Bryant RedHawk wrote:
Travis Halverson wrote:Interesting about your sawmill. What do you use now?
I don't log my temps like maybe I should. I recall achieving and sustaining 155F during non-winter season. I've yet to keep a pile active past January during winter (upper midwest, USA).
So far, I've only spread year one compost around some 3 yr old fruit trees.
Do you use yours in garden beds? I did add some to a bed of garlic last fall. Not sprouted yet.
155 is proper temp for humanure in the hot cycle, it's for pathogen kill off. When we were doing this method I had the human heap and that was then transferred to a "standard" heap for a 3 month cycle through, this reduced the amount of N in the finished compost.
I now own a chipper, I needed one for all the tree removal I was doing, it handles the finger sized twigs I can't use for wattle fencing or fires in the smoker.
I am working on a new experimental pathogen killing setup for septic tanks, this is in the second year of trials and after some adjusting of the biome in the tank things are looking great for use as a sub soil level nutrient system for vegetable growing.
Actually history is littered evenly with corpses of good productive and ingenious people as well as the lazy ones and all those in between, a fact that continually annoys me.
Tim Bermaw wrote:History is littered with the corpses of those that thought themselves 'irreplacable'.
Travis Johnson wrote:
The next strategy is to never change the oil. There really is not any need too. Upon every start up, I always check the fluids so they are always topped off with fresh oil when they start getting low, and I change the filters. The filter change is where the impurities get taken out.
People have scoffed and said this is stupid, but is it? I run my cars and trucks for 250,000 miles! That is 84 oil changes I saved, over 105 gallons of oil, and $1700 in oil change costs...PER VEHICLE. Now total that up by the number of machines I have. Again, the railroad turned me on to this, and it really makes sense fiscally and envionmentally speaking. Changing oil is one of those things from a by gone era when engines were inferior and made out of inferior metals. Today it just is not needed.