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Old 05-27-2013, 06:25 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.
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Old 06-04-2013, 02:30 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?
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Old 06-04-2013, 06:52 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
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Old 06-05-2013, 01:27 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?
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Old 06-06-2013, 10:54 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.
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Old 07-06-2013, 04:11 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 freevilleearthship.blogspot.com for more pictures.

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