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Build Your Own $20 Outdoor Cob Pizza Oven

Build Your Own $20 Outdoor Cob Pizza 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 cob oven. (That last one trumps all the others.) I thrive on bread. I love eating it, and of course I love making and baking it, too. 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. How To Build an Outdoor Pizza Oven The Foundation With little more than some clay, sand, sawdust, brick, some recycled beer bottles and old cinder blocks, I had everything I needed to make my own oven. The Fire Brick Oven Hearth (Laying out the beer bottles, and later, filling in with sawdust/clay mortar) Sizing the Cob Oven Related:  Wood, Firetiny homes etcCottage

BioLite HomeStove Overview Half the planet cooks on smoky open fires, causing over 4 million premature deaths annually. This is more than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis, combined. These smoky open fires also contribute to climate change, releasing more black carbon into the atmosphere than all the cars and trucks in the world. Using our patented technology, BioLite has created The HomeStove, a low-cost biomass cookstove that, by converting waste heat into electricity, reduces smoke emissions by up to 95% while simultaneously providing users with the capability to charge mobile phones and LED lights. Stunning Hope Cottage Includes A 2-Person Sauna - Tiny House for UsTiny House for Us Just when you think you’ve found your favorite tiny house design, something like this comes along and raises the bar another notch. It’s great to see what others are doing with small space design, and this might be the first time we’ve seen a full-blown sauna built into a tiny home. Described as a sort of “glamping bed and breakfast”, the Hope Cottage is located in La Conner, Washington, and was built to offer visitors a cozy place to escape it all. They managed to include all the normal luxuries you’d expect in a home; there’s a usable kitchen space, comfortable living area, roomy sleeping loft, and a full bathroom with shower, toilet, and of course a gorgeous FAR infrared sauna enclosed in glass and wood. As if the sauna weren’t enough, they managed to fit a shower in the bathroom too! They opted for stairs to the loft, making it more accessible for people of all ages and abilities. The Hope Cottage in its natural evergreen setting, with a garden shed right behind it.

DIY Solar Oven One of the most eco-friendly, simplest and safest ways to cook food is with a solar oven. Follow our DIY Solar Oven instructions to build your own. By Kristina Mercedes Urquhart and Ian Urquhart Manufactured solar cookers can cost in the hundreds of dollars, but you can build one yourself and adjust it to suit your needs for around $75 (or less). Designed with the urban farmer in mind, the "Uniquely Urquhart” solar oven uses minimal power tools and can be constructed in an apartment or on a patio or balcony. Several additions to the oven are optional, and if you’re thrifty with recycled materials, consider using cardboard boxes instead of plywood for a lighter model. Photo by Kristina Mercedes Urquhart It doesn't take a lot of tools and materials to build your own solar oven. What You'll Need: Tools needed include: box cutter handsaw pencil power drill sandpaper screwdriver tape measure Oven Instructions Follow these step-by-step instructions to build your oven box. Reflector Instructions

Egloo heats your room without electricity for 10 cents a day Can you heat your room for just 10 cents a day? Egloo can. Egloo is a clever little heater that harnesses candle power to heat a room without wasting electricity. Egloo works by concentrating the heat from the flame of a few candles inside a terracotta dome, radiating warmth into a room even after the candles are blown out. The concept was developed by Marco Zagaria, a student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome. The the brilliant little heater was successfully funded through Indiegogo, and you can get your own in a variety of colors to start heating your office, dorm or bedroom without using electricity today. + Egloo The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader.

These 32 Tree Houses Are More Whimsical Than Your Wildest Dreams And They Actually EXIST! One look at these tree houses and you'll realize that you're never too old to live out your childhood dreams...and maybe even make them crazier! Childhood dreams have never looked so incredible! DIY Party Barge for an Epic Summer Money didn’t stop these ambitious guys from having an epic summer. Instead of buying a pontoon or boat, they instead opted to build their own party barge using mostly old pallets and some barrels. Sure, there’s some assembly required and it’s mostly a glorified raft. But this is a huge improvement to the type of raft Huckleberry Finn built. If you can get your hands on old pallets or barrels for free, why wouldn’t you put them to good use and make a party barge for you and your friends to enjoy? Collect all your materials, which include pallets, old plastic barrels, ratchet straps, and some miscellaneous lumber. Cut and add some cross beams to the bottom of the decking to make a platform in sections. Next, use cheap ratchet straps to secure the barrels to the bottom of the platform. Once built, take apart in sections and transport to your favorite fishing hole. Don’t forget to add your necessary entertainment items (e.g., coolers, canopies, chairs, tables, fishing rods etc.).

