Homestead General Store manager John demonstrates the use of an Eco-Zoom Biomass Rocket Stove burning sticks and pine cones at the 2012 Mother Earth News Fair in Seven Springs, PA.
Transcript: We’re doing a little demo with an Eco-Zoom stove. What’s happening here is we’re using small amounts of wood and pine cones, starting a fire, creating a draft which sucks the air in, pushing the hot air out the top. We’ve got water here, almost boiling, and that’s it: the whole goal is the least amount of fuel producing the most amount of heat.
The week after the Expo in North Carolina we attended the Mother Earth News Fair at Seven Springs, PA. That was also a wonderful show and we’re hoping to return next year.
On the way to Seven Springs we picked up a number of excellent new non-electric and hand-powered items for the farm and homestead, including the Little Dutch Maid hand-cranked mixer (made from the excellent Bosch kitchen mixer), butane-powered Sad Irons , laundry carts and more. We sold a whole lot of double-washtub washer ringers, Hoss wheel hoes and Berkey Water filters. A big thanks to everyone invovled!
Here’s a few pictures of this memorable event (we hope to post some video as well, so check back soon):
The expo in Dallas TX was so successful we were able to attend the next one in Hickory, North Carolina in September. We nearly sold out! Some notable items included Marugg Scythes, Sun Ovens, the difficult to obtain Spear & Jackson Spades and Forks and a bumper crop of Eco-Zoom Rocket Stoves. We had a new Roller/Flaker made by GrainMaker (make-your-own oatmeal!) and their all-new grain grinder model #35 (which came out after our new catalog was published). We sold out on all the large grain mills, including the Country Living Mill.
Here’s a few pictures from that show (click an image to view it full size):
For the first time we took the store on the road when we attended the Self-Reliance Expo in Arlington, TX this July 27th and 28th. We were very pleased with the results: we got to meet a lot of great people and we sold a whole lot more than we were expecting! Some of the items we had in the booth were new Aladdin oil lamps, WaterBrick storage containers and samples of our all-new “Texas Natural Feeds” brand of non-GMO, non-soy natural poultry feeds. We also gave out copies of our first ever printed catalog!
Thanks to all who attended and made it a great show for us.