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    The Wonderbag just came to my attention. It is an age old technology (heat retention cooking) re-visioned. I would like to hear about the old/new technologies that are simple and need little energy (like appliances and electricity) to maintain. What have you found/created that is awesome? Please share your small and wonderful finds/ideas.

    Some are in posts and maybe whole threads I missed here on Avalon that could be linked but collecting them all together is fun.

    Quote Originally invented by founder Sarah Collins in South Africa with the intention of conserving cooking energy in developing nations, this cordless, power-free, gas-free slow cooker might just change the way we slow-cook forever. Although our slow cookers are tried and true instruments in our kitchen, the notion of leaving an electrical appliance running hot while we sleep or leave our homes has always made us a little nervous, to be honest. The Wonderbag removes that worry, saves electricity and -- the best part -- actually works. You start anything you cook in the Wonderbag on the stove (recipes range from beef stew to oatmeal to greens and beyond), bringing your pot to a boil for around five minutes. Turn off the heat, seal the pot and pop it in the Wonderbag for your desired amount of time. A tender beef stew will take about four hours, but you can leave your food in the Wonderbag for up to 12 hours without it falling below a safe temperature. Wonderbag



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    Brilliant, this is what we need. 10 times more exciting than free energy. There are tons of threads like these on Avalon. Maybe we could compile them.

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    Can we work out what material they're made from? Must be a way to buy a generic bag.

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    Quote Posted by Daozen (here)
    Brilliant, this is what we need. 10 times more exciting than free energy. There are tons of threads like these on Avalon. Maybe we could compile them.
    I know you have some great ideas Daozen.
    Yes, compiling those simple technologies already on PA is very useful for reference..even just linking the source on PA to go find. Maybe posters who see this thread will link their posts?

    I am most personally interested in basic technology that needs no electricity and can be made from available stuff....(example even lipo C if it needs electricity is a disadvantaged tech IMO). Also deconstructing how the wonderbag and others are made is awesome.

    Here is another example that I like. It could be made with a recycled metal canister inside another container?



    and the hillbilly washing machine even works for old fashioned diapers.









    Also, another version of the heat retention principle of cooing is ore stationary...the haybox.

    haybox cooking

    Here is an Indian adaptation

    Quote In 2008, experimenting with solar thermal models for water heating and looking for a cheap insulator that would retain heat for a long time, we stumbled upon a traditional practice: using hay for cooking rice. In this method, rice is brought to a boil and then transferred to a haybox where it cooks in its own heat without a flame. Adapting this idea for Srikakulam villages, we designed a haybox made entirely of local material and also supporting livelihoods of the bamboo artisans. Moreover, our design is cost-effective. Priced at Rs. 70 in these villages, it is affordable by families dependent on daily wage work in agriculture, and who typically get paid Rs 40 -80 /day/person (on the days that they get work). It is one of the few products that is made in the village and also sold in the village.Haybox




    and another resource:
    http://thermalcooker haybox/
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    I wish to see an native Indian smoke oven here.


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    .. I say connect all these gym machines back to the powerplant!


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    At the risk of flooding and derailing this thread that I really want others to participate in:

    This is my dream, participate in a company with some other people who would be excited by this work: PYROLYSIS of wastes...turn garbage into fuel and biochar. It is a not exactly SMALL SIMPLE nonelectric technology though it could be done on a small scale.

    All landfills everywhere are now turned to fuel and inert material that is usable soil amendment!









    Quote Pyrolysis differs from other high-temperature processes like combustion and hydrolysis in that it usually does not involve reactions with oxygen, water, or any other reagents. In practice, it is not possible to achieve a completely oxygen-free atmosphere. Because some oxygen is present in any pyrolysis system, a small amount of oxidation occurs.

    Biofuel

    Pyrolysis is the basis of several methods that are being developed for producing fuel from biomass, which may include either crops grown for the purpose or biological waste products from other industries.[12] Crops studied as biomass feedstock for pyrolysis include native North American prairie grasses such as switchgrass and bred versions of other grasses such as Miscantheus giganteus. Crops and plant material wastes provide biomass feedstock on the basis of their lignocellulose portions.

    Although synthetic diesel fuel cannot yet be produced directly by pyrolysis of organic materials, there is a way to produce similar liquid (bio-oil) that can be used as a fuel, after the removal of valuable bio-chemicals that can be used as food additives or pharmaceuticals.[13] Higher efficiency is achieved by the so-called flash pyrolysis, in which finely divided feedstock is quickly heated to between 350 and 500 °C (660 and 930 °F) for less than 2 seconds.

