Pre-Season Dirt Sifting - The HuntingPA.com Outdoor Community
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-03-2015, 01:29 PM Thread Starter
The Man
 
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: over here
Posts: 5,998
Back To Top
Pre-Season Dirt Sifting

1)Anyone pre-sift their dirt before the season?

2)How do you do it? Small or large batches?
3)After sifted, do you dry your dirt?

When I make wax dirt, I like my pre-sifted dirt dry as a bone.
Hern is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-03-2015, 02:47 PM
Part of the Community
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Union County
Posts: 236
Back To Top
Re: Pre-Season Dirt Sifting

I go into my uncles corn field when it is dry like this with a shovel, a trash can, and a standard trapping sifter. A coal shovel might even work better. Anyway I just take off the top few inches of bone dry dirt, plop it into my sifter and then sift directly into the trash can. Stones and what not that doesn't make it through the sifter can be left at the scene. As log as it has been dry and you keep skimming dirt off the top and not real deep it is completely dry enough for wax dirt making. Careful filling a trash can more than half full. Aside from being extremely heavy if you do get it halfway up to your truck bed the handles of the trash cans have a tendency to break off at less than ideal moments.
Andrew C. is offline  
post #3 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-03-2015, 04:59 PM Thread Starter
The Man
 
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: over here
Posts: 5,998
Back To Top
Re: Pre-Season Dirt Sifting

Andrew C., I have a fella bring top soil and dump it at the back of the property. I also go in our woods and get some nice light woods soil.

I had an old pile of bark mulch next to this tree. Over time, the mulch broke down into some nice sift'n material...



I'll be needing another dump truck load of dirt next season, but have enough for now...
Hern is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-03-2015, 05:42 PM
Regular Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Washington County 2A
Posts: 1,166
Back To Top
Re: Pre-Season Dirt Sifting

Quote:
Originally Posted by Hern
Andrew C., I have a fella bring top soil and dump it at the back of the property. I also go in our woods and get some nice light woods soil.

I had an old pile of bark mulch next to this tree. Over time, the mulch broke down into some nice sift'n material...



I'll be needing another dump truck load of dirt next season, but have enough for now...
Hern, I like your sifting rig.
ccall29 is offline  
post #5 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-03-2015, 07:09 PM
Diehard Outdoorsman
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Bradford County
Posts: 2,708
Back To Top
Re: Pre-Season Dirt Sifting



Renny28 is offline  
post #6 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-03-2015, 09:06 PM Thread Starter
The Man
 
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: over here
Posts: 5,998
Back To Top
Re: Pre-Season Dirt Sifting

Renny, nice sifter. I see Critter doing all the work.

Thanks cc29.
A basic Gardner's Sifter.
My ole frame wore out, so I built a new frame and rail this spring. Also replaced ole skate board wheels with casters.
Legs can be added to frame to prevent excess bending.

Basic, low cost sift'n...


Hern is offline  
post #7 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-04-2015, 01:45 AM
Frequent Contributor
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Bedford County
Posts: 991
Back To Top
Re: Pre-Season Dirt Sifting

Hern, when I look at your pics I envision a reciprocating saw mounted on the one end.

Charter member of the Bill Morgan fan club.
Hale87 is offline  
post #8 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-04-2015, 11:21 AM Thread Starter
The Man
 
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: over here
Posts: 5,998
Back To Top
Re: Pre-Season Dirt Sifting

Naw the motorized rigs are for ole folks and lock me into one working spot.
H87, Will you post pictures or video of your sift'n rig, your trommel.
I want one...
Hern is offline  
post #9 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-09-2015, 12:42 AM
Regular Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Lancaster co/ wishing NJ
Posts: 1,086
Back To Top
Re: Pre-Season Dirt Sifting

Pre sifting/drying is a must during the summer. I do is in small batches. I put a gallon of dirt on cafeteria
trays. Let dry for a few days while turning a few times. Than it goes into 3 gallon buckets for the season.

work harder millions on welfare are depending on you
bux&dux is offline  
post #10 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-09-2015, 12:56 AM
The Man
 
bobcat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: pa
Posts: 5,364
Back To Top
Re: Pre-Season Dirt Sifting

never catch anythin gwith that critter smell all over the dirt!

Now your diggin' where the 'tators are!
bobcat is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The HuntingPA.com Outdoor Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome