Monday, June 9, 2014

You do not have to own a large homestead in order to produce your own food, live sustainably, and save money in the process.  Our goal for our family is to find ways to save money, reduce our waste, and reuse the things that are normally thrown away or recycled. 

Of course we recycle in our home.  But reusing is even better.  And landfill waste is a last resort.  This Ted Talk completely changed how we think about recycling.

Our green scraps are composted or fed to the worms or chickens.  Our paper and cardboard waste is reused.  We shred all of our paper and cardboard.  The shredded paper is composted and the shredded cardboard is turned into briquettes that we then burn in our wood burning stove.   We will post soon on that process.

I converted the Vogelzang Barrel Stove Kit I built into a simple pool heater and so far it has been working great. In this video, I show the conversion process and how I am diverting the water using the existing pool pump. This is an excellent way to heat your pool for free! I have been using recycled paper logs as well as free pallet wood for fuel and a few seasoned logs to extend the burn time.  I will post actual temperatures as soon as I get the thermometer installed into the diverter.

Copper pipes coming out of stove:


Watch this video to learn how to heat your pool using an inexpensive wood burner!




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  1. It will be too interesting to read about all the varieties of heat pumps, as it will help choosing a cost-effective heating solution, as per your needs.

  2. Is there any concern of the fire burning thru the copper pipe causing a leak?

    1. Hi Jeff! We've had no problems with that, but we do have to make sure water is always circulating through the copper pipe when the fire is burning. Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. hi, building one now, do you have a materials list? I am stuck on what size the landscaping (black) pipe should be, and how to fit it to the diverter assembly. I thought you had mentioned a materials list on youtube when I first viewed this last spring.

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