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The first hot showers in the off-grid lab were firewood stove-heated.
Water added to a large pot with a bilge pump dropped in.
Although appreciated (and of course necessary), this was a time-consuming makeshift shower.
The bilge pump was connected to one end of a garden hose that delivered the shower to the other end of a garden sprayer and was messy.
Later, I evolved to black pipe placed out in the sun.
However, solar-heated water was an ineffective and unreliable means for obvious reasons, such as waiting till 11am when the water in the pipe was hot enough to be able to take a shower.
The black pipe seen in the photos is actually over 200 feet of thick-walled hard poly pipe, typically used for underground water lines. The pipe draped all over the roof, and then down the side of the garage, and back and forth on a wire fence.
In the summer, the heated water was at times unbearably scalding, with no means to adjust the temperatures.
When the hot water ran out, the shower was over.
Aside from the first winter out here, the subsequent winters have been a breeze due to a fire-wood stove adaption.
The Stove has its own page allocated toward explaining what worked, and what did not work.
Since the stove stays fired 3/4 of the year anyway, cooking is anytime-ready.
The following photos are the second attempt to make a decent pizza.
(Later on the phone)
Adjusting to the Northern Solar SunWith the additional solar panels and deep-cycle batteries that have been added here to requisite Ohio-climes, available power has finally become almost entirely stabilized.
As already mentioned elsewhere within this site, the amount of solar panels and batteries I brought to Ohio from Florida was totally sufficient at my prior location of Florida.
I hadn't even taken into consideration that there is snow here (and less sun and wind in general).
Finally, almost three years of saving and striving, all appears to be at the point where a YEAR-round stabilization of available power has been attained.
To be honest, there's still two hurdles to overcome, the largest of which is the 220v pump that is placed in our well.
Plans are to allocate a solar panel array and battery bank JUST for the pump alone (as opposed to sharing off of any of the other battery banks here).
The photo shows one of the battery bank / solar arrays' statistics.
My initial premise to plan is to link 20 (qty) 6v batteries in series (x 2 in parallel) to total 120v x 2qty. This is actually just a dream because I don't have the 5-thousand dollars to allocate toward the 40 batteries, nor the cost of the additional controller(s) and solar panels and the plan suddenly doesn't look so attainable by today's economic clime.
The aforementioned is however the ultimate aim as it would be an awesome test overall as to what can and cannot be attained using this method.
The other option is to simply pull the 220v pump out of the well and drop down a 24v or 48v model.
However I already chased this rabbit with the local well contractors in my area and ended up less optimistic.
After several calls, and even less amount of replies from the contractors, I'm beginning to realize that this might be a task better suited for me to do personally.
It seemed the contractors were clueless or not so interested in the project. Their prices varied with statements such as, "well that's if something doesn't go wrong", and "the price is variable upon...".
Then I was hit with their prices (to simply pull up a pump, and drop another in the hole).
So now I'm at the, "there's just gotta be a better way!" state of mind.
You can't dress her