Message from dmac100 in Cascade Front #homesteading-general


2017-09-22 00:21:57 UTC  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLgvtTQPJTY
most of these points can be applied to goats as well.

2017-09-22 00:27:37 UTC  

their wool

2017-09-22 00:27:38 UTC  

would be nice

2017-09-22 00:28:16 UTC  

yeah, I don't think cotton would be possible in the PNW

2017-09-22 00:30:33 UTC  

And again, wool harvesting and processing is women-friendly work, which is a plus in the long run

2017-09-22 00:31:24 UTC  

Wool if marketed correctly can be sold to people for crafts.

2017-09-22 00:32:34 UTC  

Excellent. We could even make them into crafts ourselves to sell.

2017-09-22 00:32:47 UTC  

Set up weaver shops and what not for the women

2017-09-22 00:32:49 UTC  

could wool possibly be used as natural insulators

2017-09-22 00:32:51 UTC  

for homes?

2017-09-22 00:33:05 UTC  

no, moths eat wool.

2017-09-22 00:33:09 UTC  

if you like fire, i guess

2017-09-22 00:33:58 UTC  

Wool doesn't burn.

2017-09-22 00:34:14 UTC  

Doesn't it rot though?

2017-09-22 00:34:23 UTC  

they also make a fattier milk. This is great for making cheeses.

2017-09-22 00:34:38 UTC  

I've been lied to by my home ec teacher from middle school then

2017-09-22 00:34:40 UTC  

I watched a guy drunkenly fall into a fire before, the only reason he didn't go the ER is because he had a wool jacket on it and it saved his skin. Literally.

2017-09-22 00:35:14 UTC  

Wool is good for fabrics, crafts, etc. It's also naturally more waterproof than many other fabrics, and is flame-resistant.

2017-09-22 00:35:38 UTC  

It'd be good for making water filters

2017-09-22 00:35:39 UTC  

I shouldn't say "Doesn't burn" as pretty much anything will burn, but wool is a protein fiber according to google, which makes it burn very slowly.

2017-09-22 00:36:11 UTC  

@K_Wagner Wool has lanolin that makes it waterproof. the reason wool clothes get wet is because we remove it when we clean wool.

2017-09-22 00:36:12 UTC  

And like Nix said, wool doesn't absorb water like cotton or other materials.

2017-09-22 00:36:15 UTC  

Wool isn't cheap to make. Using it for insulation isn't the first place you want to put it.

2017-09-22 00:36:26 UTC  

There's a reason almost every army in the world at one time issued Wool jackets to their soldiers.

2017-09-22 00:36:52 UTC  

@MKUltra agreed, it's still better used for clothing than insulation

2017-09-22 00:36:53 UTC  

Flame resistant. And no, water filters are better with sand and charcoal. Wool is much better in socks and heavy costs, especially in PNW.

2017-09-22 00:37:05 UTC  

^

2017-09-22 00:37:17 UTC  

coats* stupid autocorrect

2017-09-22 00:37:26 UTC  

Straw would make a better insulator, though you need to change it from time to time to avoid mildew.

2017-09-22 00:37:29 UTC  

Like thatch roofs.

2017-09-22 00:38:06 UTC  

Honestly, snow is its own insulator.

2017-09-22 00:39:10 UTC  

Not to mention the houses should be sturdy to begin with. If you absolutely must have insulation, straw or pine needles work, or shredded bark.

2017-09-22 00:39:43 UTC  

Really though, the best insulation is a well-made house. At least as far as I understand.

2017-09-22 00:39:53 UTC  

the really nice thing about sheep and goats is that it's easy to downsize is feeding them becomes a problem. You can kill a few and still have herd. the same can't be said for cows.

2017-09-22 00:40:42 UTC  

*if

2017-09-22 00:41:32 UTC  

Well, the house itself acts as a barrier from the ice and snow. Thick walls make it harder for the outside cold to get in. Insulation helps actually keep the heat in, better insulation, less wood or propane you have to burn to heat the house.

2017-09-22 00:42:07 UTC  

@dmac100 agreed, and you can raise many more sheep and goats per acre than cows.

2017-09-22 00:42:20 UTC  

For starters, animals smaller than bovine would be a good idea.

2017-09-22 00:43:13 UTC  

@Mitere the first few "houses" will be log cabins, so mud in between the logs will probably be our insulation.

2017-09-22 00:43:46 UTC  

That will increase rot and pests.

2017-09-22 00:43:56 UTC  

Pitch could be used.