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by tim_n
Mon Feb 13, 2017 7:30 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: New build pantry
Replies: 3
Views: 805

Re: New build pantry

Ha, set me thinking. Doesn't necessarily need to be fresh air apparently... http://benstarr.com/blog/how-to-convert-a-refrigerator-for-curing-meat-or-aging-cheese/ Looks easy enough though I need the UK versions. Just need to add a humidifier to one of my fermentation fridges that already is wired w...
by tim_n
Mon Feb 13, 2017 7:17 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: New build pantry
Replies: 3
Views: 805

Re: New build pantry

Sadly neither option gives you fresh air! Not worried too much about temperature control just variation. I've got two fermentation fridges that can keep the temperature at 0.1'c, it's air recirculation that's the PITA.
by tim_n
Mon Feb 13, 2017 10:43 am
Forum: Green Building
Topic: New build pantry
Replies: 3
Views: 805

New build pantry

I'm a big fan of dried meats, sausages, cheese etc and have started down the road of making them myself. But the kitchen is mostly a moist location with wildly varying temperatures and lots of light. I'd like a pantry cupboard to store things that don't need refrigeration but do benefit from open ai...
by tim_n
Tue May 28, 2013 12:52 pm
Forum: Looks like we made it
Topic: Cob Oven v2.0 - now with 100% more dragon
Replies: 3
Views: 2607

Re: Cob Oven v2.0 - now with 100% more dragon

diggernotdreamer wrote:I love this, always very in awe of people who are so artistic and can make stuff like this


Me too - I'm rubbish - We did our best to feed and water her during the day, and she kept apologising the entire time! Really looking forward to the finishing touches in a few weeks!
by tim_n
Tue May 28, 2013 10:16 am
Forum: Looks like we made it
Topic: Cob Oven v2.0 - now with 100% more dragon
Replies: 3
Views: 2607

Cob Oven v2.0 - now with 100% more dragon

I built a cob oven in May 2011 and it did really well to last up till last weekend when I took a hammer to it. It didn't have enough sand and it constantly got damp due to a lack of render and covered up with an old 1tn sand bag. This weekend we rebuilt it using clay from the garden - though we boug...
by tim_n
Thu Apr 12, 2012 10:51 am
Forum: Eco Products and Innovations
Topic: LED Lightbulbs
Replies: 11
Views: 5043

Re: LED Lightbulbs

The LED phenomenon is a far far cry from horse sh**! I just bought 10 GU10 LED Light Bulbs at http://www.google.co.uk . They were about £6 each (making them the cheapest on the internet). Also were really high quality, aluminium casing with glass covers. I only have positive things to say! I would ...
by tim_n
Thu Apr 12, 2012 10:26 am
Forum: Eco Products and Innovations
Topic: Inventors Corner
Replies: 29
Views: 11246

Re: Inventors Corner

'Kitty snipper' just like one of those catflaps that won't let a cat in without a magnetic collar. except this one lets them all in, but if they don't have the collar a guillotine blade cuts them in half. The prototype's working pretty well but I haven't solved the mess issue yet :thumbright: Someo...
by tim_n
Thu Apr 12, 2012 10:06 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Rainwater barrels connected to downspout
Replies: 5
Views: 502

Re: Rainwater barrels connected to downspout

Hi Durgan. Is that some form of flexible hose linking the downpipe to the barrels? One problem we have here is that we need the water now, so I daren't empty the barrels in winter, even though it could still freeze at this time of year. Zoe My IBCs froze solid this year, didn't seem to cause too mu...
by tim_n
Thu Apr 12, 2012 9:57 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: growing in a shed with plastic roof?
Replies: 3
Views: 391

Re: growing in a shed with plastic roof?

Definitely, but it might need some modifications! I'd look into making a shelf on a pulley that you can lower to water and pull up into the sunlight during the day!
by tim_n
Sun Mar 18, 2012 8:09 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Drought
Replies: 26
Views: 3221

Re: Drought

From what they were saying on the news, no enforcement will be taken, it's a wake up call to people to not go wasting water. Drip hoses are still allowed.
by tim_n
Mon Mar 12, 2012 3:34 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Drought
Replies: 26
Views: 3221

Re: Drought

If you mulch, put in drainpipes to the roots of your plants so you're not watering the mulch.
by tim_n
Mon Mar 12, 2012 3:27 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Switching to Co-op Bank, anyone else switched ?
Replies: 16
Views: 1308

Re: Switching to Co-op Bank, anyone else switched ?

I was with Smile which was excellent on many levels. Smile is being shoehorned back into the cooperative umbrella and my experiences have not been good. It takes twice as long to do anything, when I get round to it I'll be moving off to 1st Direct I guess. Not ethical, but I get irate at being overc...
by tim_n
Mon Mar 12, 2012 3:03 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: Earth oven
Replies: 34
Views: 13918

Re: Earth oven

Just to keep my last post up to date though I didn't realise I'd reinvigorated such an old thread :S Used my earth oven a grand total of about 4 times to cook pizza. First attempt RUBBISH didn't work at all, just wasn't hot enough. 2nd Attempt good-ish. It sort of got going, but not what I'd call gr...
by tim_n
Mon Mar 12, 2012 2:56 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: Rammed earth tyre walls.
Replies: 15
Views: 8487

Re: Rammed earth tyre walls.

Tyres aren't recommended for growing food in anymore. They do leach but not a problem for humans etc.

Earthbag walls seem to be easier. I've tried filling tyres before. It's not easy.
by tim_n
Mon Mar 12, 2012 2:54 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: Rainwater harvesting - your experiences
Replies: 28
Views: 12637

Re: Rainwater harvesting - your experiences

I have 3 IBCs. I have found the taps are fine at the moment but rather than rely on them, I need to replace them with proper metal jobbies so I use the internal taps as little as possible. My replacement caps which convert from IBC to hoze leak a lot. I'm going to try PFE tape. The IBCs do go green....

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