A new monk arrived at the monastery. He was assigned to help the other monks in copying the old texts by hand. He noticed, however, that they were copying copies, not the original books. The new monk went to the head monk to ask him about this. He pointed out that if there were an error in the first copy, that error would be continued in all of the other copies.
The head monk said, "We have been copying from the copies for centuries, but you make a good point, my son." The head monk went down into the cellar with one of the copies to check it against the original.
Hours later, nobody had seen him, so one of the monks went downstairs to look for him. He heard a sobbing coming from the back of the cellar and found the old monk leaning over one of the original books, crying. He asked what was wrong.
"The word is 'celebrate' " said the head monk.
This cookbook is really coming along now. Over 60,000 words, and 200 pages now.
There's still quite a few bits that need editing, testing, photos, or proper measurements, but I'm getting it done bit by bit and it's exciting to see it taking shape.
I guess I should look for testers for the recipes that are 100% finished. This makes me a bit nervous though as it's the start of unveiling this book to the public. Friends have tested some recipes, and I have made them all many times, so they're not completely untested, it just seems like a big step to be at this stage.
I've also been looking at book design. I think 8.25x10.75" would be a good size for this book. I'm testing layout ideas and seeing if the longest recipes I have will fit in different layouts.
I'm also contemplating notes to put at the top of recipes - it might be helpful to have symbols for gluten-free, paleo-friendly - are there any other good things to have at the top of a recipe? Or allergies/diets to think of?
Do you have any ideas for cookbook design?
I am also trying to figure out what I need to include in the introduction section. I have information about kitchen gear - what I use, why I use it, and how to look after it. I also have some stuff about cooking on a wood stove, living without a fridge, and strategies for making cooking from scratch work all the time. I've also written a basic introduction to real food/traditional food, for anyone new to this.
What else do you like to see in a cookbook introduction?
So interesting. When I began reading this thread, I noticed that in the first post all sorts of disasters were mentioned except a pandemic. Now here we are. While our pandemic doesn't, so far, seem to pose a threat to the grid, the possibility of dramatic economic collapse (or near-collapse) is clearly in sight, we had food shortages (and don't forget the toilet paper!) as well as shortages of bleach, alcohol, hand sanitizer, and the like. It's not too great a leap to some additional strains on the system that create a greater need for self-sufficiency. Just ask gardeners (i.e., every permie) who tried to find certain seeds at their usual time, only to find that there had been a run on seeds (and seedlings) this year.
I was impressed by Purity Lopez's plans to limit her solar power to specific items (a refrigerator and freezer, for example). That could be a good approach for us. In general, we can keep things cold in the winter (frozen, at least); summer is better for solar power and if that could keep the fridge and freezer running, we would only have to figure out the water situation. We have an unreliable (vernal, more or less) spring on our property, and a public spring less than a half-mile away.
I crave solar, and especially off-grid, but our property doesn't lend itself to solar easily due to combinations of tree shade, roof orientation, and the fact that south is uphill from our property. Also, Vermont - not the sunniest state. But we are building a root cellar, have wood heat (and lots of trees), and are contemplating some sort of independence from our electric water pump so we could access our water.
To better help, how much water do you use on average per week or per day?
Inside your house, you probably use less than 250gallon per day.
You already have 10days+ worth of water stored in the tank. Why do you need more.
Assuming you are using 240gallons per day.
I think your well can produce 60gallon of water per hour (times 4hours).
A water bank and a battery bank of 3days is more than enough "storage" for the days when there isn't enough sunlight. So I find 2500gallons of water excessive.
Alot of folks only have a 60gallon pressure tank.
Now if you want to have enough water in case your pump/well fails and someone has to come out and fix it. Then yes 10days supply of water sounds good. Because in an emergency situation you could make it last a month.
But it is entirely possible that you water acres of land.
Thanks for the kind words! I am definitely over the criticism at this point, but mostly because I left the social media platforms.
Thanks to drip irrigation and landscape fabric, I just got done planting another 200 trees since last Saturday. Now I have a living food hedge around 5 of my 10 acres, soon to be a privacy screen, that comes along with currants, seaberry, kiwifruit and plums. Hurray for not spinning our wheels with farming techniques that wont ever allow us to get ahead!
