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Rocket Mass Heaters. Rocket Mass Heaters A rocket mass heater is a clean burning, high performance burner usually put together using a majority of recycled and/or natural materials, such as cob.

Rocket Mass Heaters

Owners claim an 80-90% reduction in wood usage compared to heating the same space with a metal wood stove. As opposed to the masonry heater which requires some advanced masonry skills, the rocket mass heater can be built by any enthusiast with basic masonry and engineering abilities. The only problem with this project is difficulty in getting a building permit, because basically not many officials know what a rocket heater is. The exception is Portland, Oregon, which has a building code for rocket mass heaters, thanks to Ernie and Erica Wisner, who share some hints on how to acquire a permit on their site. The rocket mass heater works on similar properties as a masonry heater. Small pieces of wood, basically trimmings from one's yard, can be used to fuel the heater. Rocket mass heater. Systemed.fr. This Tractor Tire Becomes A Beautiful Pond. How To Make Yogurt at Home — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn.

I've been making my own yogurt for a few years now and I don't think I'll ever go back.

How To Make Yogurt at Home — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

Not only does it actually save me some grocery money, but this homemade yogurt is seriously good. I'm eating more yogurt now than ever before. This Onion Hack Will Blow Your Mind! Ginger Scallion Sauce. Francis Lam ain’t no fool.

Ginger Scallion Sauce

When he recommends a recipe as strongly as he did this ginger-scallion sauce, I listen. I like making condiments. That is a weird thing to write, but it is true. I especially like condiments that are versatile and can help you with dinner (or breakfast or lunch). This seemed to fit the bill, which made me especially excited to give it a try. Also, I liked the part where you make a “volcano” of oil (extreme cooking! It is the briefest of recipes. 2 bunches of scallions (about 6 ounces) rinsed, dried and cut into 1-inch pieces2 ounces of ginger, peeled and cut into chunks1 cup of peanut oil (or other neutral-ish vegetable oil that handles heat well) Toss the scallions into the bowl of your food processor and pulse until they are finely chopped, stop short of a puree. Let the mixture cool in the bowl. 12 companion plants to grow alongside your tomatoes. © MrBrownThumb Companion planting is part science and folklore.

12 companion plants to grow alongside your tomatoes

Grouping friendly plants together in the garden is suppose to help enhance growth, flavor and protect plants from pests. As an urban gardener with a small garden, my interest in companion planting is mostly centered on maximizing space. If my tomatoes actually benefit from growing alongside these plants, well, that’s a bonus. Here are 12 companion plants I grow with my tomatoes in containers. 1. How much money exactly are we saving by living tiny?? 17 Apart: How to Grow Green Onions Indefinitely. I'm officially dubbing this the week of Scallions and Pinterest.

17 Apart: How to Grow Green Onions Indefinitely

Mary and I separately came across 2 trending ideas for using and growing green onions on the highly addictive bookmarking site, Pinterest, last week — we couldn't wait to try them. When I came home over the weekend with a bunch of scallions, Mary exclaimed, "did you see this scallion/ginger sauce I pinned — you should totally make that! " Little did she know I had pinned it hours before her, which is virtually light years in terms of Pinterest discoveries. I had been planning to make this ginger scallion sauce from Lottie + Doof since I first set eyes on it. Find my own variation on the recipe newly published on E.A.T. — this is one I'd definitely recommend trying.

It's a great little accompaniment that could be used in so many ways. So, back to scallions and Pinterest. 17 Apart: Growing Celery Indoors: Never Buy Celery Again. Remember when we tested and shared how to grow onions indefinitely last week?

17 Apart: Growing Celery Indoors: Never Buy Celery Again

Well, at the same time, we've been testing out another little indoor gardening project first gleaned from Pinterest that we're excited to share the successes of today — regrowing celery from it's base. We've figured out how to literally re-grow organic celery from the base of the bunch we bought from the store a couple weeks ago.

I swear, we must have been living under a rock all these years or just not be that resourceful when it comes to food, but we're having more fun learning all these new little tips and tricks as we dive deeper into trying to grow more of our own food. This project is almost as simple as the onion growing project — simply chop the celery stalks from the base of the celery you bought from the store and use as you normally would. In our case, we had a particular homemade bean dip that needed sampling! DIY Furniture & Decorating. Native American Resources: Food, Skills, Shelter, Etc. Autonopedia: Practical Answers For Sustainable Living. Free Ebooks: Green, Cookbooks, Self-sufficiency, Off Grid, Homes.