Off-Grid Video Extravaganza Part 3 of 6

Off-Grid Video Extravaganza Part 3 of 6

“People always fear change. People feared electricity when it was invented, didn’t they? People feared coal, they feared gas-powered engines… There will always be ignorance, and ignorance leads to fear. But with time, people will come to accept their silicon masters.”

Bill Gates

*****

Passionate Canadian Off-Grid Living and A Tiny Cordwood Home

By Bev Sandlin, Executive Editor

 

Passionate Ontario off-grid living! Live off the electricity grid, using renewable energy, with bestselling author William “Bill” Kemp and his wife, living the good life with a low impact on the planet

6 min 32 seconds: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aansFzgV1SQ

Worth the read with some great energy saving tips! http://onnaturemagazine.com/the-house-that-bill-built.html

.

 

Cordwood: thermal mass home

8 min 12 seconds: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3XRa7SsPQk

Uploaded by paulwheaton12 on Jun 9, 2011

 

Must bookmark website! http://www.permies.com

Matt of Feral Farm shows a tiny house made of cordwood. This off-grid house is also a round house. Matt talks about the issues of cordwood construction, plus issues with round house construction.

Matt explains that one of the perks of cordwood construction is that once the thermal mass is heated, it will hold the heat for a day.

The biggest downside for cordwood is that as the wood dries, it shrinks. So gaps tend to form between the wood and the mortar – thus allowing wind to pass through the structure in hundreds of gaps. Or the wood cracks and provides a different kind of gap. The solution is to use only thoroughly dried cordwood. This structure shows the benefit of using thoroughly dried cordwood.

Matt has done a great job of reusing materials that otherwise would have been thrown away.

Complete with a micro kitchen and a wood stove. The base under the stove is an old chalkboard!

Relevant threads at permies:
http://www.permies.com/permaculture-forums/8654_0/green-building/cordwood-houses
http://www.permies.com/permaculture-forums/1856_40/green-building/the-tiny-ho…

http://www.richsoil.com/rocket-stove-mass-heater.jsp Rocket stove mass heaters built for $20! SCP has featured them before!

Ponderisms

Feeling Good

Health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.
*****
The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth.
*****
Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing.

© 2012, Seasoned Citizen Prepper. All rights reserved. On republishing this post you must provide link to original post.

Print Friendly
Dislike(0)