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Carmen Rose

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I am a 62 year old who has done what they could living the city, recently moved to the country and ready to develop my own little permaculture (8.75 acres of clear cut timber land) and build an earth ship style home. How close to true earth ship remains to be seen. My goal is to build as I can afford it and be debt free when I'm done.
Pacific North West of the United States
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Thank you all for the quick and helpful replies! I didn't expect so much support, or so quickly.

I have a camp stove but I don't know how to use it, to be honest, and I'm too cheap to want to buy those small canisters all the time. Also, I read somewhere that using propane indoors doesn't take too long to really affect the oxygen level in a small space. In as pinch I will figure it out but outdoors will work for now.

Again, thank you very much!! You all are very encouraging. Everyone in my family thinks I'm crazy and my coworkers just raise their eyebrows when I mention it.
2 days ago

Julia Winter wrote:My rocket oven gets quite hot and it is a white oven.  The heat riser dumps white-hot fire directly onto the oven.  I typically put the pizza in when the thermometer is at 600 degrees Fahrenheit (315 Celsius) and that works very well.

So, I will dispute the claim that you have to have a stinky smoky "fire in the cooking space" oven to make excellent pizza.

You can read about my oven here:

Hi. I'm just getting ready to move off grid in about 10 days and have essentially no experience cooking over either a campfire or a propane burner (turkey fryer burner). You last notation says ask me about cooking so I'm asking - what beginner foods can I try?

Also - are there any rocket mass heaters or cooks in western Washington who would meet up with me and/or give me some pointers as I prepare to build my home here?

Thanks in advance.
3 days ago
Thank you for your thoughts. I don't currently have electricity at the property and, to be honest, I can't stand the stench and deafening noise of generators (besides the fact that the last 2 were stolen). I do quite like the spiral pump. I'll have to read up on those and see if one will do the job for me.

3 weeks ago
I was on chip drop lists for years and never had so much as a communication, let alone a single chip, from anywhere. I have contacted multiple tree companies with no success either. If anyone has any suggestions to get results, please forward them.
1 month ago

Andrea Locke wrote:

Aimee Hall wrote:
5. T-shirts/clothes that require retiring often wind up as bags or aprons (sometimes if I score a particularly nice deal on clothes that do not fit but have a nice pattern and are part of a lot at the garage sales, they get turned into bags/aprons as gifts!)

This is what I do with old T-shirts, sweatshirts and sweatpants:

I was looking to see if anyone else does this before adding my 2 cents' worth. Using a rotary cutter, I slice them into about 1/2 " thick circles. Then connect them by looping through each other and back out. Pull tight and, voila, you have all cotton (if you're careful) yarn for knitting or crotcheting. Especially  nice if you find a large lot all the same, of misprints or left overs at a yard sale or thrift store or wherever. Jersey knit sheets can be used too, for bigger projects, but connecting them isn't so quick and easy.

Another reuse, which you can either use or sell, is taking old denim, cutting out the useful bits of course - zippers, pockets, etc., and then cutting into quilt squares. At craft fairs the unsewn squares sell far better than the made quilts and since the raw materials are usually free it's a good thing.
1 month ago

Michelle Bradley wrote:Loving this post- and your/our common attention paid to reusing stuff.  My recent idea to reuse the soft plastic ring from a Quaker oatmeal cardboard tube: pull off the two rings from the lid and the top of the canister, pull one ring through the other a-la how I would double the length of a rubber band by looping two together, and continue this looping until a large net is woven together.  What use for the net?  Maybe a soccer goal for my son...? A trellis for climbing vines...?  Meanwhile the remaining cardboard is fire starter, etc.
 My next large bit of plastic waste to find re-use purpose for is the darn heavy bags our dog food comes in. I keep saving them... one a month. Why can’t they come in burlap like coffee bags? Maybe I can cut in strips and weave into a produce basket-?? I did that with brown butcher paper one year- from packaging padding- and the brown flex baskets were well received by my family.👍❤️  Although I confess to using a hot glue gun to adhere /secure the ends.

If they're synthetic, (we don't always get to decide what our feed comes in), collect enough of them, sew together and you can use as a tarp.
1 month ago

John C Daley wrote:Here are some bicycle water pump systems, cancel the Gym membership!
One from England

Another from India

Another from Ireland

Oh, yeah. This looks very doable. I think I'll still keep the gym membership. I'm rather fond of WARM showers... But can use this for both practical water movement and exercise. Thanks to everyone who's contributed to this thread.
1 month ago
Maybe not a tip on spending less but maybe, if motivation counts. When I have a hard time telling myself 'no' to some unnecessary item that I really want, I set the saved money aside in an envelope and when there's enough I spend it on something beneficial, but not truly necessary. So I save more and eventually get a beneficial 'luxury.'
1 month ago

Sheila Mleziva wrote:I am currently wearing out my panties which are made of some fake man-made fabric like polyester that is washing into our waterways and polluting the environment and killing the marine life.

I refuse to buy any more until I can find something that is 100% natural and compostable (is that a word?). The need is somewhat urgent as the current pairs of panties I have are getting threadbare but I will wear them until they are g-strings, if necessary.

Going commando is not an option. Or is it?

Any ideas? Options?



I made myself some boxer-style briefs. I used elastic but one could easily use buttons. They work great and feel so much better than elastic running across my tender parts.

1 month ago

Anne Miller wrote:I thought a ram pump was what you needed though when I asked Mr. Google I was given the suggestion of a "Spiral pump".

Here are some threads that might help you or others:

Thanks for this. The spiral pump looks pretty doable. Does anyone have experience with these? Any advice or size suggestions?
1 month ago