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  • mikecz commented on eccuste's instructable Daddy's Pickled Jalapenos1 month ago
    Daddy's Pickled Jalapenos

    Love these on pizza, quesadillas, some tacos and sandwiches!Didn't realize how easy to make them myself. I guess I'll have to grow more jalapenos next year!

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  • mikecz commented on inspiretomake's instructable Meteorite Ring1 month ago
    Meteorite Ring

    THAT is one crazy fine piece of work!

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  • Start Your Car With a Rope (Dead Battery Life Hack)

    This seems a rather pain-in-the-butt way to do it. Why not just "bump" start it? It's much safer (you're in the driver's seat controlling the steering wheel and pedals) and you don't have to get out the jack, jack the thing up, find a long enough strong enough rope to do this, & hope you have the strength (I'd like to see you do this on a full sized pickup or SUV with, say, a 6 liter engine).As a proof-of-concept --- just barely acceptable. As a working solution --- NO!

    Agreed. You need one or the other. A gasoline engine car will usually run a few miles (in the summer, without headlights on - I've done it.) on a decently charged battery with a dead alternator or indefinitely on a working alternator but a dead battery.

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  • Solar Cooked Wild Mackerel on the Rocks

    I've been fishing for 60-some years and don't understand your "feathers" lures. Are these flies, such as fly fishermen use? ...or something more basic? One of your photos shows an obvious weight on the end of your line with (I guess) several of your feathers strung above it. Could you please show a closer view of these feather lures and are they attached directly to the main line, or are they on "droppers" a little off the main line?Thank you.

    Ah, thanks, Tecwyn. I've never seen a rig quite like that. Do you also put any kind of bait on the hooks, or is the bit of red color plus the tail feathers enough?

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  • mikecz commented on MiiBooth's instructable Make your own charcoal at home (Video)2 months ago
    Make your own charcoal at home (Video)

    Most of the common ornamental or "street" shade trees will produce fine charcoal (or firewood), as long as they haven't been sprayed with any pesticides for at least several years. Most nut and fruit trees will also work very well. Check out BBQ Web sites to see what people are suing for their "smoke" woods for cooking (or ask about it). Any BBQ wood will be safe and suitable for making charcoal to prepare food over.I have a pretty good "stash" of sugar maple from our yard and white oak from a parkway near our house that I use in our BBQ.

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  • mikecz commented on MiiBooth's instructable Make your own charcoal at home (Video)2 months ago
    Make your own charcoal at home (Video)

    Amongst other things, Fahrenheit 451 was about burning books, because 451° F is generally considered to be the flash point of paper, which is somewhat different from that of wood, even tho most paper is made completely or mostly of wood fibers.

    The percent users of gas(propane vs charcoal grillers are, of course, for USA users (and, by the way, I can hardly stand the concept of gas grills). I'm a little dubious about all poisonous substances in woods being "volatiles", but maybe. You comments are interesting, to be sure.I certainly have to agree with "jsawyer", below, who states that charcoal is a lot easier to get and keep an even temperature on than wood. Cooking over wood is definitely more of an adventure! I do it partially because we have several large hard maple trees in our yard and it seems just often enough to keep me in fuel, a large branch blows down or my wife wants another one cut off because it's shading her flowers too much! We've lived in this house for more than 30 years and have never spra...see more »The percent users of gas(propane vs charcoal grillers are, of course, for USA users (and, by the way, I can hardly stand the concept of gas grills). I'm a little dubious about all poisonous substances in woods being "volatiles", but maybe. You comments are interesting, to be sure.I certainly have to agree with "jsawyer", below, who states that charcoal is a lot easier to get and keep an even temperature on than wood. Cooking over wood is definitely more of an adventure! I do it partially because we have several large hard maple trees in our yard and it seems just often enough to keep me in fuel, a large branch blows down or my wife wants another one cut off because it's shading her flowers too much! We've lived in this house for more than 30 years and have never sprayed the trees with any kind of pesticide, so I'm not worried about issues like that in the maple wood.

    Amongst other things, Fahrenheit 451 was about burning books, because 451° F is generally considered to be the flash point of paper, which is somewhat different from that of wood, even tho most paper is made completely or mostly of wood fibers.

    Amongst other things, Fahrenheit 451 was about burning books, because 451° F is generally considered to be the flash point of paper, which is somewhat different from that of wood, even tho most paper is made completely or mostly of wood fibers.

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  • mikecz commented on MiiBooth's instructable Make your own charcoal at home (Video)2 months ago
    Make your own charcoal at home (Video)

    Uh, the numbers being kicked around nowadays suggest that about 70% of home grillers use a gas (usually propane) grill, about 30% use charcoal, and the under 1% of us use wood for outdoor cooking. I'm pretty sure MANY more meals have been prepared throughout history (and pre-history, for that matter) on indoor and outdoor WOOD fires than on charcoal burning devices! As some others have stated in the comments for this instructible, there certainly are poisonous woods that should not be used for cooking, and I'm pretty sure if you turned them into charcoal by the method shown here, the charcoal would STILL be poisonous! Wood burners unite!

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  • mikecz commented on tomatoskins's instructable Perfect Workbench3 months ago
    Perfect Workbench

    You will appreciate MANY times that you built your bench slightly lower than your table saw's table! (Like, every time you start cutting up a full or nearly full sheet of heavy panel product or any even sort of long rip cut on regular lumber!)As for finishing, I covered mine with a piece of "sacrificial" tempered hardboard ("Masonite") tacked down with some 1" brads. I did that about 30 years ago and still haven't replaced the first sheet of hardboard.

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  • mikecz commented on Elias Stratakos's instructable Wall Tool Holders3 months ago
    Wall Tool Holders

    Nice, as far as it goes. How about pliers (& cutters/strippers that look kind of like pliers) and hammers?

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