I was just trying to see how many differant opinions and whys of heating a shelter there are.... also was wondering if any one knows how to make a home made nature glue? and lastly i am trying to come up with a design for a plant room/green house, but without having to spend to much money but also use it for a meditation room. any iedas for any of these please share.



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I'd love to know how you make the connectors.

What is the insulating material around the wood stove chimney?

Very informative site. Thank you. 

It's a silicone collar built into( sewn) the roof.
plastic sheeting and PVC pipes makes it real easy to make a greenhouse that you can take apart and move around as needed
Thank you so much for sharing ... i really like the tipi dome i think that would make a very interesting green house/meditation room... and i could sleep in it as well..this works on quite a few levels... I would love to hear more ideas ... i am glad to have imput thats not my own : )

The size of you space is important to consider, more space= more energy to heat or cool. How high the ceiling is can affect things a bit too.

Some innovative tricks I have heard of are. Radiant floor heating with the heat source being a compost pile, Passive solar of coarse, Wood stoves are good but pollute and require maintenance. Straw bale structures are well insulated from the beginning, inexpensive and easy to construct with renewables. Currently I use hot rocks from a campfire to warm my teardrop but plan to get a bunk warmer as I have the free electricity thing in my favor.

 I really need to know more about you're setting and location for giving better advice, local materials, site orientation things like that and you're construction knowledge.

Peace and love Bob

Hi Renee

Egg white works great for stamps and paper glue, that kind of thing. Geodesic yurt made of R87 I think its called.

I found this online with pictures demos whole nine yards. Will put up a link if I get the chance or you can search it. 500.00 buys enough material at home depo to put one together in 1/2 an hour. Same thing that FEMA uses in their tent city refugee camps. Can be used for growing or living space. I found that if I purchased enough material for the smallest structure 300 sf or so It would fit in the back of my Geo when broken down. Cobb is also pretty cool and cheap. Check Becky Bees Cobb houses in any search engine. Shes doing a workshop for women in Ark. soon. Only 17 women can attend I'd love to be there but I am here. Have you seen the Tiny House web site? another really cool and inexpensive way to make mobile living spaces out of free pallets. Good luck with your search. Im not great about posting links but I will get there eventually.  

A picture is worth a thousand words in the sense of visualizing what it looks like.


Instead I will reread it again to get a better picture.

A Hypershelter Greenhouse. . . If you have material you can give a slight twist to, this is easier thatn building a geodesic.





Make Charcoal

Cut the wood into small pieces, no bigger than 4-by-4 inches. Cut enough pieces to fill a cooking pot.
Fill a fire pit safe cooking pot with the small pieces of wood. Pack the wood in the pot as tightly as possible.
Build a fire in a fire pit.

Place the cooking pot filled with wood on top of the fire. Put a lid on top of the pot.
Leave the cooking pot on top of the fire until the fire burns out.
Wait 12 to 24 hours for the cooking pot to cool off before opening it to remove the wood pieces.
Remove the lid from the cooking pot and pour out the blackened (charcoal) wood pieces.

Making the Glue

Collect dried sap from pine trees. When pine trees are injured, sap slowly drips out and dries on the trees' surface. Look for the thick light brown sap on the outside of the trunks of the trees. Carefully scrape the dried sap off the tree using a knife.
Grind up the charcoal into a fine powder using a rock.
Melt the sap in a fire safe cooking pot over a fire. Wait to put the sap into the pot until the flames are low to prevent the flames from touching the sap and possibly igniting it. The sap takes five to ten minutes to melt.
Pour ground charcoal into the melted sap. Use an equal ratio of ground charcoal and sap.
Stir the ground charcoal and sap with a long metal stirring utensil until it is thoroughly combined and remove it from the fire. The glue will harden to a putty like consistency when it cools off. Heat it over a fire before use if you want it to be thinner.

hey WoodWright does it make a difference to use hard our soft wood to make the charcoal?
Thanks for posting, awesome information!!!

Invite a dog into your life. There body temp is about 102 normal and they are great sleeping buddies. 


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