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Ryan is Hungry - Greasy Mon

My friend Jay over at Ryan Is Hungry was nice enough to go ahead and post a entry about the "Greasy Mon". Good luck Jay and Ryanne on your new lives in rural Virginia.

"Cool Green Integrated Lifestyle Sites"

Doug Fine a like minded individual located in Mimbres recently posted my "Greasy Mon" vegetable oil temperature sensor on his website. Doug is also a greaser driving a converted F-350. I recommend checking out his site.

Double Wide


Double Wide
Originally uploaded by mikeysklar

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Then there were two


Then there were two
Originally uploaded by mikeysklar
We fixed up all the wood and made a second food box. Tomorrow a third double wide edition.

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Finished Food Bin


Finished Food Bin
Originally uploaded by mikeysklar
This is how our food bin came out. Tomorrow we are going to make three
more.

Food Box Grease / Window


Food Box Grease / Window
Originally uploaded by mikeysklar
You can see Wendy applying our filtered waste vegetable oil as a stain to our food box. This should help the scrap wood we had cleaned up last longer in the powerful New Mexican sun. The window on top was salvaged from a mobile home.

Food Box Location


Food Box Location
Originally uploaded by mikeysklar
We spent the day finishing our first raised bed enclosed space. We learned about these from our trip to Big Bend over New Years. The bins protect the food from freezes, birds, and hungry insects/animals. Increasing the odds for a good harvest.

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Urine Control


Urine Control
Originally uploaded by mikeysklar
I have been saving my urine for the past few weeks. There are lots of applications for it. Urine makes a excellent pesticide, insecticide, and fertilizer. Today I was using it to kill weeds by giving them pure undiluted piss. If you want to use urine as a fertilizer be sure to dilute with 8 parts water per one part urine and do not pour it directly on plants. Urine can be used very efficiently with grey water for plant irrigation.

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Raised Beds


Raised Beds
Originally uploaded by mikeysklar
Wendy and I spent a few hours today slicing up some old fence posts and other found wood. We are making raised beds for growing food. We will cover the beds with old trailer windows for the cooler months and shade cloth for the warmer months. We took time to pickup the saw dust for our compost. I think that four of these beds should be sufficient to supply a significant amount of the food we need to live.

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Reverse Discovery


Reverse Discovery
Originally uploaded by mikeysklar
Now the discovery team has flipped positions.

Interview


Interview
Originally uploaded by mikeysklar
I spent he day with the discovery channel showing them some of the gadgets I have invented. They really enjoyed the fire trampoline. By the end of the day they did not even need me.

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Local Paper Picks Up on Grease Car

A local newspaper that is slightly more left than the other local paper did a story on my veggie oil car this week. The story ran in the quarterly Chaparral Guide which was sort of weird. Usually that guide just describes the town and surrounding area for tourists.

Grease Car Monitors for Sale


Grease Car Monitors for Sale
Originally uploaded by mikeysklar
I posted one of my "Greasy_Mon" gadgets on ebay earlier this week. The device will show a grease car driver just how hot their grease is and weather help them decide if they should be driving on diesel or vegetable oil. I also have a webpage where people can buy direct from me at any time.

New Door Lock


New Door Lock
Originally uploaded by mikeysklar
I finally got around to fixing up the RFID system on my front door lock. It had been on a bread board for the last year and constantly falling apart as people would grab it to close the door. The new perf board is really only one step better, but just after taking this photo I did take time to mount it well.

Battery Room - Second Coat


Battery Room - Second Coat
Originally uploaded by mikeysklar
Wendy and I did a second coat on the exterior of the battery room today. We also spent sometime sanding down the messy spots prior to painting.

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More Brown Paint


More Brown Paint
Originally uploaded by mikeysklar
Wendy and I kicked off the morning with a second coat of lime white wash inside the dome. We then did a quick mix of lime, strained prickly pear juice, and brown umber to put our second coat on the exterior of the dome.

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Digital Dharma meets Electric Jesus

Here's Steven Vedro (author digital dharma, Sufi and esoteric explorer) & Jonathan Phillips (founder NYC Gnostics and editor souldish.com & realitysandwich.com) @ steve's talk at T or C's black cat books. Next week Jonathan offers a talk titled Electric Jesus. We've decided to go ahead and produce events in town even though our venue is not up & running. So far so good too... Steve's talk was great and got people relating their chakras to advances in technology. Steve's mix of tech and Sufi brought me and wendy's seemingly divergent interests together really well. Of course steve descovered what we did, that they are entirely harmonious.

Intruder


Intruder
Originally uploaded by mikeysklar
A sneaky kitty climbed a tree outside our window to torment our cat.

Bountiful Alliance


Bountiful Alliance
Originally uploaded by mikeysklar
We stopped painting for a few hours to attend the monthly town food meeting. There was a lot of good food, bureaucracy, and repeating of ideas in a louder voice.

White Wash


White Wash
Originally uploaded by mikeysklar
Wendy and I made a beautiful lime based cactus paint this morning. Here is the recipe.

- 3 gallons water
- 1 bucket of lime
- 1 gallon strained prickly pear

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Snowy Mountain


Snowy Mountain
Originally uploaded by mikeysklar
After a sudden blast of cold air and moisture we woke up to a beautiful mountain scene. The dome is looking good with a uniform dark color from the rains.

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Make Paint from Cactus Juice and Lime

Enlightening video explaining how we make paint from prickly pear cactus and lime. Includes using brown umber oxide for earthen coloring. We paint our ferrocement / papercrete PV battery dome.

Vegetable Oil Temperature Monitor Explained

Explanation of why you must give me $100 so that lights will go on your car telling you that it is safe to switch from diesel to veg oil.

