Later in September 2016: With the help of a dear, heavily mechanized friend, the dead pine branch harvest for our first Rocket Mass Heater winter season got intensified via chainsaw. In an exhausting day of work, we harvested roughly a cubic meter of RMH-ready trimmed and cleaned wood. On our RMH that would be enough to heat approximately 25 days through our mild mediterranean mid winter.
In September 2016: In preparation to fire our Rocket Mass Heater I started to cut the dead branches of our Stone Pines (pinus pinea) with a dear friend in mid September 2016. Now, being almost through our first heating period I can say that I love this pines wood for its furious burns, as it is loaded with rasin. But I can not recommend burning only pine, as too many volatiles are discharged, so that even the Rocket Mass Heater innards get covered in soot and can not transform a pure Stone Pine fire into a clean burn. But as a mixing wood it acompanies hard, slow burning woods like oak really well and the burn stays rockety clean, yet have this extra power to them. In general I discovered, that a “polycultural” burn makes the best fire in our RMH… what else would one expect, right 😉
This will be my new permaculture blog, celebrating and documenting our experiences, successes and failures that we are going to make on our mediterranean travel to a more senseful, more abundant and more sustainable life, lived with permaculture ethics and principles.