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Making your own oil press.

 
greenhorn
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This is a neat article on hulling and pressing sunflower seeds yourself. I'd like to be able to do this one day (or have a neighbour who does it  )

http://journeytoforever.org/biofuel_library/oilpress.html
 
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I hope to make black walnut oil. I'll keep you posted on how it goes this fall.
Also want to make luceanea oil down south.
Both of these are supper abundant where they grow and there is no need to plant anything.
 
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i think the winnow box is far cooler than the oil press. with the damper in the back so you can adjust the flow of air you can do all kinds of seeds and grains.
 
                    
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Cool link.

Interesting note on sunflowers (hopefully its not in the link i only read the beginning, so far.)

I never realized until reading Euell Gibbons Stalking the Wild Asparagus that the big variety is not 'sustainable'. I use the word loosely to mean that in a wild setting large sunflower seeds are nearly 100% consumed which results in the sunflower taking a trip back to tiny seeds.
 
                    
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the oil press seems a little difficult, however it does look suspiciously like this thing i found in my woods yesterday!!
 
                    
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"We're talking then about a sunflower patch with two kinds of plants -- confectionary such as MAMMOTH RUSSIAN and oilseed such as PEREDOVIK. The oilseed plants should be grown 12 inches apart in rows two feet apart. Four average confectionary heads yield about a pound of unhulled seed. You'll need about 35 pounds of unhulled seed, or 140 plants-worth, to yield 20 pounds of hulled kernels, about what a family of four will use in a year. That many plants can be grown in an area 26-by-10 feet. That's 260 square feet. Put that together with the 2,240 square feet for the oilseed sunflowers, and you need a patch about 2,500 square feet -- 25 100-foot rows -- to keep yourself supplied year-round with super nutrition and unsurpassable taste."

This is a main topic of the book "one circle". A glaring example of how much space we use for our tastes. Growing oil like this while still not as bad as growing cattle, uses an awful lot of space for very little nutritional value.

Thanks for the link. sorry for the multiple posts :p
 
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