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Re: Machinery for a post collapse world
« Reply #195 on: July 07, 2018, 04:10:04 PM »
Fucking awesome. Beers all around.

Well done David, and thanks for sharing the process.
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Re: Machinery for a post collapse world
« Reply #196 on: July 07, 2018, 04:18:56 PM »
Fucking awesome. Beers all around.

Well done David, and thanks for sharing the process.
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« Reply #197 on: July 07, 2018, 06:19:01 PM »
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« Reply #198 on: September 10, 2018, 04:25:57 PM »
My lovely ladies have had a rough run of it this summer. We are down 1 laying bird to 4 and 5 of the 12 younger ones. I sold 5 to a neighbour as well. My males all got it so I got rid of the extra birds to reduce the winter work. In summer at least half their food is coming from foraging. Come winter between being cooped up and more calories for staying warm its not worth keeping them all. I decided to purchase a mobile electric fence kit. The idea is you can concentrate where they roam so they destroy everything in a small plot of grass instead of pick and choose only their favourite bits. The predator deterrence is a bonus. The beat up trailer has an almost rusted through frame so too weak for the road it was dirt cheap and still strong enough for my purposes. This plot will probably be part squash part strawberries next year.  I don't know if this is a good post collapse tech or not... The fence energizer is the fail point but  at its heart its a capacitor charge circuit and a timer trigger. The technology predates the Integrated circuit that runs it now so it should be possible to jury rig something. My grandfather used to have one with a rotating tiny motor that was the timer circuit and capacitors and resistors are as old as electronics...








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« Reply #199 on: September 10, 2018, 04:57:48 PM »
My lovely ladies have had a rough run of it this summer. We are down 1 laying bird to 4 and 5 of the 12 younger ones. I sold 5 to a neighbour as well. My males all got it so I got rid of the extra birds to reduce the winter work. In summer at least half their food is coming from foraging. Come winter between being cooped up and more calories for staying warm its not worth keeping them all. I decided to purchase a mobile electric fence kit. The idea is you can concentrate where they roam so they destroy everything in a small plot of grass instead of pick and choose only their favourite bits. The predator deterrence is a bonus. The beat up trailer has an almost rusted through frame so too weak for the road it was dirt cheap and still strong enough for my purposes. This plot will probably be part squash part strawberries next year.  I don't know if this is a good post collapse tech or not... The fence energizer is the fail point but  at its heart its a capacitor charge circuit and a timer trigger. The technology predates the Integrated circuit that runs it now so it should be possible to jury rig something. My grandfather used to have one with a rotating tiny motor that was the timer circuit and capacitors and resistors are as old as electronics...

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Re: Machinery for a post collapse world
« Reply #200 on: September 10, 2018, 05:35:47 PM »
the two young ones are 3 months old they will start laying in 3 months. the 4 older birds are 9 months so should keep putting out an egg a day for the next 6-8 months as long as they have enough feed and I keep a light in the coupe to give them their 12 hours of light. If you don't do the light they will slow down to an egg every other day. After that sometime within the next year they will probably moult where they loose a lot of feathers and stop laying for a few months then they will come back to 3 days out of 4 wash repeat... each time they come back they lay less. Some people send them to the pot after the second moult. A lot of this is best guesses as they all behave a little differently. Since my birds run around and eat grass and bugs they tend to live longer I find then what they are supposed to according to the producer. 
This is the reference I go by:  https://www.thehappychickencoop.com/chicken-life-cycle/
« Last Edit: September 10, 2018, 05:46:31 PM by David B. »
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Re: Machinery for a post collapse world
« Reply #201 on: September 10, 2018, 05:59:50 PM »
Nicely done.
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Re: Machinery for a post collapse world
« Reply #202 on: October 10, 2018, 03:38:35 PM »
I've been interested in collapse for a very long time.  After lurking for a while on the diner I thought I would share one of my favorite projects.  This is my 1953 ferguson tea20 tractor.  It has been modified to run on charcoal.  Charcoal gasification suits my cold woodland.
The full thread can be found here: http://forum.driveonwood.com/t/my-charcoal-tractor/1200
Here is a video of it running:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQHN7lGI6ok
and a stationary walk around
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DKOWNKsl30
The theory I was working on was the fuel to run the machinery will run out long before the machines stop working. This Era of tractor was made to survive as well.  Every part for it is still available and it was the most common tractor of its day so spares are still common. Fixed with hand tools and made to run even in poor repair. I'm a great fan of manual labour but I want to put it off as long as possible as the long descent gets under way. It can log, plow, cultivate, pull trailers, you name it.
Best regards, David Baillie
Time to refocus on this one. I spent a good part of today tinkering with my charcoal powered tractor. I had to put most projects aside this year dealing with personal stuff so the garden suffered. I'm all for low energy methods but let me tell you an hour of tractor fuelled cultivator beats the hell out of 3 days of back breaking labour. Total fuel consumed about 10 gallons of hardwood charcoal just shy of 14 Lbs. In terms of gasoline equivalent that is about 1 gallon. If you've watched any of my linked videos you know I make my charcoal in my wood stove over the winter. This would have represented the coals from 24 hours of mid winter fires but honestly it probably took me 2 evenings of shovelling coals to accumulate this much as I'm not a fanatic or desperate. I still don't know how to embed pictures so look at the bottom. i'll embed some you tube videos in case you missed them. And yes RE I will take a video this fall. I have committed to plowing 2 peoples lawns up to convert to gardens next year. I'll arrange to record that. I'll be revisiting my energy resiliency work this fall and winter with the goal of regearing the house for full off grid again. That is a 2 year project though. For now just some rehashed stuff.
Tractor walk around:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/5DKOWNKsl30?ecver=1" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/5DKOWNKsl30?ecver=1</a>

