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by Maykal
Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:32 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: What do you heat your home with and what does it cost??
Replies: 33
Views: 6912

Re: What do you heat your home with and what does it cost??

I have terracotta wood stoves in my house in the country, although I'm not living there full time yet as it's still a work in progress. Last time I was there I got the wood stoves going to get an idea of consumption and heating capacity. I fed the one in the bedroom for about 90 minutes, using on av...
by Maykal
Wed Nov 14, 2012 7:24 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: What are the best book to start homesteading ?
Replies: 16
Views: 12450

Re: What are the best book to start homesteading ?

Seymour's book is a delight, but perhaps too broad. Certainly worth buying as a general intro into homesteading, to give you an idea of the (enormous amount of) work involved, but I think you'd need to buy other books depending on what you wanted to specifically do.
by Maykal
Wed Nov 14, 2012 4:42 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Neighbours
Replies: 6
Views: 1583

Re: Neighbours

I went to my local town hall to ask about planning permission to redo the roof. The guy asked me what exactly I wanted to do and I told him: remove the old traditional tiles, replace all the sagging battens with sturdier ones, replace all the old tiles except those that are broken/cracked which I'll...
by Maykal
Wed Nov 14, 2012 4:01 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Friends coming to you on their 'holidays'
Replies: 22
Views: 2742

Re: Friends coming to you on their 'holidays'

I've only had two sets of friends visit me. I paid pretty much everything when the first couple came to visit us, transport, petrol, food, and drink, but I know that she had recently lost her job and he wasn't earning much and they have a young daughter so I was more than happy to pick up the costs....
by Maykal
Thu Nov 08, 2012 5:21 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Christmas/Winter liqueur
Replies: 12
Views: 3247

Re: Christmas/Winter liqueur

Looks like a good one, thanks. I'll give it a go. How's it tasting now it's had a couple of weeks maturation?
by Maykal
Thu Nov 08, 2012 4:09 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Christmas/Winter liqueur
Replies: 12
Views: 3247

Re: Christmas/Winter liqueur

I'm sure they'd go nicely into a christmas pud. If you did it next week, you can seal it up and let it mature for a month ready for the xmas table. I made some ginger wine which I'm hoping might resemble something drinkable by xmas. I racked it over last week and it smells ok but is still pretty clo...
by Maykal
Tue Nov 06, 2012 3:20 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Beer
Replies: 10
Views: 2498

Re: Beer

I often use swing tops (Grolsch bottles, generally). Just make sure you sanitize the rubber seal properly, preferably by removing it and sanitizing it separately. Also, if you are going to bottle the beer, it might be worth (if you haven't already) getting another container, racking the fermented be...
by Maykal
Sun Nov 04, 2012 11:50 am
Forum: Green Building
Topic: Harnessing well water
Replies: 6
Views: 6234

Re: Harnessing well water

Just to update: Most people I spoke to suggested using a submersible pump for the well because of the depth so that's what I'm going to install. This will draw the water up to a 100l expansion tank with pressure gauge, pressure switch, filter and valve. I might connect it up to the main too one day,...
by Maykal
Mon Oct 22, 2012 5:58 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: What i'm brewing at the moment
Replies: 356
Views: 110575

Re: What i'm brewing at the moment

About 230 litres of white wine - actually a neighbour is doing this, I don't have enough equipment at the moment although I hope to be all set up for next year's havest. We'll split the wine when it's done. I had about 200kg of plums which I gifted to a neighbour who helped pick them all (I say 'hel...
by Maykal
Mon Oct 15, 2012 10:20 am
Forum: Green Building
Topic: Harnessing well water
Replies: 6
Views: 6234

Re: Harnessing well water

I'm pretty sure that there will be sand in the bottom of the well although I might be lucky enough to rarely suck any up. When I take a bucket of water out of the well, there is a small amount of sediment floating around in it, especially if I drop the bucket quite a way under the surface. How adver...
by Maykal
Mon Oct 15, 2012 8:58 am
Forum: Green Building
Topic: Harnessing well water
Replies: 6
Views: 6234

Re: Harnessing well water

Thanks for the advice Tony, The well is a regular old-fashioned one, about a metre in diameter with bucket and chain and all that. The surface of the water is about 4-5m down at the moment, although we have just come to the end of a 3-month draught so it might be higher normally. I lowered the bucke...
by Maykal
Fri Oct 12, 2012 5:30 am
Forum: Green Building
Topic: Harnessing well water
Replies: 6
Views: 6234

Harnessing well water

Hey folks, Not sure if this exactly falls under green building, but didn't know which section was best. I have a pretty decent well and I would like to be able to use it interchangeably with the mains water (which isn't particularly reliable in my village anyway and often runs dry towards the end of...
by Maykal
Fri Aug 17, 2012 3:58 am
Forum: How do I??
Topic: ...make a barbecue into an oven?
Replies: 6
Views: 2564

Re: ...make a barbecue into an oven?

I think it'd be pretty tricky. I assume it's one of those usual metal ones, right? The thing is that a BBQ is more for applying direct heat (straight up, from the hot coals/ashes) whereas for baking bread I think you'd need a more even heat which is usually provided by the heat-retaining bricks and ...
by Maykal
Wed Aug 15, 2012 1:04 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Hello from Romania
Replies: 20
Views: 3025

Re: Hello from Romania

Just got back from the house. I had to stay on another three days to get the roof finished but it was worth it. A lot of work as I had to go around all the local villages looking for people selling old tiles. I didn't want to use new ones, partly because they look too new and orange, and partly beca...
by Maykal
Wed Aug 15, 2012 12:53 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Herbs for hot summers/cold winters
Replies: 5
Views: 1251

Re: Herbs for hot summers/cold winters

Thanks for all the ideas! Yes, it's pretty cold for a couple of months in winter, usually with heavy snows. Temp can go down as low as -30C and there might be weeks on end when it doesn't rise about zero. I have a few options open to me. I have plenty of space in the barns where I could store plants...