Masonry Heater Home Tour April 2014

 Your Itinerary - Please Enjoy the Day!  


 Please be sure to read the entire Confirmation email (where you found the link to this page)
 There are details there that you need to know! 
 For your convenience, that information is included here, below the Itinerary, for your use.


 Host Site Address & Directions 

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              All attendees must sign up for the Tour.
 
It is only fair that we have the contact information for each of the attendees of these Tours, considering we're sharing the personal information of our Tour Hosts! 
We will be signing people in at each site and will strictly enforce the limits we have placed on how many people can swarm our Tour Host's space at once! 

We hope you understand and will be respectful of our generous Hosts in this way.

DIRECTIONS
We are sending all attendees Word Documents with the directions in a print-able format.
PLEASE PRINT AS FEW PAGES AS POSSIBLE - AND EXPLORE THE "PRINT TWO-SIDED" OPTIONS YOU WILL FIND IN "PROPERTIES" - SELECT THE "LONG WAY." 

VERY IMPORTANT NOTE
SNOWSHOES SERIOUSLY RECOMMENDED TO TOUR THE SECOND SITE (in West Pierrepont.)  You will need to walk in 1/4 mile on an unplowed path in deep melting snowpack that you punch through on random steps.  The path is mostly packed down at this time, but it keeps melting and it's getting bad.  It can be slow and tiring to slog through without snowshoes!  Our apologies, we couldn't anticipate the weather conditions still being what they are!

TOUR 1 TIMES SHOWN BELOW
For Tour 2 attendees, please add one hour (10 am becomes 11 am.)  If a third tour is added, please add TWO hours (10 am start time becomes 12 noon.)  Thank You!


10 am ~  On-Grid Passive Solar / Russian Mass Heater
PYRITES (10 miles from Canton)  This home is "on-grid," but highly energy efficient; and has a centerpiece of a solarium with a gorgeous "Russian" or "Swedish" style mass masonry stove.  Super efficient, passive solar; the home is built with local, green and recycled materials and features an earthen floor and an indoor garden.  Home built by Bryan Lee.
Host Ann Heidenreich
325 Northwoods Rd., Pyrites, NY 13677
From Canton, proceed out Park St. past SLU to the stop sign with a flashing red light.  Turn R on to Rt. 25, go past the flashing yellow light and take the next R onto the Pink Schoolhouse Rd.  Several miles to Pyrites where a low bridge will be in front of you as you enter the main intersection of the small hamlet (Fire Dept. on the left.)  Go over bridge to the dead end at Northwoods Rd., turn L onto Northwoods and go a mile or two, all the way to nearly the end (becomes a dirt road) and the house is on the left. 
If it's really muddy, Ann will ask people to take off shoes. Otherwise they can leave them on.  Parking is down by the garage at the road - it's a few hundred feet of a walk in.

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11 am ~  Solar / Primitive / Off-Grid / Rocket Mass Heater
WEST PIERREPONT
(10 miles from Canton)  Passive solar and wood heated house. 
100% off-grid photovoltaics, local building materials.  Basic Rocket cooking & heating inured to Small is Beautiful principles: less polluting, higher efficiency wood burning. This home does not have a mass heater but features a cook stove rocket retrofit adapted to small spaces (which burns way more efficiently using rocket stove principles.)  Adaptations include water heating, plus a homemade chimney heat extractor (using water as thermal mass) and an outside rocket "summer kitchen" -- simple warm weather cooking for those oriented to simplicity. 
The tour will start at the workshop (the first building you come to on the right) where you'll see small , homemade rocket stoves - "micro"/ highly portable variants on rocketry - and proceed to the summer kitchen and home.  The house is shoes off please.  Home built by Bryan Lee.


Host Eddie Goldstein
381 Hewlett Road, Hermon, NY 13652


General Directions
Park only on the side of the road of the driveway if the parking lot overflows please, and walk in about 2/10 mile to the building on the right (the house is behind this building, over the hill, in case you are late and miss the workshop portion of the tour -- but try not to be; if you're interested in tinkering with rocketry, you want to be there!) 
Located on a small dirt driveway about 1/4 mile or so from the corner of Rt. 27 / Clare Rd., which is the right hand of the Y at Waterman Hill if coming from Canton.  Technically, this is the Hermon (zip 13652) mailing address but is miles from Hermon.  It is also considered Russell, NY and the Hewlett Rd. is about 2 miles from the former hamlet of West Pierrepont, exactly one mile from the former Turnpike Tavern, if coming from Canton/Parishville.
From the last home in Pyrites
Proceed back to near the "beginning" of the Northwoods Road but take a Right on the lone road prior to reaching the T in the road.  You will go over a very low height limit bridge and come to an intersection next to the Fire Station.  Continue straight ahead onto the Pink Schoolhouse Road.  Follow that road several miles to the second intersection at Rt. 27.  Go R on Rt 27 and almost immediately take the Right fork as you ascend Waterman Hill, check the odometer at that fork and go exactly 4 miles to Hewlett Rd on the Right only (other side of road is Phipher Rd.)   It's the second tiny driveway on the Right, less than a half mile down Hewlett, at the base of a small uphill before the set of double mailboxes.  Park on the same side as driveway only please.
From Canton
Take Park St. from the intersection with the village park, post office and movie theater -- follow it out alongside St. Lawrence University where it eventually becomes Rt. 27.  At the flashing red light just past the Meadows Restaurant go straight ahead.    Take the Right fork as you ascend Waterman Hill, check the odometer at that fork and go exactly 4 miles to Hewlett Rd on the Right only (other side of road is Phipher Rd.)   It's the second tiny driveway on the Right, less than a half mile down Hewlett, at the base of a small uphill before the set of double mailboxes.  Park on the same side as driveway only please.

