Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Black Walnut Festival - Stockton, MO

Doc Explains Dwelling Scale Electric Power from Local Wood Resources
The Stockton, MO area goes nuts for a few days every fall with their Annual Black Walnut Festival.  It is an amazing congregation of interesting folks from all ages and walks of life getting together to share in great music, great food, and good times with good folks.

BrushApes ventured out of the brush to meet folks and test a couple of projects that had been gnawing on their minds through the summer.

Doc had been pondering trusses made from low value sawmill scraps 
BrushApes procured wood scraps Wednesday morning, prepared them Wednesday afternoon..

 then pegged them together, tilted them up, and connected them with a barn metal roof Wednesday night, the first night of the festival.

Finished Structure pictured Thursday morning

BrushApes appreciated the kind words, understanding of the value of the concept, and the conversations with mostly old time builders familiar with pegged beam construction.  Most even noticed the square pegs in round holes.

IT WORKED!  Easily fabricated, easily scaled, very strong, awesome design.  Glad Doc finally found some time to test his gnawing thought.

Bonzo had been pondering a small portable triple wall charcoal kiln 

The design was designated the "JAKE", Just Another Kiln Experiment, Jake also being the name of the local tin-bender who rolled the four stainless steel tubes needed.  Tubes were all 1 foot long, four, six, seven, and eight inches diameter.

The test was to see how easily a smoke free kiln could be fabricated from stainless steel parts.  Besides the rolled stainless tubes, a couple of stainless steel salad bowls and a buffet serving dish got upgraded to a higher level of service.

With just snips, a drill, and a few nuts n bolts the JAKE was fabricated while visiting with neighboring vendors and passersby Thursday afternoon.

The innovation besides simplified fabrication relative to the KeyStove LX and KeyStove GH, was pre-heat of primary air, in hopes of making the design less sensitive to fuel quality.

The JAKE tested out well.  It was very simple to fabricate.  The first test with hardwood pellets ran 3 hours with little or no smoke from start to finish.

As for fuels, crushed walnut hulls and floater walnuts gave just under two hours of operation.  Packed peanut hulls ran for almost 40 minutes, but finished with a short burst of foul smelling smoke.  Pretty sure dry bark would work almost as well as pellets but did not have any to test.

Home Emergency Power from Local Resources

Bonzo was not planning on bringing the charcoal powered home generator to the festival.  But after a kid said his stove would charge his cell phone, (BioLite - very nice stove, not a kiln) and Bonzo replying that the char produced in these kilns could power a whole house, there really was not a choice.

It was awesome fun, a great festival, and a great excuse to come out of the brush.  Made some new friends.  Thank you Stockton Chamber of Commerce!

What is a "BrushApe"?

 BrushApes are the most resourceful sub-species on earth. For on the spot handy, a BrushApe is to McGyver, as McGyver is to Zsa Zsa Gabor

BrushApes are DEPENDABLE
 What a BrushApe says, a BrushApe does.

  Hugs, kisses, smiles and encouragement spread joy and make our space, a better place.

BrushApes are PRACTICAL
  If it ain't broke, don't fix it. If it can't be fixed, use the scraps to build something better.

BrushApes THRIVE in a world of plenty
 Abundance surrounds BrushApes living in a world of emerging opportunity. Each day brings new opportunity to create a better world for generations to come.

  BrushApes seek truth and understanding while embracing the best choices from all that is possible. Each success or lack of success points to the best direction forward.

BrushApes SERVE their local surroundings
  "A rising tide floats all boats"

BrushApes are masters of LOCAL RESOURCES
 To create or consume, is a choice.
 BrushApe culture chooses creation.

 As one example, consumption culture burns " brush" - destruction is their vision of mastery.
 BrushApe culture converts "brush" into clean heat and valuable bio-char.

 The choice to create value where none existed before is a fundamental individual decision.  It develops into a culture when practiced by enough individuals to make a difference.

 BrushApe culture values the creative powers of nature, and wise use of the abundance.
BrushApes thrive in a world of plenty - ooh, ooh, ooh!