ari gold

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I use wood ash to cover anything stinky: sometimes our own kitchen buckets that have sit for a while or sometimes the bucket I (used to) get from the local bakery.

It pretty much kills the smell on contact
1 year ago
A few years back I did the full research cycle on steel toed slip on boots and while I don't remember my reasoning, I wound up getting the Georgia Giant High Romeo and I don't think I could be much happier.

I forget what I paid for 'em at Coastal Farm & Ranch.. they have a model GR274 listed for like $70 which look the same.

Slip on work boots are aaaaawesome! Good on ya!

Ari

PS. I'm thinking I was looking for the best sourcing I could -- materials and crafting -- and probably gave up as they're mostly mass produced now-a-days. Hmm.
1 year ago
Wow, thanks Ian!

Ultimately it's about doing what helps the scythe deposit the cut grass in a windrow to your left and setting yourself up to mow with the least amount of effort.



That's a fantastic way to put it.

Indeed, horizontally to the right ain't great but what with our 1/3 of an acre on a pretty darn hilly spot (southern Willamette valley, Cascadian foothills), it's sometimes useful. Still, I'ma keep that whole windrow bit in mind. I wonder if I can't make things even easier..

Glad I gumptioned up and asked

Grazie!

1 year ago
Hello hello, fantastic people!

Today's dailyish email got me thinkin': what are y'alls tips for scything on a hill?

Most videos and demonstrations are on perfectly flat land, but quite a bit of my scythin' is pretty darn hilly.

After 6 or so years I'm getting the hang of it but I thought I'd check in.. 'curious about other techniques.

I suppose hill scything becomes <i>even more</i> of a full body exercise. I switch between walking directly uphill and walking in either direction across the hill, which implies either scything uphill or downhill. I rarely walk straight downhill. Since the hills all have different slopes, it's really all about paying attention to the body.

I'm kinda guessing here, but I was thinking that maaaaybe a short blade could help. Do y'all use different blades for different landscapes? I'm aware of brush blade, but maybe a shorter blade could be useful for hills?

Well, y'all are the tops! Enjoy the winter

Ari
1 year ago
Maybe a better way to ask the question would have been: How long can prunings be for use in a rocket mass heater?

To answer some of your points, there a difference between a fire that right's next to you (say by my work desk while I'm working) and a fire that's not close by. For example, when I'm in the room I keep the glass doors open on our fireplace (but the mesh curtain closed). When I step away for a little while, I shut the glass doors, just to be extra safe.

We can't have anything dangerous. But there's still the question of saving time cutting wood by not making the fuel too short.

Lil side question: one shouldn't use wood with bark on it in a RMH? What with the temperatures, I'da thought it'd be ok.

Thanks,

Ari
2 years ago
Ah, right.. shoulda mentioned it. Just assumed..

They're about six to eight feet long. Very dry (few years). About one to three inches in diameter.

In terms of what they are, there's a range: hazelnut, apple, fig, mountain laurel, kiwi, holly, mimosa, some douglas fir branches...

Thanks!

Ari
2 years ago