DIY Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV) Plans Search The Renewable Energy site for Do-It-Yourselfers DIY HRV Plans This is an article that was published in the 80's and provides good detail on building a Heat Recovery Ventilator from Coroplast sheets. The HRV is not an easy environment for materials in that water and even ice may be present at times. I think that the Coroplast sheets should stand up well to this environment, but the plywood housing may have a limited life. Our Rocket Stove Editor’s note: we have a new design for a portable rocket stove here. Low-tech is the new high-tech, and the best example of the low-tech revolution is the miraculous rocket stove–a stove that makes it possible to cook with small twigs–no logs needed! Best of all rocket stoves are easy to build.
Step-by-Step Earthbag Building This Instructable explains each main step of construction for building vertical earthbag walls. Videos on my Earthbag Natural Building YouTube channel demonstrate the process. For those who don’t know, earthbag building uses polypropylene rice bags or feed bags filled with soil or insulation that are stacked like masonry and tamped flat. Barbed wire between courses keeps bags from slipping and adds tensile strength. MoSan- Mobile Sanitation Donkey vs. push cart Today we modified the collection service of feces containers. Donkeys need time to get used to a new area. Since we currently don’t have the time, we decided not to go with the donkey again. After interviewing our cart driver we learnt, that this donkey usually transports water on the same cart.
Setting Up a New Worm Bin In my last post I discussed dumping out my ‘Coffee Cup Challenge” bin due to excess moisture levels in the bottom of the bin. That same day I started preparing the empty bin for my next round of worm composting As always, I started the process by focusing on bedding. The Jean Pain Way - PermacultureNews.org In the book Another Kind of Garden, the methods of Jean Pain are revealed. He spent his entire short-lived life studying brush land and forest protection, specifically fire prevention, alongside his wife Ida. These studies led to an enormous amount of practical knowledge for composting, heating water, as well as harvesting methane, all of which are by-products of maintaining a forest or brush land with fire prevention techniques. While this knowledge is applicable in many instances, it is worth remembering that the root of all of this knowledge lies in forest preservation. All of the activities described below are by-products of that process. The book goes into detail with the economics of such an operation.
Build a Wood-burning Cookstove From a Steel Barrel by W. Wayne Robertson from the November/December, 2004 issue of Countryside & Small Stock Journal Many people are familiar with wood heaters made from steel barrels. This is a description of how to make a wood cook stove from a barrel. An effort has been made to keep it simple so that you will not need special skills like welding or forging. The only tools needed are a drill, a jigsaw (with hacksaw blade), tape measure, and simple hand tools. ... How to Build a Food Dehydrator - DIY When I first took up self-reliant country living in the 1960s, I tried drying foods in a sandwich of old window screens laid at a sun-facing angle across a pair of sawhorses, but found that Mother Nature dries slowly in our changeable New England weather. I also tried an antique sheet-metal wet-heat corn dryer designed for wood-stove-top use, but its single, rusty-hardware cloth tray left barbecue-marks on the apple slices. Plus, it was too small to keep up with our kids' hearty appetite for dried delicacies. In the 1970s I gave in to progress and got one of the MacManniman's big yard-square electric food dryers. For two decades, its gentle electric heat preserved apricot halves and apple sections for babies to teethe on, along with other fruits, fishes and meats.
Adding the center yogurt cup. With the inner and outer buckets assembled, insert the yogurt cup into the center hole and determine how much, if any, needs to be removed from the bottom of the cup. Using a knife, carefully cut the excess from the bottom of the cup. The bottom of the cup must be cut off in any case. Gel Air Freshener Very simple to make and very, very cheap! Perfect for bathrooms or closets. Will last around a month. The instructions for this will depend on the type of gelatin or pectin you use.
Wood Burning Electricity Generating Stove INDIGIRKA-2 During the process burning the stove generates the direct current of 12 volts and power not less than 60 watts, which is transferred to the control block and then to the external clamp outlets. The electricity generators enter stable operation mode 12 – 15 minutes after fire starts. Generators supply enough energy to light 2-3 energy-efficient bulbs, charge notebooks, cells, tablets, cameras, watch a portable TV or listen to radio, and so on. It’s not very much – but in emergency situations it will allow you to operate vital and lifesaving devices, and use ordinary wood, pellets, charcoal as fuel. You may want to keep it safe in your backyard, just for a case. The small weight and dimensions allow transportation of the stove and installation in any accessible place.
Rocket Stove The Rocket Stove is a variety of wood-burning cooking stove. It is easy to construct, with low-cost materials. These are low-mass stoves designed to burn small pieces of wood very efficiently. Cooking is done on top of a short insulated chimney. A skirt around the pot will help hold heat in, increasing the efficiency. How to Build a Rainwater Collection System: 9 steps Steps Method 1 of 4: Getting Rain Barrel Supplies 1Obtain one or more water storage barrels. You can buy a water storage barrel online, but it's cheaper to get a used one from a company that uses large barrels to store food and other merchandise (just be sure to clean it thoroughly with soapy water).
DIY Hydroponics To make all of these Instructables, download this collection of How To’s as an ebook. Download » DIY Hydroponics gives you full step-by-step instructions for 18 projects to get your indoor harvest growing.