    Fuel bio-oil can also be produced by hydrous pyrolysis from many kinds of feedstock, including waste from pig and turkey farming, by a process called thermal depolymerization (which may, however, include other reactions besides pyrolysis).
    Plastic waste disposal

    Anhydrous pyrolysis can also be used to produce liquid fuel similar to diesel from plastic waste, with a higher cetane value and lower sulphur content than traditional diesel.[14] Using pyrolysis to extract fuel from end-of-life plastic is a second-best option after recycling, is environmentally preferable to landfill, and can help reduce dependency on foreign fossil fuels and geo-extraction.[15] Pilot Jeremy Roswell plans to make the first flight from Sydney to London using diesel fuel from recycled plastic waste manufactured by Cynar PLC.[13][16][17]
    Waste tire disposal

    Pyrolysis of scrap or waste tires (WT) can separate solids in the tire, such as steel and carbon black, from volatile liquid and gaseous compounds that can be used as fuel. Although the pyrolysis of WT has been widely developed throughout the world, there are legislative, economic, and marketing obstacles to widespread adoption. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyrolysis


    Quote Pyrolysis can be used on various materials, such as:

    Used tyres
    Plastics
    Poultry Manure
    Woodchips
    Sewage Sludge
    Other Biomasses
    http://www.dorset.nu/en/page/home-gm.../pyrolyse.html
    Tires turned to fuel

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    I think there are some forms of Lipo C that don't need a jewelry cleaner...

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    Quote Posted by Daozen (here)
    I think there are some forms of Lipo C that don't need a jewelry cleaner...
    Hi,
    from my research, emulsifying ascorbic acid by vigorously mixing ascorbic acid (AA) or ascorate with lecithin may encourage the natural way that lecithin tends to create liposomes (bubble of lecithin around a liquid).

    The point made by the techies in that area is that sonication decreases the size of the liposomes enabling the liposomes to p[ass through the membrane in the gut to the circulation. Lecithin, AA and ascorbate are processed substances. I think that increasing the intake of foods and even local plants like pine tree needles where I live might be a basic strategy to take in vitamin C?

    There are basic strategies and advanced technologies and I intend that we have increasing choice based on beauty, comfort, happy enjoyment of elegance and our own desires. The world I imagine is one where all is available, and knowledge present to decide in our abundance what we prefer. I prefer simple elegant technology when I find them. It is so pleasing to be independent of a plug in.

    The latest interest I have is in areas of meeting human desires for food, shelter, clothing, health that are the most wonderful, simple, small and easily shared. I love information that maes choosing possible...Like with vitamin C: ways to increase availability, absorption and all the foods and herbs that have it.

    Increasing the absorbability of AA (and AA versus ascorbate), dosing to bowel tolerance versus lipo C.... the discussion leads to vast pages of contradictory discussion in every forum.

    In your area, Kiwi gel and aloe vera gel would be easy. In my area we can grow aloes indoors year round. This is research that might be encouraging.

    Quote The results indicate that the Aloes improve the absorption of both vitamins C and E. The absorption is slower and the vitamins last longer in the plasma with the Aloes. Aloe is the only known supplement to increase the absorption of both of these vitamins and should be considered as a complement to them.Aloe vera preparations on the human bioavailability of vitamins C and E
    Quote It is possible that the bioavailability of ascorbate is superior from some foods, such as kiwifruit http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21123463

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    A Rocket Stove is a way to obtain massive BTUs from twigs and kindling! They have the advantage of being DIY-able for nearly free if you have the right random collection of materials.They range from recycling tin cans emergency type for cooking to fancy whole room/ home masonry heaters and can adapt to heat water. They are amazingly efficient and simple!







    Quote rocket mass heaters in a nutshell:

    heat your home with 80% to 90% less wood
    exhaust is nearly pure steam and CO2 (a little smoke at the beginning)
    the heat from one fire can last for days
    you can build one in a day and half
    folks have built them spending less than $20
    rocket stove mass heater information


    and here is a some simple one for the back yard



    Here is a primer on a basic one


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    Quote Can you heat your room for just 10 cents a day?Egloo can. Egloo is a clever little heater that harnesses candle power to heat a room without wasting electricity. Egloo works by concentrating the heat from the flame of a few candles inside a terracotta dome, radiating warmth into a room even after the candles are blown out. The concept was developed by Marco Zagaria, a student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, and right now, he is looking for funding for the brilliant little heater. The project is being funded through Indiegogo where you can get in on the project and start heating your office, dorm or bedroom without using electricity.





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    Pot in Pot cooler is a refrigeration unit without electricity.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfKgOpJc7Ps It also work for beer.
    This inovative "technology" was introduced into an African Marketplace where poor growers
    threw out their vegtables by the end of the day. It revolutionized the market!
    There is a u-tube about it that I cant locate at the moment.
    But here is a Wickepedia read on it.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pot-in-pot_refrigerator

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    Living green walls can range form the simply small like these succulent plants



    to the simply huge



    and have the same principles

    They can be decorative, edible, esthetic, functional

    Introduction to Green Walls

    audio here is spotty but worth trying to engage...