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12:15 pm ~
 
Solar / Primitive / Off-Grid / Rocket Mass Heater

WEST PIERREPONT (10 miles from Canton):  Mass Heater Rocket Stove - High-efficiency, positive draft or "convection heat pump" method; super safe wood mass heater with warming bench.  Primitive living, but in style -- "walking" water instead of running water, beautiful composting toilet outhouse featured in TAUNY Homesteaders display, 100% off-grid solar DC power, local building materials.and the rocket mass heater built in September, 2012Home built by owner, and in part by Schulze Construction.     
   Host Chelle Lindahl
   381 Hewlett Road, Hermon, NY 13652

  
   General Directions

   The house is directly behind the set of double mailboxes (366 and 381 Hewlett), across from a red log cabin.  Technically, this is the Hermon (zip 13652) mailing address but it is also considered Russell, NY
and the Hewlett Rd. is about 2 miles from the former hamlet of West Pierrepont, exactly one mile from the former Turnpike Tavern, if coming from Canton/Parishville.
Park only on the driveway side of the road if the parking lot overflows please, and walk in several hundred feet. 

From the last home (these two homes are "next door" to each other)
Follow
the footpath back down the driveway and look for the marker on the Right to cut through the woods.  There are some roots and rough patches and icy spots on the ground; if you need a better surface you can walk back out to the road, up the hill, and down the next driveway.
From Canton
Take Park St. from the intersection with the village park, post office and movie theater -- follow it out alongside St. Lawrence University where it eventually becomes Rt. 27. 
At the flashing red light just past the Meadows Restaurant go straight ahead.  Take the Right fork
as you ascend Waterman Hill, check the odometer at that fork and go exactly 4 miles to Hewlett Rd on the Right only (other side of road is Phipher Rd.)  It's the third tiny driveway on the Right, less than a half mile down Hewlett, just past the set of double mailboxes at the top of a small uphill. 
Park on the same side as driveway only please.

PHOTO CREDIT: Local Living Venture.  Finishing the top rough coat of cob, before it gets plastered.

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1:45 pm ~  On-Grid Passive Solar / Russian Mass Heater
POTSDAM
Masonry Home
with "Finnish" style soapstone mass-masonry "contraflow" stove and passive solar
This "don't miss" new home features radiant floor heat, super-insulation, old world lime plaster - plus a 30' year-round winterized yurt with radiant floor heating (which may or may not be on the tour after the main house), as well as a living roof garden on a large Asian-style shed -- not the season for it, but it's cool anyway!  New home built by Schulze Construction.
Hosts Jackson Francisco and Deborah Massell
Silver Landing, Potsdam, 13676


General Directions (from Potsdam)

Silver Landing is a small road that is just off of Pierrepont Avenue / Rt. 56, heading out of Potsdam towards Colton, but still in the Village 30 mph speed zone.  As you pass the last SUNY Potsdam building on your left, Lehman Park is on your right.  Look carefully as you approach the first house on your right; you will note a small dirt road with a sign on the utility pole that says Silver Landing.  Turn right onto that road and go to the end at the river.
From the last home (or from Colton, start at the ***)
Turn back to Rt. 27 and take a R at the corner of Hewlett and Rt. 27.  In one mile, turn left at the intersection onto the Russell Turnpike / Rt. 24.  Follow 24 several miles through the intersections at Rt. 29 (Pierrepont Town Barn on the left) and Rt. 68.  When you come to the next major intersection, it is Rt. 56 at Browns Bridge Rd.  Turn Left onto Rt. 56***, proceed through Hannawa Falls towards Potsdam.  As you just come into the speed zone in Potsdam, watch on your left for a small sign on a utility pole that says Silver Landing.  If you come alongside Lehman Park, you've gone one house too far.  Turn Left down that road and go to the end at the river.