Lorinne Anderson wrote:For me the key is determining what are truly NEEDS and what are actually WANTS.
I lived FAR below the poverty level until I married in my late 40's. Self employed meant boom and bust for the bank account. So priorities were key: rent/mortgage, insurance, power, phone, food.
Anytime I had a windfall I would make sure I paid things like power and phone a year, in advance.
Once that was done, extra money went on account at my vet's, or to make extra housing payments. I could even buy gas 'in advance' on the co-op gas card at a preset price, and kept that for times when money was short.
Bought food in bulk, often living off the deep freeze and pantry for months. Let the oil tank run dry (okay, I live on the West coast of Canada, but hey, it was on average 50-55 F inside during winter) and only used a space heater for the bathroom and an electric blanket in the bedroom.
Used an antenna for TV. Clothing from the Thrift Store. Shut the power to the hotwater tank - only turned it on an hour before showering twice a week (that sucker was costing $50 a month!!). Never paid more than $500-1,000 for a beater car (what I paid in repair bills annually was less than my friends car payments for one month). I chose a place to live I love, so vacations were/are unnecessary. It is amazing how little one can do with, if one needs to.
Cash was king, no debit, no credit card, no overdraft (unless I didn't have enough for the rent/mortgage). I lived debt free (not counting the mortgage) on less than $20,000 annually, for over 30yrs. My friends made 3 to 10 times what I did, but we're always broke or filing for bankruptcy. The key is identifying needs over wants. I wanted to own land - I got my half acre in my early thirties, even if my parents had to co-sign - the bank said I didn't make enough - but paid it all by myself! Needs, not wants....
Well put. Wants vs. Needs. Yep, I use the same terminology when people ask me how I got where I am. Also, "sacrifices", and "eliminating luxuries". No Starbucks, no magazine subs, no Netflix, no trips to the movies, no fancy brand name clothes, no restaurants or fast food, no labor cost for car repairs or home repairs (I do them all, even if I have to slowly learn how to), not buying things needed until there's enough actual cash on hand to buy them. It's not for everyone, but it is a way to get to living debt free. (* let's not mention beer, that is a necessity, in my opinion.... I'm work'n on it, though.)
I've been debt free since 2008, but here's the thing. I live like I'm poor. Brown rice, beans, potatoes, and whole wheat pasta constitute 70% or so of my diet. Currently I'm trying to offset even more by growing my own food. I rent out 80% of my mortgage free home so I can take time off of work for months at a time and still have a passive income.
I've mentioned this before in another thread. I learned from foreigners I used to work with back in Silicon Valley. They'd come here with no money to start with, become managers of large apartment buildings (getting to live in a unit rent free comes with the job, along with dealing with collecting rent, and all the other b.s. that comes with dealing with renters, small repairs, painting, plumbing, etc.). They'd have full time jobs working with me, and then they'd save up to buy a house. Then, they'd rent that house out for more than the mortgage on it. Then they'd save up and buy another house.......all while living a meager existence in the apartment. They are multi-millionaires by now.....
Another way to do it, would be to buy a house that could accommodate an r.v. parked somewhere on the property. Rent the main house out, and live in the r.v. Let the renters pay the mortgage.
Not ideal, but sacrifices are needed, not forever, just until one is at a place where they can get out of debt. Maybe that's a decade + or - , a sacrifice.
Edit, The answer to the question is easy. The actual "act" of doing it is the hard part, from what I've seen.
For example, and this is not to be negative to anyone's choices, merely an observation on my part.
Everyone knows that to lose weight, they have to eat less/exercise more to achieve that goal.
The answer is easy, it's not a secret, and it's well known.
Actually practicing it, that's the glitch in the answer. It's harder for some than for others for whatever reason that is.
That goes for everything in life. I have a hard time practicing a lot of things that I know the answer to. It's a conundrum.
