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Episode-1243- Paul Wheaton on Rocket Mass Heating

Paul Wheaton of Permies.com

Paul Wheaton, the bad boy of Permaculture was proclaimed by Geoff Lawton in 2012 the Duke of Permaculture. He is the creator of two on-line communities. One is about Permaculture, Permies.com, and one is about software engineering, CodeRanch.com.

Paul is a great friend and an awesome innovator, he is always pushing just a bit harder to see what is possible with Permaculture.

He has a wonderful piece of property in the wilds of Montana where he is currently working hard to show just how awesome permaculture can be.

Recently he began an interesting take on building a permaculture community called deep roots.  He and his brother are also almost finished with the first ever WOFATI, an earth contact style house he designed based on evolving Mike Ohler’s underground house design system.

Paul Joins me today to Discuss Innovation in Rocket Mass Heaters…

  • What is the basic concept of  rock mass heater
  • Why should people care about rocket mass heater technology
  • How did rocket mass heaters originate
  • What can people do to get one
  • What are the latest innovation in rocket mass heaters
  • What is a pocket rocket and why are they so cool
  • Applications for rocket mass heaters other than just heating a home

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Episode-1066- Paul Wheaton on Paddock Shift Chicken Management

Paul Wheaton of RichSoil.com

Strap yourself in today folks for a great episode of TSP. Paul Wheaton is such an awesome source of knowledge on so many great topics.

Today we discuss raising chickens in a paddock shift system and why Paul considers it to be the ultimate method for raising chickens.

Make sure to check out Paul’s two awesome websites Permies.com and Richsoil.com. You can also connect with Paul on Facebook.

Today we also discuss ducks vs. chicken.  Our differing views on irrigation and using tanks in a permaculute system.

We also provide an update on the Holzer designed permaculture system in Montana and discuss why some big names in permaculture seem to turn into jerks.

Resources for Today’s Show

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Episode-900- Paul Wheaton and Jack Spirko on the Sepp Holzer Seminar

Today I have the pleasure of  doing a face to face podcast with my good friend Paul Wheaton of Permies.com and Richsoil.com.  We will cover some of the many highlights of the Sepp Holzer seminar so far.

Excuse the brevity of the show notes, as Paul and I must head back to the location to listen to Sepp quite literally right now.

Episode-787- Paul Wheaton on Cast Iron Cooking, CFLs and Rocket Mass Heating

Paul Wheaton - Founder of Permies.com

Paul Wheaton from Permies.com

So Paul Wheaton is back for another interview that basically means when the two of us get together you might as well strap in for about 90 minutes of information, entertainment and insanity.  No guarantee on the ratios by the way.

Today Paul joins us to discuss cooking with and caring for cast iron cookware, his work to determine the effectiveness of CFS (or lack there of) and building and utilizing rocket mass heaters.

Additionally tune in to learn about an event where you can meet both Paul and myself along with one of our mutual heroes, Sepp Holtzer.

Paul is the author of many articles both online and in many off line publications.  He is a pioneer in Permaculture and taking techniques to another level.  He has published hundreds of videos on his YouTube channel and works tirelessly to teach how profit and sustainability are not mutually exclusive ideas.

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Episode-629- Paul Wheaton on the Elimination of Irrigation

Paul Wheaton - Founder of Permies.com

Paul Wheaton from Permies.com

Yes you read the title correctly, elimination, not alternative, not creative, elimination.    Can irrigation truly be eliminated?  In my view absolutely, at least in many instances and one of our all time most popular guests Paul Wheaton returns to TSP to discuss exactly how to do it.

Join us today as we discuss swales, key line systems, terraces, hugelkultur, and over a dozen other ways plants get water in natural systems.

Irrigation is one of the most costly components of modern agriculture, it is also depleting one of most precious life giving resources, water.  Yet think about it, there are millions of acres of prairie, forest, jungle and savana that produce massive yields of plant matter every year and who irrigates them?  Imagine the impact if these systems could be scaled up to eliminate even 15% of current agricultural irrigation requirements.

The good news is many of them can be done in your own back yard, some are simple and others are complex but just by making a pile of rocks, burying some rotting wood or moving around a bit of soil you can vastly reduce your personal irrigation requirements.

Join Paul and I Today as we discuss…

  • How did ancient earth ever have plants without humans to water them
  • Tomatoes are actually a desert plant so why do they require so much water
  • Why does Paul call watering plants, “the imaginary birth of irrigation”
  • How many ways do plants have to get water in natural settings, many!
    • Polyculture interactions
    • Trees creating transpiration, condensation drip, etc
    • Natural mulching
    • Humidity rise
    • Key line systems
    • Terracing
    • Swales
    • Wind reductions
    • Tap root systems
    • No transplanting
    • Paddock shift livestock grazing
    • Dew ponds
    • Stacked rock systems
    • Edge utilization
    • Shade
  • The simple things you can do to get started on illumination of your need for watering
  • The advantages of letting some crops struggle
  • The work that proves these systems by visionaries like Lawton, Mollison, Holzer and Smits

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Episode-612- Paul Wheaton on Hugelkultur and wofati Eco Buildings

Paul Wheaton of RichSoil.com

Today one of our most popular guests of all time has returned for an encore performance.  According to a poll in the TSP forum you guys most wanted Paul to return next to go more in depth about wofati eco buildings.

While the main topic of today’s show is going to be wofati building there have been a ton of hugelkultur questions as well so we will open with a few of them.

Many of the details shared about the wofati structure are highly visual and referencing Paul’s Article titled “wofati eco building” will be of great help.   Also highly recommended is Mike Oehler’s book, The 50 Dollar and Up Underground House.

The wofati building is essentially a modified and improved version of Mike Oehler’s design (approved of by Mike himself) which improves the overall thermal mass, keeps the structure 100% dry, increases the flow of light into the structure and offers several other advantages.

Join us today as we discuss…

  • Many hugelkultur beds are built up, can you build them down
  • Are some areas to wet for hugelkultur
  • What types of wood must be 100% avoided with hugelkultur
  • What is a wofati building
  • How do you assess a site for wofati construction
  • How do you avoid problems with permits and codes, etc.
  • What materials are required for wofati building
  • How to you eliminate water problems with an earth berm structure
  • Along with plenty of humor and observation from Jack and Paul

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Episode-598- Paul Wheaton from Permies.com on Permaculture, Hugelkultur, Survival Housing and More

Paul Wheaton of RichSoil.com

Strap yourself in today folks for the longest episode of TSP ever recorded, this honestly could have been two episodes because Paul Wheaton is such an awesome source of knowledge on so many great topics.

Make sure to check out Paul’s two awesome websites Permies.com and Richsoil.com.  You can also connect with Paul on Facebook.

Note near the end in a conversation about CFL lights Paul does drop the F-Bomb one time, I decided to let it ride even though I generally don’t use that word on the air.  Anyone objecting to this should see section three of my content disclaimer.

Today we discuss a huge variety of topics that range from raising chickens, to the complete elimination of the need for irrigation, to the ultimate eco building and even the use of rocket mass heaters.

Join Us Today As We Discuss…

  • What we can learn from the work of Sepp Holzer
  • Why it might even make sense to plant poisonous plants were livestock feed
  • How and why permaculture should be profitable
  • What is hugelkultur and how can it eliminate the need for irrigation
  • Why you may want to practice paddock rotation with livestock like chickens
  • What is a wofati building
  • How you can build a home with no need of air conditioning or heat at 1/5 the conventional cost of construction
  • Building and using rocket mass heaters
  • More!

Resources for Today’s Show

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