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    Sorry, I've been at it again.................
    Parts Reqd:
    4ft Length of drainpipe
    1 x 3" Plant Pot
    1 Jar
    I weighted container.........Sand/Water filled container.

    Have just finished making 1 Nettle & 1 Comfrey Tea Tube. The first thing I did was cut a notch out of the top of the pipe so I could access a screw. I then fastened the plant pot to the bottom of the pipe with a jubilee clip.
    Fitting:
    1) What I did was start from the bottom, so rest the jar on a brick or in my case an upturned pot.
    2) Place the pipe (with attached plant pot) into the jar. Because the pot is tapered, it fits snug into the jar.
    3) Attach the pipe to something solid, i.e Fence Post through cut out notch (use only one screw)
    4) Attach a length of string to the weighted plunger.

    Filling:
    When the pipe is filled with leaves, the weighted plunger compresses the leaves hopefully squeezing the juice through the plant pot into the jar.
    Well that's the theory anyway...............

    Emptying:
    Hold the jar & swing the pipe to one side (hence only one screw..). Remove jar of tea & replace with an empty jar. Swing pipe back into place on brick/pot.

    Pic 1 shows plunger out......Pic 2 shows plunger in.

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    Will be interested to see how it goes In particular if the diameter is wide enough to make it easy to process the leaves. I figure that the smaller the diameter the quicker you can fill the pipe, and the smaller batches of material need to be but possibly it won't compress down the tube easily with the weight catching on the sides or similar?
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    I've read about this, think it might have been in one of Zaz's post something about if comfrey teas collected by this method it doesn't stink as much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kristen View Post
    Will be interested to see how it goes In particular if the diameter is wide enough to make it easy to process the leaves. I figure that the smaller the diameter the quicker you can fill the pipe, and the smaller batches of material need to be but possibly it won't compress down the tube easily with the weight catching on the sides or similar?
    It's just a trial at the moment. I used a bottle filled with sand as a compressor, it's quite heavy. If successful, I have some 110mm stack pipe awaiting use..........
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    Just thought I'd post a quick update. In 2 weeks I've managed to collect 2 x 1lb jars of nettle juice, I didn't expect it to be so dark. I've yet to collect some comfrey so that's a none starter at the mo.
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    On a similar note!

    Picked up 3 of these from work!

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    Anybody used em?

    Hoping to set up a bit of a feeding station under "My Butt" that's if they work!

    Oh! n Comfrey " Bocking 14! Any good? Or just a load of "Mish mash"
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    They look good Deano, you will have to work out what you are going to use to compress the leaves. May I suggest a square of worktop with a handle fastened to it, small but heavy.
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    Cheers BM!

    They do have a "Plunger Sytem" Thingy to make em work, not read the "Destructions" yet!
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