Tallgrass Vernacular will be building a multi-burner Rocket Cook Stove on the Pine Ridge Reservation during the Indigenous Wisdom and Permaculture Skills (IWPS) Convergence July 26-31st. This gathering will also feature workshops by other instructors including an Earthen Oven by Miguel Elliot and Mushroom Growing by Radical Mycology. The emphasis will focus on regenerative agriculture while simultaneously featuring appropriate technology based bio-fuel and solar powered cooking installations for a sustainable kitchen on site. For more information on the IWPS gathering, or to register, click here
Come learn the pratical art of how to pour an earthen floor. This event will cover the basics of how to source materials for creating a floor made of clay, sand and chopped straw, how to mix the ingredients and how to apply them. Although we will be laying a small floor (~100 square feet) in a tiny outbuilding, the technique can be applied to conventional homes both in basements (on concrete slab) as well as on wooden subfloors. Earthen floors, after sealed with a hardening oil and sometimes beeswax, are very durable yet soft on the feet. They are easy to clean, and non toxic! Carpets harbor dust and dirt, and laminates are rubbed away and gashed over time. Many conventional floor options have toxic specifications (a quick google search for MSDS Data Sheet for a given product will show these hazards) so an earthenfloor is a great solution for those wishing to remodel their home with a touch of their own artistry. They also lend themselves nicely to radiant heated floors by running hot water plumbing through them. This is a practical and cozy solution to supplemental home heating, your cat would certainly agree. Come spend the afternoon and learn the basics of the technique!
Class size is limited to 12 students. Early bird registration will be $30 before August 5th and $40 until the day of. Scholarships may be available for those on a limited income. Workshop to be held in a small strawbale chicken coop at New Earth Farm and Goods in Papillion.
This will be an intensive, hands on weekend workshop for learning how to build a code-approved rocket mass heater/cookstove combination. This design has been evolving for several years and is the result of many minds amalgamating the principles of rocket stoves with masonry heaters. We will be building this stove in the yurt where my partner and I will be living while we construct our strawbale home in the Loess Hills. The yurt is a small, so to keep the intimacy of a hands on workshop, class size will be limited to 7 students.
I have sat in on two occasions with Max Edleson of Firespeaking and once with Lasse Holmes building very similar stoves, so I feel well-versed in teaching this design. The metal cooktop (designed by Max) serves both the purpose of instant heat and a cooking surface while the brick body of the stove is designed with internal channels to store residiual heat rather than sending it up and out of the chimney. The idea is to stoke the stove once or twice a day and stay warm through the night without needing to choke the fire of oxygen (causing creosite and smoke pollution) or waking up to add wood. The thermal mass of the brick will stay warm for up to 24 hours after a fire has been lit. This design has been proven to heat small spaces (up to ~1,000 sq. ft) and would be a perfect addition to a workshop or cottage, although these principles can be applied to larger heaters suitable for conventional sized homes.
The property is a beautiful one. Tucked in to the front range of the Loess Hills, and surrounded by State Forest and mixed tallgrass prairie/ dense walnut and elm and oak forest, the site is an ideal setting for camping. There is a spring fed artisian well on the property and warm vegeterian meals will be provided for participants. The site is situated about half way between Omaha and Sioux City and is about an hour drive from either. Class will start on Friday Evening with a potluck, lecture, and an introduction while Saturday and Sunday will be devoted to build days. Class will end by 6:00 pm both Saturday and Sunday so you may leave if demands back home necessitate, but you are invited to camp and enjoy the setting.
This workshop will focus on the principles of clean combustion, rocket stove adaptations, and brick laying. Tuition is being set on a sliding scale from $150-250. For more information, or to register, please feel free to contact me.
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