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Old 11-07-2012, 03:29 PM   #7141
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It's the greedy multinationals who run the show along with the ultra wealthy. Otherwise, how is it that the large percentage of the top "advisors" come from places like Monsanto, the giant pharmaceuticals, big oil, even bigger banks and so on. Same thing up here...he who has the gold makes the rules.

Sad to say that it has been a long time since the little guy was even considered in big politics.
...and to that statement I offer a loud and enthusiastic: AMEN !!!

The enthusiasm goes to the AMEN and nothing else.

Yesterday morning my closest and bestest friend of fifty-two years passed away, then O-bomb-o was re-elected, so my day (yesterday) was really special, and today ain't no better.

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Yesterday morning my closest and bestest friend of fifty-two years passed away, then O-bomb-o was re-elected, so my day (yesterday) was really special, and today ain't no better.
Bud, I am indeed most sorry to hear that.

Fifty-two...why, that's just a kid.
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Accomplished a couple of things today...got another load of firewood all split up nicely and up the bank and into the woodshed. At this rate I'm never going to run out of firewood.

And I managed to get the living/dining room ceiling painted. Far too late to get a photo of it, but here is how it was yesterday.
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Accomplished a couple of things today...got another load of firewood all split up nicely and up the bank and into the woodshed.
Now there's a task I have never had to face on a "have to do it" basis. We have always purchased "cord-wood" to fill that need but haven't had a fireplace in years to deal with.

When I was a kid my dad was in the restaurant business and was well-known for his barbecue offerings. In those days he too would purchase cord-wood. One year however to save a few bucks he bought a semi-load of hickory wood. He thought then that he was buying cord-wood that was split and ready to go. As it turned out he had purchased a load of "logs" twenty-four inches long there-a-bouts. It was then my job to split the wood. Hell I was just a kid and at first it was kinda fun to do. Of course that enthusiasm didn't last long and the task became total drudgery. After splitting about two chords over a period of a year he finally called-in a guy with a log splitter machine to finish the job. We had wood for the barbecue for years and years. What the hell was he thinking?

We would also kill and dress our own chickens for the restaurant. THAT was no fun.
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Fifty-two...why, that's just a kid.
Actually he was seventy years old. We had been friends for fifty-two years. Boy do I have some memories!!!
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Actually he was seventy years old. We had been friends for fifty-two years. Boy do I have some memories!!!
Seventy, whew! That's a bit better. Just a few more days and I'll be there as well.
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Now there's a task I have never had to face on a "have to do it" basis. We have always purchased "cord-wood" to fill that need but haven't had a fireplace in years to deal with.

When I was a kid my dad was in the restaurant business and was well-known for his barbecue offerings. In those days he too would purchase cord-wood. One year however to save a few bucks he bought a semi-load of hickory wood. He thought then that he was buying cord-wood that was split and ready to go. As it turned out he had purchased a load of "logs" twenty-four inches long there-a-bouts. It was then my job to split the wood. Hell I was just a kid and at first it was kinda fun to do. Of course that enthusiasm didn't last long and the task became total drudgery. After splitting about two chords over a period of a year he finally called-in a guy with a log splitter machine to finish the job. We had wood for the barbecue for years and years. What the hell was he thinking?
There's a definite knack to splitting wood Bud. First thing is to cut the wood about 12" long...of course that largely depends on the type of wood stove that you have. But here, 12" wood is ideal for my stoves.

Set your round on a chopping block about 18" high. Make sure that the side facing you doesn't have any knots where you are going to hit the wood, knots don't split.

Next, don't just lift the maul - use a maul not an axe by the way - and then try to power it through the wood. You'll be dead in no time trying to split wood that way.

The trick is to swing the maul in a full circle behind you, bring it up over your right shoulder (assuming you are right handed) and then turn on the power and speed the maul through the wood.

Always aim the maul to hit the near edge of the round, never in the middle of the round, and try to line it up with the pith in the round. It will split every time that way. Once the round is split in two, then take off bites of the round from each half until you are done. Nothing to it.