Hi there! We live in a small apartment on a second floor and there's no garden available to us at the moment where we can put our scraps. Since odor is an issue and there's not much space we decided to use this design which has been working pretty well so far. It's a 50 liter container with a hole drilled and a water valve at the bottom and the top is a piece of spare cloth fitted on top using the original clamp. We collect leaves from the local park every week or two and we layer it along with the food scraps, I had to buy some soil to place between the food scrap layers and leaves but it's working great so far. I just took it out and removed some of the leachate and it doesn't smell bad at all! We like to open the valve to aerate the compost every now and then as well. The top lets the excess moisture evaporate also. Here's a quick pic:
I'm a very young millennial (born '96) and do not know anyone my age interested in permaculture. I joined a local permaculture group composed of some of the loveliest middle-aged and older men and women, though, and I do feel very welcome amongst older people. However, I do long for companionship and shared interests from people my age.
I believe my interest in permaculture was fostered because I was incredibly lucky to be born and raised on a sustainable farm. I kick myself for thinking it was so uncool as a teen, and moving to a hip city at age 17 to go to college. I'm happy with my engineering degree, but I know for a fact that I do not belong in the corporate world or in a city, I would be much happier doing freelance work. Most of my friends my age disagree, and are perfectly happy/strive to work in large corporate environments with hip cultures or for large research/academic institutions, and prefer to live in a large city. We're lucky to be part of the generation that is more environmentally conscious, but most of them have no interest in living on a farm.
I'm currently working in a corporate engineering job and living in a large US city, the millennial dream, so I'm unfortunately nowhere near as successful as you! But, I do have a plan that I'm working on putting into action. I designed some off-grid and efficiency solutions in undergrad, and had the time of my life doing so. I'd love to do that professionally, I'm just figuring out how. As for permaculture itself...there seems to be nothing more meaningful than hard work and the community/relationships that come with it. That is what I am after.
The A-2 corporation, out of I believe New Zealand has started selling cartons of whole / 2% A-2 milk in America.
We first heard this from a friend in (of all places) South Dakota. They had it at Safeway. We checked and checked at all the big grocery stores all around the inland north west ... nothing :)
Then we found it Raw at a health food store in Sandpoint, Idaho that was where Liz got to try it for the first time.
Since then it has expanded to the large grocery chains in Sandpoint. Safeway , Yokes and others all carry it now.
You have to check the milk cooler. They are very innocuous , look just like all the others .
The whole milk is in a red and white container.
A-2 Corp. is advertising on national TV now, I suspect that it may be available near you.
One relative constantly comes up with business ideas that require hundreds of thousands, or even millions of dollars to get going.
So I remind him that I got into the business of cutting trees for under $1,000 and anyone can get into the business of recycling buildings, for less than $500 worth of tools. You'd still have to have some clue about what to do, but you could drop me off in any city on this planet, and I could demolish something large or small, with $500 worth of tools. Almost all of it with less than $100 worth of tools.
One thing I do whenever work gets slack, is run an ad for demolishing chimneys. Anywhere where houses are being renovated, there will be a need for this. I've found that I can charge $400 per day. You'll need a little hammer, a big hammer and a good quality mask. That's it, you could take the bus to the job. They have a ladder. Roughly $100 investment, and you're in a business that can easily support some type of lifestyle.
So, I find it amazing that some people can't think of how they could even survive financially, unless there is some major investment poured in at the beginning.
Good stuff everyone! I too am off grid with solar and sometimes minimal propane for now. A lot of it comes down to living with others and their willingness, limitations and comfort levels or perceived needs. Otherwise I go pretty minimal naturally.
Audrey Wrobel wrote: Are you sure it’s not rabbits or another critter eating those onions? Just asking, because I have never had a deer touch any I grew.
It is deer. The Walking onions are in a raised bed too tall for rabbit and since the deer ate the leaves off the tomato plants planted with them it is likely that when the tomato leaves were all gone they tried the next best thing and the only thing left there. The honeysuckle and turks caps are in front of the house in a plain view so that maybe why they have not tried them.
Burl Smith wrote:I got the base Roper model for $200 on sale at Lowes. Six months later things weren't right so I turned it on it's side and discovered a loose belt that had no tensioner, so you basically need to replace the belt every six months. It works but you can't interrupt the cycle to redistribute the load when it bangs around on an unbalanced spin.
