Jenn Lumpkin

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I've been gone about a year (going through grief) but saw this and thought, yep, somebody on Permies might be interested.
a wood heater design challenge workshop.
Being able to use small branches and twigs as fuel is, to me, very worthwhile, rather than having to harvest whole trees!
I don't know if these folk having this design challenge would think about that aspect.

https://www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/articles/just-released-new-wood-heater-design-challenge-workshop-report

some of you folk might be interested in getting this newsletter from Dept. of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.  
Seems worthwhile reading to ME.  They're putting more $$$ into alternative and renewable energy nowadays.
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USEERE/bulletins/35fff91
11 months ago
I am no expert on gout, but a friend of hubs had sent him a link to a video about an herb called Chanca Piedra:  (the video segues into a second video about Chanca Piedra that is even more informative, btw)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vy_pA6GdiVI
1 year ago
Aha!  Thanks for that;  now I know.  
1 year ago

Would it be a lot of work to lower the shelf?  
I've re-read this thread about 3 times and learned a lot just by re-reading.
So.  Insulation improves the burn by keeping heat in as it flows up the "fire pipe."  ... hunh.
A longer vertical pipe is better because it allows greater combustion before the flame hits the top.  

I don't get the "J" style because I don't see how the sticks reach the vertical part where the fire goes up??

On a side note, I had put cinder blocks under the 55 gallon metal drum we use for a "burn barrel," (two layers of cinder blocks), because the metal drum keeps breaking up at the bottom over time from too much heat, and has been replaced twice or three times in the 20 years we've been burning our "burnable trash."  We get tired of, and it's wasteful to keep, replacing the 55 gal. metal drum, plus they're getting harder to find!  (btw, we don't burn often and usually shortly after a rain, and I do weed-whack around the thing before we burn).

I set up all the cinder blocks with their closed faces sideways so as not to allow air or fire in or out ... except for one cinder block on one side, which I set sideways so air could go in.  I also put a piece of metal across almost the whole "intake" part of that one cinder block, leaving only about an inch (at the top) for air to go in.  (I'd taken this photo several months ago;  the "intake" is the bottom cinder block on the far side, can't see it in the photo, but it has about a 4" wide and a yard long, piece of roofing metal placed horizontally across the bottom of the air intake.)

The thing burns really well!  and fast!  The restricted air intake is quite enough!  Which is the point re. your shelf;  you're probably right about lowering it.
1 year ago
I just want to say about goumis, I have one full-grown goumi from Burnt Ridge, and four goumis from Hidden Springs.
The Burnt Ridge goumi is bigger and has more goumis, but they're quite small (and also very tasty).
The ones from Hidden Ridge took longer to produce, and their amounts of goumis are sparser, but the goumi fruits are much bigger, at least twice, maybe three times the size of the Burnt Ridge ones.  And they're delicious.
1 year ago
I put in an order for the wild raab too!  
Tho' not to be planted now;  and I do find planting for the fall to be difficult, it's too darned hot and dry in late summer and just doesn't feel "right" for planting seeds!  I have found, though, that most seeds will last at least a year (sometimes many years) in the fridge.
They had "dyer's chamomile," which I THINK is a plant I'd grown years ago and just liked 'cause it smells really nice and grows really easily.
And they have hablitzia (btw), and something called "Grandpa McKay's Cream Pea Cowpea," which might be good for sprouts??
2 years ago
That looks like a nice shovel, deeper than the average shovel, huh?  
I keep intending to buy myself another shovel ... but can't decide what kind.   Or maybe it's called a "spade."  
I keep looking at the new-ish kind of shovels that are shaped oddly (to me) and can even cut through roots, but I'm getting old-ish and need something that I can use with only MODERATE STRENGTH.  For instance:
https://www.amleo.com/leonard-trenching-shovel-with-5-inch-wide-blade/p/ATS5

I hardly even use my one shovel (rounded pointed blade).  Where I live (Ozarks) my favorite tool is a mattock with a hoe blade on one side, and a pick on the other;  I've gotten to the point that I shift from one side to the other automatically, via intuition.  

Nice you found the area where builders left a bunch of sand and old bricks, looks like?
One time I found a ROCK split in half with a hole in it in the exact shape of a screw.  But I lost it.
We have lots of fossils around here, too.  
Somebody on here had written a post about having "young rocks," which I really like the sound of;  with a lot of clay and karst here, I find lumps of clay bonded together and ALMOST like rock.  I really like that phrase, "young rocks."  Digging in the dirt, I say that a lot, "young rocks!"  

So do you think the water coming up where you were planting quince is some kind of spring?

2 years ago
Jan White, a WILD raab?  I love broccoli raab;  a wild one sounds wonderful.  Just found Experimental Farm Network's store:
https://store.experimentalfarmnetwork.org/  

Nice!  

The thing about sprouting seeds is, since you're only growing the seeds into sprouts, you need a LOT of seeds;  just having a few extra isn't going to help much.  You need lots extra!  I've got a kind of radish, "Giant Luo Buo," bought from Baker Creek many years ago, which produces so much seed I haven't had to buy more seed since.  But there's also the work of saving the seeds;  for the radish seeds, that means, once you've grown the radishes to the point where they produce seed pods,  picking the pods, letting them dry, crushing and winnowing out the seed, and finally saving the seed somewhere safe.  Not a LOT of work in the case of my radishes, but it is SOME work.  

David Huang, not sure where you live, but here in N. Arkansas, I'm thinking I might go ahead and plant some (over 5 years old though!) mung seeds I've had in a jar.  Bound to be nitrogen-fixing.  Always a good thing.
2 years ago
I'd guess mung beans are sprouted as much as they are because they're one of the more efficient plants to grow for seeds for sprouts.
https://www.epicgardening.com/mung-bean-plant/#:~:text=The%20ideal%20USDA%20hardiness%20zones%20for%20mung%20beans,104%C2%B0F%20%2840%C2%B0C%29%20and%20as%20low%20as%2046%C2%B0F%20%288%C2%B0C%29.

I think you could sprout just about any kind of bean, it would just be a matter of whether it was worthwhile to grow whichever kind of bean, ... to save enough seed for sprouts.
2 years ago

Thanks for the answer, Grey Henon.  Yep, I'm not getting any younger either.  
If you'd planted it in your pasture, though, your livestock would probably eat all your bamboo shoots.  So not much use except might make the livestock happier.  
2 years ago