With the help of some friends in January 2017 I hooked up solar power to the ship and made a lot of cob for the floors and wall pack out and completed the framing to take the double glazed glass on the face of the building.
|MPPT installed in the Earthship|
|Solar array and nickel iron batteries installed on the roof|
Another job on the to-do list was the hooking up of the wood stove which I did by installing the pipe through the roof, I have not hooked up the hot water tank to the wetback in the stove yet so it's still not operational but it is one step closer.
|stove pipe installed on the woodstove|
Another project I have been working on is this solar oven, built using an old chest freezer rescued from the verge with a double glazed window similarly rescued from a skip bin out the back of Bunnings, it can boil water and roast potatoes and beetroot and works really well even without a reflector!
|re purposed chest freezer turned solar oven|
Whilst in Tasmania working on the Earthship I also took a job with the composting toilet mob at The Falls festival and discovered that all the bottles and cans I could use were there for the taking after the big cleanup at the end of the festival.
|Thousands of discarded bottles and cans can be found at music festivals, a valuable resource for recycling/re purposing enthusiasts!|
|Of course I was going to use car tyres to retain the dirt around my compost toilet.|
I had an excavator to dig my leach field for my council approved grey water disposal system and asked the operator on the off chance he might be up for the challenge to dig the indoor greywater planter while there was still access through the framing before the glazing installation.
He was up for the challange and did an expert job too.
|Left abit... right abit... up, down... careful!|
My good mate Brad then used the freshly dug trench to chop the straw for the dozens of batches of cob we were about to make.
|using a wipper snipper to finely chop the straw for our cob mixes, if you don't have a bath tub... dig a hole!|
|leveling the sub floor|
|laying 70mm rigid insulation on the leveled subfloor|
|first collect it, then figure out how to incorporate it|
|Nashi pear tree planted in August is doing very well|