The quest for the perfect backyard biochar kiln.
Okay, I needed some quick shelves to store some emergency supplies. As usual, a couple of free pallets from my local lumber yard, a handful of deck Screws, and my trusty DeWalt saw and driver and presto! Instant shelves!
I have been engaging in some reasearch trying to come up with a hoophouse design that didn’t cook my plants during the day and freeze them at night. To try and assess how well the design works I took two thermometers and placed one outside and one inside. So far so good. Then I started … More Tale of Two Thermometers
By adding a second layer of plastic with and air space between, I hope to ameliorate the extreme temperature fluctuations in my small hoop house.
I recently attended a farm symposium at which the keynote speaker was Ben Hartman. Hartman is a farmer and author who has made a name for himself by adopting the Japanese practice of “Kaizen”, ( Continuous improvement ). In Japan, Kaizen is best known as the practice promoted by Toyota as a means of improving … More Kaizen
Even tinkerers have heroes. One of mine is Pekka Leskela. The soft-spoken Swedish stove designer and builder embodies much of what I aspire to be. innovating, inventing, experimenting…. you know, tinkering. All in the service of inspiring others to do their own designs. The concept for this project comes from one of Pekka’s designs that … More Horizontal Rocket Stove
Spent most of today driving around getting materials. Thus the only tinkering I got to do was putting up a new Ceiling light in the guest cottage. Nice fixture, though I’m willing to bet the designer wasn’t 64 years old with stiff and shaky fingers. 🙄