SA Hunter: G'day all - nice cold night for a glass or four glasses of red.
Jul 16, 2020 20:26:01 GMT 10
Joey: Pass on the red on a cold night, 17yrs sober
Jul 16, 2020 20:28:09 GMT 10
SA Hunter: That's a fair achievement Joey - good on ya!
Jul 16, 2020 20:39:11 GMT 10
SA Hunter: Hi all - just back from my bol - bone tired, but feel pretty good.
Jul 19, 2020 14:42:22 GMT 10
spinifex: Sounds like progress was made. Got any pics?
Jul 19, 2020 14:47:45 GMT 10
SA Hunter: Phone went flat. I'm going out again in a few days to plant more trees, so will take some then.
Jul 19, 2020 15:00:04 GMT 10
Jaffa: Anyone know what's happened to Peter, haven't seen him post for ages
Jul 21, 2020 15:02:28 GMT 10
SA Hunter: HI All - Mr Pete flat out with work atm. He'll be around soon.
Jul 21, 2020 16:58:25 GMT 10
Jaffa: OK Thanks SA H, good to hear that
Jul 21, 2020 17:10:55 GMT 10
SA Hunter: Morning - SA has a hard lockdown with Vic as of midnight.
Jul 28, 2020 12:31:45 GMT 10
SA Hunter: Well, weekend looking good for the bol - will take pics - hoping to do the floor all going well, and some more planting.
Jul 30, 2020 19:31:48 GMT 10
pugs: Looks like Dan has totally lost control here in Vic , we’re pretty much cactus here now ....
Jul 30, 2020 21:06:36 GMT 10
SA Hunter: Hi all - Stage 4 lockdowns in Vic.
Aug 2, 2020 16:26:05 GMT 10
pugs: all hells cut loose and Dan is in panic mode with curfews and much harder restrictions , shits on like donkey kong
Aug 2, 2020 18:58:57 GMT 10
blueshoes: Noooooooooo.... Also, Dan is currently on a pressconf talking about how "there's no need for anyone to be stocking up on months of groceries, the grocery stores will stay open"
Aug 3, 2020 15:37:17 GMT 10
blueshoes: Also, apparently there's going to be a permit system coming soon so people can be not harrassed by cops for going to work etc.... hmm
Aug 3, 2020 16:28:53 GMT 10
blueshoes: Dan andrews mentioned permits at about an hour in to today's press conference
Aug 3, 2020 16:34:44 GMT 10
kelabar: Hmm, a politician says no need buy months of groceries. Translation: buy a heap of groceries because you are going to need them. Or maybe they are telling the truth...nah, that'll never happen!
Aug 3, 2020 22:11:50 GMT 10
SA Hunter: kelabar - in other words "I've got nothing at home, so I need to get to the supermarket before anyone else does'. Yeah, when a politician says the sky is blue, chances are it's not. Believe your gut before a Politician.
Aug 4, 2020 17:19:52 GMT 10
I have a hand crank grain mill and an oat flaker and quite a few other bits and pieces. I have tried to make sure I have enough solar power and the correct inverter to run my blender if I need to, as well as my camping fridges. My blender is needed for making nut milks, cheeses, etc - so very useful.
I have a stovetop pressure cooker (as backup for my electric one) - cut down cooking time.
I have a thermal cooker - use like a slow cooker with only a few minutes of boiling over the gas to start it off - great fuel saver.
I also have a couple of hand crank sewing machines and a treadle sewing machine - with spare parts (several more machines that I haven’t converted yet, and spare hand cranks, etc).
I have a butter churn but no source of milk, so don’t think it will be much use. I’ve made a vegan butter that tastes better than margarine and acts the same, so more likely to use that.
Obviously, there are whisks, knives, etc, that do most kitchen jobs anyway.
I can’t think of anything else off the top of my head.
2x Weber Q BBQ's and enough gas to use them for every meal for months to come plus lots of accessories to cook differently on them. I plan on adding 3x charcoal BBQ's soon (1x PK Gril and 2x Weber) plus all the accessories. (BBQ has become my latest fad ) Gravity lights Grain Mill Manual egg beater
Do cast iron camp ovens and a million tonnes of free firewood count?
