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by contadino
Tue Feb 09, 2010 8:08 am
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Powercuts and renewable energy in uk
Replies: 16
Views: 2760

Re: Powercuts and renewable energy in uk

More lazy journalism from the Daily Mail... If you have a grid-tied microgeneration system, the rule is that in the event of a power cut, the grid-tie inverter is required to shut down. AFAIK, all the inverters certified as suitable for grid-tieing do this function automatically. This has been a con...
by contadino
Sun Feb 07, 2010 11:08 am
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: solar powered washing machine
Replies: 22
Views: 8718

Re: solar powered washing machine

But then the wife made a remark :what about in the summer when the tank reaches a temp of 95 degrees ? This means my socks and t shirts will come out 6 sizes smaller , and , to control the temperature going to the washing machine , would a mixing tap do the job ? Yes, what you need is a thermostati...
by contadino
Tue Feb 02, 2010 4:34 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Price per unit of electricity
Replies: 18
Views: 2530

Re: Price per unit of electricity

29.something cents/kwh, although if you use more than a certain number of units a month, that drops to something like 20ish... :scratch:
by contadino
Mon Jan 04, 2010 3:22 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: The advantages of Global Warming to veggie and fruit growing
Replies: 13
Views: 1756

Re: The advantages of Global Warming to veggie and fruit growing

There is a growing consensus amongst climatologists that the Gulf Stream (which keeps the UK much warmer than other countries on the same latitude) is being weakened by several factors, including the warming of the oceans. In short, your summers are getting shorter, and the winters are getting colde...
by contadino
Thu Dec 31, 2009 8:18 am
Forum: How do I??
Topic: ... decide what type of solar water heater to get?
Replies: 3
Views: 785

Re: ... decide what type of solar water heater to get?

I'd recommend avoiding vendor websites until you know what you want and why. The Centre for Alternative Technology have some information perfect for your stage in the process... http://www.cat.org.uk/information/catinfo.tmpl?command=search&db=catinfo.db&eqSKUdatarq=20020210164613 Their 'Tapping the ...
by contadino
Sat Dec 12, 2009 4:47 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Does everyone grow their veg in straight lines?
Replies: 22
Views: 2527

Re: Does everyone grow their veg in straight lines?

There's a lot to be said for straight lines (equal space, easier weeding, equal irrigation, etc..), but I'd like to try a keyhole veg plot one day. It's a permaculture technique that makes the most of available space, where paths into the beds form the shape of a keyhole, to avoid excessive walking ...
by contadino
Sat Dec 12, 2009 7:07 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Do you have a wine made from real grape recipe?
Replies: 3
Views: 628

Re: Do you have a wine made from real grape recipe?

I'll second what graham says. Grapes are traditionally used for wine because they have the perfect mix of ingredients for wine - the bloom is the yeast, they contain the right amount of pectin, tannin, sugar and water. Whenever you add something artificial, it adds risk to the process. I've made gra...
by contadino
Mon Nov 30, 2009 11:07 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Home cured salami & chorizo
Replies: 16
Views: 2148

Re: Home cured salami & chorizo

The Riff-Raff Element wrote:They've gone white!!! :shock:
That's called bloom, I think. Just like the bloom on grapes.
by contadino
Thu Nov 26, 2009 3:59 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Has the ISH site gone weird on your PC?
Replies: 17
Views: 1515

Re: Has the ISH site gone weird on your PC?

This morning it was large print (which was difficult to read cos it sprawled out to the right and I had to scroll a lot), however, this afternoon it's changed again and I really like it. The font is just the right size now.
by contadino
Tue Nov 24, 2009 9:03 am
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Help to DIY Solar Water Heating
Replies: 10
Views: 3937

Re: Help to DIY Solar Water Heating

If you don't want to replace the tank, then maybe a Willis Solasyphon could be an option. http://www.willis-renewables.com/features-benefits.htm It sits alongside your existing tank and feeds hot water directly into it. I emailed them about 6 months back and they quoted a price of £245 delivered to ...
by contadino
Tue Nov 24, 2009 8:39 am
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Nuts
Replies: 17
Views: 2024

Re: Nuts

Almonds - you just have to choose the strain correctly.
by contadino
Tue Nov 17, 2009 3:53 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Pressing your own oil
Replies: 2
Views: 455

Re: Pressing your own oil

Funnily enough, I took a batch of olives to the mill this morning. I noticed that the meters on the presses were reading 450 bar, and that's a cold press which is considered inefficient. The motors that run each press at are rated at 50 hp each. If I remember correctly, rapeseed, soyabean, and cocon...
by contadino
Tue Nov 17, 2009 1:10 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Acorns as fuel
Replies: 15
Views: 6865

Re: Acorns as fuel

They'd just fall through the grill of mine so no good, shame cos I've got millions of acorns. Not that I want to go out collecting them because that would take a month of Sundays! The ones we use are ginormous, it's bizarre as the trees are more like shrubs, yet they produce acorns at least twice t...
by contadino
Mon Nov 16, 2009 6:45 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Acorns as fuel
Replies: 15
Views: 6865

Re: Acorns as fuel

No nut that I know of will burn at all fresh. You need to dry them first. However, as the wife says, a shovel of dry acorns on the embers last thing before bed, and they fire will still be burning in the morning.
by contadino
Sun Nov 15, 2009 6:30 am
Forum: Livestock
Topic: table bird help
Replies: 20
Views: 2268

Re: table bird help

back again for more info, my chicks are 4 weeks old now, still in the shed with heatlamp, when can they be moved to hen house in the garden,they r increasing in size very fast now, cheers, shamie !! A good indicator is the state of their feathers. When they've changed from down to proper feathers t...