As shown above, newer appliances are NOT built to either last or work beyond basic functions and repair usually ends up costing as much or a greater % of what it costs to replace anyway.
Its beyond sad that all these 'daily use' machines HAD been engineered to WORK for us, but now are more engineered to be cheap and easy to assemble, function to warranty date and then break down soon there after. I talked to a appliacne salesman who knew his stuff regarding repairs. He told me that refrigerators now have compressors that last about 1 year. Most of us older folk KNOW about refrigerators that ran well for 15 or 20 years. If one takes into account the cost of a series of several 'cheapies' (like the Roper for $200), it doesn't take long for a more well engineered and built machine to pay back investment in maintenance and bother too.
(I always talk to repairmen before we buy any appliance).
In the meantime, I do the same as Jay and put down pieces of old cardboard/landscape plastic to attract them, then in the morning feed them to the chickens and ducks. I've done this for about 2 weeks, and I'm finding fewer and fewer and seeing a lot less damage.
I have done this in the past, but the problem is it's a community garden, and it's not that close to my house. So I only get up there twice a week. I can't check on it every day. So I don't know if making a home for them is a good idea in that situation. My thoughts were more along the lines of making it a PITA for them to get to my plot. I could maybe put a board down in the empty plot next to it, but it would probably get moved.
I bought a cheap soil tester. I 'tested' the tester by sticking the probes into vinegar and baking soda finding it reasonably in line. I also found out that drier climates tend to have more alkaline soils while wetter climates overall have more acidic soils. The tester verified that for us. I've since been adding sulfur to increase the acidity of our soils and our plants are doing better. I also try different varieties of the same plants to find which grows best under the conditions we have.
Honestly, if you are using the seeds next spring, you can probably put them just about anywhere dry. There are very few seeds that degrade that quickly, even in less-than-ideal storage conditions - as far as I know, for vegetables, only parsnip and onion seed is that sensitive.
We store our seeds in ziploc baggies inside a box in a cool, dark closet. However, our climate is cool and dry, so we could put seeds basically anywhere and have them do fine. If you live someplace hot and muggy, you'll want to make an extra effort to keep the seeds cool and dry, but you are talking about such a short time span (until next spring) that you probably don't have much to worry about, and it's likely not worth putting a huge amount of effort into (like burying containers and such).
Lucas Green wrote:Not to pick a fight but why would you ever use Linux instead of an updated version of Windows? I get the despise for Microsoft, but their OS and productivity software (just word, excel and outlook alone) are far superior and save more than their cost?
I'm with Mart Hale - trust of Microsoft and Google, in all its forms, is why I turned to Linux. I feel a lot more secure in my online use and I still have access to the Windows features (like Wordpad) that I prefer over Open Office Writer.
I'm frankly very tired of how Microsoft hasn't improved it OS but only added patches on top of patches and Google like intrusions that do not serve me, only those unidentifiable entities (usually advertisers!) who want to data mine me.
I am glad there are so many distro's of Linux you can find one for an old machine and keep that old hardware running.
I have found Gnumeric Spreadsheet, wonderful and free for working on excel type files, it uses little resources and works awesome for me....
I don't claim that open office or libre office will work for everyone, but it sure works for me with low resources.
wayne fajkus wrote:I am pretty sure it was discussed in a recent podcast with Paul and Julia winters. Paul guessed the total cost of the farm at $20 million. There was speculation of big money in the shadows, with oprah winfrey being a guess.
Thanks Wayne for this insight. It does not surprise me one bit. There is so much 'big money' sloshing around that those with it are trying to get that stash working in ways they think will 'support' them. In the end, its not really about money, but about who is willing to do the WORK and the ability to take the goods to market. Much as agriculture is a necessary part of (human) life, its all driven by 'stored' (aka fuel) energy. Ponder that and try not to come up with a very potential train wreck racing down the tracks.
1. prep - marinade the chicken and fry the onions (which can be done in the pressure cooker)
2. par-cook the chicken - 4 min high. quick release
3. layer the rice and onions on top, 6 min on high. quick release
So about 20 to 30 min total depending on the size of the pressure cooker (bigger takes longer to come up to pressure). When it burnt, I was in stage 3, but only 2 min into the pressure cooking time. The rice and chicken were cooked through so we ate it, but the chicken wasn't as tender as when it cooks the full time.
