Coydon Wallham

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Stephen B. Thomas wrote:So, the experiment with the Season Extender turned out to be inconclusive. Maybe it's still too cold? There's definitely frost happening every morning. However, I still want that kale to grow. So I see to it every day.

Today was a day I stuck my hands in the dirt quite a bit, and I'm happy with that. More pecans were planted, trees and tree seeds were watered, and I did some earthworks tasks around Basecamp today. Here's me close to the end of the day.


I've heard Paul describe how to get into woodworker's valhalla, but can you tell us what it takes to get a hugel halo like that...?

Stephen B. Thomas wrote: - we mark the area where we plant the trees: either in a long row (see our Appleseed Day video for an example) or in a marked area.
- some trees develop a taproot, and yes: we know that when we transplant, we'll lose the taproot.

Black Walnut in particular is rather hostile to other plants, but we're trying to cultivate it regardless. In this example, the area where they are planted isn't near any hugel berms or other tree-planting spots. I'd still like to see a black walnut grow inside the fence at Allerton Abbey.


Not clear from this if you are direct seeding the Black Walnuts or not? Given their thirst for water and the dry climate/deep water table there, I'd think a taproot is the only chance they have for success...
2 weeks ago
One more note, didn't you say you were going to remove the constriction at the end of the riser?

The secondary burn in a J tube occurs as the heated gases coming off of the fuel make the turn from horizontal to vertical at the base of the riser. As I've heard it explained at Paul's Jamborees, the 90* turn there serves to create some turbulence and mix remaining potential creosote and ash to where it combusts. I'm not sure exactly what this square thing is without a picture, but seems like it would pose much less of a problem at the bottom of the riser around that turbulence than at the top where the gases are trying to slip over the edge of the cylinder through your tight tolerances...
3 weeks ago
I use my own RMH to heat a poorly insulated space, but these are the impressions I got from using spaces around Wheaton Labs and watching Paul use his in the FPH. You don't run it at partial throttle unless you are trying to keep the aesthetics of the rocket roar going. Burn at 100% until you have generated enough heat to charge the mass, then let it burn out and cover the feed. This gives the most efficient burn and lets you change focus away to other tasks.

I'd say this would be filling the feed 80-100% with wrist sized sticks every 25-40 minutes. The system can be turned up to 11 by using matchstick sized wood or straightening out sticks as they burn down and fall if you care to. I run mine lighter like it looks like you are, but am trying to keep constant heat radiating from the barrel and the mass is just to extract some more heat before exit. Using larger chunks of wood is good for throttling down the burn also, but wrist sized is a good average size for a quick, hot burn since smaller is much more finicky.

As for design issues, I concur with what has been posted about the barrel. 50mm top gap was the minimum mentioned by Ernie and Erica in the book, but ongoing experimentation has shown the 80mm provides consistent results while still allowing enough heat on the surface of the barrel to use it in a stove fashion. If you don't want to cook or heat drinks on it, it sounds like it can be as high as you wish.

Pushing the minimums here seems the likely source of poor performance. Given the emphasis of Ernie and Erica and their mentor Ianto on affordability of construction, I'm guessing minimums in the book are based around common, thinner barrels. Stainless steel is thicker and does not conduct heat from inner gases to the radiant surface as readily from my understanding, so running on minimum CSA there could hamper your thermal pump's 'push'. Also, did you use the actual measured inner diameter of the barrel to calculate that CSA? The picture of the new riser just looks like it has next to no space to where the barrel sits.

Finally, I was going to mention the cleanout Ts. The length of the dead ends seems to be about twice normal, even more for the one by the chimney. I was thinking in terms of diminishing pressure to guide gas through the turn, but Scott sounds like he has some experience with such phenomena so maybe turbulence from 'bounce' is a more accurate description. Intuitively a closer flat surface at the turn would seem likely to produce greater bounce to me. It would be an interesting experiment if fabricating plugs to try a 45* angle one that would fill the space like the wall of a regular outside of the 90* bend's duct...
3 weeks ago

Stephen B. Thomas wrote:BRK #511

First off... I stand corrected! Fred contacted me after yesterday's BRK post and let me know that what we were soaking were Black Walnuts, not Pecans in the shell. So I adjusted the labels out on the edge of Basecamp where we planted them.


No concerns about allelopathy, or is that why they're going at the edge?
3 weeks ago

Stephen B. Thomas wrote:

Annette Jones wrote:How on earth did kitty get a name like Donkey


She earned it by being the loudest meow'er during breakfast. However, I really can't take credit for this... Dez is the one who names all the cats round here.

