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by drivepirate
Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: Zombie Survival/Combat Simulations
Topic: They Are Billions- Zombie survival base building game
Replies: 4
Views: 1861

Re: They Are Billions- Zombie survival base building game

At the risk of being a "negative Nancy" I'll say that every early access game I have helped with, gets me burned. Some of the time the game gets abandoned and often the game doesn't really live up to the vision. Nowadays I wait.. read.. watch.. and THEN buy.
by drivepirate
Thu Apr 10, 2014 12:20 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: DIY wood stove install
Replies: 30
Views: 4212

Re: DIY wood stove install

Framing the support box was pretty simple. My cuts weren't great so I used high temp silicone to seal any gaps so that debris can't get near the support box. The hard part was leveling the support box inside the framing (took 2 people and a few trys). My advice is not to settle for less than exactly...
by drivepirate
Tue Apr 08, 2014 10:05 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: DIY wood stove install
Replies: 30
Views: 4212

Re: DIY wood stove install

??? I certainly hope you aren't going to caulk the flashing down on top of the shingles! If you don't want to have to deal with leaks, you'll have to pull up all of the shingles around the chimney-hole, flash it, then shingle over top of the flashing. Roofing caulk goes under shingles, not on top o...
by drivepirate
Tue Apr 08, 2014 12:23 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: DIY wood stove install
Replies: 30
Views: 4212

Re: DIY wood stove install

First day of installing is over and it went well (no trips to the store) :D I got the new trusses installed in the roof. Installed the ceiling support box and finalized the plan for the raised hearth. http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/s562/drivepirate/5EDEFE2A-8D90-4087-ACD7-A2FF705E351C_zps8ecyji...
by drivepirate
Sun Apr 06, 2014 2:58 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: DIY wood stove install
Replies: 30
Views: 4212

Re: DIY wood stove install

Well, I'm on a working vacation and it's time to get crackin' on this install. Tomorrow I plan on using an oscillating tool to cut one of the roof studs out and move it over making room for the chimney. I will put extra studs in so I don't lose any support. Also I'm debating as to cutting out the ha...
by drivepirate
Sat Mar 08, 2014 1:05 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Virgin Gardener
Replies: 752
Views: 59602

Re: Virgin Gardener

Time to get my butt in gear! As the planting season starts I still feel like a virgin when it comes to turning the completely saturated clay. It's time to plant early spring crops and today was the first dry day in a week. It's year two of adding horse bedding to the soil so theoretically it will be...
by drivepirate
Sat Mar 01, 2014 2:08 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: DIY wood stove install
Replies: 30
Views: 4212

Re: DIY wood stove install

UPDATE: 2/28/14 Thank you everyone for the tips. I have done a lot of research reading about the science behind wood stoves and made many calls to my insurance agent as well as the city building department. Today when I got off the phone with the inspector, after realizing my questions were too spec...
by drivepirate
Thu Jan 23, 2014 11:24 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: DIY wood stove install
Replies: 30
Views: 4212

Re: DIY wood stove install

Thanks everyone for your input, a special thanks to yossarian for the link. I was able to spend a some time reading peoples comments and suggestions and then do some reading up on the stove and pipe install process. As usual a good learning session raised more questions than answers. I will be makin...
by drivepirate
Mon Jan 20, 2014 10:44 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: DIY wood stove install
Replies: 30
Views: 4212

DIY wood stove install

Greetings, my wife and I have decided to install a free standing wood stove in our living room as an alternative to our electric furnace. Seeing as how, like most others we cannot afford to borrow money I will be installing it myself. I have done enough reading to understand the basic install and so...
by drivepirate
Sun Jan 19, 2014 1:54 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Virgin Gardener
Replies: 752
Views: 59602

Re: Virgin Gardener

OK sorry I have been away for a couple of weeks. I was elk hunting up in Northern AZ with my brother and father in law. Now I have to reorganize freezers and figure out where I am going to put 200-300 lbs of elk steak, roasts and ground meat. That's awesome. I've never been hunting minus a bird or ...
by drivepirate
Tue Dec 17, 2013 12:11 am
Forum: Family Prep
Topic: Is Your Significant Other On-Board?
Replies: 103
Views: 16161

Re: Is Your Significant Other On-Board?

Just an update: My wife and I have been seeing eye to eye on a lot the past year. I don't want to jinx anything but this is our 12th year together and I have never felt closer to her. Last week she told me that she thinks I'm right about installing a stand alone convection wood stove in place of our...
by drivepirate
Mon Dec 16, 2013 11:28 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Buying a wool blanket?
Replies: 13
Views: 2620

Re: Buying a wool blanket?