It is a big part of communities. Andy and his colleagues did not talk the same story about the same situation. A real group has a story in common. Not only a past story, because they all the time create their new common past.
With my parents, dinner was the moment of telling about our day. It helped to integrate the challenges, well... as far as the parents were able to do this. Eventually we would learn what to tell because it was useful, and what not to tell because instead of integration, you would just be scratching a wound by retelling it.
Telling our story again scratches the wound in our culture, when it is not used for integration! And I can tell you this from my background in Somatic Experiencing! Children tell stories, and maybe stop when they are not believed or when they are made responsible for what they were not. People would story tell MORE, and there is a reason they learn not to.
We need more than story telling: we need to get back the right STORY-LISTENING !
There is a way to help each other integrate the emotional side of a story, by giving a certain type of support and listening, by asking the right questions to encourage the process. It also needs to be slow and paused...
Dado Scooter wrote:Bottom line, if your goal is to grow apple trees, then you might think of going to a good apple growing region, like parts of Washington State and Oregon. I have sisters in both states, and the soil there is good. There are tons of beautiful productive orchards and old orchards that have been pulled out by their huge trunks, out there. There is good community and probably a good market because you see a lot of Californians retiring with good money up there, like my sisters. One of my sisters friends moved from San Jose to Flathead in Idaho.... I just googled Flathead and it seems like it may be a good microclimate for pomes and cherries. And a lot of rich former Californians so I wonder what that is doing for the real estate prices up there.
If toxic chemicals is a concern, I just checked Toxmap, and North Carolina does not seem to be the worst state for toxic dump sites... there are a lot worse. The northeast seems to be the worst for toxicity, and you might have arsenic problems there.
The Rockies and High Plains look to have very little in terms of toxicity. There is also very little rainfall, and very little population. The YouTube Channel "Our Wyoming Life" showed a lone neglected fruit tree that is failing to thrive and needs quite a bit of human watering to keep growing. And these are "grasslands" where they are grazing cattle for market, so just focusing on grasslands is probably not the ideal criteria for what you want to do. You could be driving for miles and miles on grassland and not see a single tree. Ecologically vibrant areas are those that have an interface between forests and meadows that have the highest biodiversity. Personally, I vote for biodiversity!
I'm not familiar with toxmap and will check it out. Thank you for your input!
Glad you are resettling in the area fire pushed you out of. We have lived with a gravity fed water system in 2 places for a total of over 35 years. My fingers are crossed for your new system to work well for you, but I thin you are going to find that its not as satisfactory in supply as you would like. We learned the basics of water systems from - https://smile.amazon.com/s?k=Michael+Hacklemann&ref=nb_sb_noss .
The book referred to pipe sizing in regards to distance (resistance to flow) and volume (gallons/minute) desired from which size pipe. I suspect your 1" pipe will limit your volume, not for trailer use, but water for farm uses as well. The elevation between your storage tank and trailer will determine the pressure your receive. Figure LESS than 1# of pressure for every 2 feet of elevation. Again, adequate for trailer use, but may not work for some permanent household needs (clothes washing machine).
So wonderful that your well survived! Depending on the depth of the water. its flow rate (GPM) and elevation of tank above water level. a solar set up might happily work for you. We currently have a low volume well - 2-3 GPM that works fine for us. The water depth is 100' and 3 55W PV panels operate a DC pump that slowly pushes water into our storage tanks located well above our house. 2 or 3 GPM doesn't sound like much compared to a pressure system that delivers much more GPM. However if you figure that 2 gallons a minute = 120 gallons EACH hour for say even 6 (daylight) hours that = 720 gallons each day (into storage tanks). If you have been hauling water (been there, done that!), you are learning to be nicely conservative with water use ;-) Never a bad lesson.
I do have a concern for your pipes being exposed - freezing come winter. And as much as you truly want running water NOW, having to go back and re-do your current set up is going to be time and energy (mainly yours) consuming.
hau Renee, I don't think you will find milk bokashi listed anywhere, I learned about it in the mid 1960"s from a Japanese gardener who was happy to help me learn about creating bonsai and growing cherry trees.
