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Tired of Buying Ice
« on: May 09, 2018, 08:43:48 PM »
Over 7 years of buying ice for my sawmill cooler. Tired of it.
Went to Lowe's today and bought me a brand new fridge.
Now my drinks will always be cold.



 

 

Then I got to looking at the expensive ones.  :o :o :o
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Re: Tired of Buying Ice
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2018, 09:32:00 PM »
I am portable so I have to think outside of the (ice) box.  I don't buy ice, I just freeze ~6 bottles of water, and cool the rest.  The frozen bottles serve as ice until they (partially) melt and then I can drink them.  :)
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« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2018, 09:35:35 PM »
It will be nice now to tell a customer to "get ya something cold to drink out of the fridge".  :)

Then he say " What's this Purple Drank?".  :o :o :o
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« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2018, 09:41:09 PM »
Surprised you didn't write  "Magicman loves Sweetgum".  ;D

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« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2018, 09:46:08 PM »
Surprised you didn't write  "Magicman loves Sweetgum".  ;D
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I could have written something else that would have got MM's Goat but I didn't.  :D :D :D :D
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Re: Tired of Buying Ice
« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2018, 10:07:36 PM »
I am portable so I have to think outside of the (ice) box.  I don't buy ice, I just freeze ~6 bottles of water, and cool the rest.  The frozen bottles serve as ice until they (partially) melt and then I can drink them.  :)
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« Reply #6 on: May 09, 2018, 10:13:18 PM »
That's the way to do it goat man. smiley_beertoast 
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« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2018, 10:32:51 PM »
I could have written something else that would have got MM's Goat

I'm gonna let dat goat out soon.   :P
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« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2018, 10:33:08 PM »
That goats an icemizer. :)
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« Reply #9 on: May 10, 2018, 07:59:13 AM »
You saying I got a WIDE ICE? 😂😂😂
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« Reply #10 on: May 10, 2018, 08:13:26 AM »
Ice see you got one of those million dollar coolers. Figured they kept ice for months. :D
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Re: Tired of Buying Ice
« Reply #11 on: May 10, 2018, 07:52:53 PM »
As important as offering a cold drank would be a place for a customer to be excused when behind a pine tree is not an option.  

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« Reply #12 on: May 10, 2018, 09:26:22 PM »
As important as offering a cold drank would be a place for a customer to be excused when behind a pine tree is not an option.  
They can excuse them selves behind a Pine Log if they can get horizontal.  :D
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« Reply #13 on: May 10, 2018, 10:32:25 PM »
You have to wonder how many people walked by that fridge and asked "What is a Woodmizer?"
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« Reply #14 on: May 10, 2018, 10:56:16 PM »
I grew up drinking out of rinsed javex jugs that had been filled and frozen with tap water. Two interesting things about the late 60s and 70s, everybody drank any tap water and to the best of my memory javex jugs were the only plastic liquid containers sold in the store.
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« Reply #15 on: May 11, 2018, 08:19:57 AM »
In 1983, my hunting partner had forgotten and left his canteen at home.  Actually at that time I was using a Hershey's chocolate syrup bottle.  Anyhow, he finally decided to buy a bottle of rubbing alcohol, pour the contents in his gas tank, and use the bottle as his canteen.  There was no bottled water in Cortez, CO. or anywhere else at that time.  When I first started seeing bottled water in stores my thoughts were; "how stupid is that, and who is going to buy it".  My how times have changed.  ::)
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« Reply #16 on: May 11, 2018, 08:53:32 AM »
I had the same reaction to bottled water, and i also swore that I would never pay for TV.  ::)
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« Reply #17 on: May 11, 2018, 09:59:46 AM »
If you had told me that some day almost everyone would buy water in little metric sized plastic bottles, and in singles pay more per gallon than gasoline. Well I would have probably backed away from you slowly.......
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« Reply #18 on: May 11, 2018, 10:20:49 AM »
Tap waters fine with me.
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« Reply #19 on: May 11, 2018, 01:15:00 PM »
Tap waters fine with me.
In many cases that's what you're getting with commercial bottled water...

