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Old 09-07-2018, 08:39 PM   #1
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What we need...

... is some kind of device that you can plop into a campfire and have it generate power to charge your trailer's batteries. A thermocouple of some kind. Then I'd light a fire and join these kumbayah knotheads who have shown up at my campground for the weekend.

Yeah, I've had a beer or two this evening...
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Old 09-07-2018, 08:42 PM   #2
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Grab me the brain bleach, I now am listening to Mike's voice singing Kumbaya in my head.
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Old 09-07-2018, 08:47 PM   #3
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There is this but all you get is 5 watts out of it.
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Old 09-07-2018, 09:32 PM   #4
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There is this but all you get is 5 watts out of it.
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Here's his chance to figure out how to adapt a stirling engine to a generator. The most I've seen one do is turn a fan on a stove but lets ignore physics since alcohol is involved .
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We had a thermopile on our old coal conversion furnace in the home place. It provided voltage to the thermostat. There was no fan on the furnace, only hot air rising out of the registers. Power would go out in the ice storms. We did not fear. Had heat, could cook, put refrigerated stuff in coolers on the back porch and used a kerosene lamp for light. Listened to radio on my crystal set. Wouldn’t trade those days for all the forced air, microwave , cable TV conveniences of today. Ever toast marshmallows in a cast iron skillet?
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We had a thermopile on our old coal conversion furnace in the home place. It provided voltage to the thermostat. There was no fan on the furnace, only hot air rising out of the registers. Power would go out in the ice storms. We did not fear. Had heat, could cook, put refrigerated stuff in coolers on the back porch and used a kerosene lamp for light. Listened to radio on my crystal set. Wouldn’t trade those days for all the forced air, microwave , cable TV conveniences of today. Ever toast marshmallows in a cast iron skillet?
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I think you were a natural born boy scout, Dave and I understand how your life mirrored some of those qualities, from being a fire watcher to camping, you are a good all around person!! I too long for the simpler way of life we had growing up, listening to the crystal radio and keeping time with the windup clocks.
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Old 09-08-2018, 10:12 AM   #7
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Hey Jim
Thanks for the kind words. We will miss you at the Falls next week. Hopefully next year will be better. Private message me with your address, I’ve got something to send to you that you need.
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Old 09-08-2018, 05:14 PM   #8
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Grab me the brain bleach, I now am listening to Mike's voice singing Kumbaya in my head.

Nope, I'm not singing anything. Last thing I want to hear is dogs howling.
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Howling

The last thing I ever want to hear are Coyotes howling on a cool night somewhere in the middle of Montana. A Merle Haggard line. Was it inspired by Patsy Montana singing “I want to be a cowboys sweetheart”?. We will probably never know for sure
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Old 09-08-2018, 06:07 PM   #10
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The last thing I ever want to hear are Coyotes howling on a cool night somewhere in the middle of Montana. A Merle Haggard line. Was it inspired by Patsy Montana singing “I want to be a cowboys sweetheart”?. We will probably never know for sure
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Hi: Iowa Dave... Don't need the "Middle of Montana". You'll hear them at the Riverside CG. Ouwoo!!! Alf
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Old 09-08-2018, 06:45 PM   #11
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I heard them at Riverside a couple years ago. I hear them at our place pretty often. Saw one a couple weeks ago out near the farm. They’ve about eliminated the red fox in our area. I still like to hear them though. I’ve heard the wolves at Algonquin too. Pack animals, something primal about it. I know Mark June from Texas. He knows more about coyotes than anyone else I’ve met.
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The last thing I ever want to hear are Coyotes howling on a cool night somewhere in the middle of Montana. A Merle Haggard line. Was it inspired by Patsy Montana singing “I want to be a cowboys sweetheart”?. We will probably never know for sure
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We went on a three day canoe trip earlier this year on the Red Deer River in the badlands of southern Alberta. Each night while sitting around our camp or in our tents we could hear coyotes yapping from multiple locations all around us, sometimes only a 100 m or so away. Very eerie experience.
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Old 09-08-2018, 08:11 PM   #13
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Yeah, coyotes give me the creeps. Sometimes at night I can stand in my front yard in the dark and hear them begin to howl, then others join in until the noise is in a 90 degree arc around my house.


I used to go for a walk at dawn during the hot summer months. Once I walked around a corner and about two hundred yards ahead of me a coyote started to cross the road, following a well-traveled path along fencerows. It saw me and started to walk toward me, something I didn't expect. Unnerved, I backed up and went back around the corner the way I came. I had a big walking stick and dog spray with me, but that was it. I don't know of coyotes attacking a person, but I don't want to be the first.
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We went on a three day canoe trip earlier this year on the Red Deer River in the badlands of southern Alberta. Each night while sitting around our camp or in our tents we could hear coyotes yapping from multiple locations all around us, sometimes only a 100 m or so away. Very eerie experience.
If you haven't, try a wilderness canoe trip by yourself, the night sounds are even more eerie.
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Old 09-08-2018, 10:30 PM   #15
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It would be extremely rare for a coyote to be a threat to a human, but of course don't push your luck by cornering one. On the other hand they can certainly be a threat to dogs (acting as a pack), and in urban areas it is routine for them to eat cats if they can. I like hearing them, and other than being cautious about our pets, I've never been worried about them.

Some areas have apparently seen some hybridization of coyotes and wolves - that's bad, and not the same as normal coyotes.
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I came across a pack of about 5 or 6 wolves out in the forest while cutting firewood about 10 yrs ago. They were spread out a couple hundred metres apart and were travelling in the same direction through the bush kind of perpendicular to my travel direction. Kind of looked like they were on a hunt. Was quite an experience to see but I was happy to be in my truck at the time.
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Old 09-08-2018, 11:30 PM   #17
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Yeah, coyotes give me the creeps. I don't know of coyotes attacking a person, but I don't want to be the first.
You definitely wouldn't like my neighborhood. Our little 6 lb. dog would be lunch for them if we let her out of our sight. The power poles often have missing cat posters on them. Not likely that the cat will ever turn up alive. Coyotes are fun to watch in the snow as they do their pounce routine to flush out rodents.

You also wouldn't like opening your door and coming face to face with a large black bear. I usually get my slingshot out and persuade them to return to the forest. Unfortunately if they've previously been tagged and relocated they don't get a second chance if someone calls the conservation officer.

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Just read this fascinating story recently about a wolf befriending a whole community....
https://www.factinate.com/wow/wolf-w...dailyrecordydr
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Love the sounds of coyotes echoing through the hills. Once on a backcountry ski trip we stopped at a great spot at noon after a gruelling day before as it was a great sunny spot with a great view. There were tons of wolf tracks (paths actually) along the lake we were on. As we set up camp we heard howls a short distance off. This continued through the afternoon and evening, there must have been a kill nearby. It was so cool to hear these wolves in the background the whole time we were there. Jasper and another dog were with us and did not seem to be bothered at all by the sound.

Oh yeah, during the day there were a few eagles that were circling around that kill site. Their screech does not sound all that great in comparison.

For those that know BC, this was when we skied around the Bowron Lakes Canoe Circuit. A beautiful trip both summer and winter. A previous member on here mosquitodirk did the trip with us. He was at the Escape rally in Merritt.
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They have been around for a while. They are just heavy. Steam generators.
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