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Paul has an idea.

How do you heat?  How much do you spend in a year?

Maybe we can cobble together something that smells a bit like a documentary from having three dozen people send in vids.

Needs to be cold climate.



This is an invitation for all Permies living in a cold climate:

Jump in on creating a documentary about heat!




The information needed:

  •   average temp (average high and average low) in December
  •        (example - Missoula is 33/19 - according to google)
  •   estimation of quality of insulation and square feet of your house
  •   story of heat and annual cost
  •   what sort of indoor temps do you maintain
  •   if burning wood, what are your December wood burning habits like (100% wood? Burn all day? Evening temp different than morning temp?)
  •   footage of the system in action, and maybe also of the outside during winter times


  • Paul is going to pay $50 per minute used in the final youtube video.


    About the video files:

  • The footage should be shot in landscape - horizontal - 16:9 aspect ratio.
  •     For HD that would be 1920x1080. No vertical shots please!
  • The files should be video files uncompressed.
  • Before uploading the videos, please rename the files like this:

  •    firstname-lastname-01

       for example:
       john-doe-01
       john-doe-02
       john-doe-03

    This is important! If the files are not named as requested, Andrés wont be able to use the footage.


    Where to send the videos?

    Please click this fancy button to send your videos to our wonderful Andrés:



    Please post in this thread when you have sent the files!



    Questions? Please ask!

    Thoughts? Do tell!

    Hesitating? Tell us and we will boost your confidence in to doing it!
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    All Permies in cold climate, all Permies in cold climate, we are calling for you! Yes, you!
     
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    Anyone? Participating in this wouldn't require other than a basic smart phone to shoot some video!
     
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    Could you define "cold climate"?
     
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    I will give it a try, I'm usually behind the camera not in front of it.
     
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    I did it!  I got footage with my new video camera.  It was easy!!!

    But I didn't have a micro sd card in the camera so it's in the internal memory.  And I don't have a cord to connect it to my computer...  Hopefully I'll get it figured out soon :)
     
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    Got it all sorted and submitted my video!  Easy peasy.  
    Staff note (Andrés Bernal) :

    Thanks Mike, I see them. 6 shiny files!!

     
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    Is it possible to do this on my iPad. I don’t know anything about those things you’re asking for except how to name the files. I am in Northern Canada on wood heat. Very low temps.
     
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    Joyce Nichols wrote:Is it possible to do this on my iPad. I don’t know anything about those things you’re asking for except how to name the files. I am in Northern Canada on wood heat. Very low temps.



    Yes! Ipads have great cameras!! Mostly pls record horizontally here is the difference:



    left is horizontal, right is vertical
     
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    Just seeing this now - there has been plague in the house.
    Can I blather on in the videos à la, "here is the woodstove; notice all the wood piled around it in an attempt to get it dry enough to burn", "here is a candle guttering from the wind howling down from the highlands right through the walls", "here is the thermometer", etc, etc? Is that the sort of thing yer after?
    Not horribly keen on being in front of the camera, but boy, can I blather!
     
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    Laura Rutherford wrote:Just seeing this now - there has been plague in the house.
    Can I blather on in the videos à la, "here is the woodstove; notice all the wood piled around it in an attempt to get it dry enough to burn", "here is a candle guttering from the wind howling down from the highlands right through the walls", "here is the thermometer", etc, etc? Is that the sort of thing yer after?
    Not horribly keen on being in front of the camera, but boy, can I blather!



    Yes!!! Narration is welcomed, wed love to see you but if you wannu talk behind the camera thats ok too.
     
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    3 videos uploading now.  Will be a while as my internet is slow.  One other piece that might be worth while here is the link to my permies write up on the solar collector.

    solar collector
     
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    No interest in doing a video but some data FWIW: at latitude 61 north, avg december temps were 21.6F high and 12.1F low, house is 1800 sq ft, r19 walls, r38 roof, 100% wood heat (and 90% of cooking done on stove as well), inside temps 65-70F, burned 1/2 cord of dry hardwood. Stove is secondary air style.
     
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    -29F here in Iqaluit Nunavut right now, weather being described as "Fair" lol
    so the question is, if my contributions would be useful: I am living in shared accommodation and it is a subsidized townhouse, heating is subsidized diesel. I would do the video with my roommate who pays the heating bills and if there is any sort of reimbursement, i am used to living on a shoestring, so he can have the money: he has mouths to feed.
    Are you constraining data to USA? Home owners?
    If so are you interested in basic data simply sent on this page with no reimbursement?
    What is the deadline date?
    I bet I could find out volume diesel consumption for the population as there is one distributor.
    TIA great idea
     
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    Got 1 of 3 to upload.  8 tries on the other 2.  Longer ones apparently my home internet isn't staying stable long enough so will try again from church Sunday to see if that works any better.
    Staff note (Andrés Bernal) :

    I see the one! Ill keep an eye out for the other 2 thanks!

     
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    C. Letellier wrote:... will try again from church Sunday ...


    Another reason to go pray with others God bless and best of luck
     
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    Ra Kenworth wrote:-29F here in Iqaluit Nunavut right now, weather being described as "Fair" lol
    so the question is, if my contributions would be useful: I am living in shared accommodation and it is a subsidized townhouse, heating is subsidized diesel. I would do the video with my roommate who pays the heating bills and if there is any sort of reimbursement, i am used to living on a shoestring, so he can have the money: he has mouths to feed.
    Are you constraining data to USA? Home owners?
    If so are you interested in basic data simply sent on this page with no reimbursement?
    What is the deadline date?
    I bet I could find out volume diesel consumption for the population as there is one distributor.
    TIA great idea



    Yes pls!! The intent of the video is to show how peeps are heating rn, diesel being one of them. No geographical restriction aside from it being cold enough that it requires a heating system. No need to own the system, using it is more than enough

    We want to get as much footage as we can rn that its still chilly so we can see them in action.

