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by Danux
Thu Feb 15, 2018 12:54 am
Forum: General Canadian Discussions
Topic: alcohol for fuel?
Replies: 12
Views: 559
Canada

Re: alcohol for fuel?

Well, when I think about burning alcohol as a fuel, I am thinking that there is no gasoline to be traded for, I guess, or fuel is restricted to those who are allowed to have it, that kinda thing. I think the highest concentration you can distill, is something like 95%, and if you process it further ...
by Danux
Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: General Canadian Discussions
Topic: Back-up Generators
Replies: 7
Views: 327
Canada

Re: Back-up Generators

Welding takes less power than I thought. When I read "100-200 amps, I had always thought that was at 220V or something LOL. So weld in the daytime, when the batteries are topped up and the sun is shining. A welder is not such a big deal any more, so long as I can wait for the sunshine. Thanks. .
by Danux
Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: General Canadian Discussions
Topic: Back-up Generators
Replies: 7
Views: 327
Canada

Re: Back-up Generators

Excellent info Peppercorn, thanks. I never really thought about fuel consumption, my thought was to plumb it into the main propane feed for the times I would use it, maybe mount it on a skid so I can make it mobile, if necessary. I don't know much about welding, but it seems like a skill I'd like to...
by Danux
Wed Feb 14, 2018 3:18 am
Forum: General Canadian Discussions
Topic: Back-up Generators
Replies: 7
Views: 327
Canada

Re: Back-up Generators

I've also been weighing in on backup generators, for a while. I am a big Honda proponent, and I wanted to fuel with propane, so the only thing I could find was made by Winco. Not inexpensive, but it qualified for my checklist. As I weighed the decision to commit to the purchase, I got to wondering a...
by Danux
Wed Feb 14, 2018 3:09 am
Forum: General Canadian Discussions
Topic: alcohol for fuel?
Replies: 12
Views: 559
Canada

Re: alcohol for fuel?

Sorry for the necro-post, but the topic has been on my mind lately, and it came up in my search... What are thoughts on having a small engine, built to run on alcohol? Most of what I've encountered online is in the context of power a vehicle with alcohol, e85 to e100, but I've been thinking more in ...
by Danux
Mon Feb 12, 2018 6:21 am
Forum: General Preparedness
Topic: Best Kit for harvesting wood
Replies: 6
Views: 237
Canada

Re: Best Kit for harvesting wood

The only time I use an axe or hatchet is to split. My bow saw is always my first cutting tool. I've only ever purchased cheapo Cantire bows, they seem to work. That ripping blade makes short work of all but the thickest pieces of wood. When I do swing an axe, it's an Estwing 26", but then, I ha...
by Danux
Mon Feb 12, 2018 5:59 am
Forum: General Preparedness
Topic: What are your alternative light sources?
Replies: 6
Views: 123
Canada

Re: What are your alternative light sources?

Apart from what has already been mentioned, I have a couple of "Joi" lights, made by Camframo. It is truly amazing how much more light you get from a tea candle, with these, as opposed to just the light of a tea candle on its own. Really, way more than you expect. https://www.caframolifest...
by Danux
Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Cooking on a hot woodstove without metal?
Replies: 14
Views: 186
Canada

Re: Cooking on a hot woodstove without metal?

Heard back from Lagonstina, recently. They have a couple of "clay" pots for sale at Canadian Tire, they have informed me that they are suitable to be placed on a hot wood stove surface without succumbing to thermal shock, as well. http://www.lagostina.ca/html/productDetail.asp?idpro=531 .
by Danux
Sun Feb 04, 2018 2:55 am
Forum: General Preparedness
Topic: alternate backup winter heating
Replies: 51
Views: 4815
Canada

Re: alternate backup winter heating

I bought and installed a vented propane heater in my remote shack, last autumn, seems to work well. I got mine through Amazon, sold by the company "Martin" but looks like it's manufactured by "Bismar". The "MDV"-series stuff: http://www.bismar.com/en/produits.php?cat_id...
by Danux
Fri Jan 26, 2018 5:10 am
Forum: Gardening and agriculture
Topic: Trees from seed
Replies: 6
Views: 331
Canada

Re: Trees from seed

That could be. I don't recall the percentage of seeds that failed, but 100% failure tells me the seeds hadn't developed, possibly. They should be nice and plump. I can't remember off the top of my head, but I believe I washed them in rainwater and dried them on a towel, before putting them in the fr...

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