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    From: Paul Wheaton: Building A Better World In Your Backyard
  • Thu, Aug 22, 2019 - 11:25pm

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    Dutch John

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    Batchrocket

    This might be worth studying: http://batchrocket.eu/en/  It describes several rocket stove designs, all with a closed fireboxes. You don’t want the basic rocket design in a living room or kitchen, because of the poisonous fumes and smoke.

    Building your own masonry-like batchrocket, using cob and old bricks can be very rewarding, beautiful and dirt cheap. Besides that, they are very clean and efficient.

    Just do not use oil drums and cover them with cob, because the cob will crack over time. Big metal objects and cob should not be used together in heating devices.

    Regards, DJ

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  • From: Firearms Training: Oct 18-21, 2019
  • Thu, Aug 22, 2019 - 6:40pm

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    Using Statistics

    Though not related to the combat handgun class being offered at Front Sight, this comment is more on the arguments for and against training with a firearm.

    As everyone knows, statistics can be massaged, selected and de-selected to prove a point.  Be especially careful of:

    1.  “Homicides” versus “gun homicides.”

    An example of the discrepancy:  In the last 3 decades, Russia has had huge homicide rates but very low gun homicide rates as gun ownership was low.  Most homicides were gang related where multiple attackers would beat a victim to death with a blunt weapon or strangle the victim.  The issue of concern is homicide, not “gun homicide.”

    2.  “Gun violence” is a meaningless term and statistics on “gun violence” are meaningless.  This term is used to muddy the waters.   Compare 3 situations:

    a.  A single young woman walking to her car in a parking lot is accosted by a gang of 3 sociopaths out on the prowl late one night.  They throw her on the ground and rape and beat her with a stick.  They laugh at her pain, crying and pleas as they beat her.  This is good right?  No “gun violence” was involved.  The woman obeyed all of the laws.  Yet the incident destroys her psyche, her marriage, her home and the lives of her husband and children.

    b.  In the second variation, as she is being surrounded she draws an illegal  handgun from her purse and the gang backs off.  She is not raped nor beaten. She does not fire her weapon.  No “gun violence” happens.  But the woman is guilty of the felonies of “possession of an illegal weapon” and “brandishing a firearm.”  Should the officer who comes to the scene arrest her and take this admitted criminal to jail?  Will she lose her professional license after being convicted of these felonies?

    c.   In the third variation, the woman draws a gun and shoots two attackers while the third runs away.  She is not beaten nor raped.   This is the horrible variation as “gun violence” has occurred, right?  We shake our heads and bemoan how firearms and “gun violence” are so bad.

    3.  Cross-sectional statistics on “homicides versus gun ownership” rates in a country are flawed and hard to interpret.

    Example:  A population of 100,000 people may have 10 homicides and own 8000 firearms.  But the firearms are not evenly distributed in the population–some of the people own 10-15 guns.  A better question would be what percentage of the population has ready access to at least one firearm.  But this more useful figure is tough to determine.

    4.   As mtnhousepermi pointed out above, cross sectional population statistics comparing “homicides” are difficult as some countries do not count unsolved and un-prosecuted murders in the category of “homicides.”  Accidental deaths and suicides are not separated out cleanly either.

    If a person feels very safe without a weapon that is wonderful.  I’m actually in that category as Charlottesville, Virginia is unbelievably safe.  This is the best of all worlds.

    But should the world change…..

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  • From: Paul Wheaton: Building A Better World In Your Backyard
  • Thu, Aug 22, 2019 - 5:14pm

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    Big egos in a little world

    Great comment Chris – I’ve wondered the same thing about the permaculture world. Maybe it’s the profound quality of the subject matter.  Has anyone checked out lowtech magazine.com. A nice exploration of old and proven low energy systems and devices

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  • From: Firearms Training: Oct 18-21, 2019
  • Thu, Aug 22, 2019 - 4:18pm

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    Wish I could

    I have been wanting to go to these, but I will just be arriving back in town and cannot leave everything back to back like that.  Maybe next time, or I guess I could just head out to frontiste on my own sometime, though it wont be as much fun.  I havent gone because of not realy wanting to go on my own

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  • From: Firearms Training: Oct 18-21, 2019
  • Thu, Aug 22, 2019 - 4:14pm

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    Training is always good

    I used to be a Combat Markmenship Coach in the Marine Corps, and let me tell you firearm training is something you have to keep up on. You would be surprised on how much your skills deteriorate if you only train once a year .  Always good to go to the range atleast once a month or every couple.

