home made ac cooler
July 27th, 2016 by Off The Grid

Join me today as I talk about some ways to homemade ac cooler 2stay cool when you are living off grid. When you have little to no power the extreme summer heat can be unbearable so stay cool with some of today’s ideas for staying cool. You may or may not have power. Chances are that most of you listening to the podcast do. The next time you walk over to adjust the thermostat for your AC be grateful! I have a couple of solar panels and a gel cell battery that I use for most of my electrical power. If you are out in this insanely hot summer heat you had better be staying hydrated and cool! Summer heathomemade ac unit cooler can be dangerous especially for those with no AC or that are outside a lot. Necessity as they say is the mother of all inventions. Well take a listen to today’s show as I discuss a staying cool towel enduracoolfew ways to stay cool when living off the grid. My homemade AC unit cooler is a nice addition for this one so please sit back and enjoy the show. As always thank you for listening! I really appreciate it! 🙂

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: When its dangerously hot outside this summer stay cool and hydrated!
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picking okra
July 19th, 2016 by Off The Grid

Join me today as I get back to the off grid camper talking about my homemade AC cooler, gardening, and coping with summer heat. As you may know I have been house sitting quite a bit these last few weeks. It seems like going back to a live that most people quite frankly take for granted left me in the same spot.. Honestly I got lazy while enjoying the AC on brutally hot summer days, cooking like civilized folk in a “normal” kitchen, and just plain relaxing in front of the TV with a good movie. In case you are wondering NO I do not miss the urban city life. I very much enjoy being out in nature with the peace and quiet that only the birds, bees, and rustling trees can bring. I do however very much want to stay comfortable when the elements are extreme though. So take a listen as I revisit the idea of putting my homemade AC unit cooler to use with a couple of slight modifications to the design. As the birds chirp happily up in the trees recording today’s episode of the podcast got difficult as the off grid camper began to quickly heat up. As always thank you for listening and if you have any questions, comments, or ideas to share please post or email me. 🙂

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Its easy to get lazy when your life is easy. Get up and make the life you want because each day you are either taking one step toward or away from your goals.
  • Be social! Connect with me and the podcast on Facebook, like the page, and tell a friend! 🙂
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  • Brent emailed in his video here and also another listener feedback show here.
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lizard outside off grid
May 24th, 2016 by Off The Grid

Living off the grid has its challenges and with summer heat fast approaching that means preparing for potentially dangerous high temps NOW! If you are living in a traditional grid tied house then chances are the changing seasons may not affect you that much. In my case the off grid camper does not have a lot of relief from the relentless summer heat so I am doing what I can not by creating shade everywhere I can. I have also found myself buying a lot of ice lately.

Buying ice on a regular basis to substitute a refrigerator is adding up quickly. Most people probably take for granted that they simply open this big box in the kitchen and everything stays relatively cold. When you are living off grid food preservation by way of cooling (refrigerator or cooler) can be challenging unless you have a steady supply of power from solar panels for example. I have been researching some pretty heavy duty coolers. These incredibly well built ones like Pelican, Yeti, and Grisly ice coolers seem to be some of the best on the market. I watched this one video where they did a head to head comparison called the 5 Day Ice Challenge. In the video they filled all of the coolers with ice to see which ones would still have ice in them. Surprisingly most of them did! Another video along the lines of DIY showed how you could essentially build a cooler with the same insulating capabilities for about $70. If you think that is a lot of money then look at the alternative. The Yeti, Pelican, and Grisly coolers seem to have a price range of around $200-$500 range. This is something to explore in the future and for now I am still buying many bags of ice! lol

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: When you know summer heat is coming prepare now! There is no time like the present.
  • Be social! Connect with me and the podcast on Facebook, like the page, and tell a friend! 🙂
  • Check out Live Video Broadcasts of the show here on Periscope.
  • Brent emailed in his video here and also another listener feedback show here.
  • If you want to be part of the conversation say hello on Zello! Search for Off The Grid Podcast channel.
  • Please help support this show and the off grid community by checking out Off Grid Singles.
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Thermoeletric power module
September 9th, 2015 by Off The Grid

Today was the weekend and that meant another great find from the flea markets! I found an old-school thermoelectric Brinsdon 12V DC powered refrigerator cooler slash warmer for only $10. The little fridge turned out to be both a tiny cooler and food warmer combined in one. brinsdon refrigerator warmerAfter inspecting the cord I noticed it had a small sticker to indicate it would get both hot and cold on demand. Later on I found out that these types of coolers used a space age thermometric technology and do not need refrigerant or compressors to stay cool. Aside from the fan there were no moving parts. The only down side is that these thermoelectric coolers were not that efficient compared to your average dorm sized refrigerator for example. It was small, portable, and at only $10 I was super excited to find this new edition to the cool off grid family here in the camper.. with the solar panels etc.

Refrigeration has been my biggest challenge out here off the grid. That includes cooling myself! lol If you take a look at the basics of living off the grid and begin brinsdon thermoelectric coolertracing refrigeration back to one of the most basic elements you quickly recognize that power is the real issue.. not cooling. So in my search for an ever more efficient solution to minimal power consumption coupled with affordability this brings the count to 4 small refrigerators in total now here in the camper. The original refrigerator in the off grid camper did not work so my aunt gave me one to use until I could figure something out. The thing was that my aunt’s fridge was nice but it took a good amount of wattage to use. It could only be run for about an hour in the morning and again at night before the batteries ran down. The 120V fridge (on grid power) was being powered through my power inverter which took the energy from the solar panels, stored in the 12V deep cycle batteries (off grid power), and converted it into 120 volts AC. Not long after my aunt loaned me her fridge I found another one at the Brinsdon coolerflea market for $35. The $35 dorm sized fridge worked great but again power was an issue. The $35 refrigerator was a lot more efficient drawing about .9 amps per hour but again.. I was only able to run my new off grid camper fridge for about an hour and a half to two hours verses one.

This new cooler I found was so small I was hoping to be able to run it all night at least. Further testing was needed so I was looking forward to trying this DC powered thermoelectric cooler off grid in my camper. A side note: I accidentally “cooked” some yogurt over night because I mistakenly reversed the 12V DC power plug the first time I used it. There is a lesson.. don’t forget to read the directions before using your new flea market finds! lol All in all this vintage Brinsdon thermoelectric refrigerator and warmer was a great find! So if you get nothing else out of my experience please remember to never give up!

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Never give up! This makes refrigerator number 4 and it works woo Hoo! lol
  • Image credit: Learn something new! check out the link to Wikipedia about thermoelectric technology.
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