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Old 08-29-2012, 04:57 AM   #71
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Yeah, you used the same pot for a LOT of things- they were expensive enough the average homestead did not have that many of them. You washed them out between uses. Now think about it for a minute- if you had made SOAP in it, how hard would it be to wash out the pot?

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Up north where I'm at finding water as described previously was called "divining". Saw my grandpa do it once to find some buried water lines.

Cast iron pots will last a lifetime or two if they get a little loving once in a while. I have some that belonged to my grandma and I think a couple came from her mom.

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Up north where I'm at finding water as described previously was called "divining". Saw my grandpa do it once to find some buried water lines.

Cast iron pots will last a lifetime or two if they get a little loving once in a while. I have some that belonged to my grandma and I think a couple came from her mom.
I still cook eggs out of a griswald pan that I ate eggs cooked in it almost 50 years ago. Look for any Griswald cast iron at garage sales, they are very collectable.
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We have 3 big Griswalds about 10 or 12 inches. One stays with the camping stuff. The cast iron dutch oven is great too. I'm not much of a cook but my wife works magic with those things. You can just put the pan in the fire of you want to. Once seasoned stuff doesn't stick to them. Single pan meals go right in the oven from the stovetop. Can't do that with teflon.

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When the power has gone out in the past we still have bacon and eggs. I placed hot coals on aluminum foil in my griswald skillet. Then placed my griswald round griddle that fits perfect on top. Cooked bacon on the griddle, then eggs.

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I still cook eggs out of a griswald pan that I ate eggs cooked in it almost 50 years ago. Look for any Griswald cast iron at garage sales, they are very collectable.
I try to find good things that last in every things I do. A cast iron frying pan is a great example of just such a thing. They cook great and will last from now on with just a little care. If only all the other stuff we bought were as durable.
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T- hate to break it to you, bro, but that rock lined hand dug well IS rocked from the bottom up! Damned skippy it is dangerous!
It must have really sucked being a well digger!!!

I also can't help but to think of an old expression I've always heard, "cold as a well digger's A$$".

Yep, that's one job that would have sucked.
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I just started to get into tying knots. I was never a Boy Scout so I never learned. I always feel lame when I fail trying to lash things to tie things down.

All I used to know was a square knot.

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Knots and rope work are a great basic skill, and cheap to learn. Square, bowline, bowline on a bight, sheet bend, carrick bend, timber hitch, clove hitch. One of the most useful when using a rope to tie down a load is a drover's hitch (aka trucker's hitch).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trucker's_hitch

The Prusik Knot was a climber's knot that we used a lot- rope around a rope-

http://www.animatedknots.com/prusik/index.php

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