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What a great idea. Thanks.
5 years ago
We have a 1.5 story house over a full basement. We'd been planning on putting a standard wood stove in on the first floor, but that was before my science-y 13 year old created a sort of rocket stove. And started researching rocket stoves. And rocket mass heaters. And on it goes.

So now I'm looking at a rocket mass heater thinking the "mass" part would be problematic. I designed our floor for a standard living load, not a point-load of concrete (or whatever the "mass" is)...


What are some thoughts on this?
5 years ago

Ludi wrote:
I do not have a source of sawdust or similar material.  Would leaves or leaf-mold work? 


Leaves are supposed to work, too. (We don't have trees, though).
And we also have peat.  Both the peat and the shredded wood shavings come in gigantic bags from Menards, though. 
No actual sawdust for us, either. 
7 years ago

natschultz wrote:
BTW:  Sawdust alone is NOT going to cover up the smell of a “bucket toilet”!!!  I did a test – I left my container uncovered in the bathroom, the poo completely covered in sawdust, and closed the door for 15 minutes.  I opened the door and EEEK!!! 



Really??

Granted, we're still fairly new to the sawdust toilet, but that's all we've used so far.  Did you make sure you had a layer of a couple of inches of sawdust in the bottom first, before actually using it?

That's all we do, though. 
Layer of sawdust in the bottom, do our business, cover any additions with more sawdust, and drop the toilet lid down, just like usual. 
Not only does my discerning nose not smell anything, but we even have five dogs running in and out of the house and not a one of them has even noticed it!

7 years ago

HeritageFarm wrote:
How long would I survive off the grid? Well, I might be OK, I'd be tempted to shoot myself perhaps. The computer wouldn't be much a problem, but not having the fridge and freezers and air conditioner would be really tough.


I could even hack it without AC if needs be, but if I'm going completely off-grid, I'd need to find an old Servel gas fridge! 
No deep freeze, though??  That dramatically changes our diet, I'm thinking.
7 years ago
Personally, I'd just go with the path of least resistance.  Find an area where code enforcement is basic and permitting non-existant.

For example, in rural, northwestern KS you need to have your septic system inspected and that's it.  Your house can fall down around your ears and no one will say anything, but don't you dare poison the ground water. 
In southwestern NE, directly north of us, you can't build within x feet of the river, and your electrical has be inspected. 

The Dakotas are similarly "strict," at least in the western counties. 
7 years ago