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3 pm ~
 
Triple Bell Heater & Hot Water

SOUTHVILLE (near Parishville)
This brand new project is being built as this is being posted, so who knows where it will be at the time of the Tour, though our hosts do plan to have it completed by then!  Their style triple bell heater (for heat and hot water) is mounted atop the wood cookstove and is using the free gas movement method. An exciting and ongoing project that should heat water, heat the house, cook food, bake food, bring fresh air into the house, and be pleasing to the eye.  It’s not costing a lot of money to build, is very efficient on how much wood it burns, is safe, easy to operate, and the Martin's shouldn’t have to start a fire nearly as often as with a conventional metal stove.  Home built by the extended Martin family and friends.
Hosts Melvin & Clarissa Martin
860 Co Rte 47, Potsdam, NY 13676

General Directions
This home is on Rt. 47 between Rt. 11 and Rt. 11B (less than 1/4 mile from 11B.)   It is located across the street from their large greenhouse and is part of the Martin's Farm Supply complex of structures, "around the corner" from the original site of the Martin Farm Stand (which has moved to Needham Rd.), beyond the U-Pick strawberry patch. 
From the last home
Return down the driveway to Rt. 56 in Potsdam, take a Left to go alongside the SUNY Potsdam campus on Rt. 56 / Pierrepont Avenue.  At the third light, take a Right onto Elm Street / Rt. 11B.  Proceed
out of Potsdam towards Hopkinton and Nicholville on 11B for several miles to the intersection of Route 47 in "Southville."  Rt. 47 jogs when it meets 11B, so first you'll see it on your right, but proceed another 1/10th of a mile or less to where you can go Left onto Rt. 47.  Maybe a quarter mile or so down the road, on your left, across from a large aluminum/polycarbonate greenhouse with steel siding is the Martin home.

PHOTO CREDIT: Melvin Martin.  Stove in process!  Began building it March 21, 2014.


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 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 

ITINERARY CONFIRMATION
Please see the full Tour Itinerary above.  You may go to some or all of the tours listed (taking breaks to run errands or have lunch, etc. during any tours you're not as interested in) but we ask that you please be there at the appointed time so that the tour can commence in a timely fashion.


WEAR / BRING
  • Some homes are "in a ways" from the road (2/10 mile is the furthest) and mud or snow conditions may prevail.  Please dress accordingly. 
  • Please bring drinking water, it's a long day!  Bringing a bag lunch or snacks to munch on would be a good idea.
  • It is possible some homes would ask you to remove your shoes (see notes for individual homes above.)  If you are uncomfortable in socks, please bring some house slippers for those homes. 
  • If standing for a half hour or more is uncomfortable for you, it is likely there will be a place to sit eventually, but you may want to bring a travel stool or similar in this case.  Your health and comfort is important to us, and you will be able to take in more information if you are comfortable as well!
NUMBER IN PARTY
We is important that we know the number of people you anticipate in your party (we have signed you up for the number you see the parenthesis of the Subject line of your email Confirmation - the one with
the Subject line of "TOUR, your name, phone number.")  Please let us know if the number in your party changes as there is an attendance limit, in order to not overcrowd.  We endeavor to make it a useful and educational experience for all involved! 

CARPOOLING
If you noted an interest in carpooling we will share more with you on that as the date approaches.

"RAIN" DATE
This tour will commence regardless of weather, provided it's not white-out and blizzard conditions.  We will call and email if there is a postponement and follow up with a new date.

DONATION
There is a suggested minimum donation of $5 each; donations cans will be available at each Tour site.  Checks can be made out the the Local Living Venture
You may contribute at the homes you visit or by PayPal (a PayPal account is not needed.)  Please make even a small donation if you're able!  We Thank You very much!  Please note that our Hosts are generous volunteers donating their time - so that your donation goes to support future workshop creation.

QUESTIONS?
I
f you have any other questions please just ask!  We look forward to seeing you there!

CONTACT US
Call 315.347.4223 first please.  If no answer, try
315.261.1926.  Email sent to LocalLIvingVenture@gmail.com in the 24-36 hours prior to the event may not be read in time, so please both call and write if it's getting close to the event.

RESOURCES YOU MAY ENJOY
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                  Green Home Tours                  
  Cheap & Efficient Mass Heaters -  
     Masonry, Bell & Rocket Stoves    
Saturday, April 5, 10am to 5 pm
It doesn't cost a fortune to set up a heating system in your home that will luxuriantly warm you twice from a small amount of wood - in fact, you can build many of these for FREE out of reclaimed materials and natural elements right under your feet!  Add to that the fact that it's virtually impossible to have a house fire from one of these style of stoves, and you will be impressed! 

These are "DIY" projects (including water heating, too!) that are fun and well worth a few days work to have one in your home, business, or greenhouse.  Some estimates claim that you can burn as much as 90% less wood - for the same heating factor or better, since it's radiating into your home all day, not just when the stove is going!  Think about how much less tree felling, splitting, stacking, and hauling that means for the average woodstove user - even if it's only 50% less, that is significant!

Join us for a tour of homes using lo- and hi-tech mass heaters and the lovely homes that insulate them in the St. Lawrence River Valley (Canton/Potsdam area), coordinated by the Local Living Venture.  Several sites will be toured - sign up now for notice of more details as they develop!  LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com




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