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Cdevoe 05-27-2013 05:25 PM

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We're almost done building an Earthship in upstate NY. I'm putting in a small WFO ~30" diameter that will also heat water (in a copper coil) to be pumped through heat PEX in the back hallway floor. This will be our only heat source. I'm wondering if anyone has done this before. I can't find anything online. Attached is a photo of the initial blocks. The back wall slants back so I will be pouring the rear support instead of using block.

Carani 06-04-2013 01:30 PM

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It took me a few secs to see which way was up in your photo ;)
I have no useful input for you but am very interested to see what you end up with. And maybe you could sneak in some pictures of the earthship as well?

Cdevoe 06-04-2013 05:52 PM

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So far we have the base and hearth done. I ended up embedding the insulation board into the 6" thick slab. Around the board I embedded insulating firebrick as well as pouring vermicrete. It should retain a lot of heat. More pictures at Freeville Earthship

brickie in oz 06-05-2013 12:27 AM

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Please correct me if Im wrong but isnt an Earth ship a fully enclosed entity? With no input or output into the planet Earth.

Your build looks remarkably just like a house? :confused:

Cdevoe 06-06-2013 09:54 AM

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Are you asking: "why do you need a heat source?" Our winters are pretty cloudy here so the supplemental heat source that doubles as an oven would bring us up from the 55 degrees F that we bottom out at with no sun input. We have a propane stove/oven that will be used less as a result.

Cdevoe 07-06-2013 03:11 PM

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Here's a quick update of our build. We have a 34" diameter brick oven and currently have about 4 chains left at the top. We're using the exercise ball method to finish it off. Attached are some pictures...Wish I could figure out how to upload more. Check for more pictures.

The San Marzano Tomato plant in our greenhouse eagerly awaits completion.

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