    Clean and take care of your firearm as best you can. Learn how to take it apart and put it back together again efficiently. Dealing with stoppages, and jams should be second nature. You should automatically react when you encounter a jam.

    Well that’s my 2 cents…

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  • From: Firearms Training: Oct 18-21, 2019
  • Thu, Aug 22, 2019 - 3:34pm

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    Even our police don't carry guns, no need.

    Even our police don’t carry guns.  That is how safe we are from gun crime in the UK.

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  • From: Firearms Training: Oct 18-21, 2019
  • Thu, Aug 22, 2019 - 12:53pm

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    Adam Taggart

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    Confirmation email

    Hi all —

    Everyone who has filled out the form so far should have received a confirmation email today.

    Short story: your submitted info has been received and FTA will be contacting you with all the details very soon (by Monday at the very latest)

    The reason for the delay is that FTA is busy locking in the logistics as I type. We’re seeing strong interest from folks so far, and they want to make certain everyone is well taken care of.

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  • From: Paul Wheaton: Building A Better World In Your Backyard
  • Thu, Aug 22, 2019 - 12:51pm

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    dont do this to a modern stove

    At least you would not want to do this to my Lopi.  On the other hand, this could be done to the old Moso in my rental, as that one is just a cast iron box

     

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  • From: Paul Wheaton: Building A Better World In Your Backyard
  • Thu, Aug 22, 2019 - 12:47pm

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    wood stoves and mass

    I have seen many pictures of mass near a wood stove, even mine has the wall behind it that is tiled, and something like that can be thicker.  Some people put cob actually attached to the woodstove, but that could change firing characteristics, so caution dont do too much if it is attached.  I think the ones I have seen done that way are old woodstoves that are only a container for a fire.  The modern wood stove, like the Lopi I have now you would absolutely not want to coat it with cob !

    But, there is no reason not to add mass to the interior of the house.  Mass holds heat.  You can have it close to the wood stove, this will not change how your wood stove operates, even a modern one, if you mind the specs for space around it.  SO, there is absolutely many points between all and nothing.  distributed mass also holds heat of course, so a second layer of drywall added to walls, tile or poured concrete floors,  heavy wooden furniture, tile/concrete/stone countertops, tiled showers vs plastic surround all add mass to the house, but I live in Ca.  If your house overheats when exposed to one of your heat sources ( passive solar or wood stove) and then cools off too fast at night, add mass.  No matter what is ideal, any and all mass will help.  Also do the air infiltration and insulation things ( see build it solar web site ) of course.

    Depending on your house layout, having some mass like a half wall by the woodstove for design or to set things on is usually very doable and nice, can be bricks or cob.  Add mass to the wall behind it.  You can easily earth plaster ( thin cob, same thing) the wall behind and other walls if you want, you paint the drywall with sand mixed into the primer to give it some bite ( you have to keep stirring it constantly) so then the mud will stick.  Once the first layer of mud is on it is more compatible to thicker layers.  So, one way to go if not much cash and if you want to move your easthetic that way.

    Building A Small Cob Wall

     

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  • From: Paul Wheaton: Building A Better World In Your Backyard
  • Thu, Aug 22, 2019 - 12:27pm

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    Cooking/rocket/sun oven

    Yes, I like many ways to heat food.  I have 2 sun ovens because my household used to be larger.  I have made alot of bread too, and it doesnt need as much babysitting as you would think, especially depending on where you angle to oven, in other words it can be in “preheat” mode for longer then higher heat later.  It is very hard to burn things.  You could overcook cookies, I would not put those in for all day, nor hard boiled eggs.  But, soup  and bread  in the newer stacking pots they come with works great.  The bread is a large enough mass. Even if not ideal, it is great.  Another combo we used to do is soup in one and an apple crisp or similar in the other.  I have been cooking in sun ovens for more than a decade.

    I bought the rocket stove for emergency preparedness mostly, we have used it to heat a large granny ware canning pot full of water to dip chickens at slaughter and was amazed that it would heat such a large pot so well, we have done this a few times.  SO that tests the useage of needing to make soup for a neighborhood in case of disaster, etc….  Usually at my place the sun oven can be used or it is raining and I have a fire in the wood stove which can also be cooked on, but there could also be those in between days of overcast but not cold when such a cooking mode is needed.  The rocket stove is of course more hands on than the sun oven as it needs to be fed.

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