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Ariel Durant

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Listening to Rush. Gardening. "Mad Maxine" calls us all $*&^'s, Candles. Somali's make Minnesota interesting.


  Rush Limbaugh is the man the Libtards hate the most, next to President Trump.

He has some personality quirks ( who doesn't?), but he's a good speaker and more important, his news is accurate. His commentary is right to the point.  I learn a lot about what's going on from listening to him.

He's on the air three hours a day here in North Georgia.  We have a local radio station that carries his program. I try to catch at least the first hour of his show, and then on the weekends when the station repeats the highlights of the weeks programming, I listen to some of that.  Don't much care for the call in parts, so I skip those.

All kinds of Snow Flake professors have written books attacking him, and here's the supreme irony, Al Franken wrote a book entitled :



 You can judge a man by his enemies, and I think this is a great example of that.





Spent part of the morning making some candles.  I have not perfected the art.  The mold I bought works fine. The candles come out of it without sticking, and they are just the right size I wanted to make. I have a generator, a big diesel, that will run the lights here as long as I have fuel. All of my buildings are tied in to the generator. So, as long as I have fuel in my two 500 gallon above ground tanks, I'm ok for light. As long as I dare run the generator, which makes more noise than a Sherman tank idling.  After that, I have kerosene lanterns.  I should have 50 gallons of kerosene, but right now I only have 10. Need to fill those last kerosene jugs.  When that' s gone, I have candles. I buy a lot of candles after holidays, when they get put on sale. I  save the wax from them when they are burned, and cast my own candles with that.

I found a good source of wicks, so at the moment my only problem is the "candle well."  When you fill the mold, for reasons unknown to me, the middle of the candle develops a cavity.  Then, about 45 minutes after you pour the candle, you have to poke three holes in it with a long, thin screwdriver, and fill that cavity with hot wax. Slows down the process.

My candles  are not white. I just melt enough wax to pour as many as I plan to, throwing in hunks of wax from a big pail.  It doesn't matter to me what color they are.

I use a heavy wick, because that makes a longer, wider flame and throws out a lot more light than a smaller wick does.

If anybody has any suggestions on how to do this better, I'd welcome them. Most of what I know about it is just what I've learned by trial and error.

I don't worry about adding scents or any of that. I'm just trying augment my light sources at low cost.


Here are some new cartoons :





Mad Maxine Speaks.



By the way, Maxine Waters, the infamous  Representative from The People's Democratic Republic of California, gave a very impressive interview this week. No one, I believe, has ever accused her of being a lady. I'd have to agree she isn't. But I have never believed  the stories that she is actually a transvestite. She has some interesting, if bizarre ideas. But she's well known for that.



I should also mention that though she has had indictments filed against her that probably make Corrine Brown blanch with envy, I'm not aware that she has ever been convicted of corruption, nepotism, etc.  Not yet, anyway.


Take a look at the MSNBC "host" on the left. Need I say more?




Nice Weather. The Ferrets are joyful.



Photo taken two years ago, today.


On a lighter note, we have 70 degree weather up here right now.  Reading other people's blogs, I see that lots of folks are already planting their gardens. I'm a bit concerned winter may come  roaring back. We have snow here in the first two weeks of March every year. On the other hand, this has certainly not been a typical winter.




The ferrets like this warm weather. I can take them outside and let them run around in the meadow when it's this warm.

They need to get their exercise, but ferrets can't handle cold or heat. Nor can they do well with low humidity.

So, they have to spend most of their time in the house. Going outside is a real treat.



The ferrets don't want to move to Minnesota. They don't think they would like the Somali's who have now taken over large parts of some cities there.

Don't think I would like them either.







Feed your Enfields!








The only good thing I know of ever to come out of Pakistan.  .303 British in the 800 round case. You can't get it by the case anymore, but Midway is selling it by the can. They put it on sale about once a month.


British .303 surplus ammo at Midway

link above

Catch it on sale, and it's marked down from $140.00 a can to $90.00 a can.  I'll buy some if it is ever on free shipping, but if you pay for shipping it adds $20.00 to the price.  250 rounds. Berdan (non-reloadable), corrosive.  * I know you can reload berdan if you have the tools. I tried it. Good luck. I stick to boxer primed brass for reloading.

Thought for the Day.  Allahuh Akbar!






34 comments:

  1. Regarding the candles, try vibrating the mold while the wax is still liquid and hot. Perhaps with an orbital sander without the sandpaper? My first suggestion would be a vacuum chamber to pull the air out of the wax, but that's not something typical folks have laying around. There are probably videos on youtube to give you an idea of what that looks like. At my work we will use a vacuum chamber to pull the air out of the epoxy adhesives prior to application.

