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The first hot showers in the off-grid lab were firewood stove-heated.
So-So Shower

Water added to a large pot with a bilge pump dropped in, although appreciated (and of course, necessary), 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.

Common small bilge-pumped water

 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.

Black Piped Solar Water HeaterSolar Water Heater via Black Poly Pipe
Aside from the first winter out here, the subsequent winters have been a breeze due to a fire-wood stove adaption.

12 Degrees Ohio outside; Sauna Inside
As for refrigeration, as it turns out there hasn't been any real need for refrigeration.
Refrigeration Nada
Two Three years and going strong so the refigerators are used as cupboards.

Alternative means for refrigeration are used in the winter time, some of the methods are old-school, such as:
If it's winter time, put your food outside in a secure cooler.
Again, 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!

As for the freezer, it's 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.

First Springfield Ohio Zucchini of the seasonSpringfield Ohio's Garden-Fresh Food

Off-Grid Freezer
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?

  First Breads in Springfield OhioBread in Ohio
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.
Springfield Ohio-made bread
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 breadmaker!  It makes perfect bread everytime with very little waste.
Perfect Bread everytimeThank God for Breadmachines

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.
Off-grid Springfieldoff-grid food
Springfield Apple TreeSpringfield Garden2nd year Apple Tree
Within the photos shown above is an apple tree.

The apple tree was brought to me by this lady,
Smiling Vickie
Springfield Ohio's Vickie Murph

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 memory!
This is another photo of tree-giver Vickie.  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 at the need for a complete revamping (but that's just my opinion).
Vickie next to crooked Judge Trempe

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).

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