Results 1 to 9 of 9
  1. #1
    New Member OatsMcGoats's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    Grand Rapids, MI
    Hammock
    DIY
    Tarp
    zPacks CF Tarp
    Insulation
    DIYDown Underquilt
    Suspension
    Woopie sling
    Posts
    10

    Stuffing Goose Down Techniques

    Has anyone developed a better technique for stuffing goose down into quilts/sleeping bags other than grabbing fistfuls from a plastic bag while inside of a tent? Although this method "works", it is very wasteful and is not very conducive to weighing the down as you go. Any clue how thru-hiker fills their bags of down? What about the other over-quilt and under-quilt manufacturers?

  2. #2
    Moderator raiffnuke's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Pittsfield, MA
    Hammock
    WBBB 1.1 DBL, Camo Hideaway, ENO DN
    Tarp
    WB Superfly
    Insulation
    HG Incubator
    Suspension
    Whoopies&DutchGear
    Posts
    5,335
    Images
    44
    one word....ShopVac.

  3. #3
    Administrator Yukon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Cambridge, NY
    Hammock
    WBBB XLC DL 1.1
    Tarp
    Superfly, OES, HG
    Insulation
    Hammock Gear
    Suspension
    Stock
    Posts
    2,506
    Images
    6
    Quote Originally Posted by raiffnuke View Post
    one word....ShopVac.
    This is something I need to research before I start making quilts. I have a shop vac, just don't know how it's employed to stuff the quilt...

  4. #4
    Moderator raiffnuke's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Pittsfield, MA
    Hammock
    WBBB 1.1 DBL, Camo Hideaway, ENO DN
    Tarp
    WB Superfly
    Insulation
    HG Incubator
    Suspension
    Whoopies&DutchGear
    Posts
    5,335
    Images
    44
    Try looking here. I hope it helps you.
    Last edited by raiffnuke; 08-29-2011 at 12:41. Reason: Fixed hyperlink

  5. #5
    Senior Member Tendertoe's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Columbus, OH
    Hammock
    WBRR
    Tarp
    Superfly
    Insulation
    HG
    Suspension
    webbing and rings
    Posts
    1,352
    There is a good article on making a sewn through TQ (and also how to use a Shopvac for down stuffing) here.

    I did something else entirely with pretty good results.

    First, you would have to order from somewhere which will do the weighing and prepackaging for you (ahemm Hammockgear.com ahemm). I took each Ziplock which is now preweighed with the correct amount of down in it, and opened the top. I took the baffle and inserted the bag open side down and shoved it into the baffle. Stick your hand in there and turn the Ziplock inside out - pushing all of the down out of the bag and into the baffle. Give it a quick shake and most of the down is in that baffle now.

    YMMV

  6. #6
    New Member forgueam's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    Cincinnati, OH (West Chester)
    Hammock
    Hennessy Explorer Deluxe
    Tarp
    HH Hex Tarp
    Insulation
    GG w/ homemade SPE
    Suspension
    Ring buckles
    Posts
    39
    Images
    7
    Someone turned me on to the "Down Eductor" idea outlined here: http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-...hread_id=33573

    I used this method to stuff my top quilt and it worked wonderfully.
    "Even cowards can endure hardship; only the brave can endure suspense." -Mignon McLaughlin

  7. #7
    sr1355's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Jackson, MI
    Hammock
    DREAM HAMMOCK
    Tarp
    UGQ H11/12 WD11
    Insulation
    UGQ TQ/UQ
    Suspension
    Whoopies w/ ET's
    Posts
    1,862
    Images
    101
    I really like the Eductor method.... Haven't tried it out yet but will be soon... new UQ in the works....
    Happy Hangin'

    Paul - SR1355
    UGQ Outdoor Equipment
    Makers of High Performance Sleeping Gear and Tarps

    CLICK HERE TO VISIT UGQ GALLERY

    CLICK HERE TO VISIT OUR WEBSITE

    FOLLOW UGQ ON FACEBOOK

  8. #8
    Senior Member taylo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    South Alabama
    Hammock
    Darien UL
    Tarp
    Tadpole
    Suspension
    NCAA
    Posts
    696
    1. Put everything in a tent - set of scales, bucket , shop vac w/ noseeum netting, quilt ready to be stuffed, and the down.

    2. Weigh appropriate amount of down for one baffle into the bucket, be sure to tare (zero) the bucket out first.

    3. Tape a square of noseeum over the end of shop vac hose, right where the hose connects into the shop vac. This allows you to basically suck up your weighed down without it going into the shop vac bucket. The down just stays in the hose.

    4. Once the down is sucked in the hose, carefully remove the hose (with the noseeum still in place) and connect it to the blower side of the vac.

    5. Insert hose end into the baffle and THEN turn on the shop vac. The down that was in the tube gets blown into the baffle.

    6. Pin or tape the completed baffle shut.

    Repeat for each baffle.

  9. #9
    Moderator raiffnuke's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Pittsfield, MA
    Hammock
    WBBB 1.1 DBL, Camo Hideaway, ENO DN
    Tarp
    WB Superfly
    Insulation
    HG Incubator
    Suspension
    Whoopies&DutchGear
    Posts
    5,335
    Images
    44
    Quote Originally Posted by taylo166 View Post
    1. Put everything in a tent - set of scales, bucket , shop vac w/ noseeum netting, quilt ready to be stuffed, and the down.

    2. Weigh appropriate amount of down for one baffle into the bucket, be sure to tare (zero) the bucket out first.

    3. Tape a square of noseeum over the end of shop vac hose, right where the hose connects into the shop vac. This allows you to basically suck up your weighed down without it going into the shop vac bucket. The down just stays in the hose.

    4. Once the down is sucked in the hose, carefully remove the hose (with the noseeum still in place) and connect it to the blower side of the vac.

    5. Insert hose end into the baffle and THEN turn on the shop vac. The down that was in the tube gets blown into the baffle.

    6. Pin or tape the completed baffle shut.

    Repeat for each baffle.
    Now that sounds simple enough. I like that method. Thanks.

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •