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Making a Biodigester

| December 18, 2014 | 2 Comments

Biodigester = Biogas

Part of our plan for a sustainable lifestyle involves the use of a ‘Biodigester‘ to create ‘biogas‘.

biodigesterA biodigester produces biogas by breaking down organic matter in the absence of oxygen.
It is a renewable energy source, like solar and wind energy.

Biogas is produced by the fermentation of biodegradable materials such as manure, sewage and green waste, basically anything that will rot.

Biogas is mostly methane and carbon dioxide.

The methane produced as biogas from a biodigester is burnable and so it can be used as a fuel for cooking. It can be compressed and stored in the same way as propane.

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Outdoor Bathroom

| August 21, 2012 | 3 Comments

This outdoor bathroom is made with recycled glass, bottles and cob material. It is the kind of bathroom we’re looking at making for the composting toilet, shower and potentially a bathtub.

I like the rounded walls with the dappled light streaming in. Our bathroom will be outside the house with the door from the house located between the two bedrooms … that’s the dream at this point anyway!

My thanks to the website here that posted the pics and discusses earth ships …

Would an outdoor bathroom suit you? I want the walls to be rounded like these and the entrance to be sheltered by plant material that will give privacy at the entrance. I think it will be magical to bath and shower there.

outdoor bathroom


Suggestions, questions, and comments are welcome as always;


the Loveable Loo® Number Two – Video

| August 20, 2012 | 8 Comments
loveable loo

loveable loo

We’ll be using a composting system for our toilet. This one, the New Loveable Loo 2, is what we’re considering.

The creator is Joe Jenkins, author of the Humanure Handbook, and in this video he takes us on a tour of how they are made and how to use them for successful outcomes. He gives a very good overview of the system and explains why it is a good choice for composting.

Happy to share this info, it’s a very sustainable, self-sufficient way of dealing with our human waste.

The more we explore solutions and alternative ways of dealing with infrastructure, the more it becomes apparent that waste management is proving to be the biggest challenge.

Eventually we are hoping to use a bio-gas system, but until then humanure composting is the way to go for us.



the Humanure Handbook : Worth Reading

| August 18, 2012 | 7 Comments

the Humanure Handbook

This book teaches how to turn human and animal waste into compost safely. Very detailed and informative it’s a book worth reading if you’re interested in the concept of reusing animal and human waste. We will be using this method until we set up our bio-gas system.

Thanks to author Joseph Jenkins for writing this excellent book.

Follow this link to Humanure Handbook.








How to Build a Simple Solar Oven

| July 29, 2012 | 5 Comments

Here’s a simple plan for a solar oven – thanks to

How to Build Your Own Cheap, Simple Solar Oven | Wake Up World for these great DIY instructions.

simple solar oven

Recycled Wall

| July 18, 2012 | 1 Comment

Very cool, we will be looking at recycling bottles to build fences, gates and walls.

thanks to for the great photo

recycled wall

Round Cob Oven

| July 18, 2012 | 1 Comment

Clean, efficient, round … love it! This is one style of oven we are looking at. We will be building an outdoor kitchen and this would be functional and charming.

round cob oven

round cob oven

Trampoline Bed

| July 18, 2012 | 1 Comment

Here’s an interesting idea… recycling a used trampoline into a trampoline bed must have one of these, I just love the idea, the look and how fun it is! It’ll be great on our outdoor patio. What a great way to recycle trampolines!

thanks to for the photo & bed zzzzzz


Woodstove Off Grid Options

| July 14, 2012 | 2 Comments


Cooking is a big consideration in our world. Both Martin and I love to cook and so pulling together our cooking act has been a big consideration. We have taken more cooking stuff that anything else.

Right away we want to build an outdoor cob oven for our outdoor kitchen; we have to leave our wood stove behind.

I believe we may try to replace the wood stove and wanted to share this article by Brie HoffmanUsing Woodstoves for Off Grid Cooking” on choosing a wood stove. We’ll use this as a guide as we search for our new cooking facilities.

It will be interesting to see how difficult it is to find a wood stove and what the cost is in South America – who knows, we may find a method of cooking that is even more sustainable, like this simple solar oven.

Meanwhile we’ll be trying to find a good home for our stove where it will be kept useful and keep someone warn here in this cold northern climate …