Off-Grid Solar and Wind-Generated Power
Topic: Lifestyle P 3
Below, is the workhorse that was
utilized to dig the Catch-Basin.
(the tractor, not my mom)
However the tractor is by the Grace of MOM, so I let her drive every now
vroom vroom, look at her go! (it's not actually running)
Okay, my turn mom. Look, No hands! vroom vrooom.
The tractor sure has made work easier around here.
Broken wheelbarrows and broken riding lawn mowers were wearing me out.
As for cooking, except during special occasions (such as the availability
of another source of fuel), the firewood stove is the preferred means. The
unit is incredible because it utilizes the thermal mass of the concrete
pad that lies above an even greater thermal mass (the earth). The benefit
from not having legs on the stove has proven to be beneficial in so many
regards that I wouldn't even consider going back to stoves with legs. It's
just no contest whether for heat or cooking.
Heat transfers to the pad offering a different experience in perfect
outdoor comfort. The concrete is not cold anywhere within the 3 car
building due to the stove never turning off in the colder months of the
year. If you haven't tried this, do. Simply find an old fireplace insert,
the type that is actually a box in a box (the type that usually has fans
blowing the cool air of the room under the firebox, up the back, and over
the top of the firebox where it's now hot air).
The previous stoves had legs, cooking was more of a challenge, if you can
call it that.
The benefit of a box in a box fireplace insert stove set directly on the
concrete floor worked out perfectly. My old stove (with legs) was only an
inch higher than the present stove, but the area above this steel
monstrosity allows for more cooking space.
Neighborhood Jimmy dropped off Sterno's!
Recently there was a bad month with virtually no sun here in Ohio.
Ohio, where the sun doesn't shine, most of the time.
Dark and rainy, and not enough wind has left the battery banks with some
rather deep sighs (low voltage draws, my present panic-zone
Aside from turning off everything that is not entirely essential, there's
little else you can do other than relax and wait for the sun to come back
into vogue and count the pennies saved toward another battery or solar
During this time though, one of the battery banks was drawn exceptionally
low. I couldn't figure out why since almost everything other than the
server, modem/router, the security system, and a few lights were all that
remained, everything else had been disconnected pending sunnier days for
that particular battery bank. The other battery banks were still
functioning as expected so I knew it was not a solar issue. I checked each
battery's cells for specific gravity, and all looked fine. Yet it appeared
that the bank was not taking a full charge as it did normally. It appeared
to be expending the incomplete charge beyond its norm. When all the
electrical comforts operate off your own power station, you tend to become
familiar with the predictable nature and condition of the batteries. It
was decided that one-by-one the remaining items would be removed to
another battery bank to enable troubleshooting of the problem.
AS IT TURNED OUT, the batteries were NOT the problem.
One of the pure sine-wave inverters appeared to be sucking power.
Following its removal from the batteries, the batteries almost instantly
sprung back to life.
THIS IS WHY I SAY: just keep it simple. If you have a 12v battery bank,
buy 12v appliances. Having an inverter is just another thing that could go
wrong, since the inverter contains a slew of components, and each one of
them just itching to fail.
If you're planning on going off-grid, plan on getting a few of these
babies. Motion Switches. Automation is key to preserving power, and using
your best abilities to focus on more pressing areas of life. Motion
Switches coupled with Photo-sensors help save your sanity and battery bank
by automatically turning your appliances on and off without your manual
With the advantage of modern-day weather forecasts, planning which days to
make bread or do the laundry is easy. When it's not sunny, do something
It is May 2018 and Raspberries aren't near ready yet.
However, the Strawberries are starting to produce already!
Now let's talk bugs.
Firstly, the Bible says that Fear is Not of God.
Secondly, the Bible says that Thou Shalt Not Kill (no specification
indicates that humans were the only items not to kill).
Yes, there's plenty of bugs out here. At first it was nerve wracking
trying to relocate them back outside, I'm well over that now (there's more
important things to be consumed about).
Spookily, it appears that it is intrinsic in the bug-mind that humans are
worth staying away from. It's almost as if the bugs know to either run
away upon the sight of us, or freeze-frame hoping we don't notice them.
The flies and mosquitoes are an exception to the rule.
I totally ignore the flies these days. My mind has been conditioned that
they are nothing more than God's little ticklers, and no fly will be
distracting me from whatever is being focused on. Mosquitoes are dead just
One bug I really get a kick out of is the "stink bug" which I'm not
certain why that bug would earn that name. How close does a nose have to
be to smell it? But really, just watch one of those things. It can barely
function. It's not much at flight and even worse at walking. If you see
one, put your finger in front of it. Invariably it will stop at your
finger for a moment, turn completely around, and amble away.
Like flies, stink bugs, and crickets, I don't kill the spiders either. We
have a relatively understood territory. I know where they predominantly
are, and as luck would have it, their areas of domain are of little
interest to me.
Only one time in all the time I've been in Ohio have I been bit by a
spider (when I first moved to the great outdoors), so it can't constitute
as being an epidemic worthy of blowing the minutes God allows me to live
In fact, when I first moved out here, there was an EXTREME flying ant
emergence. Luckily, any creature that wills can walk right past or over
the doors and into the garage, and in marched the spiders (and these other
ant, fly, and mosquito killers that I don't know the name of). The
mysterious huge beetle/ant/rhino/crab thing only comes out at night. This
is a strange bug. It ambles when it walks because it's ill-proportioned,
and will for no apparent reason freeze-frame for minutes before seemingly
waking up, only to continue ambling forgetting its original path. Sadly it
prefers the undersides of shoes as a pit-stop. Only on one occasion did
one venture higher up (and even nipped me lightly). That bug is so large
that its explainable why they stay with all 6 or 8's on the floor (after 4
legs, who's really counting anyway?).
Anybody will quickly learn the mating seasons, the birthing habits, the
seasons in which the various species become most intolerable, and
invariably learn how to properly protect food. Don't get me wrong, it is
not needful to OVER protect the food generally, for instance most fruits,
eggs, and fresh vegetables are left right on the concrete (or placed in
the freezer if not expected to be consumed readily).
As luck would have it, not having a preponderance of store-bought food
allows for the natural food (that usually comes with it's own protective
packaging. i.e.: eggs have shells, apples and potatoes have skins, etc.).
Besides, how much can a bug actually eat anyway? I certainly cannot be
deemed as anal about "my" food. Most of what I eat either fell out of a
hen's multi-purpose hole or straight off the ground!
*Disclaimer: I usually wash the stuff before consuming it.
As a final note of the day, I'm going for no-till gardening starting
yesterday! Rye and wheat will be planted as a cover-crop and that only the
tops will be harvested leaving the rest to decay naturally for the most
part. The tops of the rye and wheat cover-crops will produce the
home-grown flours replacing the store-bought flours for the breads. I'm
saving up to buy another solar panel, wind generator, a bigger battery, a
48volt inverter, and a legitimate government that can turn our http://usdebtclock.org
Well, time to go (jack's calling me again).
This concludes P 3
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