Time to start drying things out from a muggy summer. The first fire will be lit in the wood stove before too much more time goes by. Books will get their annual maintenance. Shoes too. Mildew rules the summer in most places and ages. And will again one day. The large serving of energy required for air conditioning goes a long way toward a lot of other, less presumptuous, conveniences when the time comes. Even after the planned addition for solar power next spring we won't have nearly enough power for even a single window unit. Never will. That's not part of our future. So we get out the anti-fungal essential oils and rub the books down every Fall!
Today is also my Dad's 61st birthday, so we wish him well for another year! And look forward to seeing him next month at the trail ride.
Not too much to cruise through this time around, but I do want to show some updated photos of my school project and a cob oven I'm working on at home.
Starting with the greenhouse at school:
|I've set it up sort of like a cattle chute to file school children through on greenhouse days. The solar oven in the foreground is getting increasing usage from the students, though admittedly, it took some prodding to get them out of the microwave.|
|Did a dry-stacked base for the oven out of fairly large rocks. The oven will enclose the south end of the firepit area and create more of a cooking complex between the two.|
|Oliver checked each addition for stability.|
|This is the platform, ready to receive the oven. That big flat rock on top cost me a massage...|
|Second cob course going on.|
|New batch of screened mineral subsoil ready to stomp.|
|Just like biscuits...|
|All stomped up, good texture, ready to use. There's no straw in this batch as it will form the thermal layer on the interior of the oven, and will be exposed to open fire and high heat.|
|I changed my mind and decided I wanted a brick arch for the door instead a cob one, so I just pulled off the cob that was sticking out this way and extended the sand mold to support the bricks as I built it.|
|The door/interior height ratio seems to be one of the more critical technical aspects of building one of these. Supposed to be right around 60%, door height to interior height. Mine's pretty darn close to target.|
Well, like I said, not too much to show this time around, but I hope you enjoyed it anyway. I know I'm enjoying it, and loving this cooler fall weather even more. Ready for the bugs to call it a season, and ready to light that first fire in the old wood stove. See you next time around, about Halloween.