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Harvesting bamboo?
Prikli Pear
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Joined: Jan 04, 2017
Posts: 183
From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted: 2017-02-17 09:03 am   Permalink

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So do you never have to close your pool?
We have to close it in winter and open in spring you only get like three good months.



Well, that depends on what you mean by "close." The pool's there. The water's there. It never freezes. We reduce the pump vigor and hours during the off season and with the sun lower in the sky, mostly blocked by the palm trees, chlorine lasts a lot longer than in say, July or August.

By the same token, the sun's lower and doesn't warm the water, even on hot days like we've been having recently. The beagles pulled out the floating thermometer and chewed it up, so I don't have an accurate read, but I'd say the water temperature right now is hovering around the mid-50s. My kids have decided to jump in on occasion when it's like this and quickly changed their minds. April's when it becomes swimmable, depending on the weather of course, and it's not until June that it gets really comfortable. From July-September, The Wife and I will usually spend a couple hours in it at night, just relaxing. This past year we were able to swim up to the week of Halloween. Again, it was more the sun's angle and shade that ended our fun than winter weather.

We thought about putting in a heating system, but the cheap options wouldn't make much difference and for the cost of something that'd make it usable year-round, we could put in a hot tub/spa. So that's what we've decided on. I hope to pour a slab for it in the next month or so, and then the hijinks will ensue.




 
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Prikli Pear
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From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted: 2017-02-17 1:23 pm   Permalink

And to gently nudge this thread back into the topic area, I'm kind of amazed how quickly the bamboo dries. The first three culms I collected three weeks ago and toasted have lost a significant amount of weight. I toasted a few more last night and the difference was striking.

I also discovered that culms segments can explode if one does not properly vent them before torching. Live and learn, eh?


 
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tikiskip
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Joined: Nov 26, 2005
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Posted: 2017-02-18 05:35 am   Permalink

"I also discovered that culms segments can explode if one does not properly vent them before torching"

We burn bamboo all the time it's fun.

"have lost a significant amount of weight"

It shrinks a lot too.

A Day of Explosions - The Filipino Bamboo Cannon
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pporh4qV7Do

40 pound bamboo burning fast with many explosions
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXdoQ1eeGgo



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