This is the first time I've given out how to make it and I haven't noticed anyone on the Bokashi forum or the KNF forum mention the milk bokashi.
Hello all. I thought it might be time for me to introduce myself. I've made some posts on various forums so bits a pieces of my 'story' are to be found. Will try and fill in gaps and provide broader insight into my joining in here.
I grew up in the 50s and 60s in an area then known as Santa Clara valley. It was a delightful place for an active kid to be. Our neighborhood was wall to wall kids who played together, often in the streets! Some of us (me included) loved to 'explore' and DO. There were fields and orchards to check out, push carts to build and baseball to play. The area was in 'development' - fields and orchards slowly giving way to industrial plants and more tract houses. By the 1970s Santa Clara valley was on its way to being Silicon Valley. I still mourn the loss of all the fabulous growing fields and orchards, but as one person pointed out - the concrete is serving to 'preserve' the soil underneath ;-)
Happily I married a man who like me enjoyed 'boondocking'. Our weekends found us driving out of city areas and enjoying more country settings. We eventually found an abused 40 acre property and agreed that it would be where we preferred to live. The next 20+ years we slowly reclaimed the over grazed pastures, self built a passive solar adobe, powered by a solar electric system, developed a natural landscape, little garden and planted 30 fruit and nut trees. Loved that place until . . . the citidiots (neighbor's word) started moving in around us. In hindsight its interesting how people move 'out' but then expect all the city amenities too. As the (community) road got more and more ruined, the traffic in and out increased and water table dropped (lawns in an arid area?!), it became more and more apparent to us that while we hadn't changed, the area had. We began looking thruout several states for 'next' property and after a few years found a bit of 'junk' land (rocky hillside/poor grazing) that suited us fine. The land was cheap because it was beyond power lines, a brushy mess and in a 'depressed' area. We cashed out of our beloved place and transferred our hearts to the new place. Here we had built a pleasant little house, with new solar electric system powering it mightily and slowly developed some garden beds carved into a very rocky hillside.
Living in the bosom of nature is a very LIFE enhancing experience everyday. Ma Nature can seem cranky and irrational at times, but she remains TRUE to herself, doesn't B$ us. Once one gets in step with whatever she dishes out, life is grand.
OK, that's my back ground. Here's what I have made use of that got us here -
1) LOTS of reading/research. Ken Kern's books, OLD (pre 70s) Sunset publications, issues 1 -120 of the original The Mother Earth News, issues 1 - 70 of Home Power magazine, Fertility Pastures, Anthony Adams - Your Energy Efficient Home, and maximizing our own heads and hands. (wear out pencil and paper before picking up shovel and hammer)
2) A very 'efficient'/frugal/DO 'it' yourSELF attitude. Ca$h le$$ is very possible if one uses one's intelligence, creativity and hands over currency outlay.
3) Heaps and heaps of determination. Can do vs. victim mentality.
4) Discovering and working within the knowledge of the difference between 'assist' and 'help' (as in do FOR another). Encouragement is polite, as is mutual respect, especially of differences. (Nature thrives on variety)
5) Realistic 'economic' lifestyle. Money is a TOOL not an objective/goal. Debt free = freedom.
I have also coined my own word for our chosen 'lifestyle' - mioneering - which blends and makes use of modern and tradition practices that best produce an obtainable, in step with nature and realistic life for us. It has helped us life a 'retired' type of life for the last 30+ years.
There is one thing that would enhance our current life - IF some younger, as determined and 'permie' attituded person/people would settle in our location to develop and provide eats that age and location prevent us from doing. There have been a couple of half hearted attempts hereabouts, but not realistic (like10X price?!?) which collapse probably due to poor/lack of business plans and no stick-to-it-ness. Sad when one considers the resources of (unused) land, and knowledge base (lots of older DIYers like ourselves). I have been encouraged by some of the posts here, but also sigh to read mainly 'hot-to-go' idealists who seem to think such an endeavor is more 'Farmville' than dirt under nails WITH happy pay back. I hope to see and find that tipping towards reality.
