Mar
4
2017
Andy Reynolds

Why self-reliance is so important as part of a secure, low-impact life

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Posted Mar 4 2017 by Andy Reynolds of the Ecolodge

I am Andy Reynolds, a long-term practitioner of low-impact living, smallholder, author, forester, teacher, carpenter, builder. I’ve been working with Lowimpact.org since the early noughties, and I’d like to share my philosophy on self-reliance with you. Read more …

Jan
10
2017
Andy Reynolds

Timber users and growers: what is ‘timber shake’ and why does it occur?

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Posted Jan 10 2017 by Andy Reynolds of the Ecolodge

This article holds some clues to the faults in timber most commonly found in Oak and Sweet Chestnut, but I have also encountered it in Southern Yellow Pine. For the novice, timber shake may sound a bit nautical or piratical, but it is a fault in growing trees Read more …

Oct
16
2016
Andy Reynolds

What tree species to choose for woodlands in the 21st century

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Posted Oct 16 2016 by Andy Reynolds of the Ecolodge

The various pressures and threats to UK woodland are ever-increasing. These can include development, climate change or globalisation contributing to the spread of disease, insect and mammalian pests. Read more …

Aug
20
2016
Andy Reynolds

How I came to write the third edition of ‘Wind & Solar Electricity’

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Posted Aug 20 2016 by Andy Reynolds of the Ecolodge

So after much effort edition three is now published. Renewable energy technology is changing quickly and so a couple of years ago I contacted Dave Darby with a view to updating edition two. Read more …

Aug
12
2016
Andy Reynolds

My experience with a traditional watermill driving a generator to produce electricity

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Posted Aug 12 2016 by Andy Reynolds of the Ecolodge
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This was an interesting diversion. I was asked a couple of years ago if I would take a look at a watermill in Bourne (Lincolnshire) and see what the problem was with the generator. Interesting – how often do you get asked to play with a watermill? Read more …

Jun
16
2016
Andy Reynolds

Why self-reliance means being able to fix bits of old kit – like this circular saw

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Posted Jun 16 2016 by Andy Reynolds of the Ecolodge

Working outside and sometimes in remote situations requires a certain mindset to not only enjoy the experience, but also have an overall philosophy of self-reliance. Read more …

May
16
2016
Andy Reynolds

Water and space heating from photovoltaics (or wind) using a grid diverter

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Posted May 16 2016 by Andy Reynolds of the Ecolodge
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This is an idea that allows you to heat water via solar electric panels instead of exporting surplus electricity to the National Grid. This makes sense because it then means that you can do the work yourself instead of hiring an (expensive) accredited installer – plus you can use second-hand gear.

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Feb
28
2016
Andy Reynolds

It’s time to repair greenhouses and cold frames: glass cutting advice

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Posted Feb 28 2016 by Andy Reynolds of the Ecolodge
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It’s that time of year when thoughts have already turned to the vegetable patch and raising seedlings. This is where the glasshouse and cold frame make a huge difference to getting those plants going. Read more …

Jan
26
2016
Andy Reynolds

Off-grid living: how big does your renewable energy generation system need to be?

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Posted Jan 26 2016 by Andy Reynolds of the Ecolodge

Our friend Andy is determined to be self-sufficient in energy should there be a collapse of the National Grid (and / or societal collapse), and has maintained a wind and solar electrical system with a bank of second-hand forklift batteries for 25 years. Read more …

Dec
30
2015
Andy Reynolds

Our experience of generating our own electricity for 25 years

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Posted Dec 30 2015 by Andy Reynolds of the Ecolodge

We bought a house with a demolition order on it, not something that many people will do, then we rebuilt it, not something many people will do, and we always repair stuff, not something that many people will do – you get the idea. Read more …

Jul
23
2012
Andy Reynolds

Local firewood auction & fair in your county?

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Posted Jul 23 2012 by Andy Reynolds of the Ecolodge
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The Lincolnshire Firewood Fair receives The Lincolnshire Environmental Award 2012. 4 years ago a disparate group of foresters, woodmen, agents, and firewood merchants got together with direction from the local Forestry Commission officer. Read more …

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