Rocket Mass Heaters: Efficient Home Heating With Wood A Rocket Mass Heater is a wood-burning device. Beyond that, it gets weird. Technically neither a woodstove nor a fireplace, the rocket mass heater is related to masonry heaters, rocket stoves, and traditional earthen buildings. In terms of efficient, primeval comfort, it's in a class by itself. The magic starts with the 'combustion unit.' Wood feeds in downward, a small batch at a time. The flue gas is channeled through a massive heat-exchanger. Instead of smoking out a chimney at 400 F, the rocket mass heater's exhaust wafts out of the building around 90-120 F, leaving most of the heat trapped inside. What Makes It So Efficient? The Rocket Mass Heater is one of the most efficient wood-burning heaters around. So what's the catch? Every home heating system is a compromise between cost, effort, durability, and desired effects. Occasional Use: Spaces that are only occasionally used, such as vacation cabins, churches, or 'tinkering shops,' get no benefit from storing heat for slow release.
Simply Albany: DIY Tinted Glass Jar + Mod Podge Image Transfer I started by making sure my jar was completely clean and dry. Using a ramekin, I mixed one drop of blue food coloring with approximately 1 tablespoon of mod podge and a tiny amount of water. (You don't need the paint brush to mix - you can use whatever you want.) Once mixed, I dumped the ramekin contents into the empty jar and rotated the jar so the inside was completely coated with colored mod podge. I placed the wet jar upside down on wax paper to let it drip dry for approximately 30 minutes. Next, I placed the upside down mason jar on a fresh sheet of wax paper in the oven, which was preheated to "warm." I left the jar in the oven until all the mod podge was dry and the jar was clear. Here's my blue-tinted jar! Now for the fun part... I wanted my jar to have an image on it, so I used the mod podge transfer technique. I used this image from the Graphics Fairy. Next, I cut my image out very close to the edge so there would be little "white space."
Introduction to Videos Welcome The GeorgiaStandards.Org video library is comprised of best practice videos for teachers. This video library has over one thousand videos that demonstrate effective implementation of the standards in classrooms. The videos are in various formats, such as video podcasts. In order to view these videos, you will need to have iTunes installed on your computer. Selecting a video that is formatted as a video podcast will launch the iTunes player. iTunes will then download the video podcast and allow it to be viewed in iTunes. As of Spring 2010, the Georgia Department of Education launched a site on iTunes University. For the best experience download iTunes that allows you to organize and play videos or podcasts on a Mac or PC.
cool storage without electricity Hobo Stove | Practical Survivor Urban survival is a tricky subject to discuss. There are advantages to urban survival. Anywhere you look there are items in trash cans and dumpsters that can be used to improve a survival situation. Cardboard boxes can be used for shelter, newspapers can be used for insulation and to the practical survivor another persons trash can be a treasure. In this case we will use a coffee can to build a stove. Keep an open mind during any survival situation. Whether backpacking, camping, or surviving, having a way to cook can make a huge difference. A coffee can or large vegetable/ravioli can will allow you to build a stove and cook. Items used to build this stove: * Coffee can * Can opener * Tin snips * Drill and drill bits * Metal coat hanger There are many methods that could be used to build this stove. We use a metal coat hanger to build rods which will help hold up the cooking pot. The top side of a coffee can is already opened. We then used the tin snips to cut a small door. Materials:
How to Make a Solar Food Dehydrater From… Beer Cans! Please Share This Page: Google + stumbleupon tumblr reddit If you are a first-time visitor, please be sure to like us on Facebook and receive our exciting and innovative tutorials and info! This video by rickvanman is a must see for everyone who grows their own food! Drying food is a tried and tested way to preserve it – generally speaking home-dried vegetables will last for anything up to a year, although under ideal conditions it can be many years more! The technology used here is really simple and the materials are easy to come by. As the video was posted very soon after Rick made the dryer there are a couple of slight modifications needed – one is simply a 3-inch hole on the back (near the top) of the box to allow warm air to vent out. Another tip to make the most of this device would be of course to buy larger quantities of fruit of vegetables when at a reduced price and dry them at home.
SolTech’s Gorgeous Glass Tiles Heat Your Home With Solar Energy Alternative energy is known to be a lot of things – cutting edge, earth-friendly and forward thinking – but sadly looking pretty isn’t one of them. Well SolTech is changing all that with their gorgeous glass solar-thermal roof tiles. As if it’s not cool enough that these transparent shingles are able to heat your home by using a simple system to store energy from the sun, they also look like a million bucks!
