Chrishophori Ezzy

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Just flipping it on it's head for a moment.

You're a tradesman with marketable skills, 20 acres of timbered land, a wife and kids.

As this is in the roundwood and timber framing section, I presume something log built is in your future?

I think your best course of action would be don't rush in to something that might not get built before the snow flies.

Get somewhere in town for this fall and winter, because you'll want to fell your building trees in the winter, to get them with less sap etc.

That also means that you can plan your build, your site, and apply for permits etc, without having the snow deadline breathing down your neck.

Don't forget to allow for snow loads on any roof you plan to build too.

Hank Waltner wrote:Grandchildren work for chocolate.

I bet you could trade pork for labor.

But other than that I’m stumped would a hand sickle  work?

Hi Hank, no grandkids yet, I don't know what the kids are doing, but it's not making babies!

Pork for labor... hmmm bringing home the bacon!

Hand sickle would have me face down in the dirt, long back, short arms and bad balance!
5 months ago
Thanks Ellendra, perhaps we could get a double wide scythe, I'll do the righthand handle if you'll do the left?
5 months ago
Thanks for the ideas guys, I'll check them out.
5 months ago

Eric Hanson wrote:Chrishophori,

Is there any chance you could modify an existing scythe?  Alternatively, perhaps a scythe is not exactly the best tool for your particular situation.  

Could some sort of trimmer/weed eater/mower work in place of a scythe.  I understand the desire to do the work without external power, but maybe this is a case where it is more appropriate?

I wish I could help more,


Thanks Eric for the reply, a weed eater/ strimmer may be the only real option, but the memory of the smooth action and exercise of a scythe is stuck in my head.

I'm sure with an international research grant, a normal scythe could be adapted, with only a couple of years work! ;-)

I'm out in the boonies so hand tools 'feel' the way I want to go, there's no point in going electric due to distances for power cords etc, but a gas powered strimmer, with cutting blade as well as strimmer nylon, is probably what I'll end up with.

I'm sure there's a museum of disabled farming tools, (or farming tools for the disabled), somewhere in the world!
5 months ago
Looking for solutions to my gardening problems.

I have a messed up shoulder and leg, (left side), and I'm looking for tools to clear ground cover etc. I used to use my dad's scythe 45 years ago to help keep a meadow down to a good level, but with my weak / disabled left side, I can't use two handed tools like that anymore.

Does anyone know of a scythe that has either stable opperation one handed, or a "funky" handle, that will allow use of my left arm, but close to the body with reduced movement.

Talking to a friend, he said to move to a petrol weedeater, with the strap properly adjusted they can be used one handed.

If there are producers that cater for arm/ mobility disabilities in their tool range, could folks post what you've found?
5 months ago
Welcome to the site.

An appropriate book at an opportune time, I started my Victory garden last week, clearing and tilling about 900'sq on the Danubian plain, roughly 20 km from the river Danube.

The planting started today and will roll on into the second week of May, to allow ground temperatures to rise high enough for the chilli's to do well.

Mostly this year we are concentrating on crops for salsa, tomato sauces, and squashes, with some fruits and salad vegetables, as well as some root crops for winter usage including potatoes.

There will be herb planters, to add to the drying and dehydration lists for winter use, and to be picked fresh for daily use.

We'll be successionally planting salad greens in cut and come again style, as although we like salad in the summer, neither of use eat a salad a day, more of twice or rarely three times a week kind of diet, (I hope that when they start to come in, our taste for home grown salad will increase this).

We need all the 'help' we can get, so another pertinent book added to our reading list, will be much appreciated!
6 months ago
Thanks for the replies.

The chimney and the 5" flues are on internal walls, the floor plan is a simple cross, splitting each outside wall roughly in half. 3/4 of them are about the same size, the last 1/4 is split in half making 5 rooms.

The second floor has a similar but all the rooms are 1/4 the floor plan, each floor is about 1050' sq, I'll post pictures on the next post.

I don't yet know the size of the fireplace chimney, just the wall flues.
1 year ago
Hi everyone, first time poster, in the research stage of my RMH build.

I'm living part time in Bulgaria and part time in the UK.

Bulgaria will be where I'll get to build my RMH, the chimneys built into the house are 130 mm (or 5.12"), I have a wood burning stove in one of 5 rooms on the ground floor of a 2 story house, (we live downstairs in the winter, as the stairs are external, and closing off the upstairs and living downstairs make more sense).

Having read enough to know that the necked down point should lay the basis for J shaped RMH, that gives me 20.588 "sq for the flues.

Fire bricks available are 230 x 114 x 75 mm (or 9" x 4.5" x 3"* just under 3"), so if I start the front of the J with a brick stood on end 4.5" wide, with sidewalls 2 bricks high, and make the feed tube and riser, 4.5" square shaped (or 20.25"sq), that will mean the 3rd layer of bricks will be interlocked, and the sidewalls can be bonded with 1/2 brick on layer 1, (at each end), and full bricks on the 2nd layer.

1) With the 20.25"sq feed and riser, and burn chamber, how long should the burn chamber be?

2) How tall should the riser be?

3) Is there a formula for the length of piping this will be able to feed heat through the mass?

4) There is also an old fireplace in one of the rooms, I don't know the diameter of the flue on this chimney, is it better to think about a build with a 6" system and vent through this chimney, or go with the 4.5" system and vent throuch the 5" flue in the wall?

Apologies for the long winded multiple question first many questions, so much information, so little time.

p.s. I have the "build bible" on order, just waiting for delivery, and can't sreep for all the questions going round and round in my brain.
1 year ago