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Post by tennistime99 » Sun Jul 31, 2016 2:32 pm

I was looking on Sierra Trading Post and saw a 600 fill down pillow for less than $50. 28 oz fill. Does anyone look for stuff like that just to pilfer the down and would it be worth the effort?

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Post by sarge » Sun Jul 31, 2016 5:00 pm

I once took apart an M42 Army sleeping bag in an attempt to make a couple of the quilt shells then being sold by Lostbiker. The I found Climashield. But where I live, I can get away with Climashield as temps generally don't get much below 30 on the coldest days---
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Post by Idaho Hanger » Mon Aug 01, 2016 5:27 pm

I do for my own projects.

If it's this one it's probably a decent deal. http://www.sierratradingpost.com/down-i ... rFamily=02

If you'd like a tip, I recommend wrapping the filter of a shop vac with no see um netting or something similar and vacuuming the down out. While the process of transferring the down from the vacuum to bags or your quilt is a bit messy, all the agitation helps separate down from feathers. The feathers will fall and the down will stay on top. You'll lose some in the process and I've found that fill weights for pillows and jackets can vary from specs quite a bit, but you'll still get quite a bit. If I didn't still have 2 pounds of harvested down sitting around I would probably buy one.
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Post by brianb2 » Wed Aug 10, 2016 9:35 pm

I did something similar. Piece of pvc with noseeum attached to the shop vac. Once the pvc gets filled you can use a wooden dowel to push it into your quilt channels. If you search around a bit you'll find a formula for how much is needed for each fill rating. You can also weigh the pvc before and after to know how many ounces/grams one full load equals.


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Post by gmcpcs » Mon Aug 22, 2016 4:58 pm

I found a JC Penney down pillow at a garage sale for $4. I also ripped a down jacket I found in the RV Trailer we bought, and that is what I used to stuff my underquilt. Here's a few pictures of the project; definitely use the filter over a shop vac; I used a 1 gallon paint strainer net.

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Post by Coolerking » Tue Aug 23, 2016 12:33 am

I am just about to purchase a down blanket to do exactly this. It's a double duvet and has a lot of down in it, more than enough to make a top quilt for myself I'm sure The best part is is that it is cheaper than buying a bag of down. My top quilt build will stand me at less than $50 and should be a winter weight one, not worked out the full specs as yet.

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Post by sarge » Tue Aug 23, 2016 5:22 pm

That's a video I'm looking forward to.
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