Amazing Off-grid Kitchen in My Tiny House

I’ve done videos on parts of my kitchen before, but I’ve never given a tour of my whole off-grid kitchen and all the things about that make it more eco than other kitchens. So many resources are channeled through our kitchens…all the things we depend on to feed ourselves nutritious food. I’ll take you on a tour of every little feature of my off-grid kitchen at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, one of the world’s most radical ecovillages.

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Last time I toured this strawbale house at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, it was half done, and it was pretty impressive then. Now I’m back again with a tour of the finished house and there’s a new owner, Cat, to tell us about what it’s like to live in the house. Cat’s Cradle, as the house is known, provides examples of just about every method of natural building imaginable: cob, strawbale, earthen plaster, wattle and daub, cordwood walls, earthen plaster mosaics, bottle walls, lime plaster, passive solar design, and earthen floors. It’s a work of art with many artistic and aesthetic flares. As well, its passive solar design and round shape make it efficient as well as practical for its semiretired owner, Cat.

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5 Incredible Natural Buildings at a Radical Ecovillage

This is a tour of 5 of my favorite natural buildings at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. DR has nearly 40 natural buildings, making it one of the largest collections of natural buildings in one place in all of north America. There’s strawbale buildings, cob, earthen and lime plaster, earthen floors, timberframing, cordwood masonry, rocket mass heaters, wattle and daub, and light clay straw. And some of these are pretty swanky houses.


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What I Found When I Tore Up My Earthen Floor: It’s Not What I Thought

I had such high ideals and hopes for my earthen floor being a badge of honor in not using any non natural materials in my house. I originally insulated it with light clay straw because I wanted to use a natural material. In my opinion, my earthen floor has ended up being the only mistake I made in my strawbale house. It has served fine, but it’s always been sinking, leading to cracks and ruts and the need for maintenance. I didn’t know why my floor was sinking, though I had my suspicions.

In this video we find out what was going on under all that cob, and we begin a series of videos showing the process of totally redoing my earthen floor. It’s a big project and it took some time, but one of the great things about cob is it’s ability to be reused. Being able to just add water to the old floor material and relay it saved an astronomical amount of time.

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My New Tiny House Wood Stove: Breaking in the Jotul 602

It’s been a long time coming, but I finally got a new wood stove for my tiny house. The Jotul 602 isn’t exactly an unknown quantity. I’ve used it many times in other people’s houses and I love it. It’s pretty much the smallest wood stove on the market so it’s pretty popular for the small houses at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. And I’m pretty sure the Norwegians can be counted on for their expertise in heating a space with wood. If you are heating a small house or single room this is a reliable and attractive stove. You do have to break them in before you can use them to their full capacity, and that’s what I’m up to in this video.

How I Keep My Tiny House Cool (With Almost No AC) In the Heat of Summer

It gets pretty hot in Missouri during the summertime. And living entirely off renewable energy it doesn’t have to be a challenge to stay comfortable on those 90°F+ dog days. There are simple things you can do to minimize your use of air conditioning–one of the biggest contributors to climate change. Nature has provided us with many options to keep ourselves cool. We just have to make the connections and implement the systems.