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Charcoal chimney lighting

Charcoal chimney

I use a charcoal chimney to light the charcoal grill when I’m using my smokey joe as either a straight up grill, or when I convert it to full on smoker usage.  I’ve started my charcoal with an electric starter and with lighter fluid, but I prefer the charcoal chimney the most.

I’ve been using the charcoal chimney for years but [click to continue…]


Laundry Graywater Recycling system

Laundry graywater can be a great source of irrigation water for your landscaping needs.  You could have a system installed professionally or you can do it yourself.  Most states have rules (code) that dictates whether you are allowed to install a laundry graywater recycling (re-use, re-purpose get) system or not and if you do install one, what the specific rules and regulations are about how it is installed.

Most laundry gray-water systems are required to have a three way valve that diverts the discharged laundry water either into the landscape irrigation system or puts it directly into the drain.  A similar system can be designed or built with two isolation valves.  One would be opened to allow discharging to the sanitary sewer system and not doing any laundry graywater recycling.  If the other valve is opened then the water is sent to the laundry graywater system, not to the sewer.

The system I built is fairly simple and is nothing more than a holding tank with a gravity drain.  I got my inspiration for the design here. Since I’m past the stage in life [click to continue…]


Build your own BBQ smoker

completed BBQ smoker

In this post I’ll describe and show you how to build a BBQ smoker. Smokers are designed to cook the food slowly, at a (relatively) low temperature. Convert your Weber Smokey Joe into a small volume BBQ smoker.  I can fit three or four whole chickens in mine.  The limiting item is [click to continue…]


Home Water Conservation is Easy to Do

Navy Shower

Home Water Conservation

The focus of this article will be on home water conservation. If you have landscaping, i.e. lawn, shrubs, trees etc. that will likely be your biggest use of water if you don’t live in an area blessed with year round rain. One of the biggest uses of water in the home is [click to continue…]


Do you use your bicycle for commuting or transportation, not just recreational riding?  Do you struggle with how or where to park your bike? Wouldn’t it be easier with a bicycle parking brake? I’ve got a simple solution I’ve been using for years, [click to continue…]