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Forum: Around the Campfire Yesterday, 02:41 PM
Replies: 90
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Posted By Arrowsmith
I was pretty much against masks and the...

I was pretty much against masks and the vaccine.....until I got Covid-19. I definitely don't want that crap again.

My anti Covid-19, anti mask, anti vaccine bravado went away real quick.

I...
Forum: Around the Campfire 02-24-2021, 07:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 399
Posted By Arrowsmith
Lot of tractors are retrofitted with Westendorf...

Lot of tractors are retrofitted with Westendorf loaders up here in the Midwest. Their factory is in Onawa, Iowa. They have been in business for since 1934 (87 years). There are lots of dealers here...
Forum: Around the Campfire 02-24-2021, 11:53 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 858
Posted By Arrowsmith
My Champion 4000/3500 quit generating power right...

My Champion 4000/3500 quit generating power right after we move up here to Iowa. I tried the drill trick but it didn't work. I took it to a small engine repair shop. It was a small part....I think it...
Forum: Around the Campfire 02-24-2021, 11:21 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,071
Posted By Arrowsmith
Get one these with an exterior plug to your panel...

Get one these with an exterior plug to your panel and an interlock kit. You can install a 50amp two pole breaker for generator breaker. You can pick and choose what you want to run.

If you want...
Forum: Around the Campfire 02-24-2021, 11:04 AM
Replies: 212
Views: 13,322
Posted By Arrowsmith
One thing about rural areas vs the city.. if a...

One thing about rural areas vs the city.. if a stranger comes here, people notice them right away..here, everyone waves, many will say there hellos, ask about your family, etc.. you cant come here...
Forum: Around the Campfire 02-24-2021, 10:11 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 4,311
Posted By Arrowsmith
Where are Westinghouse generators built? ...

Where are Westinghouse generators built?

They design and produce only portable generators – inverter and conventional models. These generators are manufactured in their Columbus, Ohio facility....
Forum: Around the Campfire 02-24-2021, 10:05 AM
Replies: 212
Views: 13,322
Posted By Arrowsmith
We definitely have a group plan and have each...

We definitely have a group plan and have each other's back, but we also respect each families privacy. We live 3/4 to a mile from each other. Probably the most interesting part of of plan (some...
Forum: Around the Campfire 02-24-2021, 09:32 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 4,311
Posted By Arrowsmith
If you want an American made generator get a...

If you want an American made generator get a Westinghouse Duel Fuel 12,500/9500. Made in Columbus, Ohio. Engine is made there also.
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Forum: Around the Campfire 02-24-2021, 08:54 AM
Replies: 212
Views: 13,322
Posted By Arrowsmith
That is awesome !!! There are roughly 3.7...

That is awesome !!!

There are roughly 3.7 million of us serious preppers in the U.S.

That leaves about 325 million people in the U S. that are living day to day with no real plan. I am sure...
Forum: Around the Campfire 02-23-2021, 10:07 PM
Replies: 212
Views: 13,322
Posted By Arrowsmith
No Sir. The last thing I would ever want to...

No Sir.

The last thing I would ever want to do is to cause someone any kind of bodily harm.

The goal of our group.... because we are stronger as a group....is to be prepared with shelter,...
Forum: Around the Campfire 02-22-2021, 09:38 PM
Replies: 212
Views: 13,322
Posted By Arrowsmith
My wife I are pretty hard core self reliant...

My wife I are pretty hard core self reliant preppers. With that being said we one thing that we have not made a lot of provisions for is an emergency water supply. I keep 7 of the square blue jugs...
Forum: Around the Campfire 02-22-2021, 09:09 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 1,724
Posted By Arrowsmith
Prayers spoken for you.

Prayers spoken for you.
Forum: Around the Campfire 02-22-2021, 10:10 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,568
Posted By Arrowsmith
They are way tougher than you think....at least...

