Nathan King

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Heres a picture of the tank
4 years ago
Thank you for the advice, but unfortunately the whole top is missing. Its one of the older, galvanized steel tanks that look kind of like a grain silo. Its like a 7 or 8 foot opening. It doesn't look like it was cut off with a plasma cutter fortunately. There;s a circular frame at the top in which you could probably fit a metal sheet into or a new, proper cap. Ill upload a picture when I get a chance.
4 years ago
Someone talked me into buying a steel tank with him. I told him to look at it for rust. He said it looked alright, and when I finally saw it it not only had some rust on it (not enough to seriously compromise its integrity) but no lid. I can't return it now, and I have no idea how to put a lid on it, and it cost 600 dollars. I've never heard of such a thing. Its missing the cone shaped top to it. Am I screwed, or is there a way of making this usable?
4 years ago
You know, back in my days, they used willow tree bark capsules for contraception. The gals put it between their knees, and it wasn't that costly. yuk yuk yuk... Oh gee golly, me my me! ...what a chuckle!
7 years ago
I saw a documentary where the US army was fighting the Indians in the southwest, and they ate some sort of succulent or cacti concoction that helped their bodies more efficiently retain water. They, as a result had to carry less supplies for rehydration, where the US soldiers had to carry 10 gallons or so of water with them a day. I think it may have been made out of prickly pair pulp or barrel cactus pulp, but I'm not sure.
7 years ago
I've been researching trees I want to import to the property I'm trying to develop but just had an idea to just help what's already there. There's Sonoran Scrub Oaks all over the place on the hill. They're these really gnarly looking bushes with spiny leaves, but they're very very important to all the fauna and flora in my area. A lot of quail and scrub jays live in them, and a lot of smaller plants depend on them for shade and mulch. I read that they produce acorns when there's enough moisture, which I've never really seen. I'm guessing most the reproduction has been through asexual through the rhizomes.

What's scaring me is a lot of them look really dried out right now. They all look diseased, and I've seen it in scrub oaks as far as 25 miles away from where I'm at.

Anyway, is there a way I could mulch my native bushes to get them more water? The property was overgrazed by ranching for about 100 years, so the soil is very eroded and compacted, even where the scrub oaks reside. Is there a good guide that could explain how to go about mulching the established shrubs with fruition pits or something to make the ground more permeable around them so they can get more water? If I make what's already there more lush, it could potentially attract more birds to eat insects around the garden and to fertilize the property. I'm thinking, during the right season, I could eat some of the quail too. Strengthened thickets will make it easier for them to hide from coyotes too so that their population remains higher for me to use some of them as a food source.

An increase in acorn production from the scrub oaks could also be a potential food staple for me and the local birds and squirrels as well. I read somewhere you have to prep them a certain way for them to be non-toxic though. I'll have to look into it.
7 years ago
If someone could help me with more windbreak tree ideas, it would be very helpful.

The wind can get as high as 60 mph. The low normally gets down to 20 degrees F in the winter. One time it got to 0, but that was rare. The temp can get as high as 100. There's a large slope on the side of the property where most of the wind comes in from. The soil is mostly clay, and its very arid. Rainfall averages 1.5 inches in a year.

I'm considering Acacia, but it seems kind of skinny. I'm looking into Italian Cypress, but I'm afraid it might require too much water.

Another problem is high alkalinity in my soil.
7 years ago
Monsanto's CEO's are all overgrown children that never learned how to share anything.
7 years ago

Abe Connally wrote:yeah, if you don't have to transport it (3Kpsi tanks are heavy), it is great.

I go through a 5 gallon propane tank in about 3-4 months for cooking. That is about 1.5 gallons of propane a month. Propane is about 92,000 btu for a gallon, so that 1.5 gallons is about 138Kbtu per month. That's about 4600 btu per day.

So, to switch over from propane, I'll need 4600 btu a day of methane (600 btu/ft3), so about 7.66 ft3, or 8ft3 per day. That's only 32 lbs of manure a day. I've measured pigs at around 8-12lbs a day, so 3 pigs, plus a bit of humanure and whatever else, and you should be well covered.

With that 8 ft3 a day, I don't need pressure tanks or anything. Just need an air-tight bag that can hold about 60 gallons, and run a hose to the house.



That doesn't sound too difficult at all, and thanks for the info. I just have to get some animals. I'd probably develop a scheme or a container that makes it easier to transfer any remaining sewage sludge into the thermophylic compost bin.
7 years ago
I rand the whole concept of producer gas by my friend, who deals in scrap metal. He's very interested in permaculture and getting off the grid. I ran it past him as a means of producing electricity, then he got the idea of maximizing efficiency. he wants to use some of the current from the alternator to produce HHO gas that would be fed back into the engine and use the heat from the hopper to warm a house.

The latter idea sounded terrific. Is there any way to sync some of the heat from the fuel barrel into a house. I was thinking, maybe you could somehow weld some piping and a radiator to the unit and install it inside a house to transfer the heat. Is this a good idea or bad idea? Has this been done before?
7 years ago