Glenn Herbert wrote:The RMH is actually a subset of masonry heater, with specific combustion core features. It also usually is owner-built with less expensive materials, but this is not a requirement.
Brad Hengen wrote:I have seen barrels used over a barrel stove to steal more heat before it leaves through the flue.
I wonder, if a barrel could be adapted onto the flue exit from a standard wood stove, to act as a bell/strat chamber?
Something like Peterburg's three barrel bell, but using a standard UL approved stove vs an unapproved batch rocket heater.
a bypass could be built in for easy lighting, then close it for the heat cycle.
if a large amount of mass was added to this, a small stove burned HOT could be used to cheat the local bylaws and such.
Timothy Hewitt-Coleman wrote:
Elon Musk is dead wrong about Mars!!
I am inspired by the phenomenally innovative work of, California based, Elon Musk. You may know him as the founder and CEO of the ground-breaking Tesla Company. You may know that in spite of Elon growing up with the smell of mind-numbing bureaucratic paralysis in the Pretoria air, his thinking on electric cars and battery storage is proving to be hugely disruptive. His bold ideas will absolutely and fundamentally change the way we all live and work. This dramatic transformation will happen very soon and I am very excited to see it all pan out.
But I heard Mr Musk speaking the other day about his planned missions to Mars to build a colony there. I just can help feeling that that this kind of thinking is just a lot of crap,
Inge Leonora-den Ouden wrote:it looks like fiber now, at least 'spinnable' ... a pencil is my 'tool' for experimental spinning very small amounts of fiber
Christopher Baber wrote:Well, I didn't end up getting what I was looking for, but I found a wonderful little place with 2 creeks, in a forest. It's about an acre, but surrounded by lots of large tracts, so I feel like I own hundreds of acres.
Inge Leonora-den Ouden wrote:
Something different is the banana fiber. I read about 'banana silk' before. But my hostess only knew about 'banana cordage'. That's easy to make of the fibers of the dead leave stems. Maybe for the 'silk' the same fibers are used, but they need a preparation like flax, hemp and nettles? Is here someone who knows?
Joylynn Hardesty wrote:As we do not have enough land for animals, I have been concerned about what to do about future clothing needs.
Now, I don't know how the feel of these fibers compare to flax. I am sure that people farm flax for very good reasons.
However, With these weeds, I could wander along the highway and harvest my fabric without having to set aside valuable space, then tend and water and weed as well.
Once the cordage like Sarah made exists, I imagine knitting, crocheting or weaving it into panels.
Tracy Wandling wrote:Pretty much, Miles! Winter here is sort of just autumn, with a quick splat of winter, and then spring again! I LOVE it here. Growing up in the north has made me deeply appreciative of our fantastic climate here.