They are way tougher than you think....at least these big Easterns are. We had over two weeks of below zero temperatures. This group came strolling by the house last week at about 10 below zero with...
Forum: Around the Campfire 02-22-2021, 08:08 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,163
Posted By Arrowsmith
I was a Cooper fan until I got the Falken...

I was a Cooper fan until I got the Falken Wildpeak AT3W. For me.....the best tires I have owned. We live out on the gravel and drive on a lot of snow here in Iowa.
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Forum: Around the Campfire 02-22-2021, 08:03 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 207
Posted By Arrowsmith
These are the standard up here in the Midwest....

These are the standard up here in the Midwest. All of our 3'-0x7-'0 walk doors and all our windows are Plyco.

https://www.plyco.com/
Forum: Around the Campfire 02-21-2021, 07:45 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 5,937
Posted By Arrowsmith
For you guys wanting to install an interlock kit...

For you guys wanting to install an interlock kit on you panel be aware that you can pay $150.00 here.

http://www.interlockkit.com/category_s/1832.htm

Or you can get the get the same kit here...
Forum: Around the Campfire 02-21-2021, 08:32 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,500
Posted By Arrowsmith
We have not had any problems with our two...

We have not had any problems with our two hydrants. They are only 2.5 years in service at this time. You can get a repair kit here. Watch video.
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Forum: Around the Campfire 02-20-2021, 09:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 268
Posted By Arrowsmith
We have a Mr. Heater Maxx 125,000 BTU on propane....

We have a Mr. Heater Maxx 125,000 BTU on propane. 40'x40' shop, 16' ceiling, R-19 blanket pole barn insulation in the walls. 15" R-50 blown in insulation above the ceiling. Two 10'x10' insulated...
Forum: Around the Campfire 02-20-2021, 07:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,500
Posted By Arrowsmith
These Will Save you Some Grief.....

The Woodford Iowa freeze proof yard hydrants are the standard here in the Midwest, but would work great in Texas as well. They drain down and are freeze proof as long as your water hose is...
Forum: Around the Campfire 02-20-2021, 07:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,087
Posted By Arrowsmith
We have snow/ice guards installed on our roof...

We have snow/ice guards installed on our roof about 2' above the roof edge.

Snow guards work to prevent sheets of snow from sliding off a roof. Snow and ice that accumulates on a sloped roof can...
Forum: Around the Campfire 02-20-2021, 11:55 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 648
Posted By Arrowsmith
They are basically my neighbors. They live in...

They are basically my neighbors. They live in Albia, Iowa just west of us and hunt some of the same public ground that I hunt. Lake Rathbun WMA and Sedan Bottoms WMA. I have run into them at Casey's...
Forum: Around the Campfire 02-20-2021, 11:23 AM
Replies: 212
Views: 13,322
Posted By Arrowsmith
If you are going to rework your lines just go...

If you are going to rework your lines just go deeper and bury them below the frost line. There are charts that tell what the frost line is thru out the country. Here in SE Iowa all water lines are...
Forum: Around the Campfire 02-20-2021, 10:40 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,360
Posted By Arrowsmith
You can get them thru Home Depot (and possibly...

You can get them thru Home Depot (and possibly elsewhere) for a little less, but they were out of stock. There is a Home Depot about 25 miles south of us in Kirksville, Missouri. I was going to have...
Forum: Around the Campfire 02-20-2021, 10:15 AM
Replies: 144
Views: 5,937
Posted By Arrowsmith
Get a Westinghouse. Built in Columbus, Ohio. ...

Get a Westinghouse. Built in Columbus, Ohio.

They design and produce only portable generators – inverter and conventional models. These generators are manufactured in their Columbus, Ohio...
Forum: Around the Campfire 02-20-2021, 08:59 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,360
Posted By Arrowsmith
This Westinghouse generator has two 20 amp...

