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by Zech
Fri Apr 24, 2015 8:50 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Hey! bread heads
Replies: 9
Views: 2791

Re: Hey! bread heads

dave45 wrote:"Getting the recipe right took about a year."

not easy to replicate at home then?
That was my first thought, too. Then my second thought was, "I'm not sure how fussy I am about getting it 'right'." I'm going to give this a go! Cheers, Doofa :drunken:
by Zech
Sun Mar 29, 2015 2:17 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: a return...
Replies: 9
Views: 2197

Re: a return...

Hey Jessie :wave:

I'm never quite sure whether I'm here or not :lol:
by Zech
Fri Mar 13, 2015 6:54 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Planning for being self sufficientish in 2015
Replies: 46
Views: 5504

Re: Planning for being self sufficientish in 2015

I've sacked the window cleaner and decided to do it myself. Surely that's being self sufficient? Definitely! I'm trying to avoid too much planning until I've finished my solar panel project, otherwise I'll get too distracted. I had hoped to get it finished by the beginning of March... As for clothe...
by Zech
Tue Feb 17, 2015 3:05 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: How Selfsufficientish were you in 2014
Replies: 36
Views: 5651

Re: How Selfsufficientish were you in 2014

Of all those things, Steve, the thing that struck me was the line about compost. Firstly, because it's one of the things I try not to spend money on, yet with all your animals, you've only got to 100% self sufficient for the first time this year. This makes me think I'm almost certainly not putting ...
by Zech
Sun Feb 15, 2015 11:19 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Esse lionheart & hot water
Replies: 9
Views: 4754

Re: Esse lionheart & hot water

If you're using a woodburner to heat the whole house then you'll certainly spend a lot of time feeding logs into it - we do. Our sitting room is only a little smaller than yours, so I think you're right that 9kW to the room would be too much. As for the thermal store, ours is 350l and doesn't have m...
by Zech
Fri Feb 13, 2015 2:00 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Esse lionheart & hot water
Replies: 9
Views: 4754

Re: Esse lionheart & hot water

Hi Mike, Our set up is a little different as we use the wood burner for central heating as well as hot water, but maybe I can make some general comments that might be useful. Ours is very strongly biased towards the water (including central heating), rather than the room: 3.2kW to the room and 7.5kW...
by Zech
Fri Jan 30, 2015 10:43 pm
Forum: 101 Uses For
Topic: 101 uses for a toilet tube insert
Replies: 37
Views: 13839

Re: 101 uses for a toilet tube insert

How do you get the sawdust to stay in the tube, pbf? I tried it once, but just made a mess. I use the tubes for keeping various computer-related bits of wire tidy. I can never find the one I want, but it is a little easier if the two ends are sticking out of a tube - at least you can tell which pair...
by Zech
Thu Jan 22, 2015 5:58 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Hello again! - It's been a while...
Replies: 12
Views: 1695

Re: Hello again! - It's been a while...

Hello :wave:

I'm glad to hear you've managed to get at least half your allotment back - what a ridiculous man, hanging on to all that space that he's not using. As you say, hopefully he'll see sense once you're back there tending your plot, making comments like, "I wonder where I'm going to put..."
by Zech
Mon Jan 19, 2015 5:27 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: What are you up to today?
Replies: 7
Views: 998

Re: What are you up to today?

Your post prompted me to get off my backside and actually do some of what I planned to do today. It was beautifully sunny here, but very cold, so I was putting off going outside. I did pop out to fetch something from the greenhouse, but couldn't get in because the door was frozen shut. I did go out,...
by Zech
Sun Jan 11, 2015 9:19 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: newbie poster from dumfries and galloway
Replies: 8
Views: 1741

Re: newbie poster from dumfries and galloway

Hi Glyn,
Congratulations on finally making the move! It sounds like you've made a great start :icon_smile: I look forward to hearing more about how you're getting on.
by Zech
Fri Jan 09, 2015 9:54 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Not buying new in 2015
Replies: 91
Views: 23052

Re: Not buying new in 2015

I was just looking at the list to see whether the things I bought today count as exceptions, because I feel they ought to. I'm amused that things like massages and music downloads - which are definitely off my list - are excepted. I suppose it's about not accumulating new stuff, rather than being an...
by Zech
Fri Jan 09, 2015 4:48 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Hand Made Wedding
Replies: 6
Views: 982

Re: Hand Made Wedding

Congratulations! It really depends what kind of event you want. Our wedding was a handfasting, held outdoors (guests sat on straw bales), followed by a barn dance. Apart from quite a lot of ribbons, we had very little by way of trimmings, though we did go to town on the outfits (and the long woollen...
by Zech
Thu Jan 08, 2015 10:06 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: pembrokeshire greetings!
Replies: 30
Views: 8863

Re: pembrokeshire greetings!

Hi Chris, good to hear from you. You've been in the house only a year and completely finished the work you wanted to do on it? That's impressive! I like the sound of your garden, and I love to hear about all those trees you're growing, especially the oak trees from acorns :icon_smile:
by Zech
Thu Jan 08, 2015 9:54 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Wind turbine trees
Replies: 8
Views: 2940

Re: Wind turbine trees

bet they don't work anywhere near as well as claimed .... vertical axis! That's 3kW for the whole tree of 72 turbines, not per turbine! It didn't sound like a very bold claim to me. Also, I couldn't find any mention of vertical axis turbines on the Warwick wind trials website - did I miss it somewh...
by Zech
Thu Jan 08, 2015 9:05 pm
Forum: Eco Products and Innovations
Topic: Ecofan
Replies: 21
Views: 20038

Re: Ecofan

No, no noticeable draught. I still haven't got round to investigating ours properly with a thermometer - I will if you're interested. We went to a new year's eve party in a large, high-ceilinged room. The wood burner in there didn't seem to be having much impact on the temperature until we moved an ...