Tag Archives: wofati

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-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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