There was a little earthbag building workshop at Quinta dos 7 Nomes, our favourite organic, everyday shopping permaculture farm in the surrounding. I would have loved to take part, yet I had my whole family visiting exactly on these days. Having whitnessed the whole preparation and a lot of the building process anyhow, I am taking this bilding technique highly into consideration for our far future home building plans.
Mid December 2016 our miniature 12,5cm / 4.9inch CSA (cross sectional area) Rocket Mass Heater got finally finished and we could switch off the stinking gas heater, that was bridging us through November, waiting for our RMH construction to begin. It must be said, that this is our first experience with heating with wood, as we come from a life with central (gas) heating including a digital appliance on the wall to input the desired temperature. Yet, ever since the RMH is completed, our dragon is the only heat source in the house, except a radiator for the bathroom. It gets fired roughly twice a day (morning / night) and keeps us warm even through the exceptional days around freezing temperature, that we had in our usually mild mediterranean, warm temperate climate.