Id recommend Steve solomon for anyone who is gardening on the westcoast.
Id recommend Braiding sweetgrass by robin wall kimmerer
Id recommend sally fallons cook book
id recommend some of the reads by wade davis, one river comes to mind.
Of water and the spirit by maliodoma patrice some
Id also recommend 1491 and 1493
Id recommend tao orion beyond the war on invasive species
For anyone wanting to read about BC indigenous people id recommend books by nancy turner.
Absolutely a handsome fellow Gail! I have long been a 'staffy' fan, having lived with one almost all my life.Our current (male/female) duo are both rescue dogs and the 7th & 8th staffys in my life (all lived to ripe old ages). Dear Wyatt, our 'homestead' staffy was a most lovable slob and gentle giant (90#), but NO ONE would enter our place when he was outside to 'greet' them! IMHO the best companion dog ever. Here's our last pair -
A fresh set of golf car batteries would be a fine improvement. More capacity amd longevity than what you have in place. They are tired by the sounds of it. You can get duracell 220ah 6v batteries nationwide for about $115 each.
Our Danby under-counter refrigerator consumes 750 watt hours a day to operate. I placed 1" reflective foam on the back where it felt cold to the touch.
A 750W array dedicated to it would be good for winter operation at Michigan.
We do not use it in the deep winter (November to march) 440ah at 24v is not enough storage for long strings of cloudy weather, no generator.
Konstantinos Karoubas wrote:I like your can do spirit Jain...
I still wonder why so few people use solar energy to cook.
In any case I hope the idea of using old clothes, and the "no skills required - inexpensive" set up will help.
Few people use solar for cooking because it requires some thought and effort to set up and make use of. Yes, the device can be made of so many 'at hand' materials and WORK! too. My first oven was inspired by a 1940s or 50s book on solar use. I made the first picture attached below out of cardboard and kitchen foil. I made a hot (focal) spot that would heat a cast iron skillet and fry meat! But it required near constant readjusting which meant I must be with the cooker to use it. The plywood oven first pictured in my previous post allowed me to put food in early in the day and leave it to slow cook until we were ready to eat hours later. It required a turn or two to keep it facing the sun which I could easily do during that time. But again, I needed to work with it, it wasn't automatic and 'fast' like a stove.
Solar cooking is also seasonal. I need to get back into the habit of preparing ahead of time so the food can be ready when we want to eat. And while my current cooker (pictured 3rd in previous post) is weather proof, it really doesn't get enough solar input during late fall thru early spring so gets tucked away those seasons.
I do enjoy cooking and eating a home made meal each day. My solar cooker helped us to have that - while we built! - so that I didn't have to stop construction efforts to cook. I kept on using a solar cooker after we finished building because I enjoy its quiet, clean and efficient/energy saving cooking. Yes cooking (dry) beans takes 2 days - first for the beans, 2nd for additions/flavorings, but the hot dish is ready to eat when we want a meal.
One of the excellent examples of small cooker that one can use anywhere was a 'box' that lid covered glass top and could be sat in the sun to heat a person's lunch. It could be taken to work, school or construction site.
Until a person chooses to take the time to obtain (aka MAKE or buy) a solar cooker, they will never choose to USE one. Guess being online or playing a game is more fun?!? The irony is that I can do BOTH and still have a hot meal without standing over a stove
We have long appreciated - KISS (keep it so simple). Finding a copy of the old Wood Heat (John Vivian) book could help you fill in the blanks for meeting your needs in as efficient a manner as possible.
Rosemary, Its always a good thing to be as kind and nice to one's body as is possible. I don't want to discourage you, but thought you might want an alternative point of view from those who have fought the 'fat' battle and been damaged in the process. Sadly so much of what passes for 'healthy' lifestyle suggestions turns out to be a back door to your wallet instead. Don't take my word for it, check out -
I sincerely hope you can save yourself, and others too, a LOT misdirected living and end up hating the vessel you live in many years on down the line. Unfortunately the E=MC2 of 'healthy' is food - exercise = weight. And I say that because it really isn't a true formula - soooo many factors missing! (like the fact that dieting and orthorexia don't work)