Mike Jay wrote:Hmm, that's more cement than I was imagining in make-believe. But a 93# bag of Type 1 Portland cement here is $10.50 with delivery for $60 so it wouldn't be too bad. And I'm sure I could find a tiller to borrow if I tried a bit.
Would that be an earthcrete floor that's good enough to drive on (ie overkill for my needs)?
Mike Jay wrote:Gotcha, I was just going to spread it around in the sugar shack (dry sandy soil) and rake it in a couple inches. I don't have a tiller. Then water it down, tamp it a bit and get it sort of level. Good point on the non-premixed cement, I might have messed that up... Thanks!
Mike Jay wrote:Travis, what's the appropriate amount of cement for a given area of floor? I'm thinking of doing that for a sugar shack which will only have foot and wheelbarrow traffic. I was going to use 5-10 bags for a 14'x42' room but I have no idea if I'm even in the right ballpark.
Michael Cox wrote:I think those small vortexes are usually used for processing concentrates - that is, the material that is left behind after you have run buckets and buckets of stuff through a sluice.
I haven't used them, but I like the look of the sluices because they are portable to your location, let you process a lot of material on site and don't need any power. You might run the sluice for an hour in the stream, working your alluvial deposits. Then dump the concentrates in a bucket and either pan them by hand or take them home and use a your vortex pot.
From what I have seen of your previous posts you certainly have the skill to knock together a simple sluice.
Chris Kott wrote:What about pelletisation and drying? It could still be fed to livestock, but could also be burned in a pellet stove. Either way, pelletisation would let you store it longer, and might also make it more palatable to pigs and chooks.
I think that there are some scenarios where generating biogas could be more economically viable than trucking in propane or hooking up to natural gas, where applicable, but it would never be my first choice when talking about feedstock that can literally feed stock. Nor would pelletisation and burning, for that matter.
So maybe rendering it shelf-stable would be a good idea.