Off-Grid Solar and Wind-Generated Power
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,
appreciated (and of course necessary),
this was a time-consuming
makeshift shower. The bilge pump was connected to one end of a garden
that delivered the shower to the other end of a garden sprayer and was
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
As for refrigeration, it turns out there hasn't been any real need for
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 cooler).
Use a SECURE cooler. Raccoons are
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
However, the freezer is on the top of the "never turn
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 charge!
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 freezer!
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 spice.
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
Nowadays I use a bread-maker! It makes perfect bread every time with very
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
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 impeccable
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
This is another photo of tree-giver
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 style="color: rgb(51, 51, 153);">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 social-order revamping.