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Category: Garden, Patio & BBQ

Outdoor Faucet

Our garden water tap is at a completely impossible position. Due to structural demands the maximum height is fixed so it can run clear in winter. I really didn’t like it so I found a remedy building a disconnectable faucet-board. It resembles a little fountain and it looks nice enough. Please see my highly sophisticated sketch/drawing if you’re interested in building your own 🙂


Water Reservoir Overflow

Due to the overflow of our drainage cisterns in the northern germany refuge garden lately, we took measures for the future, one of them being the flushing and clearing of the overflow pipe and its outlet. It was nearly completely buried in debris and foilage and any water coming from it would either flow back or accumulate at the outlet.


Water Level Indicator

I had some water damage recently in the northern germany refuge, due to a defective pump and a resulting overflow of the respective reservoir. So I came up with the idea of installing a water level indicator system to it, enabling me to have an eye on the filling level in the future.


Tips on Cold Smoking

I plan on smoking some meat again shortly, so I find it’s a good idea to gather and sum up my experiences on cold smoking a little. I will not describe the actual processes and mechanisms of smoking foods here, but if you’re interested, read on on wikipedia. It’s worth the time.

There are three types of smoking:

Hot smoking (60 – 110 °C / 140 – 230 °F):
This is what you do in a BBQ smoker. More delicious cooking than actual smoking.

Warm smoking (25 – 60 °C / 77 – 140 °F):
The intermediate thing. Some Proteins begin to denaturate at these temperatures.

Cold smoking (10 – 25 °C / 50 – 77 °F):
The “original” way of smoking, used for centuries to conserve goods. The only method discussed here.


Squirrel Feeder for the Northern Germany Refuge

I made another squirrel feeder for the nothern germany garden. The little guys must be darn hungry these days so I wanted to help them out a little.


Patched up the Garden Shed

Before

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After

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I finallly did the necessary touch ups on the garden shed in the northern germany refuge. To be honest, it is still not pretty and you cannot see so much of a difference, but as so often, it was the little things that required attention:

1. Replaced the broken roof tiles
2. Reinforced the wooden beams where necessary
3. Added an additional side wall for added space and stability of the projection portion of the roof
4. Fixed the front roof-cover

Pheew… Maybe I’ll give it a paint job in spring next year.


Another Sunset

Tonight’s Sunset in the northern germany Refuge. So pretty.


Trashcan Screen done

I finally finished the trashcan screen in the front yard. Here are some impressions, video below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Northern Germany Garden Walkabout

Still a lot to do but slowly everything is coming together. I love it so much.


Birthday Barbecue

We celebrated my wife’s birthday yesterday (all the best for you, my love!) and also used the new smoker. A whole chicken, a barbecue fattie and some spareribs – it was yummy and fun. Some Impressions from a beautiful day with friends, food and beer:


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