Building a Wood Fired Oven

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A great how-to on wood fired ovens!

"An outdoor wood-fired oven gives us another option for many kinds of cooking.  It also provides a great accompaniment to the barbecue.  The WFO is a lot of fun to built and use.  It provides a lot of feel good factor for having done it ourselves with little money.  Of course, it also makes great tasting food.

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Solar Tracker on a Budget!

single_axis_iconToday was the day to install the tracker on the big array. All the farmers around here can thank me for bringing the rain. What''s the rule? three daysof rain now?

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Through-the Wall Ovens (Solar Ovens)

 wallovn2The new South African government announced recently that, along with land redistribution, more than a million new homes will be built for the poor. We believe that serious consideration should be given to building a solar oven into the wall of every one of them. Paul Funk''s design as described below is perfectly suited to South Africa''s location just south of the Tropic of Capricorn.

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Solar Wall Oven Do-It-Yourself

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This image shows such a cooker with slanted front and rear wall segments. The Kerr-Cole designs have dispensed with these angled panels in the interests of easier construction and a roomier floor space (at the cost of slightly slower cooking).


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Wind Electricity Basics

basics_wind_turbineSmall wind-electric systems can provide electricity on remote, off-grid sites, or right in town connected to the utility grid. Although wind systems require more maintenance and need more attention than solar-electric or microhydro-electric systems, if you invest up front in good equipment, design, and installation, wind-electric systems can make economic and environmental sense. They also bring a great deal of satisfaction—there´s nothing quite like watching your wind generator convert a summer breeze or a winter storm into electrical energy.

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