Episode-2255- Expert Council for 7-20-18 — 12 Comments

  1. I’m surprised you didn’t do a bit of additional selling for Paul’s Kickstarter Jack.

    It’s got less than a week to go.

    I am guessing you might want one outside for summer baking/broiling/roasting? Barbeque is great but more options is a good thing.

  2. A big difference between a tiny home and an RV is the tiny home is not a cookie cutter manufactured home like a RV. Sometimes sweat equity is worth more than money well spent.

  3. Great podcast (as always).

    I especially enjoyed the bit about the rocket oven.  That kickstarter is really exciting.  Even if I don’t have a place for one yet, the rewards for the kickstarter are enough to convince me to contribute to the cause.

  4. I have a rocket oven and it’s awesome.  I’m cooking pizza using fuel pulled from a brush pile, broken into foot long pieces by hand.  It’s so efficient and it heats up so fast, I’m baking my pizzas as soon as I get them put together (less than half an hour to a 500 degree oven).

    I got the oven up to 800 degrees last weekend, mostly just to see if I could.  I think if I had a prepared pile of very dry sticks, I could get it to 900 degrees, and find out what that’s like for pizza making.  I think a pizza cooks in less than a minute at that temperature.

  5. Excellent podcast as always. Loving the Rocket Oven stuff. That kickstarter has me pretty excited. My kids are excited about the idea too, and they’re adults.

    I’m with Gary on the whole mobile tiny house thing. I don’t understand why you would go that route when stuff is already existing – except for code reasons I guess. I like the idea of tiny houses though, perfect for a little hideaway or guest cottage type thing, without the huge footprint.

  6. I don’t see a link to the Kickstarter on this page, so I’ll leave one here:

    There are loads of cool rewards for small $ backers, but it’s amazing what you will get for $15.  You should check it out.

    I fired it up just to make one pizza last night – so easy! I started out by walking around picking up sticks. So cool to be tidying up the place and cooking dinner with the same effort. I made my pizza with just an armful of small branches and twigs. (I cooked it at 550-600, and that seemed plenty hot.)

    • Yeah the benefits for 15$ are huge.

      I went for the 120$, the Rocket Oven Video, *all 8* of the Rocket Mass Heater videos (normally 55$), the entire Appropriate Technology Course (normally 80$) *and* my Gapper Fee covered to come visit Wheaton Labs (normally 100$) in addition to all the amazing stuff at 15$.

      135 (235 if you are ever interested in Visiting the Labs) worth of value for 105$ more.

  7. I don‘t know if it was mentioned, but it‘s interesting that Bernie Taupin also wrote songs for Alice Cooper. In fact, back in 1980 or so when Cooper got out of rehab he not only had Taupin writing songs for him, but he also had Elton John‘s guitarist Davey Johnstone playing with him…

    That album, „From the Inside“ was also very interesting, and the actual album cover was great.

  8. Jack wanted “Candle in the Wind” I guess I’ll have to have another week of Elton John at some point. It’s not like there aren’t a ton of songs to choose from or anything.

    Michael, I think Alice is awesome and his Taupin connection made for some great stuff. He is on my radar.

  9. Jack,
    I held off on my rant because I thought you would come back around to homeschooling but you just gave us the big middle finger, funded charter schools then signed off for the next quarter?
    Many states fund vouchers through the same system for charter schools at roughly $1,000 plus charter schools (Epic in Ok) have an online virtual remote system where they essentially provide books to homeschoolers, though they try to rope us into the K12 program.
    I would take half the money you gave to private charter schools and see no reason why “qualified” expenditures like textbooks, and materials for music, art, chemistry, biology, engineering, Etc could be reimbursed up to that $2,500 if they’re participating in the same standardized testing as everybody else. OR be part- time students in the charter school where they do the 3 R’s at home, go to the community school of their choice for art and sports, then have private tutors for music, gymnastics, Etc.
    The options are ENDLESS. But don’t exclude people who are not 100% sitting in a classroom with a group of the same peers all day

  10. @ Matt from PA. We have been homeschooling 3 kids in PA for a few years now. Its not that hard to deal with the paperwork, and my wife has helped a few other moms get started. Feel free to email me if you have more questions phill at neanderthal engineering dot com.

  11. I’m a little late to the party, but am listening to the podcast today – on the mobile poultry processing here’s a few alternative ideas – set one up as a rental with an instructor that comes with it that can show proper technique and sanitation;  go in with a few folks and put together a trailer that is shared and still could be rented out.  The dilemma would be in how much work the instructor does vs. the renter in keeping yourself out of legal issues.