What I Did This Weekend - In Pictures!

Gramaisc

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Well, that was less than 100% successful. There is far more 'debris' in it than there initially appeared to be. It will need some filtration before a reasonable substance is produced. I melted about 15-20% of the load and produced enough to fill a large tin can with a bit of string in the centre - as an emergency candle.

Some small lumps thrown into the fire demonstrated just how flammable it is - there may even be some use as firelighters, too.

I may experiment further...
 

littleme

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Well, that was less than 100% successful. There is far more 'debris' in it than there initially appeared to be. It will need some filtration before a reasonable substance is produced. I melted about 15-20% of the load and produced enough to fill a large tin can with a bit of string in the centre - as an emergency candle.

Some small lumps thrown into the fire demonstrated just how flammable it is - there may even be some use as firelighters, too.

I may experiment further...
I wasnt aware you could do anything with the comb, I should have kept the teeny bit the beekeeper gave me when he rescued our swarm!
 

Gramaisc

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With a return to the Land of the Living beginning to look possible, I have done a small amount of reorganising in the Shed.

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I can now sit next to the fire and be toasted.

In the original layout, the seat was about in front of where the cooker is now. This was handy enough, but apart from being in the way now, if it was still there, the new location gives you the benefit of considerably more radiation from the side of the stove and it makes it easy to open the door for a quick check of the fuel situation.

The seat is currently raised on a 'plinth', I may drop that onto the floor again, subject to test results over the next few days.
 

Bob

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Hubby refused to indulge me in buying more seeds until I’d sorted through the pile I’d already got. Which as it happens was quite a lot more than I’d realised! 😳

And the photograph organiser I picked up for just this purpose is my new favourite random purchase! 🥬🫑🍆🥒🥔🌱🌶🌽🥕🥦🍅🧅🧄
 

Gramaisc

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Since I plumbed in the Shed cooker 'properly', I haven't been using the gas poker to start the fire. I will get around to extending the gas network for that at some point, but it's not high on the list.

One thing that I am conscious of is that the material of the hose to the poker could suffer, should it contact the hot stove surface. Of course, it should only be used when the stove is cold, but there's always a risk of inadvertent damage at some point. There are various agricultural suppliers here and I have seen long springs on offer a few times, that could provide a practical cover. Yesterday, I popped into one that often has really odd and useful stuff. And, lo, there was exactly the right thing!

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I just needed to grind the rings off the ends and thread the hose through.

That will hold the rubber pipe off the hot surface, with a small air-space - if it does the job just once, then I will have got the €4 back.
 

staffordjas

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Managed to keep my jumper intact...


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The one standing had just been enjoying having his head stroked , when a more interesting bird flew past and through a nesthole in the wall. Never seen a cow move so fast, it was like a playful puppy as it galloped across the enclosure to chase it!

Said hello to the BIG cows from a few yards away , with the excuse it was a bit too muddy closer up.....

Had a great time on the farm to round off my birthday. :)
 

Glam

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View attachment 11870Managed to keep my jumper intact...
View attachment 11871The one standing had just been enjoying having his head stroked , when a more interesting bird flew past and through a nesthole in the wall. Never seen a cow move so fast,it was like a playful puppy as it galloped across the enclosure to chase it!

Said hello to the BIG cows from a few yards away , with the excuse it was a bit too muddy closer up.....

Had a great time on the farm to round off my birthday. :)
I'll have to take you to the farm where my sister lives. They normally have 2 barns full of calves.
 

Gramaisc

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Since I plumbed in the Shed cooker 'properly', I haven't been using the gas poker to start the fire. I will get around to extending the gas network for that at some point, but it's not high on the list.

One thing that I am conscious of is that the material of the hose to the poker could suffer, should it contact the hot stove surface. Of course, it should only be used when the stove is cold, but there's always a risk of inadvertent damage at some point. There are various agricultural suppliers here and I have seen long springs on offer a few times, that could provide a practical cover. Yesterday, I popped into one that often has really odd and useful stuff. And, lo, there was exactly the right thing!

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I just needed to grind the rings off the ends and thread the hose through.

That will hold the rubber pipe off the hot surface, with a small air-space - if it does the job just once, then I will have got the €4 back.
Eager to try the new slinky gas poker, but with the built-in pipe-work still some time off into the future, I rigged it up to run off a Campingaz 907 cylinder that I keep in reserve for the apocalypse.

I let it burn until I could hear wood 'cracking' - about 90 seconds.

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This gave it a reasonable start.

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Five minutes with the door cracked open and it was well away.

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There is another advantage to this sort of start - there is an initial pulse of heat up the flue, and it is largely smokeless. A 'traditional' start sometimes gets the odd smoky blow-back on a windy morning, until the flue is warm enough to overcome that tendency.
 

staffordjas

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Eager to try the new slinky gas poker, but with the built-in pipe-work still some time off into the future, I rigged it up to run off a Campingaz 907 cylinder that I keep in reserve for the apocalypse.

I let it burn until I could hear wood 'cracking' - about 90 seconds.

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This gave it a reasonable start.

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Five minutes with the door cracked open and it was well away.

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There is another advantage to this sort of start - there is an initial pulse of heat up the flue, and it is largely smokeless. A 'traditional' start sometimes gets the odd smoky blow-back on a windy morning, until the flue is warm enough to overcome that tendency.
I remember my gran having one of those pokers.
 
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