In the event there are still unbelievers somewhere in cyberspace, I'd also like to remind you that Donkey is perfect in every way.  


Did she object to the moniker 'Jaundice'?
4 weeks ago

Sarah Elizabeth wrote:I really can't fault fastmail.com

Back in 2016 I did a lot of research into email options and of the 10 possibilities I looked at, fastmail was the stand-out best.  It is a paid service but really well worth it. There was no credible free option that came close.  

It's reliable, scalable (personal and business), loads fast on a relatively slow computer and and has a nice clean interface.  

The help desk is all email, no calls, but very responsive and helpful.  It is simple to set up aliases, it has a good calendar and you get a discount code give your friends if they sign up.  

Its webmail, POP 3 and IMAP4.  

It is also a really ethical company and has a lot of open source projects if you know your way around a computer.

They say "you are our customer not our product" which I really like.  

It is really cost effective if you choose the lowest tier and also if you pay 2 or 3 years at once.  I am on the middle tier which costs me less than $5 a month and would definitely be adequate for a small business although I just use it for personal stuff right now. It is based out of Australia but payments are all in USD - by paypal, ccard etc.  

I have used it since 2016 and still find it excellent.  

They have a free account to try it out for a month too so nothing to lose..

Paul, I don't think permies is the only online presence having problems with hotmail etc.


Is anyone else currently using fastmail?

They have been my primary account for close to 20 years. I agree with most of what is said above except that someone 'saying' you are a customer not a product isn't the same as being able to prove it. It was a free service at the entry tier originally and only recently became pay only, but is very affordable and at least in line with what seems reasonable to minimally pay into a functional business model, so they do at least present better than services like gmail.

Thing is I've never experienced a problem that registered with me for those 20 years until yesterday. I was informed that someone I have been trying to have pay a bill is getting their email bounced and I'm not seeing any indication it is being sent to me. They have a hotmail account. The person alerting me to this problem is using an account through a domain set up specifically for their business and they said they get a warning when they attempt to send me email and it is not sent until they make a second attempt to confirm it.

Now for the past month or two I have been clearing out at least a dozen messages per day from the spam box. 99% come from the same two domain names, but I check each one because every one in a thousand is a legitimate email that got filtered wrong. But the fact that a dozen emails a day from the same two junk addresses makes it to my boxes at all while legitimate emails (from two different domains) are being entirely screened out is a big red flag to me. I've been on the other end of massive systemic black/white listing in a crisis situtation and don't want to contribute to such passive aggressive indulgences

I'll investigate further to see if this could be an issue on the senders' end, but would be interested to hear if others have fastmail experience, or can share more about issues like this in the wider email topography...
How about a simple arc? I'm thinking of starting a 25' section of hugel, but the area that looks best could use a bit of curve to it...
1 month ago

Ra Kenworth wrote:Thanks so much!

I will check out both IRC and
FairEmail which sounds intriguing

I remember the old days of wine (over redhat6) but I doubt I can get my son loaded up with that lol since he's the one with the bells and whistles

As for pop3, last time I configured smtp it was pop3 but now I can't get any configuration information from anyone! He has a .com but no one seems to know how to access email except via Gmail

FairEmail might just do the trick!


Is there something specific you are trying to avoid, or just to make communication more secure? Sounds like you are trying to avoid Gmail. Would that be because it is from Google or a more specific concern?

Will you be downloading an app from the play store? If so you will have to sign into a Google account. FairEmail is also available through the F-Droid app, which is for downloading open source software without using the Play Store.

But then you are still using Android, an OS written by Google. I'm not sure what all that implies for security as far as using Android, but there are other OSs that work on Android phones and use software written by outside parties, like LineageOS. There are even phones with open source hardware that run ARM versions of Linux. Now we are way out in the weeds.

If you just want to communicate without Gmail, Protonmail as mentioned above is a generally respected and approachable alternative for an account. It can be accessed through it's own app or through a browser page.
Perhaps a practical hypothetical could clarify this some...

Given that the Lab has good, rich soil in many places, I'm guessing that ant village was selected to offer as much as possible of it? If someone signs up for an ant village plot this year with a mind to partake in gamcod, how would their plot be chosen, such that it would include an eligible "dirt" spot?

What telltale signs around there would guide the choice? Would soil tests be needed? Would proximity to conifer trees/acidic soil/aliopathic elements be a factor in classifying dirt from soil?
1 month ago