Non-Toxic, Soy-Based Lubricants

If you want a metaefficient lubriciant, a soy-based one is probably the best choice. We’re talking about the kind of lubricant you use on gears, valves and chains. SoyClean makes a lubricant with all natural ingredients, and it penetrates just as well as more toxic lubricants. When using it, there are no harmful fumes or vapors involved. If you oil …

Recycled Steel Fire Pit

Here’s another recycled creation from John T. Unger — it’s a fire pit made of 100% recycled steel, called the Great Bowl O’ Fire. The piece is a bit of a visual pun, because it is hand cut with a torch from decommissioned propane tanks! The heavy steel of the pit actually radiates heat like a wood stove. John also …

MetaEfficient: Hand-Crank Coffee Grinders

Grinding coffee by hand has a few advantages: it’s quiet, it yields a more uniform grind, and you can take them camping. You can find hand-cranked grinders at Amazon.

Solar Water Heating Simplified

Solar water heating works efficiently even in cloudy areas. Home Power Magazine recently ran an article that gives a simple overview of solar water heating systems (well, relatively simple). In the article, they examine various popular systems that have proven themselves reliable.