thomasf fraser

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My BFS larva population is doing extremely well on rabbit poop, I have had no problem with house flies. I think that they would eat goat pooh as well. For the time being I just fill a saucer ( gold pan works well) directly from the compost pile to feed the chickens. No elaborate bucket or self harvester here.
8 years ago
I have given some thought to a similiar idea. After seeing pressure treated wood rot after 3 years in a subgrade sandbox I would question any woods ability to survive packed in sand. Initially I thought the sand held moisture against the wood but the dryness leads me to believe that the sand dried the wood out. I think a 5 gallon bucket set with the lip above the grade and the bottom below the frost line is a good starting point for a post foundation. What about filling the bucket with 57 stone? I also gave some thought to putting a hose in the bottom of the bucket so that i could siphon out any water that collected. It may be easier to just a hole, pour concrete and set post on a post base anchored in the concrete. but a 5gallon bucket foundation certainly sounds awesome.
8 years ago
Somehow my old post has become thomas hatfield.. been away awhile. so some progress.

sealed everything from the outside with food grade silicone. Using batten board allowed me to seal the edge of the batten, so the stuff is 1" away from the inside. Also in similiar thinking once everything was caulked from the outside I painted regular exterior paint. Walmart had dark green oops paint for $7.50. The inside is still rough sawn wood. I thing the thickness of the wood will keep any nasty gases or chemicals on the outside. The positive internal pressure created by the heat/smoke should help also. Shingled it with "soda" can shingles I cut awhile back. Its slow going because I got TOO much going on. Maybe another month or so. The thing is supper heavy and though the wheels work fine I think bigger is better. The pivot was very difficult and time consuming to make, if adjusting the panel by month makes a huge difference it may be worth it. If not it was just an exercise in complex cutting,fitting and problem solving. I will try to get some pics up then its nicer outside.
8 years ago