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Big Wooly Mess: Our Adventures in Washing Wool for Insulation

We had high hopes of washing our own wool to use as insulation in our tiny house.  Wool insulation is extremely functional and has a low environmental impact.  Furthermore, we live on a sheep farm and have access to hundreds of pounds of fresh-sheared wool.  It seemed like another serendipitous match made in sheepy heaven.

After much research into wool-washers and wool-washing, we determined that:

1.  Getting the wool washed for us would be prohibitively expensive.

2.  Washing the wool ourselves would be… well, if not easy, then certainly do-able, and for a few hours (or days) of work, we’d end up with hundreds of pounds of fresh, fluffy, clean fleece ready to stuff into our walls and keep our house warm and cozy.

We bought some old cooking pots and re-built a fire pit… and, let’s just say we are re-thinking both 1 and 2.  Please do watch our video here on the… very interesting attempt to wash wool and help us laugh together at our first big tiny house mess. 

Joseph and our friend Devin building the fire pit for heating water to wash the wool... back when we were still optimistic about the process!
Joseph and our friend Devin building the fire pit for heating water to wash the wool… back when we were still optimistic about the process!