Tractor running on charcoal all nice and pretty at the fair:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/sQHN7lGI6ok?ecver=1" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/sQHN7lGI6ok?ecver=1</a>

char making last winter:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/LKZPTBA-boU?ecver=1" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/LKZPTBA-boU?ecver=1</a>
I'm always amazed how well charcoal gasification technology matches my cold wood covered area. That same 10 gallons of charcoal run through a generator would have represented 6-8kW Hr of battery charging goodness.
Talk soon,  David
« Last Edit: October 10, 2018, 03:44:57 PM by David B. »
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Re: Machinery for a post collapse world
« Reply #203 on: October 10, 2018, 04:29:43 PM »
Nice machine.

I am somewhat jealous of your tractor.One of the better pieces of sustainable mechanization I've seen anyone come up with.

Your pace is starting to look as well equipped with old farm equipment as my place, and unlike me,you're actually using it. Kudos to you , David.

 Don't forget to teach your girls how to drive a tractor. I remember how much fun I had. I learned how to crank the '39 Farmall (hand cranked) when I was nine. That crank always scared the hell out of me. I'd forgotten about that part. If wanted to ride, I had to crank. LOL.
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Re: Machinery for a post collapse world
« Reply #204 on: October 10, 2018, 05:01:54 PM »
I've been interested in collapse for a very long time.  After lurking for a while on the diner I thought I would share one of my favorite projects.  This is my 1953 ferguson tea20 tractor.  It has been modified to run on charcoal.  Charcoal gasification suits my cold woodland.
The full thread can be found here: http://forum.driveonwood.com/t/my-charcoal-tractor/1200
Here is a video of it running:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQHN7lGI6ok
and a stationary walk around
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DKOWNKsl30
The theory I was working on was the fuel to run the machinery will run out long before the machines stop working. This Era of tractor was made to survive as well.  Every part for it is still available and it was the most common tractor of its day so spares are still common. Fixed with hand tools and made to run even in poor repair. I'm a great fan of manual labour but I want to put it off as long as possible as the long descent gets under way. It can log, plow, cultivate, pull trailers, you name it.
Best regards, David Baillie
Time to refocus on this one. I spent a good part of today tinkering with my charcoal powered tractor. I had to put most projects aside this year dealing with personal stuff so the garden suffered. I'm all for low energy methods but let me tell you an hour of tractor fuelled cultivator beats the hell out of 3 days of back breaking labour. Total fuel consumed about 10 gallons of hardwood charcoal just shy of 14 Lbs. In terms of gasoline equivalent that is about 1 gallon. If you've watched any of my linked videos you know I make my charcoal in my wood stove over the winter. This would have represented the coals from 24 hours of mid winter fires but honestly it probably took me 2 evenings of shovelling coals to accumulate this much as I'm not a fanatic or desperate. I still don't know how to embed pictures so look at the bottom. i'll embed some you tube videos in case you missed them. And yes RE I will take a video this fall. I have committed to plowing 2 peoples lawns up to convert to gardens next year. I'll arrange to record that. I'll be revisiting my energy resiliency work this fall and winter with the goal of regearing the house for full off grid again. That is a 2 year project though. For now just some rehashed stuff.
Tractor walk around:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/5DKOWNKsl30?ecver=1" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/5DKOWNKsl30?ecver=1</a>

