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  1. On 12/24/2020 at 7:28 PM, luvdunhill said:

    Nate, what do you use in the tray? I haven’t had much luck with pellets staying lit in mine (nuking them in the microwave helps, but not much overall smoke volume) and wanted to see what you happened to be using.

    I'm back at it and figured I'd try to show you what I do.

    The "snake" is about 2/3's full of standard pellets (no prep) and then topped with mesquite chips.  I took out the trusty torch and lit the chip/pellet mix for about 30-45 seconds until an open flame persisted.


    Then I simply blew out the flame which left a nice slow-burning smolder. 


    I find that one leg of the snake burning like this will last for ~3 hours which is plenty.  


    About an hour and a half in and things are coming along nicely projecting for a late dinner after kids finish basketball practice.


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  2. 4 minutes ago, Torpedo said:

    The midfield would be a set of tires on a set of wheels, so you just need to swap them. You know you need those rims a little wider :D The gears could be kind of a hassle, but what's that for a headcaser?!

    😂 - oh yee of little faith, I'm already at the midfield solution.  The bike normally runs 29ers (max width 2.6) and is fully capable of running 27.5s (max width 2.8) so this fall I bought a set of nice 27.5 rims for this express purpose. Once I did that I moved to phase two, why not just buy another bike to save the hassle of swapping wheels? And I solved the cassette problem by having a spare one around. I am, if nothing else, pretty adept at solving problems through acquisition.

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  3. 8 hours ago, swt61 said:

    Four dollars seems reasonable to me.

    Seriously though, you're the only one that can answer that, but it seems to me that biking gives you a lot of pleasure, and probably a lot of time to get other things off of your mind. What's that worth?

    Steve, you're 100% right on what cycling means to me.  The "worth it" aspect is that snow and winter riding has been so limited for the last few years that having $400 tires sitting around is a tough sell to the other half.  I'll probably do it anyway, but the struggle currently is trying to get her to accept the proper solution is actually another bike to run the aforementioned seriously expensive tires which makes the solution pretty effing d-_-b.  Just haven't found the right steel or carbon hardtail yet.

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  4. @luvdunhill - I've just been using standard pellets (whatever I have on hand) in the tray with some chips on top. I usually hit it with the torch at the start to the point where it's burning  comfortably on it's own and difficult to blow out. That seems to create enough of a smoldering fire that it will burn through the pellets and chips at a nice steady rate.  I really only care that it burns/smokes well for the first few hours. 

  5. This thread has gone far too quiet. I converted the Genius to 27.5 mode for the winter so I could run as fat a tire as possible. I'm currently testing a pair of 45NRTH Wraithchild studded 27.5x3.0 tires.  Today's ride, before the impending Christmas monsoon, was a success.  Now to decide if dropping 4 bills on tires is worth it


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  6. 14 minutes ago, gepardcv said:

    Thanks for all the advice! Guess I’d better go learn to use a table saw.

    I'd recommend finding a friend instead.  While it'll be pretty simple for a routine user of a table saw it's certainly not something that I'd take on as one of my first.  Given your use of metric dimensions I'm going to guess that you're not in the CONUS or some of us might be able to help.  

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