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    1. The instructions that came with the mold said to keep the mold still with hot wax in it, or it would adhere to the mold sides and not slide out .I can't see why shaking it a little would cause that, but then, I don't know what causes the cavity in the middle of the candles.

      I don't have a vacuum chamber. The cavity doesn't seem to form until the wax is almost solid, so I'm not sure if it would work or not. I doubt most people are poking holes in their candles and then pouring more hot wax down the hole though. I must be missing something.


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    2. Wax shrinks as it cools...some more than others. Also wax need certain temperature to pour and set up correctly. When cavity forms, pour some on top of it before cold.

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    3. Tewshooz, do you know the optimal temperture to heat the wax to? My little blurb that came with the mold gives a maximum temperature, and says if you exceed that the wax may burst into flame. I have just been heating it until all the chunks were melted, then pouring it.

      The cavity, that the instructions call "the well" is inside the candle, you can't see it. On the first one's I did, it was huge. Now I have gotten it down to just about the size of a large marble, what kids used to call a "boulder" marble. The instructions are written like there is no way to avoid this, and says to let the candle cool, then when the wax is set but soft, to push a "dowel" into it at an angle on in three places, and pour hot wax down into the cavity through the holes. But I know everybody else making their own candles isn't having to do this because no one has ever said anything about it.

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    4. Each wax has its own pouring temps. I make beeswax candles because, although they cost more, they burn twice as long....and because I have breathing problems I use them because they burn clean without soot and release negative ions. Also, they burn with a brighter flame and give more light than other waxes. There are you tube tutorials that are very informative, too. You do melt wax in a double boiler, right?

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    5. No, just in a thing like a coffee pot I got from a candle place on line. What is a double boiler? Would it be better?

      There ought to be some chart for what temp for what wax. My wax is all just the remnants of melted commercial candles.

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    6. You are supposed to put that coffee pot thing into another pot with some water in it so direct flame or heat is not on the coffee pot. Liquid wax is very flammable!!!!. There are charts for wax temps...Google it.

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    7. Makes sense. I have plenty of pots stored in the barn and I will start using one of those to do that. I will see if I can find a wax temperature chart as you suggest.

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  2. you have some pretty extensive preps for light! Impressive. would tapping the wax before it sets stop the cavity? when pouring large concrete slabs you use an industrial vibrator to shake our air pockets while it is still liquid, could something like this work with wax? I have no idea on the topic of candles but thought it might be worth a try

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    1. It might work. Could be awkward walking into a store here and saying I needed help buying a vibrator, though. ;-)

      The big problem is that once you pour the wax in, you have to leave it sit until the wax has solidified, or it sticks to the side of the mold. Then you have to set the whole mold in a pot of hot water til you can get the candle out. At least, that's what is happening to me though I know full well other people aren't running into this.

      I've been doing the survivalist lifestyle since 1986. And I still cant make a candle without a big air pocket in it. I haven't been trying that long though.....

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  3. That GIF of Abdulah shooting the gun is very funny. I try to catch Rush most days too. Maxine water's recent comments are really a doozy. What a fricking idiot,How come Darwin has hot eliminated her form the species?. She is the prime example of what is wrong with the left.
    As for you candle making, I have never made candles like that before but I am betting from what you describe that the wax is cooling too quick onto the mold. Your wax could also not be hot enough. Not unlike what happens when you cast bullets with a cold mold. (See my most recent post) Try heating the mold a bit first before you pour the hot wax in to it.

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    1. You could be right. The little booklet I got with the mold said to heat the wax to no more than 200 degrees, I think it was, but I don't have a thermometer to stick in the wax kettle. I wouldn't even know what kind to get. I could be pouring it too cold or too hot.

      I was just over at your place and left a question about reloading .44 mag. I am pretty sure my set of dies has a roll crimp, and when I reload .44 mag I get this crimp ring around the neck of the case that I don't see on commercial ammo. I have not blown my hand off yet but I wonder.....

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    2. Use one of those candy thermometers that clip to the side of a pot....you know, the hollow glass kind. That is what candle supply websites sell.

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    3. I am going into town after I finish answering comments. I hope to get some cat sand and some of the regular cat food I buy. I will get a candy thermometer when I am in there. I don't actually know what to look for, as I don't think I have ever seen one as you describe it, but I am sure someone at the store will point me in the right direction.

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    4. BTW most commercial candles are made from paraffin so that would be the temperature you could use. Also, different waxes use different wicks.

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    5. Who'd have thought it was all so complicated? I guess I did better than I thought with my candles, since I didn't know any of this and they work alright. I want to improve my process though, so what you have told me is much appreciated. Especially about the double boiler idea, since I have no desire to have a fire in my kitchen!

