Build Your Own $20 Outdoor Cob Oven | Outdoor Pizza Oven | Cob Ovens (The following entry is all about making a cob oven, a lovely and inexpensive outdoor pizza oven. The construction details have been trimmed back a bit, but this article should still give you a full idea of necessary materials and the building process for making your own oven!) I must admit, I’m a bit of a breadhead. Few things are as exciting to me as freshly baked bread with a dab of butter, or hot and greasy scallion pancakes, or fluffy and airy naan, or a pizza fresh from the hearth of a wood-fired oven. (That last one trumps all the others.) Earlier in the year, the idea of baking in the outdoors in a wood fired oven became something of a romanticized (in every positive sense of the word) notion to me. So I picked up a copy of Kiko Denzer’s Build Your Own Earth Oven, a little gem of a book covering the construction of cob ovens from the ground up. The Foundation The Fire Brick Oven Hearth (Laying out the beer bottles, and later, filling in with sawdust/clay mortar) Sizing the Cob Oven
33 DIY Fire Pit Ideas One of my favorite things to do in the summer is to invite friends and family over, and gather around the fire pit. They’re great for making s’mores and they give you that great outdoors feeling in the comfort of your own backyard! I’m definitely planning on making my own this year. Here’s 33 DIY fire pit ideas and tutorials to help you get those DIY juices flowing… What’s YOUR favorite fire pit idea? Let me know in the comments or simply “PIN” your favorite idea right on the page here. ---------- Sponsored Links ---------- #1 Paver Fire Pit #2 Large Square Fire Pit #3 Deep, Round Fire Pit #4 Different Sized Paver Fire Pit #5 Propane Fire Pit from Copper Fittings and a Flower Pot #6 Fire Pit on a budget #7 DIY Better Homes and Gardens Fire Pit #8 Adorable Fireless Fire Pit (perfect for a kid’s room!) #9 Fire Pit with Fireplace Glass #10 Fire Pit in a Bowl #11 Rectangular Stone Fire Pit #12 Fire Pit Planter #13 Eco-Friendly Fire Pit #14 Fire Pit from an Old Washing Machine Drum #15 Brick Fire Pit
DIY Natural Log Stove You don’t need a modern and expensive stove in order to cook something delicious in the backyard. Just transform a log into the most efficient natural stove out there. And there isn’t so much hard work to achieve that. Use a chainsaw (although a simple axe will do the trick, but will require twice the work) to cut a star into the sturdy log.
Permaculture - PermaWiki Permaculture is a design system which aims to create sustainable human habitats by following nature's patterns. The word 'permaculture', coined by Australians Bill Mollison and David Holmgren during the 1970s, is derived as a contraction of permanent agriculture, or permanent culture. The idea of permaculture is considered among the most significant innovations developed by Australians in the century since Australian federation . However like "nature", the permaculture concept evolves with time making its definition difficult. For example, consider the words of Bill Mollison, I guess I would know more about permaculture than most people, and I can't define it. ... Nevertheless, today permaculture can best be described as an ethical design system applicable to food production and land use, as well as community building. Origins Edit In the mid 1970s, two Australians, Dr. Permaculture has developed from its origins in Australia into an international 'movement'. Influences Edit Core values
How To Build An Outdoor Mud Oven As part of a recent giveaway, one of the questions I asked was “What DIY project would you like to see featured on Backdoor Survival?” There were some amazing responses and over time, I hope to work through the list. Interestingly enough, two readers requested a similar topic and when more than one reader makes a request, I sit up and pay attention. The DIY projects were: 1. How can I build a bread-baking oven with mud and straw? As luck would have it, this is a familiar topic since awhile back, I featured an article on DIY mud ovens. For those of you that are new to the concept, outdoor Mud Ovens are common in third world countries where indoor cooking facilities are nominal and where cooking fuel consists of wood and biomass. here is the full article: How to Build an Outdoor Mud Oven There are some things, though, that cook best in an oven. What is a Mud Oven and How Does it Work? Photo taken at the Mother Earth News Fair The Quest for A Mud Oven The very first firing went as follows.
Countries With 100% Renewable Energy Cahora Basso, Mozambique Which countries have the highest percentage of renewable energy – care to guess? I suspect that names like Germany, Denmark or Spain might spring to mind. These pioneers are overlooked for a variety of reasons. Most often its a matter of categorisation – what is and what isn’t considered renewable energy. Others simply leave hydro and geothermal out because they’re older technologies, and including them in renewable energy statistics might make people complacent about their percentages. Still, taking that broader perspective, here are some forgotten pioneers of the renewable energy world: Iceland – Built as it is on a volcano, Iceland has tapped the earth’s natural warmth to supply 85% of the country’s housing with heat. I could also mention Costa Rica, Laos, Colombia, Malawi, Nepal, Belize, and a dozen others. I mention them because I keep reading news articles mentioning the world leaders in renewable energy, and naming Germany, Denmark and Spain. Like this:
Affordable Housing Made From Shipping Pallets Remember the efficient and affordable Pallet House from last spring? Well designers Andreas Claus Schnetzer and Pils Gregor have bested their original design with an even lower-cost shipping pallet home that was completed this year in South Africa. The 'Slumtube' utilizes discarded pallets along with other local materials like clay and straw to make an insulated and affordable home that can withstand the extremely hot and cold temperatures of Johannesburg. Schnetzer and Gregor built upon what they learned from constructing modular pallet houses, improving upon their original design to make it even more affordable. In Johannesburg, temperatures can fluctuate from 45 degrees C in the summer to -2 degrees in the winter, and many homes are not equipped to keep residents comfortable. Slumtube transforms these pallets and other recycled materials into a semi-circular long houses that is insulated from heat and cold. + PalettenHaus Images © PalettenHaus
How to cut glass I posted a picture about 1 week ago on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter of me cutting glass using just string. I got LOT’S of requests for a tutorial on how I DID THIS! So here it is. FINALLY! You will be able to learn how to cut glass. I want to warn you. It’s best to triple your yarn because it will burn longer! Soak it GOOD! I like to tie my yarn where I want my glass to “cut” then quickly pour polish remover over the string again. Get a big bowl with ice and water ready. VERY IMPORTANT! Slowly turn your bottle. You can’t let the flame go OUT then dunk it in the ice water. YAY!!! I reallly hope you enjoyed this tutorial because I had ALOT of requests for it! © Copyright jaderbombllc, All rights Reserved.
Chapter 2: Design Principles | A Permaculture Design Course Handbook The principles above are laid out in Bill Mollison’s later book “Introduction to Permaculture”. There he presented a concise form of the concepts he laid out in the Chapters 2 & 3 in Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual. A summary of them can be seen below and even downloaded here: BM PC Principles summary. The principles seem to be patterns laid out on how nature’s inherent intelligence is formed in time and space. They are a great tool for interpreting ecosystem establishment and functions and from there designs can unfold. Summary of Permaculture Principles from TreeYo Permaculture (click on each Principle for further pics and explanation, more coming) from Introduction to Permaculture by Bill Mollison 1. Functional Analysis: is a tool to realize the full potential of each element by examining products and behaviors, needs, and intrinsic characteristics. 2. 3. 4. Zone Planning refers to the placement of elements based on their intensity of use and management. 5. 6. A schematic of coppice 7.