    You may DIY using many simple materials

    Quote Green Walls: The Benefits and How to Build Your Own

    You can make an indoor wall garden in a variety of ways. You can use recycled materials, like old gutters, or materials bought from the home improvement store. When it comes to making your own indoor vertical wall garden, there are many options and styles to create or buy.

    Picture Frame



    The picture frame is the simplest of the indoor vertical wall garden types. Start with an old picture frame or make your own frame. Then, attach chicken wire to the frame. Hold the wire in place with a second smaller frame—either bought or handmade. Attach the back to the second frame. Fill with soil, plant your favorites and water them.

    Recycled Materials including pallets



    Most materials can be reworked into a vertical wall garden. For example, you could attach three rows of gutters to a solid wall in the interior of your home. Fill the gutters will soil and plant with your favorite flowers, vines or veggies for a permanent feature wall.





    Containment System

    A container system starts with a series of containers, set of brackets and a strong material, like wood. You can use a piece of plywood or other suitable material as the backing. Attach the containers to the material with nails or staples. Then, add soil and plants. Hang or rest against a wall.

    The only difference between an outdoor and indoor vertical wall garden is the size and weight. Because houses do not have unlimited space, so indoor vertical wall gardens tend to be smaller and less heavy. The picture frame style indoor wall garden is entirely possible, but it can get messy. Containment systems are more likely. Indoor vertical wall gardens can be messy, if the wrong materials are used. That’s way the container vertical wall method is more likely to be used then the picture frame style vertical wall style.
    diy-green-living-wall-projects-for-home-interiors

    Tips about using pallets for vertical vegi gardens

    1. Pallets are everywhere, so take the time to find one in good condition and that is not made from pressure-treated wood (due to the leaching from potentially harmful chemicals). Look for a pallet that has “HT” stamped on the side of the pallet. HT means the pallet was heat treated and or kiln dried as opposed to the harmful “CT” (chemically treated). 10-amazing-garden-pallets-and-tips-how-to-get-started

    2.A nifty and inexpensive greenhouse can be made from two salvaged pallets. This can help for seed starting plants20-creative-ways-to-upcycle-pallets-in-your-garden/

    3. Be sure to leave your pallet garden horizontal for two weeks or so to let the plants take root.

    4. Some vegetables are more suitable for planting in the small space of a wooden pallet garden than others.

    5. Benefits/Advantages

    Easier pest and disease control. By staying up and away from the ground, vegetables and herbs growing in a vertical garden avoid many common pests and diseases that thrive under leaf cover in the soil. The pests that do occur can also be noticed and dealt with more easily, since there aren’t thick masses of growth to block the gardener’s view. In addition, plants grown in soil above ground receive better airflow, reducing the chance of problems like rot and mildew.
    Easier harvest. Not only can you actually see all the ripe fruit that would normally be hidden under thick growth, you can also harvest them without the need to strain your back or knees by bending over.
    Space-efficient. Vertical gardens can be set up just about anywhere and are ideal for small spaces. Balconies, patios, and narrow walkways are all great locations for a vertical garden.
    Portable. Many types of vertical gardens, such as the pallet garden, are completely portable. Moving to a new house? Just load up the pallet and take your garden with you!
    Attractive. Even on large, spacious properties, vertical gardens can be a great addition to the landscape. They can brighten dull, boring walls, hide unsightly pipes or wires, and act as a living screen for more privacy.

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    Quote Posted by fourty-two (here)
    Pot in Pot cooler is a refrigeration unit without electricity.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfKgOpJc7Ps It also work for beer.
    This inovative "technology" was introduced into an African Marketplace where poor growers
    threw out their vegtables by the end of the day. It revolutionized the market!
    There is a u-tube about it that I cant locate at the moment.
    But here is a Wickepedia read on it.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pot-in-pot_refrigerator
    Thanks! I was reminded of

    pottery refrigerators




    simple root cellers too




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    Great thread, Delight. Here's a cost effective tip using drape, diffuser, and mylar bubble layers.

    For more ‘do it yourself tips’ go to Mikey Sklar’s YouTube Channel.

    Best DIY Home Heating : Cheap, Easy


    Published on Jan 13, 2013

    Wendy Tremayne shows how easy it is to open and close curtains for passive solar heating. Her home heating bill has never exceeded $45 for a 1,100 square foot uninsulated trailer. The night time temperature that this film was made was down to 6F with windchill and day time high was only 36F. No heating was required during the day and the home heating unit only kicked on 3 times for 15 minute runs during the night to maintain a stable 60F indoor temperature.

