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    Posted: April 19 2018 at 5:33am
The Coast Guard uses AGM batteries for solar systems. IIRC Sunliyte was the last brand I saw. 100 amp hour and will charge at really low amp rates. I use 4 AGM batteries running parallel into a 3000 watt true sine wave inverter with a 2200 watt generator for charging and back-up. Last outage lasted 4 days and propane fireplace, fridge, freezer and lights no problem. Turkey cooker makes a lot of hot water in a hurry.
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We have a similar system @ the cabin. Solar electric system. Drives the lights, water pumps, TV, radio, & in summer - the fridge. (We have a propane fridge for the later part of the season). It works well. We've swapped out inverter after inverter, til we have it right. (Burnt one out by firing up the gen without locking out the inverter). We finally managed to source a "true sine wave" inverter", it works smoother.
It provides everything we need @ cabin. They wanted $10,000 to run the power to the property line..then we would have to run the line from the road to the cabin (450 meters) thru the bush @ our expense, plus maintain it. Solar was the better option. We use deep-cycle batteries. They are heavy & expensive. Last about 6 - 8 yrs.
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I copy you on that!

We ran the Welsh cottage on (for now) stone age hydraulic power. No mains nothing back then. We had a stream & a possible 150 feet of head pressure with 3~8 gal/min flow rate, if we wanted. I never saw the stream dry or 100% frozen.

We ran 1 1/2" pipe back about 80' & 2' up, mostly almost horizontal, to give us a 18" head & dropped it in 2 stages 45° for  a foot & a second 45° for the rest. We reduced the pipe to 1" then 1/2" as well. Used automotive electronics (Zener diodes & so on) & deep discharge big lead acid batteries for storage. Made the pelton wheel ourselves. It drove 2 generators (this was before alternators.) Charged 2X 12v banks & pulled our 24v supply.
We used RV lighting & domestic equipment as back then it was all 24v.

We had solar water pre-heating on the roof. zig-zag small bore copper pipes in black-painted shallow boxes with old scrap windows on top. Water slowly climbed it as it heated & got less dense, looped back round into a 75 Gal water heater with a busted element. It was higher than the inlet so it was self powering.

They'd be madder than wet cats if we did that here!HugCensored


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I live in the country side, off grid and run solar panels. I havn't had an electricity bill in ten years.

My house, garage and out buildings all have 120ac service from two 2000w inverters running on a battery bank of six Bosch 120Ahr ex-cell tower batteries (each weighs about 200lbs), which is good for about a week of use without a charge. You would never know the difference in service (better actually, constant 120v, no spikes or brown outs). 

This summer's project is to mount a wind generator up top of a TV antenna.

Only if I need to use the welder or compressor in my garage do I fire up the generator to get 220v and sufficient amps for the grunt of the 3/4 horse motor.


So power outages? wot's that?
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Why not Gnomish hard hats? they sell wicker & stetson ones! You can even get custom graphics & paint job or even chrome them!




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I was going to say something smart a$$ about that but thought Id better knot.......
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Clean underwear at least, I hope.
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I make Army coffie, you put the grounds in a clean sock,knot it, and throw it in the pot.

If you do not have a sock just use your girlfriend underwear.
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I read Gnomes in Hardhats. I laughed. I then Googled,"Gnomes in Hardhats"
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An egg?
I use a small pinch of salt.
It grabs the grounds & sinks them to the bottom, you don't even taste it as its trapped in the grounds.
Best trick I heard was to drop an ear of wheat in, it grabs the  Fusel alcohols so the coffee never has that bitter aftertaste!
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hope ya get it back soon , but thats not a bad way to cook , nothin wrong with cowboy coffee - strain the grounds with your teeth ...oh and an egg helps too , 
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The High winds FROM Hoadies Gnome Army maybe?
We endured, campfire coffee


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Gnomes in hard hats toiling away in the 'lecrticity mines.




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Just about at New Years Eve here our power was out for 63 hours! I I spent that night alone in my house with oil lanterns and candles but my beer stayed cold on the back porch outside. In the morning I fired up my 6500 watt generator in the shed and kept it running to keep the freezer and fridge running and the coffee machine too. Also kept a coup,e heaters running but I have propane as well so the fireplace was kept on low and I slept in that room with my pets on the fold out couch/bed. It was kind of fun actually but it just goes to show how much we as modern humans rely so much on electricity.
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