Repeat if necessary. It takes me far longer to move a load of wood (about 1/10 of a cord) to the lift, load it in, bring it up the bank and move it into the woodshed.
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Seventy, whew! That's a bit better. Just a few more days and I'll be there as well.
Buddy, I am right behind you.

Bud I don't see how you split that hickory after it had dried out some. I had a tree about 20 inches thick cut into 20 inch lengths and let it set for a little to long, all my axe would do is bounce, even the big maul would bounce, that stuff was harder than Superman's knee caps, I finally gave up.
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Bud I don't see how you split that hickory after it had dried out some. I had a tree about 20 inches thick cut into 20 inch lengths and let it set for a little to long, all my axe would do is bounce, even the big maul would bounce, that stuff was harder than Superman's knee caps, I finally gave up.
Jim, you should have made axe handles out of that hickory!
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Jim, you should have made axe handles out of that hickory!
Keith, I had to weld a steel pipe in the axes and mauls for handles. My son and two nephews would pop a wooden handle as fast as I could put them in; and they always wanted to get in on the action. Them boys would mess up fire wood so bad it wouldn't burn and tear up an anvil with a powder puff. Rough little scutters, red necks ya know, just like a chip off the ole block. Had to keep em wood working.
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But here, 12" wood is ideal for my stoves.
Dad's pit/smoker was home built by a local brick mason. The bottom of the fire box was at about ten inches above the floor-level rising to about forty inches above floor level and it may have been eighteen inches in width and thirty inches front to back with a grate at the bottom at the ten-inch elevation for air-support. I can still see it all in my mind's-eye. Then the bottom of the oven areas joined in at about thirty-six inches above the floor. The ovens themselves where to the right of the fire-box and roughly forty-eight inches (square). There were two ovens side-by-side with steel doors. The grates were made of 5/8" rebar if I remember correctly. The entire thing was lines with fire-brick. At the far end were two flues with dampers rising through the roof of the block building that was built specifically to house the ovens and a sizeable stack of firewood. My dad was a great teacher and I remember him telling me that the area of the flues had to be less than the area of the port between the firebox and the ovens so-as to restrict too much heat from escaping. Wow, why do I remember all of this? I have built several much smaller outdoor barbecues for customers over the years and each time I applied the principles dad had taught me.

So anyway that's a long way to get to the explanation of why the logs were twenty-four inches long. Hickory in and of itself is difficult to split, especially when it's that long. The stuff has long sharp stringy-fibers that don't want to yield to a splitter all that readily. The round logs as opposed to split firewood would explain the discounted price of the wood that we talked about for years. I suppose the supplier saw (him) coming.

I remember he would fire-up the pit about two in the morning when he got home from work (bar close) each Wednesday so it would be ready to cook in the morning. Depending on his catering work load for the week-end he may cook all day into the evening. Ribs and pork roasts and brisket roasts and half chickens as well as some occasional top rounds of beef were the mainstay. When he was cooking you could smell the hickory all over town.

This went on almost every week of the year until Thanksgiving and Christmas time when he would contract-cook whole chickens and turkeys and occasionally some ducks.

To this day, not a week goes by in our family without smoking some kind of meat.
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To this day, not a week goes by in our family without smoking some kind of meat.
Are you absolutely sure that it's meat you're smoking Bud?
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I have a pic of the "mocha" coloured ceiling, which I still think looks much more like chocolate milk.

If you look to the right, that's what the original colour was, so there's quite a difference. It has darkened the room somewhat, but because the light enters from not only the front where the solarium is, but also from above through that huge hole in the floor, the dining area is still nice and light.
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Time for a new guy to chime in here.

Hello, hello!

I have been following this [extensive] thread for a bit now after stumbling upon it while looking at properties in the Gulf / Ruxton area (I may have to pick your brain a little, Cocobolo! - not sure if i can send a PM through this board or not). The work that you have put into your place is absolutely phenomenal and a testament as to what can be accomplished through hard work, creativity and the tools to make it happen.

I am lucky to have a father who put a hammer in my hand before a baseball bat - and have learned a fair bit since.

My latest DIY Project is a little different than the typical work I have been seeing here, but I suppose I have always been a little off beat . It's a 144sq ft, freestanding rock climbing wall in my backyard.

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