Downdraft Barbeque | Improved Biomass Cooking Stoves Downdraft Barbeque Peter Verhaart (Feb 7,99), Water Boiling Tests (Mar 6, 2002) We have used it quite a few times now (we are not great barbecuers), it is quite convenient to operate. It typically takes 12 minutes to settle into smokeless and odourless combustion, our official propane fired bbq takes longer. The fuel is bits of wood, 30 * 30 * 100 mm max size.The fire is lit on the grate, with a slide to adjust the active grate area. Since there are a few cheat holes in the riser pipe, the downdraft mode of burning starts automatically. Downdraft Barbecue water boiling test 3/6/2002 Fuel as was 162 g Fuel oven dry 140 g Start Fire 9:48 Start Cook Time 10:05 End time 10:53 Initial fuel 2.6 kg Remaining fuel 1.2 kg Big pan dry 0.6 kg Big pan + water 3.5 kg Same after 2.8 kg Small pan dry 0.7 kg Small pan + water 2.2 kg Same after 2.1 kg Water temp start 26.2 C Start boil big pan 10:28:00 Start boil small pan 10:48:00 Combustion value dry 21 MJ Average power output 8.82 kW

A Shipping Container Costs About $2,000. What These 15 People Did With That Is Beyond Epic. | My99Post | Funniest Fail Pics | Motivational Posters. A luxury home doesn’t always necessarily mean thousands of square footage, towering great rooms and gilded toilets. Take these homes for example: to begin building one of these epic houses, all you need is $2,000. do with that shipping container… well, that’s completely up to you. Some creative people have found a way to transform this rudimentary “room” with metal siding into luxury housing that blows us away. 1.) 2.) 3.) 4.) 5.) 6.) 7.) out of shipping containers. 8.) 9.) 10.) 11.) 12.) 13.) 14.) 15.) The best part of the gallery that this Reddit user shared? recycled materials, so you’re actually helping the environment if you invest in making a luxury shipping container home. What a marvelous idea; share it with others by clicking on the Share button below.

Get Rid Of Wasps: Traps & Tips If you’ve ever been stung by a wasp, you know they live up to their reputation of being aggressive and having painful stings. When you regularly spot them in your yard, chances are there’s a nest on your property or nearby. These are not pests that you want hanging about, especially if you have children running around. The best way to get rid of them is to find the nest and destroy it, but if you can’t find it or if it’s not on your property, you can use traps to tempt them away from high-traffic areas to another part of the yard to kill them. New for 2012: Here’s a quick DIY I saw on my local news (tv) using an empty jar, orange juice and a bit of jam (you’ll find the soda pop bottle versions I published previously underneath): Here are directions for two easy homemade wasp traps, they require the same materials and and have the same concept, but two different designs (one’s ideal for hanging, the other for setting on the ground). Ground Version Hanging Version Tips: Bait Ideas

How to Make a Candle Heater With the cold season coming to a close I wanted to share one more survival craft that you can do in order to provide some off-grid heat to a small insulated area with just a candle! I got this idea straight from the HeatStick.com site, where instead of ordering one of their “Kandle Heeters” I decided to make my own and share with you guys how you can too (it cost me about 15 bucks to make compared to 30 dollars (plus shipping) if you were to buy one). How it Works The basic purpose of this heater is to capture the heat given off of a candle flame and to concentrate it into a steel and ceramic radiator assembly. After some time, the ceramic surface will act as a thermal mass and begin to radiate the captured thermal energy into your room or office. Here’s how heatstick.com describes it (image and description c/o heatstick.com): Putting it all Together The process for putting together the candle heater is very simple: What You Need Assembly Instructions Making the Stand Test Results

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