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by Dutch Dave
Mon Sep 16, 2013 12:46 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Would you ever burn nappies in a woodburner?
Replies: 22
Views: 11866

Re: Would you ever burn nappies in a woodburner?

Nappies contain SAPs (super absorbing polymers) even the ones that are biodegradable for a big part. These polymers are "plastics" that turn into a gel when they absorb water. This makes composting them a bit difficult. I have 4 month old twins and have thought about nappy processing a lot...
by Dutch Dave
Mon Sep 16, 2013 12:25 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: family size biodigester
Replies: 8
Views: 3495

Re: family size biodigester

That could work. I would advise you to put in a waterlock as a flame arrester, if there is enough oxygen in the gas mixture it wil explode if you light it. If it's just a floating plastic barrel exploding in the yard it's a nice story to tell in the pub. If the explosion happens in your septic tank ...
by Dutch Dave
Mon Sep 16, 2013 11:51 am
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: family size biodigester
Replies: 8
Views: 3495

Re: family size biodigester

Freshly cut grass had a "gas potential" of more then 300 litre per kg.. If you have enough it would even be possible( with a little tinkering) to heat the house and/or run a fridge or freezer on the gas :) A friend of mine converted his car to run on woodgas, he has enough trees to provide...
by Dutch Dave
Mon Sep 16, 2013 8:45 am
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Help with burning waste
Replies: 9
Views: 3354

Re: Help with burning waste

I wouldn't dry human waste to burn in a stove. It's asking to get sick. To convert human or animal waste into fuel you can build a "digester". In this digester bacteria turn the waste into methane. This methane can be used as a fuel. Two humans produce enough waste to convert into gas to m...
by Dutch Dave
Mon Sep 16, 2013 8:08 am
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: family size biodigester
Replies: 8
Views: 3495

family size biodigester

Trying to be a little self sufficient in the kitchen usually means cooking home grown food on a wood stove. We did this for a while but I found some downsides tot cooking on a wood stove, it takes more time to cook on a wood stove, the kitchen heats up beyond a comfortable temperature in the warmer ...
by Dutch Dave
Sun Sep 23, 2012 8:26 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Pros and cons of keeping chickens on allotments
Replies: 16
Views: 2999

Re: Pros and cons of keeping chickens on allotments

A runaway chicken isn't a big problem. A runaway turkey has to be dealt with immediately.(there not easily caught and run as fast as an olympic sprinter, shooting may then be the only way of preventing him/her of destroying the neighbours vedgetable plot) Other chicken shootings do involve a blindfo...
by Dutch Dave
Fri Sep 21, 2012 1:05 am
Forum: 101 Uses For
Topic: 101 Uses for Excess Eggs
Replies: 51
Views: 21875

Re: 101 Uses for Excess Eggs

picked one from internet and translated it (it's a Belgian recipe) : for 12 glasses of advocaat: ■1 liter cream (10 tot 20% fat) ■1/2 liter whole milk ■150 gram sugar ■10 egg yokes ■180 ml whisky or bourbon ■180 ml cognac or brandy how to make advocaat: nothing is simpler then making advocaat. know ...
by Dutch Dave
Thu Sep 20, 2012 5:18 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Pros and cons of keeping chickens on allotments
Replies: 16
Views: 2999

Re: Pros and cons of keeping chickens on allotments

Your neighbours don't eat meat ? Or just don't want to see where it comes from ? The modern "faceless"meat" that we buy in the supermarket makes people a bit blind. When they are introduced to the way things really work when it comes to meat they become all emotional :) I forgot to sa...
by Dutch Dave
Thu Sep 20, 2012 2:09 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Pros and cons of keeping chickens on allotments
Replies: 16
Views: 2999

Re: Pros and cons of keeping chickens on allotments

At our allotment, which is an association (the tenants are also the people responsible and in charge) we are allowed to keep everything to the size of a goat.(because we decided that if anything bigger than a goat got loose we would have a problem) (I'm the proud owner of a 1500m2 allotment) I have ...
by Dutch Dave
Wed Sep 19, 2012 8:45 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: What do you love most about being a bit self sufficient?
Replies: 20
Views: 2524

Re: What do you love most about being a bit self sufficient?

The understanding of life itself. Where things come from and where they go. Shop food is anonimous and mostly tasteless it has no "soul". Homegrown healthy food and home made energy reminds me daily how much energy it takes and how complicated some things are that we usually take for grant...
by Dutch Dave
Wed Sep 19, 2012 8:19 pm
Forum: 101 Uses For
Topic: 101 Uses for Excess Eggs
Replies: 51
Views: 21875

Re: 101 Uses for Excess Eggs

french toast
or an alcoholic treet old Dutch and Belgian women drink/eat called advocaat. (actually pretty tasty with some wipped cream)
eggnog
by Dutch Dave
Thu Sep 13, 2012 6:16 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: What to feed quail
Replies: 4
Views: 1596

Re: What to feed quail

What sort of quail do you have ? I have Japanese quail (coturnix coturnix i think they are called) they eat about the same scraps as chickens. They have a smaller and less powerfull beak though, therefore they are just not able to eat the tougher scraps. Quail have more need for protein though. Givi...
by Dutch Dave
Thu Sep 13, 2012 5:57 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: what do I feed my chickens to fatten for the pot?
Replies: 7
Views: 3876

Re: what do I feed my chickens to fatten for the pot?

we fatten them up more or less the same way as odsox does. We feed them as many boiled seed patatoes, bread and "broken grains" as the will eat. Never leaving there feeding bowls empty. The bread i buy from the local bakery, its about two days old before we get it. But then it only costs 1...
by Dutch Dave
Thu Sep 13, 2012 1:13 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: How do I grow and refine sugar?
Replies: 24
Views: 3970

Re: How do I grow and refine sugar?

A good replacement, if you like to grow your own "sweet stuff" is a plant known to us as "Stevia" ( official name is :Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni.) Its a plant that has the sweetest leaves, the sweetness is more concentrated then regular sugar and it doesnt make you fat. I have onl...
by Dutch Dave
Wed Sep 12, 2012 12:27 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Please allow me to introduce myself
Replies: 14
Views: 2108

Re: Please allow me to introduce myself

Welcome to ISH :flower: If there is no self-sufficient group in the Netherlands, why not start one? I'm sure we have several Dutch members here. MW Time :) Taking time to start a movement is taking time away from my own "journey". And then, selfsufficiency and everything that's really &qu...

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