Thanks everyone for posting so many tips :) . I ended up heading to the army surplus place in Boring, OR. They had 3 different types, the most expensive one was $23 and the hand written price tag said "100% Russian wool blanket". They were the heaviest ones and looked the most like they had been mad...
by drivepirate
Mon Dec 16, 2013 11:17 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Virgin Gardener
Replies: 752
Views: 59602

Re: Virgin Gardener

It's been a week since the week long freeze. Everything looked pretty bad :( Tonight I went out to measure the cold frames for some new plexiglass tops and check it out! The Kate is not only perky and not wilted, it actually looks like it has grown a little. http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/s562/...
by drivepirate
Mon Dec 09, 2013 11:42 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Virgin Gardener
Replies: 752
Views: 59602

Re: Virgin Gardener

BRRRR!! The forecast around Thanksgiving called for a week of below freezing temperatures which is unfortunate since I am trying to "overwinter" Kale, Beet, and Turnips for the first time. I decided to test out my "carpentry skills" and build some cold frames in an attempt to save them. Here is a sh...
by drivepirate
Sun Nov 03, 2013 1:19 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Buying a wool blanket?
Replies: 13
Views: 2620

Buying a wool blanket?

Hey all I have been thinking about purchasing a wool blanket to keep in the car but I want to make an informed deci$ion. It should be big enough for a 6'1" man and it would be nice if I could keep it under $60 if that's possible. It should be wind proofish (is wool wind proof?) also. I might get thi...
by drivepirate
Mon Sep 30, 2013 7:09 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Too late for a MBO entry; but, dammit, I finally got out!
Replies: 14
Views: 1223

Re: Too late for a MBO entry; but, dammit, I finally got out

Looks like a nice hike! Cool lizard too! I like the minimalist camping/hiking. I grew up car camping but lately I've been learning about all the fun gear for hiking. What size ruck is that your wearing and is that a fanny pack strapped to your chest? :lol:

Thanks for the pics, I enjoyed them :D
by drivepirate
Mon Sep 30, 2013 3:19 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Virgin Gardener
Replies: 752
Views: 59602

Re: Virgin Gardener

Whew! For 2 weeks I've been trying to get up to the stables near me for some of their horse bedding and I finally got enough of a break in the rain to head up for truck load of compost. After putting on my rain gear I turned in 2 wheel barrels of compost into each bed, smoothed and, sprinkled a laye...
by drivepirate
Mon Sep 23, 2013 1:43 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Cooksets??
Replies: 39
Views: 4905

Re: Cooksets??

Light and cheap, I use http://www.amazon.com/Stanco-Non-Stick-Grease-Strainer-Black/dp/B000MVTIOQ/ref=pd_sim_k_1" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; and http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004U8CP88/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; I al...
by drivepirate
Mon Sep 23, 2013 12:02 am
Forum: Links
Topic: Wild Edibles of the northwest
Replies: 0
Views: 1273

Wild Edibles of the northwest

I was looking up a weed I found in my back yard because it smelled like a carrot (it was). This sight impressed me with the short simple explanations in their videos. http://www.cooking-library.com/cooking/wild-carrot~vjyV3gJTA5o" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Grab a cup of whatever ...
by drivepirate
Sun Sep 15, 2013 11:11 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Virgin Gardener
Replies: 752
Views: 59602

Re: Virgin Gardener

Take 2 and... ACTION! zobmiedown I love what you've done with that pesky mesquite. I have a black locust tree out back that has all the evil properties of your mesquite minus the ability to provide a flavorful steak, treat my chickens or, supply flour for making backyard pumpkin bread good lord! :cl...
by drivepirate
Sun Sep 15, 2013 1:35 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Virgin Gardener
Replies: 752
Views: 59602

Re: Virgin Gardener

:vmad: Just used 1/2 pot of coffee and 45min writing a decent post about a number of things including pictures and emoticons. Proofread it and with a big smile clicked submit realizing I was no longer logged in losing the entire post. Not the best way to get back into my favorite forum :crazy: Will ...
by drivepirate
Sat Sep 14, 2013 11:28 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: How does your Garden Grow? 2013 Edition
Replies: 187
Views: 19991

Re: How does your Garden Grow? 2013 Edition

We have 18 tomato plants and have been canning weekly but I think they are done. Got a few more yellow squash this month. Been eating green beans nightly, time to freeze some. Strawberries have been producing for the last 2 months solid and we are making jam. Our lemon cucumber as it turns out LOVES...
by drivepirate
Thu Jul 18, 2013 9:11 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Virgin Gardener
Replies: 752
Views: 59602

Re: Virgin Gardener

We too just got back from vacation and found our "upper" garden a little wilted. We watered right away but lost some parsnips (my first time growing these). Also there was an all out mammal invasion. Deer got the roses. Probably rabbits or deer got the tops of the peppers. Moles destroyed about 6 sq...
by drivepirate
Tue Jul 02, 2013 12:00 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: (warning graphic images) Slaughtered chicken had mass inside
Replies: 8
Views: 1735

Re: (warning graphic images) Slaughtered chicken had mass in

Thank you Zombiegranny. This looks like a great site. I should find some good ideas there. I will need to look for different ideas on feeding. For now I will only put enough feed for the day out at the same time as I change the water. I introduced 3 young three month olds when I slaughtered the last...

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