The 16 Best Healthy, Edible Plants to Grow Indoors From farmers’ markets and Community Supported Agriculture, to urban farms and rooftop gardens, to produce delivery services, more and more people across the U.S. are embracing farm-fresh food. And for good reason: Locally grown produce tends to be better for the environment and for local communities than its store-bought counterparts. Growing food at home also ensures that growers know exactly where their food comes from and how it was grown (no need to worry about deceptive food labeling). If you’re not whipping out the pruning shears yet, consider this: Learning new skills is good for our brains. Luckily, you don’t need to be a farmer (or even live near a farm) in order to reap the benefits of home-grown produce. General Growing Tips Before you get started, here are a few tips that will be handy to keep in mind no matter which of the plants from this list you choose to grow. Fruits and Veggies Photo: Alpha 1. 2. 3. 4. How to Harvest: Most lemons will ripen in six to nine months. 5. 6. 7.
Fabricating a Heavy-Duty Rocket Stove Rocket stoves are small efficient stoves that can produce a hot flame with only a few small pieces of wood. The reason it is called a rocket stove is because when wood is added to the fire the flames create an internal draft. As the draft is created, the fire begins to produce a jet of fire coming through the stove pipe. The stove flame eventually becomes so hot that it produces very little smoke. These stoves were created out of necessity in third world countries to cook small meals and have recently become more popular as a do-it-yourself camping stove. Inexpensive Gift Ideas Christmas Time is always such a wonderful time, but it can also be a stressful time! Can I get an “Amen!”? Much of that stress is caused by gifts… whether it’s not knowing what to get someone or not having the money to buy presents for all the people you wanted to. Well, I have those same kinds of problems so over the last few months I’ve slowly been collecting awesome and inexpensive gift ideas and will be sharing them with you over the next few weeks. This first roundup is definitely one you’ll want to bookmark forever because all of these gifts can be made for about $2 or under. Yup. A few here on Lil’ Luna… Mod Podged Notebooks LDS Temple Blocks DIY Burlap Ribbon from Ella Claire Vintage Book Page Banner from Ella Claire Rustic Crate Luminary from Ella Claire Button Bookmarks from I Heart Naptime Mason Jar Cozies from I Heart Naptime DIY Glitter Rings from La Factoria Plastica Sharpie Mugs from Whipperberry on Infarrantly Creative Painted Camera Strap from Design Love Fest LOTS of great ideas!
Studies Show Anxious People Have Increased Empathy and Psychic Ability The state of having anxiety is often looked at as a disorder in the medical field. However, what if people suffering from anxiety are simply more connected to the suffering that exists in themselves and the world? A study from a few years ago reached this very conclusion. People who reported suffering from anxiety had an increased ability to feel and interpret emotions of those around them: “Results support the hypothesis that high socially anxious individuals may demonstrate a unique social-cognitive abilities profile with elevated cognitive empathy tendencies and high accuracy in affective mental state attributions.” Further research on the subject has come up with some fascinating new information regarding the suffering of anxiety. Dr. Yet another study published in the European Journal of Psychology found that participants who reported suffering from anxiety were quicker to detect danger and also quicker to respond to those threats than other participants:
How to Make a Personal Fire Pit For Cheap! My name is Karen and I haven’t lit anything on fire in 5 months. I’m sure I deserve some sort of a chip or something for that. You see … I’m a bit of a pyromaniac. Technically I’m not a *real* pyromaniac I guess. We light fires in the fireplace every night here in old Casa de Karen from October until March. 6 face cords every year go flying up that chimney. So what’s a pretend pyromaniac girl like me to do in September? The Answer … The Personal Fire Pit. Here we gooooooo … Materials you Need cheap glass frames – $4 small rocks – $2 any kind of metal mesh – $2 any metal planter with a lip (edge) on it – $8 (on sale) Step #1 – Making a Glass Box You need to make a glass box. Do two sides first and hold them in place somehow until they dry. Position them so your final side will be easy to silicone. Run another bead of silicone and place your last piece of glass. When you’re placing your glass, try to be a bit careful about it. P.S. Step 2: Making the pit. It’ll look something like this. 1. 2. 3. 4.
A Rocket Stove Made From a Five Gallon Metal Bucket The principle behind a rocket stove is simple–rather than cooking on an open fire, you burn wood in an insulated chimney. Rocket stoves are highly efficient and easy to make. They run on twigs, so you can avoid cutting down a whole tree just to cook dinner. We’ve had a rocket stove made out of brick in our backyard for several years. Using a piece of 4″ vent pipe and a 90º elbow, I made the chimney. I traced the outline of the vent pipe on to the lid of the bucket and cut this hole out with a jig saw. Using the vent pipe as a guide again, I cut out a 4″ hole near the bottom of the bucket. I used one part clay (harvested from the yard) to six parts vermiculite as my insulation material. With the vent pipe in place, I packed the insulation into the bucket and let it dry for a few days before putting the lid on. I found a barbecue grill at Home Depot that rests on the top of the bucket to support a pot. The last step was to add the new Root Simple stencil to the back.