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    Quote Posted by RunningDeer (here)
    Here's a cost effective tip using drape, diffuser, and mylar bubble layers.
    Thanks so much for your input.

    The video on using the sun and triple layer curtaining was so helpful to me. I was inspired to look up mylar bubble wrap uses and saw this about using plain bubble wrap on windows...


    Quote
    Bubble Wrap Window Insulation
    Installation

    Cut the bubble wrap to the size of the window pane with scissors.


    Spray a film of water on the window using a spray bottle.


    Apply the bubble wrap while the window is still wet and press it into place.


    The bubble side goes toward the glass.


    To remove the bubble wrap, just pull it off starting from a corner. You can save it and use it for several years. It does not leave a mess or stains on the window glass.

    If you have trouble with the bubble wrap separating from the window when the film dries, you can try adding a little Glycerin to the water, but this probably won't be necessary.



    A few small pieces of double back tape can be helpful on really stubborn windows.



    The bubblewrap can be installed in the fall, and removed in the spring. Judging by how mine looks after a year, it may last quite a while.



    When you take the bubble wrap down, put a small number in on the upper right corner of each piece of bubble wrap, and write down which window that number goes with on a piece of paper. Save the paper for the installation next fall. This tells you instantly where each sheet goes, and which way its oriented.



    Some places to get bubble wrap:

    - Save up bubble wrap packing material that you and friends receive



    - Check places that sell larger items like canoes or furniture -- bubble wrap is often used for packing these.



    - Check for wholesale suppliers of packing material in your area -- these places will often sell a roll to the public.



    - Here is one potential online source: http://www.uboxes.com (I've not actually tried them, but looks OK)



    - As a last resort, places like the UPS store have it, but the prices are usually high.

    Suggestion from Pat:
    "Bubble wrap small bubble and large can be had for free by contacting furniture retailers or rental shops. They throw it away by the tons!"
    I've heard the same thing for places that sell canoes.

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    Garden Tower Project

    Published on Oct 4, 2012

    The Weekly Special visits the Garden Tower Project, a unique self-contained garden and composting system that is changing the potential of urban farming.

    For more information on the Garden Tower Project, visit: http://www.gardentowerproject.com/


    Grow 53 Plants in 4 Sq Ft with a Garden Tower Vertical Container Garden

    Published on Nov 3, 2013

    John from http://www.growingyourgreens.com/ sets up the Garden Tower Vertical Container Garden that allows you to grow 50+ plants in just 4 square feet of space. In this episode, John will share why the Garden Tower is unique and why it is the best vertical tower garden system he has found to date. The Garden Tower will allow you to have a vegetable garden where your normally couldn't such as on a patio, balcony, deck, sidewalk or driveway.

    While watching this episode, you will learn:
    1. How to assemble the Garden Tower
    2. Where to place your Garden Tower
    3. How to make a nutritious potting soil your plants will love.
    4. How to fill and plant out the Garden Tower in one easy step.
    5. How the Garden Tower Conserves and Recycles Water
    6. How to add Red Wiggler Composting Worms to Your Garden Tower
    7. If John Prefers the Garden Tower Project or the Garden Tower

    After watching this episode you will learn the benefits and how to set up the Garden Tower so you too can grow a vegetable garden in a limited amount of space.

    To learn more about the garden tower please visit
    http://www.gardentowerproject.com

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    All the ideas above are simple and easy to do. Even I did something with my vinyl windows in Toronto( http://www.clerawindows.com/windows ) . I made my own Thermal Curtains I used a tutorial online to make these curtains.

    I used the following thing to make the curtains

    Insulative batting material decorative cover material , wooden or metal curtain rod or dowel , Curtain rod brackets or dowel brackets , curtain rings or shower curtain rings,
    velcro, sewing machine, thread, pins, scissors, tape measure, grommet punch set with grommets, fabric Scissors, mounting board and a cCap

    1: Measure the window
    2: Get the batting and decorative material and cut them out according to the size
    3: Pin the fabric material to the batting and sew it into the fabric material
    4: If any portion is remaining , use a sew-edge to tuck the remaining into the curtain
    5: Make holes according to your requirement for the grommets
    6: Place the grommets using a hammer
    7: Sew velcro to the curtain . (Sew the to the areas which needs to be sealed. )
    8: Place your curtain on the your curtain rod and hang it up!
    9: Your Thermal Curtains are ready

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    Thumbs up for the John Kohler video.

    Here is a cool video. This guy has really cool stuff and he explains it well:


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    Interesting and simple way to purify water using a pine branch.


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