This Westinghouse generator has two 20 amp outlets with GFCI, one 30 amp and one 50 amp. I am going to change my exterior generator plug to 50 amp, get a 50 amp cord and change my generator breaker...
Forum: Around the Campfire 02-20-2021, 08:38 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,360
Posted By Arrowsmith
That is a awesome generator. It gets great...

That is a awesome generator. It gets great reviews.

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Forum: Around the Campfire 02-20-2021, 08:35 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,360
Posted By Arrowsmith
Westinghouse is in Columbus, Ohio. Cummings has a...

Westinghouse is in Columbus, Ohio. Cummings has a plant in Indiana. Cummins may be building their engines.

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Forum: Around the Campfire 02-19-2021, 09:33 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 237
Posted By Arrowsmith
They are "yarded up". At least that's what its...

They are "yarded up". At least that's what its called in Iowa. We have groups that bed together in dense cedar thickets. They get some protection from the snow and can stay warmer bedding as a group.
Forum: Around the Campfire 02-19-2021, 07:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,360
Posted By Arrowsmith
All This Generator Talk Cost Me $$$

We have two Champion generators. A duel fuel 10,000/8,000kw and a smaller 4000/3500kw. After reading all the generator threads I decided to get a bigger unit for emergency power. I just ordered this...
Forum: Around the Campfire 02-19-2021, 06:05 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,336
Posted By Arrowsmith
Our suppliers system is very low tech but seems...

Our suppliers system is very low tech but seems to work great. No electronics or alarms. They have a formula based on your propane appliance demands, average past usage and average ambient...
Forum: Around the Campfire 02-19-2021, 03:02 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 5,937
Posted By Arrowsmith
Yes. You can use your grill tank as long as the...

Yes. You can use your grill tank as long as the regulator is supplying the correct pressure. It won't last long though.

The duel fuel generators simply switch back and forth from gas to propane.
...
Forum: Around the Campfire 02-19-2021, 02:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 271
Posted By Arrowsmith
Our Ag COOP (Nutrien Ag Services) delivers to me...

Our Ag COOP (Nutrien Ag Services) delivers to me and my neighbors. We just keep gasoline on hand. Three of my neighbors (large farm operations) have 500 gallon diesel and gas tanks and they keep 55...
Forum: Around the Campfire 02-19-2021, 02:22 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,447
Posted By Arrowsmith
If you ran it 24 hours a day for a month (which...

If you ran it 24 hours a day for a month (which would toast you generator) you would use between 1400 and 2200 gallons of propane. :eek:

I am paying $1.20 a gallon here in Iowa.

I just checked...
Forum: Around the Campfire 02-19-2021, 01:20 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,560
Posted By Arrowsmith
Exactly...... All this stress, angst, worry,...

Exactly......

All this stress, angst, worry, fear, and monetary damage was caused by cold air......not a violent hurricane, a powerful tornado or tornadoes or even an earth quake.....

Imagine...
Forum: Around the Campfire 02-19-2021, 12:09 PM
Replies: 212
Views: 13,322
Posted By Arrowsmith
On average a propane powered generator is going...

On average a propane powered generator is going to use 2-3 gallons per hour depending on load. If you ran the generator 24 hours straight (which you probably won't) you would 50-70 gallons in a 24...
Forum: Around the Campfire 02-19-2021, 11:42 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,336
Posted By Arrowsmith
You will need a generator there much more than in...

You will need a generator there much more than in Texas.[emoji44]

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Forum: Around the Campfire 02-18-2021, 09:40 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 4,477
Posted By Arrowsmith
We have been pretty hard core self reliant...

We have been pretty hard core self reliant preppers since we retired in Oct. 2018. Our first step was to get the heck out of any big city. We chose our farm in the middle of nowhere Iowa. We are set...
Forum: Around the Campfire 02-18-2021, 08:33 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,041
Posted By Arrowsmith
Up her in Iowa our meter box is actually called a...