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  4. Porosity in castings (metal ones, anyway) occur when the perimeter freezes while the core is liquid. The shell is strong enough to let the center pull a vacuum rather than collapse.

    Is there any way to keep the top warmer so the candle solidifies from the bottom-to-the-top? It would leave a well in the top of the candle (in the as-cast position) but you would not have to screw around with screwdrivers....maybe something like a piece of scrap quilt you could lay across the top.

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    1. What you are describing is likely what's causing the well. The mold is light steel, and it does seem to cool from the outside in. I could put the mold with hot wax in a bowl of cold water to accelerate cooling from bottom to top. Think that would help?

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    2. Harry, there are sprays for your metal mold so candles don't stick. Google 'candle making supplies'. Many of them have great tutorials, too.

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    3. I haven't had a big problem with the wax sticking. If it does, I put the candle in the ice box for a few minutes and it rolls right out. But given the fact that what I am doing is not working out perfectly, and that I am still on the learning curve, I probably should buy some of that just to have it on hand.

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  5. Pajama boy shooting a rifle...too funny!
    I hope it left a nice bruise. --Troy

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    1. Yeah, he clearly was not a hardened Jihadi. I actually felt some sympathy for the guy, since it was clear his "friends" set him up. I fell for that at the range years ago, when I fired a .270 Winchester Thompson Contender pistol and it came back and hit me in the face, broke my glasses. How the good ole' boys who talked me into firing the thing with no instruction on how to hold it laughed! I laughed too, as the blood ran down my face, but I could cheerfully have cut their hearts out with a dull spoon and eaten them.

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  6. weather, i'm concerned this will be the year of the fire around here. we are overdue for a hot dry year. the last one was 2010. last couple years have been wet all summer, got sick of cutting grass. normal year the grass is too dry to cut from late july onward. i built the house in 08, the smoke was choking me out from the fires. i got a bad feeling about this summer as it is.

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    1. We went through that here last summer. I have been here since 1986 and I have never seen anything like it, or even close. In Tennessee the forest fires even got into towns and burned part of the town down. Lots of people got killed in Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee from the forest fires. I sure hope that doesn't happen out your way.

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  7. Google PeakCandleSupply.com They have basic candle making section on left sidebar. Interesting place for all kinds of candle making stuff.

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    1. I'll bookmark it. When I was in sixth grade in the early 1960's, I remember seeing a film in social studies about the Spanish missions in California. One of the things I remember was how they made candles, they didn't use molds, just kept dipping a wick in hot tallow until the candle was the right size. The film made it look pretty easy, but it hasn't turned out to be.

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    2. Most everything is easy when you know how. There is always a learning curve in anything, right? I have lost your email addy, Harry when I got into a cleaning frenzy on my email acct. Can you send me an email?

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    3. Tewshoos, harryflashman23@gmail.com is working again (for now anyway) and you can reach me at philipnolan1953@gmail.com as well.

      I'd like to get the bugs out of my candle making. I like the ones I've made, they are functional and I save a lot of money by reusing the wax. But there's plenty of room for improvement in my technique.

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  8. Harry,

    Sometimes when making candles you have to consider the temperature of the room your working in. Cooler temperatures will cause the situation your describing.

    I haven't even started planting my seeds yet. Were going to have to wait until we move to our new place before planting and then we will have to create a smaller garden to start because of the time. You can start some of your plants inside your house (in cans, plastic cups/cartons while waiting for the weather to warm up, and the snow to leave.

    Give a hug to your Sweet Wife, from your Oklahoma friends.

    I've also placed a post on my blog with pictures of our surprise.

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    1. I'll have to go look, I've been wondering what that was.

      I don't envy you the logistics burdens entailed in moving, but on the other hand once they are over, you are where you want to be. I think if I could just wave a magic wand, I would be living in Arizona or New Mexico right now.

      I keep the house at about 68 degrees, winter or summer. That's the optimal temperature for my ferret buddies. But if warmer temperatures are required, I could just start pouring my candles outside on the porch.

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  9. "Mad Max" did have some charges brought against her last year, but a few screams of "RACISM!!!" and they were dropped.

    God, I'll be so grateful to get out of this looney bin!

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    1. That's all it takes. Corrine Brown is doing the same thing down in Florida, even though they have her dead to rights on the charges. She'll get off. If you or I tried any of that we'd be under the jail house.

      California could be such a nice place. I can't understand why God sent the floods but didn't wash all the riff raff away. Figured you'd get the word to build an arc though.
      ;-)

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    2. If it floods that bad, I'll grab my wife, and we'll head down to the Iowa!

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    3. Yeah, that would be an appropriate place of refuge from a flood for conservative people. And considering where you are, if you only let other conservatives aboard there would be enough room on the B B to cover the requirement for the entire state. ;-)

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