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  • Re: MiniMax owners: PSA pertaining to the carrier handle.

    Just got home.  Looked at the Carten for ideas.   Egsactly what my redneck engineerin skool (Lowe's University) taut me. Hahaha

    FWIW for the peeps looking for ideas without the wood workshop equipment, Scott used threaded rod barely seen(and not interested in disassembly), hollowed aluminum tubes, bolts, flat washers, and lock washers for both handle and supports.  A hacksaw with metal blade to cut the rod to size are the tools required, along with the wrenches of course.

    For the MM carrier, wonder if you could even open up the holes to accomodate a thicker threaded rod if needed?  Strictly going by pics here.  But wouldn't be hard, stepdrilling to rod diameter of choice, and touch up.  

  • Re: Major Score

    $4/lb after processing is a good price.  You would probably average around 5 if you had to pay for a locker to process.

    Nose to tail, it is all good brother.
    Search the net.  Cuts, preferred methods for each.  Lard, leaf lard, fatback for grinding, cracklins, jowl, etc etc.  Braising hocks fresh, or curing then using in beans or collards is an example.  My dad and his best bud(hog farmer), would drink Buds and put down a jar of pickled pig's feet.  

    Just wanted to highlight the fact that you don't have to cure it all with a salt heavy cure like Ruhlman's, and that some cuts may be better fresh.  I'd much rather use a shoulder for a kick a$$ batch of sausages, than a bbq smoked whole shoulder or buckboard bacon.  Let it shine.

    Better advice/options are out there other than Ruhlman and Polcyn IMO, when going nose to tail....from folks that have been doing it much longer.  
  • Re: Burn Out/Down

    Buy a BGE Tel Tru.
    Buy a Smokeware cap.
    Buy a Rutland gasket from Ron.
    Buy some Permatex Ulta Copper from an auto parts store.
    Buy some Mineral Spirits or Acetone from a big box to remove old gasket.
  • OT: Fungal infection

    Decided to hit up IA's first Mellow Mushroom in Coralville after some fun at the VA hospital.  
    As a pizza snob, I must confess, the red skin potato was a pretty damn tasty chain pie.  It could even pass as a breakfast/brunch pie.  And to top it off, Fat Tire pints were 3 bucks


    Now this is still a distant second to Fong's Crab Rangoon pie.....but MM is a bright, funky, cool place that puts out a respectable product.  Glad they have finally spread to IA.
  • Re: OT - SAMs club tumblers, 2 for $20

    Found 'em.  
    Will be awesome Christmas gifts!
    Thanks for posting.

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