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Return to Atomizing Oil Burners

Part One available here The nexus of appropriate technology, circular economy and agriculture is a buffet of challenging, interesting projects.  In 2017 and 2018, our continued work in biochar and gasification, and among other esoteric projects, our work with small-scale plastic recycling, – not to mention organizing the WNC Repair Cafe project – have kept […]

Atomizing Waste Oil Burners

Update: 10/26/18.  Part 2 available here   Summer HVAC season is coming to a close and lately our local scrap-yard has been teeming with old oil burning furnaces. While Asheville residents are replacing oil burners with updated heat pump systems as fast as they can, conscious builders and tradesmen are recycling the used equipment, and […]

Conducting a Do-it-Yourself Home Energy Audit

by Richard Freudenberger, Living Web Farms Resource & Alternative Energy Coordinator There are two benefits to saving energy in the home. One is the financial gain of allocating less of your household budget to keeping the household humming, and the other is the less noticeable advantage of managing consumption for the sake of our planet’s […]

Earth-Coupled Cooling Tubes

by Richard Freudenberger, Living Web Farms Energy & Resource Coordinator   Earlier this year at Living Web Farms we completed a propagating facility for Black Soldier Fly (Hermetia illucens) larvae at our Grandview Farm. The Black Soldier Fly, or BSF, has a similar appearance to a mud dauber wasp but is not a nuisance to […]

Closing the Loop – Biochar as Carbon Negative Technology

By Dan Hettinger, Biochar Facility Manager The increase in annual global carbon emissions has stalled in recent years despite strong global economic growth.  In effect, economic growth is no longer coupled with increased carbon emissions.  In 2015, most of the world agreed that we can limit climate change to a rise of 2 degrees Celsius. […]