Happy Lake 2

Happy Lake 2
After a few years of ugggg …we have a 2nd year in a row..of ..what seems like…awesome water….I just want HUG the lake.
 
Like last year…Visibility has gone from less than a meter in the spring to 1.2 to 1.3 today…a normal from years past… you can feel the mixing (balance) of cold and warm water again around your knees…lake side tress (are on dry land) and breathing again….trees….the lakes last line of defense…..meaning the lake is not grabbing as much nutrients..
 
This is an old picture …but we have a massive amount of Byrozoan cultivating on the side of our dock again… The colony is a sign of a healthy lake.. it’s said.
 
Our natural bay is chock full of marine life…
 
We all have a rock or whatever…mine is my dock connected to its 25 year old rings…
 
No alga so far for two years…I remember 3 and 4 years ago..not so good…and about 13 years ago…
 
Get out ..get in the water….enjoy ….we have a beautiful lake when happy!

Love Thy BBQ

We need to make a point here first about ,,what is a BBQ?………My die heart BBQ cookin friend ….Jim Cormack on Brandy Lake (poodle Jim) …does not consider my BBQ a real BBQ,.. ..he needs more heat control and flavor control for the ultimate taste.

Nun-the less…this is about care.    Steel or Stainless Steel could all use help annually.   Just a short note on Stainless.  If you are looking Stainless take a magnet with you.  Stainless has many grades….316 is pretty strong and rust resistant but expensive..

304 is one step down and this is the common material.    If you find your magnet sticks to the stainless then there is a good chance its 430.  Probably no better than steel..but shiny.

Start by gathering material  like to picture..this is not a quick job.  I have an air compressor hose and hose water as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next..I start by taking everything off,…dials,,grates,, flavor bars or bricks, tank and all parts in the door,   You usually don’t have to take out the tubes. they can be cleaned in place.  Check for any burnt through holes etc,

Begin by scraping everything…..makes a big mess.    Get rid of all that buildup ..I use a wire brush and scraper.

Once that is done I paint any pre painted parts with high heat paint.   Not sure if this a  safe thing so check with a BBQ expert.    Here is everything painted and replaced.  I paint  under the hood as it came painted

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next ..I go at the grates…mine are stainless and again check with an expert ..but I just use wire brush and SOS pads.  I wipe  clean after using SOS.   I also clean the flavor bars (don’t laugh Jim) However this time I replaced them after 10 years

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Its time to look close at the burner tubes and check the holes…scrub with wire brush and make sure all pipes and feeder tubes are clean.  The holes may vary is size.   If you find a burnt through hole or feeder tubes burnt you need to replace.  Its very easy to see the pattern….clean well!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check all the dials as well..blow out where to tubes go into valves for spiders or bugs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After about 3 hours work..and its set up to run..apply (brush) high temperature cooking oil to the grill.  This really isn’t necessary for Webers and similar due to coated grates,,but I do it anyways.    I wanted to coat the new flavor bars with ..oil..but boss said no..hmmm.  So run it with no food..for it to grip on…many add oil after every cook,

 

Regatta..Don’t Miss an Awesome Time

Annual regatta is being hosted in Launch Bay August 17

The event is well run..something for everyone….many team events.  Bring guests and family.. ..the focus is on kids.

The event is at Jons cottage to the right of the boat launch.   We will update information as it comes in…

ALSO…Jon has informed us the boat launch dock is in.

 

 

Bryozoans ….Moss Animal ish

Bryozoans picture , about 25 mm high, on the side on my dock a few years ago. ..and  usually repeating every summer.   The coral of fresh water lakes.

Research is being done on this harmless plankton eating prehistoric deal..  for cancer cures.

The colonies start with a single near microscopic zooid, which asexually reproduces until it’s got an entire army of clones to hang out with.

Bryozoans are usually an indicator of good water quality, and should not be disturbed or removed from the water.

More ..Bryozoans

 

 

Tiny..ish Flying Violent Weapon

Be careful what you scrape off the Muskoka cottage wall this early summer.   The  small size ugly thing ..looks dead..but actually is the incubation home of an insane aggressive dragon fly as observed on my cottage walls.

In my picture..that Dragon Fly came out of that cocoon….it took a good 24 hours…The head comes out first and finally the wing tips..

Dragonflies are great hunters. In their larval stage – which can last up to five years! – they live in the water and eat anything that comes near them, including aquatic insects, tadpoles and small fish. As adults, they eat flies, mosquitoes, grasshoppers, butterflies, flying ants and even other dragonflies, which they catch while they’re in flight.   Read more at DRAGON FLY

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