I think so. I am lacking firewood here. Hope to rectify that soon.
I’m building up my collection of cast iron and blue steel cookware so it can be used on any surface. I also have a few different ways to use camp ovens. Right now I’m looking for a 12” camp oven with feet - seems hard to find. And when they’re back in stock I have my eyes on cast iron bread pans.
For my kitchen butter churn, grinder, hand mixer, peeler, mandolin slicer, can openers, pressure canner, camp stove. For my home pendulum clocks, old oil lanterns, treadle sewing machine, fireplace and plenty firewood, wind up alarm clocks, I even use an old rotary dial phone that require no electricity.
My Wife is THE best non-electric item in our kitchen.
So there are electric items that are better than her? I think that is how feminine logic would interpret that. Now you are in trouble!
I have hand tools for most things except angle grinding and welding. Need power for those. A combination or router plane would be good. Also no ability to saw large trees, only axes. Have experimented with rocket stoves for boiling water. Very effective. Should do another larger one and post it. Cast iron cookware for use over wood fires. Wood barbecue. Not a fan of powered appliances. Normally too noisy or too painful to clean compared to manual alternatives.
gas BBQ (used to own a charcoal BBQ but could never get the thing going unless I stuck the missus hair dryer underneath to get the charcoal glowing lol ) cast iron pots/pans/plate portable gas burner with plenty of spare cartridges
When I was in the big smoke yesterday when looking for a brazier for the back yard but everybody was sold out and they said that they were having trouble getting new stock in. So will go to the scrap steel yard when I'm back at work this week and pick out from truck rims to make a DIY brazier
By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail. -- Ben Franklin
Smart luck is when you work your arse off, so when the opportunity presents itself, you don't have to pray for dumb luck.
Seems like grain mills are a pretty common non-electric item. That's about the only thing that I do have. I plan to get some egg beaters soon, but in reality there's not a lot more that we need beyond good knives and a decent whetstone. I watch quite a few youtube vids on historical cooking methods and if any of the things that we have now end up croaking it's easy enough to replace the majority of them with hand crafted stuff that works just as well as their modern equivalents. Egg beaters are another story though. Sure, you can make a whisk out of some good sticks but I'd much rather beaters for whipping egg whites than a whisk any day lol.
We have a Webber smoker which can be used as a (really short!) regular Webber by removing the central column portion, but we also have an Akorn smoker that does a much better job of retaining heat. It makes a great little oven with very little fuel required to keep it at a good temperature overnight if required. The Akorn is also far more effective at smoking things because the Webber leaks smoke like a sieve despite my best attempts at plugging gaps with thermal tape. The regular Webber would be fine for BBQing but the Akorn wins hands down for oven-roasting and smoking foods in general.
The only other thing that I'd really like to get a hold of but is somewhat challenging is a Sun Oven. I know you can make them but our ever-present problem is storage and I can't dedicate space to bulky items at the moment. That one remains a nice to have rather than a need to have while we have a few other cooking options like camp ovens and smoker/bbqs.
.... The only other thing that I'd really like to get a hold of but is somewhat challenging is a Sun Oven. I know you can make them but our ever-present problem is storage and I can't dedicate space to bulky items at the moment. That one remains a nice to have rather than a need to have while we have a few other cooking options like camp ovens and smoker/bbqs.
I made a solar oven once long ago. I wasn’t particularly successful cooking in it. Although I have looked at the foldable premade sun ovens, and I would get one if I had plenty of $$, my experience on the homemade one puts it pretty low on the list.
I did buy a bottle that has various reflectors that claims to heat water to a temp that you can make tea, and that your water should be sterilised, etc. (I can’t remember the details as it was quite a few years ago). I tried it out on a hot day. It was pretty unsuccessful. I followed the directions carefully and I can’t remember if it never got hot enough or if it just took many hours.
I’d be interested to hear if anyone has had a good experience of solar cooking.
For my money and effort - I love my Kelly kettle for quick boiling water and small meals (and I’d consider getting a second smaller one - as mine is the largest) and a thermal cooker or camp oven for long slow cooking. These all need fuel but generally not much.