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It’s All About Thermal Mass Baby

With fuel cost on the rise again most folks are feeling the pinch in heating their homes, but not us! This time of year our wood stove heats our 832 sq ft home at a comfortable 68 degrees when thermometer says it 10 degrees or colder outside. What makes our wood stove unique it the fact that’s homemade. Well, you’re thinking “That’s not unique! Lots of people have built their own wood stoves”. That’s true, but I’m sure that no one has a stove quite like ours.

An Original Upland 207

We took an old Upland 207 wood stove, removed the legs, flipped on it’s right end so the left side loading door is now on top and encased it in concrete and covered the concrete with stone. We then cut a hole in the top above the loading door for the stove pipe.So, how does this all work? The old Upland 207 acts as the fire box which in turn heats the concrete and stone which creates a thermal mass of heat. The stove pipe is a pipe within a pipe. The outside pipe collects the heat from the stove pipe and pushes the heat up through the duct work in the house. Since heat rises the heat from the stoves thermal mass in conjunction with the heat from the stove pipe keeps our house toasty at on even the coldest days. Since the stove is air tight, it burns more efficiently, coupled with the thermal mass; this means we use less wood to heat with than conventional wood stoves.

Stove Front - Click for Larger View

Stove Top - Click for Larger View

Pipe Within a Pipe - Click for Larger View

Here’s the kicker: not only did we recycle an old stove, I can dry my clothes by wood heat, bake bread with the wood heat and not to mention, the efficient use of wood fuel is much more eco-friendly than convenient fuels like oil, kerosene and natural gas (LPG). LPG emits 15 times more CO2 per kg than wood, and kerosene nearly 10 times as much. CO2 is the main source of global warming. As long as wood burning is sustainable and doesn’t cause deforestation, its CO2 emissions are neutral — the CO2 released in the fire simply gets recycled back into more trees. It may not be the best looking stove but it’s all about thermal mass baby!


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My Rainwater Collection System

My Rainwater Collection System

Rainwater collection is certainly nothing new, humans have been doing it for thousands of years. Rainwater is relatively pure stuff. What you see falling from the clouds starts out pretty clean. It picks up particulates, pollution, pollen and dust as it makes its way to the ground, but even those contaminants become less of an issue if it’s been raining for a while and the air is cleaned with a good water scrubbing. Stored rainwater also is a good standby in times of emergencies such as power outages or during periods of extreme drought when wells dry up. In some areas where water supplies may not be available or dependable (or may be prohibitively expensive), collected rainwater is sometimes the least expensive option and can easily be less expensive than bottled water. Rainwater harvesting reduces the impact on aquifers, lessening the demand on ecologically sensitive or threatened aquifers.

Benefits and Uses of Rainwater:

  1. Is free; the only cost is for collection and use
  2. Naturally soft water
  3. Use it to irrigate your lawn & garden
  4. Can be used for laundry, bathing and toilet flushing
  5. Lessens demand on the municipal water supply
  6. Saves money on utility bills
  7. Makes efficient use of a valuable resource.
  8. Diminishes flooding, erosion, and the flow to stormwater drains
  9. Adds life to equipment dependent on water to operate, as rainwater does not produce corrosion or scale like hard water.
  10. Use it to fill your pool or hot tub

Want to know how to build your own rainwater collection system? Here’s a link to get you started: How to Build a Rainwater Collection System