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#1 Rock farmer OFFLINE  

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Posted May 30, 2013 - 07:20 PM

This is today's harvest -almost!. I can do this every day! I live in an old sand pit. This rock was too big to pull out of the ground. So, I had to split it. I will be planting lilacs there. so, I want some good soil and no large rocks. I cut five white birch trees and pulled the trunks to clear the area. That was easy!

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Posted May 30, 2013 - 08:48 PM

When you replant that rock,  do you turn the split side up or down? :smilewink:   Rick


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Posted May 30, 2013 - 09:12 PM

How do you know when the rocks are ripe enough to harvest?


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Posted May 30, 2013 - 09:47 PM

My neighbor does that as a sideline, he fractures rocks. A little charge that is purchased (gunpowder) an ignitor (shotgun primer) and a store bought remote set off tool. Drill a 3/8" hole with a cordless drill, insert charge, a little bang.

 

He can convert a rock a dozer could not move, into a pile a skid steer can move, in an hour!!

 

Luckily, I have not found one that size, YET!!   :dancingbanana:


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Posted May 30, 2013 - 10:10 PM

Back when we bought the last farm, we had the local excavating company come in. Some came out with a track-hoe. Others used enough dynamite to shake the town a quarter of a mile away.


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Posted May 31, 2013 - 03:19 AM

Ill bet you have to boil that rock a few hours to make it tender.
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Posted May 31, 2013 - 04:09 AM

Doesn't look very tasty! What seasoning do you use?


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Posted May 31, 2013 - 04:58 AM

At least you got it split.  I'll bet that wasn't easy to do.


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Posted May 31, 2013 - 05:10 AM

Rocks are like cucumbers. Once they get too big their no good for eating! You might as well feed them to the hogs! Only seasoning I know of for them is rock salt. But, it dosn't do much to improve the flavor!

I use an electric hammer drill. I drill a series of 3/4" holes in a line. And, insert wedges and shims. Tap with a sledge hammer. Wait. Tap. Wait. And if done right, it splits. This one took about an hour and a half.

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Posted June 02, 2013 - 06:25 PM

How 'bout a little ketchup?
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Posted June 02, 2013 - 08:37 PM

I have a few rocks like that on my place. But they are not native? Previous owner hauled them in as lawn ornaments??
I have been threatening since I MOVED In to haul 5them to the ditch. But have not yet.
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Posted June 02, 2013 - 08:40 PM

You know if your not in a big hurry you can let winter bust them. drill your holes fill them with water and let the freeze crack them.
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Posted June 05, 2013 - 05:14 PM

Does that work?
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Posted June 05, 2013 - 06:58 PM

Does that work?


Maybe on Iowa rocks! Mine just laugh at that. I've got granite. Bought some hydraulic cement to do that but I never did try it.

My father told me to start a fire over the rock. And when it's good and hot dose it with cold water. I think that's how it was done in colonial times. But, they would cook it for days before dosing it.

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Posted June 05, 2013 - 09:47 PM

Maybe on Iowa rocks! Mine just laugh at that. I've got granite. Bought some hydraulic cement to do that but I never did try it.

My father told me to start a fire over the rock. And when it's good and hot dose it with cold water. I think that's how it was done in colonial times. But, they would cook it for days before dosing it.

Joe

Doesn't sound like a very good recipe to me.


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