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« Reply #20 on: May 11, 2018, 01:23:30 PM »
We have one of those at our mill. Started off as a good idea but now its unplugged and is a cabinet for saw teeth, shanks, and spare chain links and belt clips. So used to working in the woods without that when its present I just dont use it.
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« Reply #21 on: May 11, 2018, 01:27:25 PM »
Tap waters fine with me.
In many cases that's what you're getting with commercial bottled water...
Been a lot of reports done on so called "spring,and mountain" bottled water finding that it's just filtered municipal tap water.
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« Reply #22 on: May 11, 2018, 02:42:04 PM »
And the above post is why I will not buy bottle water.Our water is tested,wife has a cooking license,above what a home owner would be tested for, Comes back every year just fine.
Portland Spring is a big deal around here.
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« Reply #23 on: May 11, 2018, 03:33:18 PM »
Plastic water bottles were just banned in "town". Plastic shopping bags were gone a couple of years ago. Poland Springs tastes good. Aquafina is nasty municipal water, I believe.
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« Reply #24 on: May 11, 2018, 04:32:03 PM »
If the goat would have wrote ''Wen I grow up I wana be a wudmizer'', I would have remembered it was David Poston from way before the goat fiasco.

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« Reply #25 on: May 11, 2018, 05:45:01 PM »
We drink tap water here that has been through a Brita pitcher to remove the Chlorine taste/smell.
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« Reply #26 on: May 11, 2018, 08:36:34 PM »
We drink tap water here that has been through a Brita pitcher to remove the Chlorine taste/smell.


I use a Brita as well. I always have a Yeti-style SS cup iced up and ready to go.  MM do you have city/municipal water at your place? I would have bet you had a well.

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« Reply #27 on: May 11, 2018, 08:39:30 PM »
This child drinks well water :)
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« Reply #28 on: May 11, 2018, 08:50:45 PM »
I have great well water. The farm has excellent spring water. I've been drinking out of hoses all my life. 
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« Reply #29 on: May 11, 2018, 09:05:38 PM »
Another thing that bothers me about the proliferation of bottled water is the number of bottles that I see in recycling bins that still have water in them. Sometimes as much as half full. It gets warm and people don't want to drink it so they toss it and go grab another cold one from the fridge. Doubly wasteful.
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« Reply #30 on: May 11, 2018, 09:21:04 PM »
This child drinks well water :).  
Maybe that is why I am stunted.  Not physically, just mentally  :D.
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« Reply #31 on: May 11, 2018, 10:50:54 PM »
MM do you have city/municipal water at your place? I would have bet you had a well.
 
Here at home we have municipal water, but I also have a well.  At the Cabin we are hooked up to a Rural Water Assn.  Growing up we had a dug cistern and drank rainwater.
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« Reply #32 on: May 12, 2018, 06:55:55 AM »
We have a 1 inch water line gravity flowing from our spring on the hillside in the pasture, right into my cellar and the water pump!  :)

The water pump is only used for "pressure" for the shower, washer & toilet!  Other than that, we don't really NEED the pump, but we do use it! ;)

We have a "whole-house" water filter in the cellar and the cartridges typically last 6-8 months, but they will actually last longer!
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« Reply #33 on: May 12, 2018, 07:39:06 PM »
I like your set up Chuck! 👍
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« Reply #34 on: May 12, 2018, 08:50:11 PM »
I like the setup idea but tell me about Winter water.  The pipe has to be deep and what keeps the spring thawed? 
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« Reply #35 on: May 12, 2018, 09:22:22 PM »
Springs don't freeze because the water coming up out of the ground is usually around 50 degrees? I believe.
I've never seen a spring freeze.
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Chuck. Do you have a springhouse?
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« Reply #37 on: May 12, 2018, 09:44:04 PM »
Spring water around here is at 54 degrees year round. 
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« Reply #38 on: May 13, 2018, 07:32:44 AM »
Chuck when l was young a friend of my dad had a setup like yours except he built a big overflow tank and used that to keep fish in that they caught. They could always go down in the basement and scoop out a live fish for a meal year round. They used it to keep their beer cool also. :)
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« Reply #39 on: May 13, 2018, 07:57:08 PM »
Spring Water is something that you get when you visit Raider Bill in the mountains of Tennessee sitting on his porch.  It comes in a glass with ice :).
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« Reply #40 on: May 13, 2018, 10:51:04 PM »
I have three 36" diameter tiles 36" long, and a 250# cast concrete lid on top, most of it is in the ground, only about two feet is above ground, there's about 4-5 feet of water in it!

