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    Quote Originally Posted by Rowdie View Post
    Just bury it bye an ant pile.

    Yup, The hillbilly method works just fine. Throw some wire around antlers and stake it down so critters won't drag it off and so you can pull it back out . If your ant pile is big enough they will bury it.

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    Push it into the top of a big ant pile and they will have it buried in a week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by guywhofishes View Post
    most controllers regulate with relays

    the relay is on or off - when it’s on it’s full juice

    so when the controller I showed you (rated for 1000W) kicks on, a 1500 will toast it

    a 1000w would just be on more often than a 1500w... but wouldnt blow the controller

    I’d go with an old cooler and an aquarium heater, use bubble wrap over top and around horns to keep heat in

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    if you’re in fargo I have dozens of coolers to choose from - free
    Thanks, Guy. After following your link, I found several other controls that will control well beyond 1000 watts. The biggest issue that I'm facing is the freezing temps, as I will not do this indoors. Most of the 1500 watt water heaters that I've found will maintain a constant temp between 150-180 degrees. Couple these max temps with the current nighttime lows and I think the little extra power will make sure I'm consistently around 90 degrees. This is all new to me, so it should be a fun project.

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    If anyone does the "ant pile" I'd somehow stake it down so something doesn't drag it off. And come cold weather a porcupine or mice can chew the crap out of the antlers.

    I buried one in the pea gravel next to the wall in the bottom of a basement egress. Stayed unfrozen (i.e. the microbes kept working on it) all winter - less chance of critters destroying it too. Come spring - there it was all ready for bleaching. And if you lose teeth there they are at the bottom of the hole.

    That said - I now prefer throwing a few bucks at KDM instead.

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    Im not sure I see any time savings of this maceration method vs boiling. You have to have a tub of water large enough for 9 deer and then monitor the water temp for 4-6 months??

    Go buy a galvanized tub that is large enough for 3 deer skulls and put it over propane burner. Do it in 3 batches. You should be able to get them done in a day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pluckem View Post
    Im not sure I see any time savings of this maceration method vs boiling. You have to have a tub of water large enough for 9 deer and then monitor the water temp for 4-6 months??

    Go buy a galvanized tub that is large enough for 3 deer skulls and put it over propane burner. Do it in 3 batches. You should be able to get them done in a day.
    Maceration requires substantially less babysitting than boiling, and will only take 7-10 days with water temps around 90 degrees.

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    How many are you planning to do ? $ 29 at walmart .



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    i just boiled a head with baking soda and it kept boiling over,too much soda? or too high of heat?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullsnake View Post
    i just boiled a head with baking soda and it kept boiling over,too much soda? or too high of heat?
    You don't need a rolling boil. A nice simmer will do just fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ndbwhunter View Post
    Maceration requires substantially less babysitting than boiling, and will only take 7-10 days with water temps around 90 degrees.
    Interesting. Way less soak time than I have heard. Looking forward to the results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bowcarp View Post
    Ha Ha Ha thats funny my best was 3 in a day deer are easy

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    on a side but with a serious note (for me any way) I'm doing a bear skull for a friend , I'm still oily on the back of the skull and lower jaw , would a slow simmer on the stove with a strong dawn solution help to remove the oily area ???? and I also have one more to do for his buddy would removing the brain first help with the greasy left overs ???
    Yeah Dawn did help me with the wild boar skulls, removing the brains keeps the water solution alot cleaner if your doing multiple skulls

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    Quote Originally Posted by ndbwhunter View Post
    You don't need a rolling boil. A nice simmer will do just fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davey Crockett View Post
    How many are you planning to do ? $ 29 at walmart .


    Then one would have plenty on hand for the next family gathering cookout!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullsnake View Post
    i just boiled a head with baking soda and it kept boiling over,too much soda? or too high of heat?
    Bring to boil then put head in and turn down to a simmer takes a little longer but doesn't get a brittle and helps avoid cooking the oils back into the skull. Use washing soda instead of baking soda

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    Change the water change the water! I like to change the water at LEAST 4 times when I SIMMER a skull. Heavy emphasis on simmer. I usually have an additional clean pot simmering to keep rotating. Lots and lots of Dawn dish soap is the other key

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