Today started off as an unknown .. and now that is is over it is much clearer. While the day was still trying to figure itself out in the morning I managed to place (no mortar) yet the first layer of bricks for the rocket stove in its designated location in our bedroom. Great stuff […]

today was a strange day … very shifty … sun, wind, warm, cold … started the day with pear picking … great fun … got a nice load (and plenty more is still on the trees) … planning to make both compote and jam. spent a few more hours figuring out final construction details for […]

Rumors said today would be sunny and warm … the day didn’t start like that at all … frost was covering everything … outside had a unique (to me) pale look to it and it stayed that way until the sun found its way through the haze and revived everything. I started out with the […]

the sun came out today … how pleasant 🙂 I started the day at the rocket stove model again … widened the burn tunnel and the heat riser … got a much better and consistent burn and draft. Another experiment planned for tomorrow morning. Again, as the rocket was burning I continued to move into […]

Another uninviting wintery day … spent most of the day with the rocket stove … redid the base in an attempt to better align measurements to get better and more consistent sideburn. Some success. Then completed building the model to test the thermal mass behavior … not efficient enough – yet! As I was waiting […]

Yesterday we did something worth noting … but I couldn’t get an Internet connection and was too tired to figure out why … and now after another tiring day I don’t remember what happened yesterday … Today was cold and in the morning it even rained a bit … a dreary day. Not very inviting […]

This day started earlier then usual when we went out to meet the second truck of stones for our section of road. I thought we would have spare stones left over but there was just barely enough (we could use a few cubic meters more to fill a few weak spots). The really friendly and […]

Wrapping up an odd day. Started with a visit to the market … mostly for some local cheese but we picked up a few other things – including three! kinds of tomatoes. The prices of food are ridiculous here … it is a huge value gap between the value of food in our lives and […]

Rest … today was a much needed and much appreciated day of rest. Yesterday we finished the last 2 Zakuska … the last of the big cooking efforts. We were extremely happy to not-cook today. We’ve been having a hard time finding a steel barrel … so we’ve decided to build our rocket stove from […]