The water line to the house is about 1 feet above the bottom of the spring and about 3 feet above that is the overflow line which runs year round into an old bathtub about 150 feet from the spring, it's used for watering cattle! NOTE:  It's very likely that a lot of Amish men will be drinking from that waterline, this next Tuesday!  They are having a "barn raising" and are expecting somewhere around 100 men to show up!

The line running to the house is buried between 4 & 6 feet crossing an agricultural field and comes into my house about one foot up from the cellar floor!
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« Reply #41 on: May 14, 2018, 08:09:11 AM »
Spring Water is something that you get when you visit Raider Bill in the mountains of Tennessee sitting on his porch.  It comes in a glass with ice :).
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« Reply #42 on: May 14, 2018, 08:31:09 AM »
Thank you Chuck for that detailed description of your spring water system. 

At some point away from the spring the runoff has to freeze, or does it go into a creek that has enough flow that it runs year round?  

Please excuse the questions but I am still curious because our frost/freeze line is just below the grass roots.  My Cabin is on a rural water system and my 2" feed crosses underneath the road in an exposed drainage culvert.  :o 
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Re: Tired of Buying Ice
« Reply #43 on: May 14, 2018, 09:00:46 AM »
The runoff from the old bathtub goes into a ditch that has running water in it year-round!  It might freeze over, but doesn't freeze solid!

Sometime during a typical Winter, the water going into the tub will start freezing, but the water will remain running and will become encased in a dome of ice, but that 1 inches of water is still running and on a calm day I can hear it running all the way from my house (150'), even though it's inside the ice!
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Re: Tired of Buying Ice
« Reply #44 on: May 14, 2018, 09:08:01 AM »
Ah, that is what I wanted to hear Chuck.  Thanks again for the description.  smiley_thumbsup
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« Reply #45 on: May 14, 2018, 09:11:12 AM »
Spring Water is something that you get when you visit Raider Bill in the mountains of Tennessee sitting on his porch.  It comes in a glass with ice :).
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Re: Tired of Buying Ice
« Reply #46 on: May 14, 2018, 09:29:04 AM »
   We have a spring in the short draw/valley between the hillsides above my house. Many years ago the county went in an buried about a 4' long X 2' diameter concrete pipe with a solid bottom and a bunch of 1" holes for coarse filters. At the bottom was about a 6" section of metal pipe cast into the concrete pipe. The pipe was buried standing up with the metal pipe facing downhill. The water seeped into the pipe through the holes and there was a square, removable concrete cover about 2" thick. The homeowner at the time connected a flexible pipe to the pipe in the concrete. The spring is about 40' above the height of this house. The water was piped own to cinderblock spring house about 12'X 16'. The spring house was dug into the side of the mountain so it stayed cool. The water ran through an old sink where they kept big milk cans of fresh milk till they could be collected, used, or sold. The water was then piped on down to the house. I don't know if they ever had a filter on it or not as they had abandoned it and dug a 70' well in front of the springhouse. The pump still resides there in the old springhouse to keep it from freezing. The cinderblocks in the springhouse were filled with sawdust for insulation and old newspapers were used in the attic for the same purpose. The roof eventually leaked and wet the newspapers and we fed several generations of termites on the sawdust before I sealed the blocks and tore off, raised (One end touched the ground at the lowest corner) and replaced the roof. We still use it for storage for the water filter and the pump. I hooked into the original pipe extension on the concrete "filter" and ran the line down hill to an old bathtub for the stock to drink. The run-off from the bathtub is captured and routed through more pipe to another big, black plastic stock tank on the other side of a cross fence and the run off from it is finally piped to a ditch in my back yard.

  I empty the leaves and mud out of the bathtub and stock tank every year or so and every several years I go clean out the old concrete pipe/filter at the head of the spring.

  I don't see any evidence of a cistern to store water so I guess the gravity flow level off the spring was adequate for the families needs. We still have remote neighbors who use spring water systems although I think they run it through a filter system to prevent Giardia and such.

  I really like the suggestion above about storing live fish in the cistern from the spring water for the family.
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« Reply #47 on: May 14, 2018, 03:16:40 PM »
I have a spring that I use to show shoe in to see if the deer had been there. That never freezes.
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« Reply #48 on: May 14, 2018, 05:34:39 PM »
At our cabin We had a waterline laying on top of the ground from a spring up the holler. Plenty of pressure even with a bypass open so it would run a little to keep it from freezing. Small shower and if taking a hot shower in the winter with outside temp in the teens and accidentally bumped the hot water turning it down you sure got a cold suprise in a hurry.
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