Posted by sno on October 16, 2008, 2:33 pm
Morris Dovey wrote:
Already done, is called bamboo....
Posted by z on October 16, 2008, 12:38 am
Yeah I have a four wheeler with a big heavy cart I use to get into those
Today was great. I'm basically done with the big stuff and now its port
orford ceder time -- I cut it last so its stacked last for kindling.
It splits soo easy and smells so good. There are trees down that were left
probably 50 years ago when it was worth nothing to the loggers. They'd
just drop it to get it out of the way.. after all this time its only got
about 2 inches of rott on the outside and the rest is sound. We're talking
3-4 foot round. Each year I just cut about 2 or 3 rounds off this one easy
chunk and that starts my fires all year.
When I was a kid me and my dad hauled a bunch of that stuff out and cut
boat lumber out of it.. man its nice.
I wonder if you could rig a boom .. maybe to a slightly larger tractor..
that way you could just winch up each chunk like you do now, but have the
whole operation mobile. When me and my dad were taking out those white
ceder we had an old korean war era tank puller 6x6 with a boom. Just a
Back to the subject of hippy gas and chainsaws, my old 034 has gotten used
to it and is running pretty good. However, my logger buddies have figured
out that if you're not going to use the saw for a few weeks (or longer) you
should run the saw dry .. like dump the gas and run the saw till no gas is
left in the carb so that corn crapola doesn't sit in there and degrade.
Just a tip from the guys who run saws for a living .. figured I'd do that
as they generally know what they're doing chainsaw wise.
Posted by Vaughn Simon on October 16, 2008, 12:22 pm
Yep, diabetes has crept up on both me and my wife in our dotage, so we have
had to change the mix of our stored food away from carbohydrates. Now we have a
lot more canned meats.
We store a few flats of bottled water, and several empty one gallon jugs.
Usually, you either have notice of a coming water problem, or it is not that
hard to find potable water to lug home. (in our case the "notice" is usually an
Someday, I am going to have a sprinkler well installed. When I do, it will
also have a pitcher pump connected so that we can always be sure of water for
flushing and washing. I did that at the last house that we owned and it saved
our bacon more than once. It makes a nice lawn ornament too!
Yep, we did that. We have a 4 KW Onan connected to the natural gas system
with propane tanks for backup. People don't bother because of the perception
that hooking up to natural gas is "hard", but you can get commercial conversion
kits for most any generator.
Posted by Ulysses on October 16, 2008, 5:42 pm
What's a sprinkler well? A small diameter well just for watering the lawn?
Do they have a small electric pump? I've looked all over for for a small
pump for backup that would fit alongside my well pipe and would run from 12
VDC or 120 VAC. Be careful when buying a hand pump as many (from China) are
not fit for drinking water usage.
When everyone's pipes froze a couple of winters ago I filled my bathtub (big
oval tub) in the afternoon when the water was flowing. I connected an RV 12
volt pump to the cold water side of my bathroom sink and pumped the water in
where it is supposed to come out. We had running water when nobody else
did. Now I have a gravity feed water system which I think (hope) is
freeze-proof. I won't know for sure 'til it gets really cold. Meanwhile the
pump is still under the sink ;-)
Posted by news on October 16, 2008, 5:49 pm
On Thu, 16 Oct 2008 10:42:11 -0700, "Ulysses"
You can still buy safe hand pumps - http://www.lehmans.com - and all
the other non-electric stuff you might want for times when commercial
power is out: oil lamps (basic to 400 watt equivalent), wood heat/cook
stoves, gasoline powered wringer washer, lots more. Request their
catalog and see how many things you "really, really need" ;-)