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
was time-consuming. 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.
As for refrigeration, it turns out there hasn't been any
real need for refrigeration.
Two Three years
and going strong without the need for refrigerators, instead they are
used as cupboards.
Alternative means for refrigeration are used in the winter time, when
Some of the methods of winter-refrigeration are old-school, such as:
If it's winter time, put your
food outside (in a secure
Use a SECURE cooler.
Raccoons are ingenious!
If it were not for the myriad of security cameras here to later allow
for the playback of the 4-legged bandits, I'd swear there were bad
kids in the neighborhood!
However, the freezer is on the
top of the "never
turn off" list.
The freezer is where all the good
stuff from the garden is hiding. Anything from the garden can be
frozen. Since there's so many canned pickles left from a
few years ago, the cucumbers this year are simply sliced and
flash-frozen (which are great in smoothie drinks, just add water,
honey, and cucumber cubes). Kale is another great thing to
freeze and also works well in smoothies. Either works well if
just doing a stir-fry.
The freezer shown above came from Home Depot in Springfield Ohio and has been well-appreciated.
Since I don't drive, they even delivered the freezer to me free of
Recently a man whom I fixed a computer for,
repayed me by filling the freezer to capacity. He brought so
much food that I had to decline some of it. There's no room for
Another thing you may need to adapt to when
off-grid, is making your own food. This is something made
in January 2018. It's bread with dried pineapples and apple
Oddly enough, this flour was
about 2 years beyond its expiration date. Yes, every bit of it was
eaten anyway, but who knew powders and flours had expiration dates?
If you're heading off-grid, chances are you are too far from a
store in which to shop.
Keep your flours and powders in very secure
canisters. I was clueless about these little creatures
that lay larvae and then turn into moths. I'm not sure how
long I had been eating that larvae and those moths. Whenever I
needed flour I simply dipped a measuring cup into the 25pound
bag and scooped the flour out. During that learning time,
lights were scarce here.
At times I would notice webs, other times I noticed
whole moths who seemed confused, and still other times I simply knew
that there must have been more moths and larvae that I missed because
the bread was funny.
Nowadays I use a bread-maker! It makes perfect bread every time
with very little waste.
Life in an off-grid venture would be somewhat non-committal if one did
not provide a stock of edibles from the garden!
The man on the tractor seen in the photos below is a fine neighbor to the
north of me. He and his wife have been a great inspiration toward my
persistence to head off-grid whole-heartedly.
Here the garden is being enlarged gaining
Within the photos shown above is an apple tree.
The apple tree was brought to me by this lady,
Thanks again, Vickie.
*She's been a God-send that started out as a customer, and has turned
into the "go-to" person for so many things, least of all is her
It's now 2018 and the tree has grown taller than me, and may require some
pruning soon. This year the tree probably will be producing
apples. Last year it created one apple. The apple was
the size of my thumb. I tried to get vickie to eat it, but it
was just too small (about the size of a strawberry).
This is another photo of
Here she is posing next to a photo of "justice" Judge Trempe.
Vickie was a witness at the crooked trial (in my somewhat professional
opinion it was a court-complicit scam of an elderly woman, my
mom). If you'd like to amuse yourself with the facts of the case
you can choose to either read my
version here or the Courts redacted version here. A copy
of the trial transcripts
will show Judge Trempe was not acting in his expected capacity during
the trial, and the Court Record reflects his practicing law from
the bench before the trial. If there's to be assumed any
legitimacy in "our" Nation's legal system, then this case ought to be
showcased as the need for a complete
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