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by velacreations
Sun Jul 21, 2013 4:43 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: ...preserve rabbit skins??
Replies: 15
Views: 3294

Re: ...preserve rabbit skins??

no, it leaves the fur intact. Here's how we do it:
http://velacreations.com/food/animals/r ... hides.html

here's a photo of a finished hide:
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by velacreations
Sun Jul 21, 2013 3:50 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Rocket stoves
Replies: 2
Views: 2508

Re: Rocket stoves

We built one last year, and it greatly reduced our firewood use. We burn small diameter sticks in it, so it is easy to get firewood from our neighbors, cause that's the stuff they don't burn! Use firebricks for the burning chamber and internals. Our build has a small footprint: http://www.flickr.com...
by velacreations
Sun Jul 21, 2013 3:46 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: thermal store and solar panels
Replies: 12
Views: 7253

Re: thermal store and solar panels

we have a big thermal store for our hot water system. It's 1300 l, and it stays around 130F year round. We use it for domestic hot water and for radiant floor heating in the winter. We have the tank is a large insulted box, with r-60 insulation all the way around. For the panels, we have 2 big panel...
by velacreations
Sun Jul 21, 2013 3:35 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Do you grow animal or chicken food
Replies: 10
Views: 2888

Re: Do you grow animal or chicken food

we sprout wheat for our animals. At 6 days old, it resembles wheat grass, and it is called fodder. It is great for them, and significantly reduces the feed bill over feeding concentrates. We also integrate our species a lot to maximize feed/waste cycles. Under the rabbit, we have earthworms, and tho...
by velacreations
Sun Jul 21, 2013 3:32 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: ...preserve rabbit skins??
Replies: 15
Views: 3294

Re: ...preserve rabbit skins??

we tan them using battery acid. I know it doesn't sound good, but it is actually very easy to do. Just soak them in the acid for a week, and then peal off the inner membrane, then soak again. it's just about the easiest way to preserve a hide.
by velacreations
Sun Jul 21, 2013 3:24 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: hello from Mexico!
Replies: 4
Views: 708

hello from Mexico!

Hi, We are a family of 4, living off the grid int he mountains of North Mexico. We've built our homestead from scratch and strive to provide our own food, water, and energy. We've been living this way for over a decade, and share our experiences through our website/blog. We are excited to be a part ...

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