Monthly Archives: July 2013

Sweet and Spicy Wings

Sweet and Spicy Wings

When it comes to dinner sweet and spicy wings are usually requested; however, I prefer to make these every so often. Anytime I host an party or attend one these wings are always a party hit. I do love my weber!

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Boogie Blue Inline Water Filter

Boogie Blue Inline Water Filter

My inline water filter from Boogie Brew came in the other day and I will be installing it tomorrow to save my soil’s biology. I am so excited! As a reminder the 40% discount is still valid so take advantage while supplies last.

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Manual Rainwater Collection

Manual Rainwater Collection

What a beautiful way to start the day. The monsoon hit very well this morning and I scurried out to collect it. I was able to fill two 55 gallon containers within 20 mins. Unfortunately I have not finished the rain gutters so I had to do this manually. Turning and tilting the barrel to align the spout with the stream of the water. Believe you me, one gallon of water weighs approx. 8.34 pounds and at the rate the water was flowing these barrels got heavy quick. Approximately 458 pounds per barrel. Not to mention the rain completely flooded the backyard and softened up the ground quite a bit and that added another level of complexity when I had to move these back to where they were originally stored. Hopefully somewhere in the immediate future I will finally finalize a simple, easy on the eye water collection setup. Hope your day was a festive as ours!

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Drip Irrigation Setup

I thought I would share this in case anyone is interested in setting up a battery operated drip irrigation system. I put together this graphic to help pinpoint each component. It is really simple to do once you understand what components you need. Illustrated is the main portion of the drip system. This should help get you started!

Drip Irrigation

For a complete system you will need:

  • 3/4″ drip tubing
  • 1/4″ drip lines
  • barbs and goof plugs
  • connectors and holder stakes
  • other types of drippers depending on your irrigation needs

While you’re installing a drip system I would recommend adding a boogie brew inline water filter to help reduce/remove chlorine before it reaches your plants. If you use this link http://www.boogiebrew.net/gyg you’ll get a 40% discount off your purchase of the filter. I am a fan of John Kohler from Growing Your Greens and with his discount you can get the boogie brew water filter plus a 10 gallon compost tea all delivered for $44. That’s a great price. Take advantage while you can!

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New Stainless Steel Chimney Cap from EggWare

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I received my new Stainless Steel chimney from Matt at EggWare.net the other day. If you own a Primo Oval XL and have fallen victim to the factory chimney closing on you when you lift open the lid, then this replacement chimney from EggWare is the answer! It came with a felt gasket to help it fit nice and snug on kamado smokers and grills like the Big Green Egg and Primo. EggWare also sells replacement gaskets should you need one. The fact that the top of the chimney comes off with ease is a major plus as it helps the temperature rise very quickly. Plus the shape of the chimney lid helps prevent water and/or snow from entering the grill when it rains or snows and that’s another win! I live in Arizona so I won’t have to worry about snow but we do get some showers and now I no longer have to worry about that.

020066163563The first thing I did was run over to Lowe’s and picked up one 12 oz can of Rust-Oleum Specialty Semi-Gloss High Heat Ultra paint for $7.29, which will provide a great sheen and protection for my new investment. Here’s the label information in case you’re interested. Before I got to painting I washed and dried my new chimney. Then I tossed on some latex gloves to prevent from transferring any oils from my fingers on to the surface of the chimney. Then I applied the first coat. Since the paint was freshly applied I had to let it dry for an hour before I could apply a second coat. Once the second coat dries I will let it sit for a few days before I attach it to the XL and cure it. I am extremely excited and cannot wait to start using this new chimney. My days of having to re-adjust after every lid opening are now a thing of the past! I’ll post a follow up once I get this new awesomeness attached and cooking (literally!).

Happy Grilling!

Updated 2013-07-14

Well it looks like I don’t have to let it sit for a few days according to the label information.

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Simple Outdoor Patio Table

I’ve been busy trying to reconfigure our backyard and especially our patio area but there’s so much to do it was difficult to decided where to start. Finally I decided that we need a fairly good size outdoor table which I hope will help everything else fall into place in terms of making it more inviting. So here’s my sketchup plans of my Simple Outdoor Patio Table. I tried to keep the cuts to a minimum to keep this as simple as possible.

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