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dear spring.

It’s getting warm. Looking forward for spring to come. Hopefully it will rain a few more heavy gushes before dry season comes, as precipitation was poor this winter. What ever will come. Today the sun is ringing bells of beach and lush green vegetation, that are just starting to show their bright green leave tips and will form into leafy clouds like seen on this image from May 2016.

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chickweed.

This tasty stuff and micro eye candy invaded one of our left alone, earth filled bath tubs. (Stellaria media), chickweed. Flowering, seeding and growing all year around in all kind of humid soils, it is a great addition to salads because of its extreme VitaminC content and tastes like joung corn. It is also known for attracting wildlife! It shurely is a beneficial ground cover for every garden.

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more wood.

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.

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first wood.

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 😉

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