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Re: WTB - Used 7ish gallon s/s milk can/tote
« Reply #15 on: January 25, 2014, 08:57:15 AM »
Tiarella, I need to clarify - this is for home use.  I once gave serious thought and preparation to starting up, but at least as of now, it's all a serious home cheesemaker.  But you've spurred thinking outside the box, thank you. 

Now I'm really showing my ignorance - what's a box truck?  Like, a reefer truck, truck no longer working, something like that?
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Re: WTB - Used 7ish gallon s/s milk can/tote
« Reply #16 on: January 25, 2014, 10:00:54 AM »
Tiarella, I need to clarify - this is for home use.  I once gave serious thought and preparation to starting up, but at least as of now, it's all a serious home cheesemaker.  But you've spurred thinking outside the box, thank you. 

Now I'm really showing my ignorance - what's a box truck?  Like, a reefer truck, truck no longer working, something like that?

Not sure you're showing your ignorance or mine.  I think that term means one of those trucks that has a cab and then a separate box although all on one chassis.  It could be a box truck that works or gets towed there.  Myself, I don't know what a reefer truck is although now that I say it to myself it sounds like slang for refrigerated, right?

I know about that home use thing.  I fall into that category also because I am not a grade A inspected dairy.  I truly don't want to make cheese every day but I DO want to make more cheese than I can possibly consume without weighing in at 500 pounds.   :P  I do have family and neighbors I give cheese to and I'd consider selling herd shares to at least sell some milk to people when I have too much but it hasn't happened yet.  I think making cheese for profit has got to be one of the most difficult models of production. It's a perishable product and a complicated process impacted by so many variables.  Hard to imagine a profit margin when there's so much time and labor involved.  My flower essence business has a much better profit margin and I'm thinking it's my best "value-added" farm profit possibility other than the sale of breeding stock that is a natural offshoot from the production of milk and meat for our own use. 

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Re: WTB - Used 7ish gallon s/s milk can/tote
« Reply #17 on: January 25, 2014, 11:37:04 AM »
If a person needed extra space and had room to put one , an insulated container like this would be a good option , these guys sell , rent , or rent-to-own , and they deliver as well.

http://vancouver.kijiji.ca/c-buy-and-sell-business-industrial-40-ft-steel-shipping-storage-container-2575-Surrey-W0QQAdIdZ561470506

Or one of these , an insulated one is best.

http://www.truckpaper.com/listingsdetail/detail.aspx?OHID=4881059


  I have one just like it , bought it for $2500 and hauled it to my place , removed the wheels and axles and the front legs and set it down on some old railway ties , it is now a small machine shop at the rear , a cheese cave/wine cellar/root cellar in the center , and the front is just dry storage , and I added a door in the front so it is accessible from either end.


It's all aluminum and so maintenance free basically , I don't think you could build a 45' x 8' building nowadays for $2500 , and I've since found cheaper ones.
There are smaller ones too , 18 footers and up.
They can be a little ugly on their own , I put some old fencing I scrounged around it and built a deck over it , planted some fruit trees up against it , it's hard to tell it is an old highway van now , kind of blends into the yard.






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« Reply #18 on: January 25, 2014, 11:40:33 AM »
I like how you build things.   ^-^

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« Reply #19 on: January 25, 2014, 12:05:50 PM »
I like how you build things.   ^-^

Thank you , the secret is , never have a plan , just grab some materials and start ,  be the wood. ;D

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Re: WTB - Used 7ish gallon s/s milk can/tote
« Reply #20 on: January 25, 2014, 06:02:29 PM »
They can be a little ugly on their own , I put some old fencing I scrounged around it and built a deck over it , planted some fruit trees up against it , it's hard to tell it is an old highway van now , kind of blends into the yard.
You are, my friend, an artist (or artist / architect).   Saying you "scrounged around" doesn't do it justice!  And I have to thank you for showing me what to do with all those old Honeywell analog controller cabinets laying around (center right in 1st pic; believe it or not, my father-in-law did what you did and made a curio cabinet out of one). I've got a feeling that even though you get a lot of cu. ft. for the price of these things most home cheesemakers either don't need something that large or their neighbors will cry foul (that is, unless it's anywhere near as good looking as yours  8)).  Then again maybe cheese caves are like closets: no matter how big you make them they get filled up.  :P  After all, we can dream, can't we:

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Re: WTB - Used 7ish gallon s/s milk can/tote
« Reply #21 on: January 26, 2014, 11:07:58 AM »
I'd have to agree with John, Jwalker.  Your imagination is wonderful to behold, and your fine construction is just awesome.  Thanks for sharing pics of your beautiful place. 

Tiarella, not sure it grows well where you are, but we've a friend who started off years ago simply making pestos off his basil.  The business exploded, and we're talking 20 years or so, I think. 

The cargo container is a good idea, guys, but way past my pay grade.  I'm searching for an underground basement, ideally, or a backyard shed as suggested by you, Tiarella...much more doable.  Thanks, all!

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