Up her in Iowa our meter box is actually called a meter pit. The meter is 4 foot deep inside a 24" PVC tube with a 2" thick rigid foam insulation cover underneath the cast iron lid. This puts the...
Forum: Around the Campfire 02-18-2021, 07:08 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 922
Posted By Arrowsmith
This will prevent any chance of back feed IF...

This will prevent any chance of back feed IF installed properly.

This prevents any chance of the above. An interlock switch kit is the FIRST Item that needs to be installed on your panel cover.
...
Forum: Around the Campfire 02-17-2021, 09:30 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 6,066
Posted By Arrowsmith
I am no expert. There are electricians on here...

I am no expert. There are electricians on here that are much more knowledgeable than me, but I would think for a 5 ton unit + the other items you mentioned you will need 15,000 to 20,000...
Forum: Around the Campfire 02-17-2021, 08:56 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 3,717
Posted By Arrowsmith
We have stock tank heater in our bird bath up...

We have stock tank heater in our bird bath up here in Iowa. It keeps a pretty good pool of water thawed out for the birds.

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Forum: Around the Campfire 02-17-2021, 08:54 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 922
Posted By Arrowsmith
I "think" you can go larger with your two pole...

I "think" you can go larger with your two pole generator breaker, but I would ask an electrician. It could be determined by the size, model, or even age of your panel and wiring. I only know enough...
Forum: Around the Campfire 02-17-2021, 08:26 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,515
Posted By Arrowsmith
I got enough to keep the chill off. Going...

I got enough to keep the chill off.

Going with a mix of Crown Vanilla and Old Smokey Salted Caramel tonight.https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20210218/0f5ae5d1e536fa262f75abd36654e766.jpg

Sent...
Forum: Around the Campfire 02-17-2021, 05:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 691
Posted By Arrowsmith
I just snowshoed down to feed the deer. I was hot...

I just snowshoed down to feed the deer. I was hot and sweating by the time I got back up to the house. This has been our warmest day in two weeks. It felt good...
Forum: Around the Campfire 02-17-2021, 05:37 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 4,096
Posted By Arrowsmith
Great voice for "Our Side" Rest in Peace...

Great voice for "Our Side"

Rest in Peace Rush Limbaugh.

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Forum: Around the Campfire 02-17-2021, 05:33 PM
Replies: 188
Views: 8,483
Posted By Arrowsmith
All this stress, angst, worry, fear, and monetary...

All this stress, angst, worry, fear, and monetary damage was caused by cold air......not a violent hurricane, a powerful tornado or tornadoes or even an earth quake.....just record low cold air...
Forum: Around the Campfire 02-17-2021, 04:56 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,274
Posted By Arrowsmith
We have a 500 gallon tank that we run our home on...

We have a 500 gallon tank that we run our home on daily. You can only fill a propane tank to 80-85% full so this tank actually holds just over 400 gallons when full. I also keep two 33 lb tanks full...
Forum: Around the Campfire 02-17-2021, 10:54 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,330
Posted By Arrowsmith
Not long. 1.5 to 2 hours depending on the load....

Not long. 1.5 to 2 hours depending on the load. There is 4.6 gallons of propane in the small 20lb grill tanks.

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Forum: Around the Campfire 02-17-2021, 10:06 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,330
Posted By Arrowsmith
Yes. Exactly. Propane is a good clean, easily...

Yes. Exactly. Propane is a good clean, easily storable fuel, but is not as effecient as gasoline. I keep 50 gallons of gas on hand at all times. I will periodically use it in our vehicles to keep the...
Forum: Around the Campfire 02-17-2021, 09:55 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 3,717
Posted By Arrowsmith
We feed a lot of birds up here in Iowa. We go...

We feed a lot of birds up here in Iowa. We go thru over 50lbs of seed and a lot of suet each week.

We have goldfinch, purple finches, juncos, cardinals, bluejays, house finches, red bellied...
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