Wyatt Barnes

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Compost everything in the humanure pile a la Joe Jenkins. Nothing has bothered mine in 4 years and I add any bones, scraps fat or rodents that the household produces.
2 days ago
I try to do my part, today I killed134 deer flies. I dont count one unless I see a dead body. About 120 of these were killed in my truck cab in two go's. They follow me in to the cab, I roll up the drivers window and don't stop killing until it is just me in there. Not very practical but if you have ever tried to work around them using both hands you will know how satisfying it is to me.
1 week ago
Hmmmm elephant. A long journey starts with a single step and lots of farming tasks are repetative over periods of time to compensate for undersized equipment and workforces.
2 months ago
I have wondered about a grid of pipes just under the driveway surface to carry water from a submerged tank pushed by a small sump pump. The tank would need to be below frost and the pipes would have to be self draining. Ground temps are 45 to 50 F so circulating that temp under the driveway would thaw snow...eventually. What I don't know is how big the tank would need to be to absorb that much cold without freezing and have enough surface area to shed it before the next use. Or maybe like a ground source heat pump there would need to be deep buried pipes to spread the cold out.
5 months ago
Insulating your arch would save fuel, but for speed you either need to increase pan area or increase burn temps. Without a lot of work or money pan size area is the way to go, longer arch, more pans and only have the fire at the front with a limited amount of depth below the back pans so the smoke/heat has to rise and contact the pan surface instead of sneaking by to the chimney. I would avoid a water heater for boiling for toxicity sake. Saving time however can mean just not being there when it is boiling. On my setup I use deep pans and a large firebox. I am rarely near my boil more than 15 minutes per loading. I fill my pans, fill my firebox and leave to repeat either hours later or the next day. This does not give me a good gallons per hour boiling rate overall but my rate for boiling per hour I am there is decent.  My ideal is at least two fires per day, the first heats everything up and removes some liquid, the second while everything is hot removes much more in the pans overall. My rig is remote to my house so this works best if I am doing some other chores nearby like cutting firewood. Fire, cut wood for a couple of hours, repeat. On a day where I can fire four times I boil off quite a bit and only spend about an hour doing it. My pans are homemade stainless steel, about 8 inches deep and the stove has a firebox that will hold a small wheelbarrow of wood.
1 year ago
Excellent news thanks for sharing. I too am a firm believer in making authorities quote the details for a decision, very often they have misinterpreted or misapplied a rule and cannot justify their initial reaction with facts. At other times they misspeak and should be saying " we don't want you to do this " instead of " you are not allowed to do this."
1 year ago
Sorry but I didn't understand the term " leftover roast ", I am not sure I have ever heard that said.
1 year ago
I use to climb hydro poles, which are easier to climb than trees, and I have pruned from the ground and from a ladder and my advice is use a long ladder tied off at shoulder height and then at the top first time up if you have to prune. Having been around dying and iffy trees though my preference is to drop the whole thing and even then many safety precautions are needed. Any chance you could trade off a personal skill for an foresters time? Technically you don't even need a forester, just a feller, and no that is not a typo.
1 year ago
I have never skinned a gopher but I did wonder if there was a market for their hide as well as consuming the meat and using the rest for compost. I expect they are similar to a weasel, mink, muskrat or other small fur bearer. My older friend who has done a lot of trapping/skinning use to refer to muskrats as the easiest money in the bush based on numbers and time required to process an animals fur for sale. I expect gophers would be in that category, fairly easy and not very time consuming. The Farm Show magazine had an article years ago about the developer of a gopher trap, easy to set and cheap to make. He removed 6000, yes that is a 6 with three zeroes, gophers from a 30ish acre field after they ruined a years crop. Most say that with a large infestation if you set dozens of traps you will hear the first ones triggering before the last are set. That would be good if you wanted to both eat the animal and harvest the hide.
1 year ago
All Jenkins system users can state categorically that we do not discharge sewage onto our property. We add compostables to our compost pile. Not even close to the same thing.
1 year ago