Category Archives: Alt Energy

900 lbs and a New Solar Oven!

We reached 900 lbs the first week of November. That’s 100 lbs shy of half a ton! It’s several hundred pounds more than last year, and we’ve still got a few sparse broccoli, carrots, cabbage, onions and beets to pick. There … Continue reading

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Be Sun Savvy Contest – September 2012

Be Sun Savvy Contest – September 2012. I just saw information on this tonight and thought I’d share that there is a contest going on this month each week to win a ready made sun oven, or other interesting prizes. … Continue reading

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Home Grown Buckwheat Buttermilk Pancakes

Last year was our first experience growing buckwheat. I’d read that it was a good choice to grow after garlic, so we had a nice stand of it flowering last summer. But, harvesting was time intensive. I went out and … Continue reading

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Between Some Rock and a Hot Place

Since I’ve known about them, I’ve loved the concept of masonry heaters. These don’t seem to be all that common in the US, but are becoming more popular. It centers a fireplace in the middle of a home, works by … Continue reading

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If a tree falls in the forest…it makes a woodpile

I saw the above sculpture on a wood stacking tip site and really wanted to display it here also. I did my first wood pile yesterday, but in piano terms it was just Chopsticks in comparison. We needed a new … Continue reading

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Emergency Stove and Humdinger Update

If the topic of emergency stoves and camping gear doesn’t light your fire, that’s alright. Back in May of this year I addressed emergency stoves and thought it was time for an update. In my May post, in addition to … Continue reading

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Clotheslines: The Answer Is Blowing in the Wind

I know there are sometimes strong opinions about clothes lines. I looked into getting one for a number of reasons, such as lowering present and future energy costs, or preparing for potential loss of power. And, strangely enough, there is … Continue reading

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