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Drying Paint


Drying Paint
Originally uploaded by mikeysklar
This is what the dome looked like after we painted it today. The lower area was still drying. We probably spent about $8 making this batch of paint. The lime and the brown umber were our only cash outlay expenses.

Rolling the Paint


Rolling the Paint
Originally uploaded by mikeysklar
It amazes me how much faster and cleaner rolling on paint is than trowling on stucco'.

Paint Day


Paint Day
Originally uploaded by mikeysklar
Today we applied 5 gallons of paint to the exterior of our battery room dome. The paint was home made. We used a mix of:

- 3.5 gallons well strained prickly pear cactus juice
- 30 cups of type-s lime
- 16 spray can cups of brown umber oxide
- 7 spray can cups of water to hydrate the umber

I think I will try hydrating the slack lime next time.

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Putting it Together


Putting it Together
Originally uploaded by mikeysklar
Wendy, Teri Anne and I finished up the plastering today. We spent some time smoothing out the nipple and other areas we had missed earlier. Tomorrow we are going to try our prickly pear paint with plenty of slacked lime and brown umber for a tan color sealant coat.


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Not Quite Cookies


Not Quite Cookies
Originally uploaded by mikeysklar
I tried making some chocolate chip cookies in the solar oven today. It did not go well and I think it was due to the aluminum foil I put it on. The direction warned about this. I need to find a small black tray. It is a good thing that cookie dough tastes good.

A Helper


A Helper
Originally uploaded by mikeysklar
Normally we are reluctant to work with others. However, Teri Anne had contacted us and was really looking for more hands on papercrete experiences. She has been driving through the southwest meet all sorts of papercrete people and helped us plaster the dome today. After we ran out of cement Teri and I did a quick grease trip to scored about 14 gallons of fuel. I have filled up my first 55 gallon drum. Teri Anne is from Moab, UT.

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Bee's


Bee's
Originally uploaded by mikeysklar
Wendy and I were plastering and noticed that there were a lot of bee's flying around. This is a good thing except that they were taking over the compost. I taped up the holes we had in the compost turner to prevent them from getting into it. Nobody was stung.

Sun Oven


Sun Oven
Originally uploaded by mikeysklar
We quickly ordered a sun oven after returning from the peak oil conference last week. Today I used it for two things.

1. Hydrate soy beans for making soy milk

2. Warm up a can of lentil soup

It did a excellent job on both fronts. Tomorrow I am going to try more food in it.

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The Harvest


The Harvest
Originally uploaded by mikeysklar
Wendy and I scored a few hundred prickly paddles today and made another 50 gallons if goo. Most of this prickly pear slime will be used to finish plastering our battery room. The rest of it will be used as a internal white paint and external tan color coat.

Video: Papercrete Battery Room Plaster

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New Truck


New Truck
Originally uploaded by mikeysklar
Well it is not really new (1994), but to us that feels pretty modern since we are driving a 24 year old diesel sedan. This is a Ford F350 we picked up in town to temporarily replace our Toyota truck as a papercrete mixer and to get us deeper into the desert. It has a second 19 gallon tank, so we can potentially convert it to grease on the cheap.

Loading the Sprayer


Loading the Sprayer
Originally uploaded by mikeysklar
The vertical sprayer is a little more difficult to load mud into than our hip based tirolessa sprayer. I have been using a pool trowel to load it up. We got 80% of the dome sprayed in one three hour window. We will have to spray it again this week for its final coat and hand trowel that.

Inner Dome Plaster


Inner Dome Plaster
Originally uploaded by mikeysklar
Now that the battery dome has been pretty much plastered to completion on the outside, we have turned to the inside. I really enjoyed spraying the ceiling which normally would have been a nightmare to hand trowel.

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Truck Swap


Truck Swap
Originally uploaded by mikeysklar
Since our 2000 Toyota pickup is a manual transmission and the clutch kills my leg we are looking to swap it out. The princess is checking out a Ford F350 seen here. We will have to add a PTO port to this one to mix papercrete in place.

Wood Scrappin


Wood Scrappin
Originally uploaded by mikeysklar
Wendy and I are cleaning up some wood for raised garden beds. We need to de-nail, plane, sand, and seal each piece for a nice looking result.

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Foam Wrap


Foam Wrap
Originally uploaded by mikeysklar
Normally I would not want to use new foam of any kind, but since I had no used insulation laying around I did spend $4 on a few feet of the stuff to wrap my veg. oil hoses in.

Hose Insulation


Hose Insulation
Originally uploaded by mikeysklar
Our Grease car has a HOH (Hose in Hose) setup to keep the veggie oil
warm from the trunk to the hood and back. The trouble is we break out
of the hose in hose setup under the hood and wind tends to cool down
the VO in the fuel lines. I picked up some supplies to remedy this
wind issue.

The Lab


The Lab
Originally uploaded by mikeysklar
Wendy is now referring to veggie oil car as "the lab" due to the number of buttons, switches, lights, and embedded computers. I added yet another toggle switch yesterday for the 100W wrap heater which heats our veggie oil filter. 100W is a lot of electricity in a car. I only want to use the heater when the grease needs a boost.

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Bumper Stickers


Bumper Stickers
Originally uploaded by mikeysklar
This car had some excellent bumper stickers and was by no coincidence parked in front of the peak oil conference. "Who would Jesus Bomb"...and... "Earth First We will destroy the other planets later"

Nice Coat


Nice Coat
Originally uploaded by mikeysklar
Wendy and I went to a peak oil conference in Silver City for the
weekend. Soon after our arrival I needed to walk around to loosen up
my hip. It was cold out ad our generous host lent Wendy this jacket.