Roy Hinkley

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S. Ontario Canada
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I have them growing native in 5b. North shore of Lake Ontario. I got a bunch started in 4b and they seem to be OK, they all survived a tough winter. If you're close to the south border and near large water for the slightly warmer micro climate maybe you can make it work. Go ahead and try. You might be in zone 5 in time.
5 days ago
I noticed too how the garlic in the pickles retained it's bite.
I'm taking all those leftovers from the garlic harvest and covering them with the pickle brine and back in the fridge. It's so fast to just dip in the jar for a few cloves without peeling.
3 weeks ago
A friend has high ceilings and would like a fan powered by some mechanical means.  I think as much as a conversation piece as practical.
3 weeks ago
I'm interested in the clockwork mechanism as well but for a different project.  In this case though couldn't you let the sun do the work?  
If your exhaust pipe had an extension that was in the sun, when the pipe warmed it would create it's own updraft. A flapper valve prevents back flow.
If it's not enough pull put a solar collector around the pipe to get the temps higher.

With careful use of shading from the sun you could vent for a few hours in the morning and a few more in the evening.
3 weeks ago

Trace Oswald wrote:I think people all want the same thing.  Someone that loves them, supports them, is attracted to them, makes them feel secure, and respects them.  Beyond that, I want a partner that is smart and funny and has her own mind.  I don't want subservience, or a boss.  I want an equal.  Someone to share my life with, not to rule over, or be ruled by.

I'll agree with the above but add competence. The only real skill my (soon to be) former partner developed was to refine her ability to get others to do things for her.
1 month ago
I get a duck every now and then. You'll get half to a cup of fat when roasting and it's great for frying, great on toast.
1 month ago
I'm no engineer either but I'm trying to think of the practical aspects of the installation. Good luck getting any manufacturer to sign off on it.

A masonry stove is great.  You can't really burn a wood fire cool enough (or short enough duration) for heating our homes so like a RMH you're trying to capture some of the heat lost up the flue. Again, it's to capture heat that would otherwise just be lost up the chimney.  Modern gas burners are pretty darn efficient and there isn't that much heat lost.   To make the thing work like a wood stove the burner will run steady for .. an hour? 2? So you'll use more propane than you need.
How will you regulate temperature?  Think where your thermostat is. Sensing room temp as a normal thermostat? The burner will run for a very long time before the room warms. Probably now the lag time has been so long you'll get a large overshoot on the temperature so it's too hot. So you'll use more propane than you need.

What if you just have a sensor on the stove itself? Might work but doesn't take into account the variations you get from a warm day or a cold one. Windy day or not. So you'll use more propane than you need. Or worse, some cold windy night a water pipe in the corner will freeze even though the mass is at your chosen temperature.

A separate install with a normal room thermostat will heat the air just enough and then cycle off. It will take into account whether it's daytime and the sun is beaming in or a windy night, only using just enough gas to maintain room temp.  The thermal mass of the stove will still do it's job, toning down those fluctuations in temperature.

What might be a good idea though is to have the stove close enough to a window that the sun can shine in and passively store some of that heat on a sunny day.

Here's the real bonus as I see it.  Those long winter nights would be so much nicer if when the wood fire burned down in the middle of the night and you're faced with getting up in the dark to toss another log on you heard the propane burner kick on ...   just roll over for another hour or two. It would heat the air just enough till you get up and stoke the fire again. 

Could you run the exhaust pipe from a propane burner through the mass? Maybe but if it has to be inspected and approved.... good luck.  Too much moisture in the gases to use the same flue as the wood burner I think.
1 month ago
Perhaps more than just a few grains of salt might be used in light of the above post. Oh do please explain why rainwater can't be filtered through a Berkey. It's already the purest source.

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1 month ago
Well you did ask...  If it were me .... at this point I would call it another "what the hell was I thinking" and put up drywall like you could have in the beginning. Still wet wood you'll be chasing widening gaps and cracks for dunno how long and you've already spent more time on this than if you just put up drywall. And will continue to spend time as the gaps widen.
1 month ago