    I think people will be interested in the data you provide regardless of this video so thats always welcomed.


    Thank you!
     
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    Files have been sent off, I hope there is something there that can be of use!

    I only had to retake the video about ten times, who knew talking at a camera could get a guy so flustered. Haha
    Staff note (Andrés Bernal) :

    I see 6 files, thanks Timothy!

     
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    All 3 files show they went after church while I had the building to myself.  I sent the one again so they were as a group.
    Staff note (Andrés Bernal) :

    I see all three! Thanks!!

     
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    If I use an iPhone, what settings do I need to make sure I have set correctly?  Right now it's set to 1080p HD at 30 fps.  Sufficient?
     
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    would some still pictures with times showing the sunlight on the ceiling early and working down the wall towards noon in passive solar add anything to what you are doing?
     
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    G B Spencer wrote:If I use an iPhone, what settings do I need to make sure I have set correctly?  Right now it's set to 1080p HD at 30 fps.  Sufficient?



    Yes, sounds sufficient!

    C. Letellier wrote:would some still pictures with times showing the sunlight on the ceiling early and working down the wall towards noon in passive solar add anything to what you are doing?



    Hmm, this does sound like it might something of interest! But I think there would still be the need for video where you tell about your house and heating. Let's see if Andrés has more thoughts about this!
     
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    Saana Jalimauchi wrote:

    G B Spencer wrote:If I use an iPhone, what settings do I need to make sure I have set correctly?  Right now it's set to 1080p HD at 30 fps.  Sufficient?



    Yes, sounds sufficient!

    C. Letellier wrote:would some still pictures with times showing the sunlight on the ceiling early and working down the wall towards noon in passive solar add anything to what you are doing?



    Hmm, this does sound like it might something of interest! But I think there would still be the need for video where you tell about your house and heating. Let's see if Andrés has more thoughts about this!



    He already has my 3 videos.
     
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    Did enough people submit video yet?  Cold season is thinking about winding down and this sort of footage probably seems better if it's shot in the winter...
     
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    Mike Haasl wrote:Did enough people submit video yet?  Cold season is thinking about winding down and this sort of footage probably seems better if it's shot in the winter...



    I think we need more submissions to be able to show a full picture! & totally this is the best time to do it, anyone else wants to participate? If you have any questions or need guidance, please let us know :)
     
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    Andrés Bernal wrote:
    I think we need more submissions to be able to show a full picture! & totally this is the best time to do it, anyone else wants to participate? If you have any questions or need guidance, please let us know :)



    Do you want us to share all the details in the first post in the video? Or can that be submitted in written form? I am trying to figure out how long the video should be. One of just the stove running will be short. I haven't made many videos so I am hoping to make it a useful video.
    I mean specifically  

    The information needed:

     average temp (average high and average low) in December
          (example - Missoula is 33/19 - according to google)
     estimation of quality of insulation and square feet of your house
     story of heat and annual cost
     what sort of indoor temps do you maintain
     if burning wood, what are your December wood burning habits like (100% wood? Burn all day? Evening temp different than morning temp?)
     footage of the system in action, and maybe also of the outside during winter times

     
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    jordan barton wrote:

    Andrés Bernal wrote:
    I think we need more submissions to be able to show a full picture! & totally this is the best time to do it, anyone else wants to participate? If you have any questions or need guidance, please let us know :)



    Do you want us to share all the details in the first post in the video? Or can that be submitted in written form? I am trying to figure out how long the video should be. One of just the stove running will be short. I haven't made many videos so I am hoping to make it a useful video.
    I mean specifically  

    The information needed:

     average temp (average high and average low) in December
          (example - Missoula is 33/19 - according to google)
     estimation of quality of insulation and square feet of your house
     story of heat and annual cost
     what sort of indoor temps do you maintain
     if burning wood, what are your December wood burning habits like (100% wood? Burn all day? Evening temp different than morning temp?)
     footage of the system in action, and maybe also of the outside during winter times



    Its better if we have video of you stating this info and explaining your experience rather than written pls. Its always easier to cut out rather than to add missing bits :)
     
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    It looks like the videos I set to upload overnight went through from my end.  Hopefully they really did arrive intact.  I don't know if they will be useful or not as unfortunately that is the best camera I have.  It's a piece of crap for shooting video though it said it was 1080.  If you'd like something else or want me to reshoot something just let me know.  I'm realizing in hindsight I probably should have filmed me loading more wood into the RMH after showing it burned down and saying it was time to add more wood.
     
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    David Huang wrote:It looks like the videos I set to upload overnight went through from my end.  Hopefully they really did arrive intact.  I don't know if they will be useful or not as unfortunately that is the best camera I have.  It's a piece of crap for shooting video though it said it was 1080.  If you'd like something else or want me to reshoot something just let me know.  I'm realizing in hindsight I probably should have filmed me loading more wood into the RMH after showing it burned down and saying it was time to add more wood.



    I see two files from you!
     
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    I'm in a cold climate, but last December was a major heat wave, so I can't post an average temperature.  I'm still running the original gas furnace while I explore the options.  I'd like to try a wood stove with a pressurized firebox.  It would be a solid-fuel gas turbine, with the efficiency proportional to the heat resistance of the exhaust turbine, as usual.  To get just a bit of electricity as a by-product of heating only low pressures and common materials would be needed.
    To get me to build a rocket mass heater instead, you'd have to show some theory about how other wood heaters waste so much.  That big new chart is lovely, but lacks that bit for credibility.  I think it would also be a lot easier to read with a couple more rows and columns of labels, so there's always one of each on screen as I scroll around.
     
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