40x40 Earth bermed home on our 30 acre homestead in Ohio. We plan on building a rocket mass stove in the center of the main living area. We are interested in incorporating in-floor radiant heating to reach the far corners of the house including the bedrooms. What I would like to do, and planning on doing is installing copper water lines passing through the thermal mass and then into the radiant heating lines.

My questions are, has this been done and how, or is it a terrible idea? Also, any ideas on how to go about this would be appreciated.

If this is the incorrect forum for such a question I apologize. I have been reading these forums for a long time but this is my first post.
11 months ago