Thanks for the warm ‘welcome home.’ It’s good to be back.

The story and many pics of our New Orleans trip are coming, it may take awhile since there’s a lot to tell (stay tuned).

In the meantime newsbytes from the homestead:

Veggie/fruit tales

Lots to do! Loads of veggies needed to be harvested, Justin harvested 18 pounds of peppers, along with beans and guavas. There are a few dozen large ripe tomatoes that need to be picked which should be harvested today. Thinking of making some chili … and corn bread — in the cob oven.

Ah, to eat fresh veggies/fruit once again — eating was certainly tough in NOLA. Not many stores were open and if they were, they had limited selection (one learned you couldn’t be picky in such a situation!) Pickiness is a luxury that most people aren’t fortunate to have.   We are definitely blessed with fresh food.

Stocking up for winter

Tonight, our large bulk order with the NELA food co-op will be arriving! I am a little disappointed that their delivery is expected at 7:30pm since it coincides with the Julia Butterfly event, we are attending. Thankfully, a friend of ours is kind enough to make time to pick up the 300 lb order for us at the Rose Bowl parking lot. The next challenge will be finding a place to store all the supplies.

More media coverage

Today is going to be a busy one! Not only are there fall plantings and other projects that need to be done, but there is a NTV crew from Japan that is going to do a segment on biodiesel. Should be interesting.    Also, this morning, Jules is doing another interview prior to that with someone who is wanting to make a film/documentary on a variety of upcoming disaster scenarios – peak oil, bird flu, global warming, you name it.

Vintage oil heater
Burn, baby, burn

While we were away on the trip, we received in the mail a 1914 vintage kerosene heater that we were lucky to stumble across for a reasonable price. It’s in excellent condition ( rare to find one that works I was told). We are hoping to burn our homebrew biodiesel instead of kerosene. The heater is not very heavy, stands over 2 feet high so it should be easy to move to rooms that need to be heated come the chilly and damp days of So Cal winters

Does anyone have suggestions how to thin the biodiesel without using some kerosene?.    If it works, then it sure beats spending a few hundred dollars for a EPA approved wood burning stove at this point.   

Q & A from

Yokayo Biofuels

Will biodiesel work in kerosene heaters?

Biodiesel is 100% compatible with diesel #2, also known as heating oil #2, or more simply as diesel. If your heater is designed to run on heating oil #2, then it can run on B100 just fine. Kerosene, which is called diesel #1 or heating oil #1 and is thinner than diesel #2, requires experimentation. In general, if a heater is designed specifically for kerosene, then it can work with some kind of biodiesel blend (the blend being a low percentage of biodiesel and higher percentage of kerosene).

Oil Heaters

Kerosene heaters have been used for over a century in complete safety. Look at the advertisement for “Perfection Oil Heaters” from 1918. There were more than 3,000,000 Perfection Oil Heaters in use in 1918! The background of the ad shows people lined up in the snow to purchase coal. The first line in the advertisement is: “Perfection Oil Heaters saved the situation last winter.” What happened in 1917? A great influenza pandemic swept around the world after WW I. People who had a Perfection Oil Heater did not have to line up with strangers to purchase coal…and catch the deadly flu that killed millions of people. Those with a kerosene heater and a supply of kerosene could avoid crowds – and survive.   Read more