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Hammock Engineer said he put a large container filled with down on his scale and zeroed the scale out. He then took handfuls of down from the container and it would register how much weight he had removed from the container. I think that's the method I will use.
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I had great success using gallon sized ziplock bags. I had a very accurate scale from work and a large (3 pound bag) of down which I split with a friend. I took the ziplock bag, dropped it into the larger bag of down (about the size of a large outdoor leaf bag) and stuffed the ziplock by hand. Because the ziplock was below the level of the larger bag's opening, any down that escaped simply floated down where it joined its brothers. I would stuff what I thought to be the right amount of down, seal the ziplock, and then bring it out of the larger bag and weigh it. A few iterations and I had exactly the correct amount of down +- 1 gram. Be sure to subtract the weight of the empty ziplock.
I had ten baffles so I prefilled ten ziplocks. When it came time to stuff the tubes, I compressed the ziplock to squeeze out the air, shoved it to the back of the baffle, opened the ziplock inside the quilt and inverted it. This left a large plug of semi-compressed down at the end of the quilt. Down loss was minimal and the down was out of the way when it came time to pin and sew the opening shut.
But, with time off for the holidays, I'll have time to do it little by little.
However, the vacuum definitely keeps the mess down (terrible pun).
I'm now thinking about having someone nearby with the vacuum and "filter wand" going while I grab it and stuff by the handful. That should speed it up and the someone can catch all the strays as I go.
Wet it. It transfers really Easily after that!
(weigh it before wetting, duh.)
Ed sells his down in 3.1 oz bags. Just make sure your chambers are sized for 3 oz and let him do the work for you!
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