Tractor running on charcoal all nice and pretty at the fair:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/sQHN7lGI6ok?ecver=1" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/sQHN7lGI6ok?ecver=1</a>

char making last winter:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/LKZPTBA-boU?ecver=1" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/LKZPTBA-boU?ecver=1</a>
I'm always amazed how well charcoal gasification technology matches my cold wood covered area. That same 10 gallons of charcoal run through a generator would have represented 6-8kW Hr of battery charging goodness.
Talk soon,  David

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Re: Machinery for a post collapse world
« Reply #205 on: October 11, 2018, 02:08:22 PM »
Nice machine.

I am somewhat jealous of your tractor.One of the better pieces of sustainable mechanization I've seen anyone come up with.

Your pace is starting to look as well equipped with old farm equipment as my place, and unlike me,you're actually using it. Kudos to you , David.

 Don't forget to teach your girls how to drive a tractor. I remember how much fun I had. I learned how to crank the '39 Farmall (hand cranked) when I was nine. That crank always scared the hell out of me. I'd forgotten about that part. If wanted to ride, I had to crank. LOL.
yes the yard is getting crowded. You can make out the David brown in one shot. Its diesel and I just sold it to a friend. The other one you can sort of see is my massey' Ferguson 1960 work bull with loader and backhoe attachment. Its gas so it will probably get the same treatment as the tea20. My grandfather taught me at 7 to push the pedals and have me drive. I think I'll wait to next year for Darcy. She's already been on a few years back and is always eager.
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Re: Machinery for a post collapse world
« Reply #206 on: October 11, 2018, 02:16:58 PM »
 :emthup: :emthup: :emthup:

Just frickin awesome.

VW had a few coal-burner pre-war beetles that they cobbed together before the petro was flowing in '45.

I'll see if I can scrounge up a pic or something on those rigs.

Good job amigo  :icon_mrgreen:
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Re: Machinery for a post collapse world
« Reply #207 on: October 11, 2018, 02:27:23 PM »
:emthup: :emthup: :emthup:

Just frickin awesome.

VW had a few coal-burner pre-war beetles that they cobbed together before the petro was flowing in '45.

I'll see if I can scrounge up a pic or something on those rigs.

Good job amigo  :icon_mrgreen:
throughout occupied Europe and eastern Europe during the 2nd world war there were hundred of thousands of vehicles either converted or factory made running on charcoal, wood, and coal. Usually civilian vehicles but some military ones as well. Germany never had enough fuel so they were most developed there.
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Re: Machinery for a post collapse world
« Reply #208 on: October 11, 2018, 05:10:35 PM »
Nice machine.

I am somewhat jealous of your tractor.One of the better pieces of sustainable mechanization I've seen anyone come up with.

Your pace is starting to look as well equipped with old farm equipment as my place, and unlike me,you're actually using it. Kudos to you , David.

 Don't forget to teach your girls how to drive a tractor. I remember how much fun I had. I learned how to crank the '39 Farmall (hand cranked) when I was nine. That crank always scared the hell out of me. I'd forgotten about that part. If wanted to ride, I had to crank. LOL.
yes the yard is getting crowded. You can make out the David brown in one shot. Its diesel and I just sold it to a friend. The other one you can sort of see is my massey' Ferguson 1960 work bull with loader and backhoe attachment. Its gas so it will probably get the same treatment as the tea20. My grandfather taught me at 7 to push the pedals and have me drive. I think I'll wait to next year for Darcy. She's already been on a few years back and is always eager.

DB, you changed your screen name!  How come?

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Re: Machinery for a post collapse world
« Reply #209 on: October 11, 2018, 05:28:48 PM »
I was goofing around trying to figure out some stuff. I was going to change it back tomorrow.
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