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    Quote Originally Posted by Meanderer View Post
    EXTREME Wood Cutting Machine - Firewood Processing Machine in Action: RaMeC Excavator Heads
    Ho Lee crap!


    And that looks to be alder (considered a hardwood)
    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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    Impressive piece of machinery. Cuts 11 metre logs into little pieces in seconds.
    Thats a lot of sawing and cutting
    Very cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meanderer View Post
    EXTREME Wood Cutting Machine - Firewood Processing Machine in Action: RaMeC Excavator Heads
    That bad boy is awesome!

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    Gary, have you ever considered Cord Wood Construction?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Meanderer View Post
    Gary, have you ever considered Cord Wood Construction?

    Yeah, I’m not a mortar guy
    I’ve read horror stories on shrinkage and expansion of the wood
    My lady loves the thought
    I….pretty much hate the thought

    But

    I may toy (heh ‘toy’…it’s a lotta labor) with a wall at the edge of the property
    The logs must be fully cured
    And the mortar material, well, I see no huge benefit other than aesthetics
    That material composition is heavy. Not good for this area due to the pumice soil and geothermal activity here.
    The very reason I haven’t gone the log cabin route.

    I best stick to what Home Dopey has to offer.

    But, thanks for the suggestion
    Last edited by Gary O'; 09-14-2018 at 06:36 PM.
    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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    fire on the mountain this morn

    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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    Gary, you must have told us but sorry I don't recall- how far do you have to drive for supplies in winter? I admired your anti-bear shed you built to protect your trash cans, but where do you empty them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RadishRose View Post
    Gary, you must have told us but sorry I don't recall- how far do you have to drive for supplies in winter? I admired your anti-bear shed you built to protect your trash cans, but where do you empty them?
    50 mi to the city
    25 mi to the transfer station
    We make the trip every two months in summer
    Zero times in winter
    We get religious about not using plastic and such in winter
    Garbage cans become recycle cans, of which has been 3 cans of smashed tins and such the last three winters
    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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    One more question!

    Do you live in a community of off-grid back to the land folks?

    I've noticed references to folks up the trail and was curious if they are in fact up the trail of if that is just an expression.

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    Thanks Gary. What's a "transfer station", please?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RadishRose View Post
    Thanks Gary. What's a "transfer station", please?
    It's not a permanent 'dump'
    It's got three or four huge dumpsters in a pit of which one can back up to, and three recycle (smaller) dumpsters for sorted materials such as metal
    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Bea View Post
    One more question!

    Do you live in a community of off-grid back to the land folks?

    I've noticed references to folks up the trail and was curious if they are in fact up the trail of if that is just an expression.
    They are getting closer
    Gunfire is getting more audible
    I can see one cabin from our meadow
    It's disturbing my comfort zone, but learning to live around it
    I guess it is becoming a 'community'......shit

    I s'pose it'll be a good thing as we age

    When we first moved here, we 'hiked' to the nearest neighbors
    Not so anymore

    Four wheelers and ATVs are getting more common on the weekends
    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary O' View Post
    They are getting closer
    Gunfire is getting more audible
    I can see one cabin from our meadow
    It's disturbing my comfort zone, but learning to live around it
    I guess it is becoming a 'community'......shit

    I s'pose it'll be a good thing as we age
    It could be.

    It could also be a pause in your journey to find the good life. Helen and Scott Nearing spent 20 years experimenting in Vermont before they finally moved to Maine. If you haven't read their books it's worth a google, they were very interesting people.

    Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Bea View Post
    It could be.

    It could also be a pause in your journey to find the good life. Helen and Scott Nearing spent 20 years experimenting in Vermont before they finally moved to Maine. If you haven't read their books it's worth a google, they were very interesting people.

    Good luck!
    We have all their books
    They were gods

    We are eyeballing some land about 100 miles from us, higher in the mountains

    but

    Not so sure I have it in me to start over

    Maybe a getaway from our getaway.....
    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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    ...might be a repeat....but a good'n.

    "Did management say you could go off the grid?"

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