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30 de junio de 2015

The Earthbag Root Cellar

Earlier this spring we started excavating a big hole next canada goose clearance to our house to serve as a root canada goose outlet canada cellar. We live without electricity and with about 3/4 of the year here in the High Desert having cool, refrigeratory nights a root cellar seemed like a great idea.

Digging a Root Cellar

We are also a fossil fuel free urban homestead so digging our roughly https://www.naslsoccerbowl.com 11 by 9 foot hole was done completely by hand. The rest Canada Goose Parka we dug piecemeal over several months. While I enjoy digging I never do it for more than an hour at a time unless we created some sort of deadline. We also had an intern with us for a few months this past summer and she got to develop her digging skills in the root cellar canada goose coats on sale quite regularly. In fact, she also dug most of our driveway Hugelkultur beds and several holes in our backyard for tree guilds. Lucky girl!

When we got to canada goose outlet about 3 and a half feet deep I called it quits. I optimistic that will be deep canada goose black friday sale enough to canada goose outlet shop make good use of the constant coolness of the Earth. We went with earthbags for the walls until above grade and then used Balecob to canada goose outlet canada goose store black friday the roof. Earthbags seemed the perfect fit for canada goose outlet nyc several reasons:

I laid several inches of gravel on the bottom (including under the bags) and went round and round and up and canada goose outlet buy canada goose jacket online uk up filling and tamping until reaching grade. In total we laid 9 rows of these bags. From there I added one more row of big bags (leftover feed bags from Feed World in Reno). These were heavy, but they got me about 8 inches above grade in most goose outlet canada spots and are wide enough to hold a bale set on edge nicely. A bale is about 17 inches wide at canada goose outlet in usa its narrowest dimension (on edge) the one I be using above the bags. From what I recollect a strawbale set this way has an R value of about 30. In addition to its insulative value, we chose to use bales because we want to cover their exteriors with luscious earthen plaster which we get to put on and look at every day.

Other Root Cellar Features

I also set in «deadmen» of leftover redwood canada goose outlet 4 inch by 4 inch scraps so I can attach shelving and tie in the roof beams with the shelves and walls. You’ll also notice some vent pipes (black 4 inch ABS pipe) that stand up outside canada goose the wall and enter between the earthbags towards the floor on canada goose outlet uk sale the inside. These will be cut shorter canada goose outlet store uk above grade and serve to improve air flow in conjunction with a high 6 inch vent on the door side of the cellar. Two low and one high on opposite sides of the cheap canada goose cellar will bring cool air down and flush warm air out and provide needed ventilation for our future crops. Root cellars need three components to function well: cool temps, high humidity, and good ventilation.

More to come as we finish and use our earthbag root cellar.

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