It's a stove thread now?
Not at all, I instigated the digression in the process of speaking to the issue of why we are still dependent on oil. The subject of the thread.
I was simply pointing out that the only real power we have to change things is in our own lives.
Sure, there are going to be lots of lawsuits, recriminations and regulations resulting from this tragedy. There will be hearings and hand wringing and fines.
And then everything will continue as usual.
The only real way of changing big things is by doing little things. Trying out some new ideas and thinking outside the box a little. Things like using a TLUD instead of the Weber once in a while. Or setting up a rain catchment system. Using dry toilets and composting. Or any of a million little things.
I didn't see the harm in talking about it as there is only so much news about the oil spill that we can talk about. I thought it might nudge the conversation in a more positive direction.
Keel, Did you look at any of the links I provided in my previous post?
I make all my stoves out of old cans. I am using a couple feet of mast section for one of my chimneys and an old piece of cast iron pipe for another, but I haven't paid a dime for anything.
Fuel is as abundant as one's imagination.
I never stated that I was trying to replace my indoor stove with my backyard TLUD. However in the case of an emergency, I'm probably going to be pretty well prepared for living without electricity or water.
I never stated that the TLUD was cleaner than gas. However it's probably a lot closer than you think and it's much more efficient than a normal wood burning stove or fireplace.
I agree that a landfill composed of vegetation, basicly a big compost pile, is more carbon negative, but only if the methane is captured. Most people don't have the means to do that in their backyard. And if you don't capture the methane, it's more carbon negative to burn the stuff in your TLUD. Everything has it's place.
Which brings us back to the whole 'living in balance' thing.