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    How does one fill down into the baffles?

    I'm new at this. I understand baffle construction; but once it's constructed whats the best way to fill the baffles with the down? Is it basically a manual/visual operation or are there some tried and true techniques for getting the job done without having your home looking like a chicken coop? How do you determine wether there is sufficient down in the baffle?

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    Adam from HammockGear.com will package the down you buy from him into small tubes, each weighed to specifications. I think you can request tubes down to the ounce a piece, if I remember correctly. Using the tubes makes it a little easier to measure and stuff the down into the baffles.

    One tip I read about down was to pitch a small dome tent and seal yourself in and do all your stuffing there. That way you won't lose as much down as it floats and lofts away.

    If you bought your down in bulk, I'd ask some of the cottage manufacturers like Adam how he does it. For my next down project, I'm going to buy the tubes pre-stuffed to make my life easier.

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    I salvaged a bunch of down earlier this fall and used a tent. Collected as much as possible by hand and stuffed my desired weight per baffle into a plastic bag. Then swept up the loose stuff with a CLEAN vaccum.
    To stuff, I found it works well to Throw your quilt over a chair or something and then open and pinch the bags one at a time and slide it as far as possible down into the baffle then carefully turn the bag inside out and slowly pull it up and out of the baffle. Then pin the baffle shut, Rinse and repeat.
    I did the stuffing in my basement with no tent and had little to no leakage.
    I also tried the pantyhose (Noseeum) vacuum nozzle trick but discovered my vacuum was too wimpy. I think this would work really well with a ballsier machine.

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    I've done this a couple of ways. The first I was quite successful at avoiding much of any down escaping. I had a vacuum cleaner with mesh at one end of the tube so that some down could be sucked into the tube. Had a 3 oz size bag of down on a scale accurate to 0.5 grams. I could get maybe 3 grams up into the tube before the vacuum wasn't strong enough. I'd then move that 3 grams inside the tube, insert the open end into a baffle, close off the fabric around the tube, and blow it in.

    I put 12 or so ounces into a quilt that way. That's over 100 loads transfered. I am not revealing any trade secrets when I tell you that Adam and Jenny ARE NOT stuffing the HammockGear quilts this way!

    In recent projects I stuff more into a transfer tube out of that same bag, by hand. I can push up the amount moved in a load to a lot more. The fastest way is to get my hand down in the bag and stuff, but then some of the down floats out. Now the vacuum cleaner is used to chase down the strays. With a little attention, the down that does come out is due only to static electricity causing it to cling to the hair on my hands and wrists.
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    I once found pics of an down eductor made from pvc on this forum that seemed like a promising idea. search Eductor

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    This sounds like a fun DIY video for someone to make.... hint, hint....

    I tried a search on youtube, nothing. Good luck with this project!

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    I do the mesh covered vacuum tube technique. Like Grizzly said, it's a lot of trips back & forth from the bag to the quilt, but NO down escapes. OK, maybe one cluster per ounce.

    Look in my gallery and you will see my "rack" I made from PVC pipes. I hang the empty quilt on that with office clips or clothes pins, then fill away!

    I tried stuffing by hand once - never again!

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    hmm, i see. I love the feel of down all lofty and warm but it sounds like surgery getting it in place lol. Now What say you on finding some thrift store down coats and emptying them for a quilt project? I guess I'm just a little ignorant still on the subject as far as oz per baffle per loft per degree range. What if i just got the down damp before transfer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HomeMadeHiker View Post
    I once found pics of an down eductor made from pvc on this forum that seemed like a promising idea. search Eductor
    Down eductor is the only way to fly....

    http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-...hread_id=33573
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    How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word. - Psalms 119:9

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    This does seem simple and mess free


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