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Electric fridge for off grid — YES

What? An electric fridge off grid

To heck with hauling propane. Introducing the Magic Chef 10 cu. ft. fridge.
To heck with hauling propane. This is my Magic Chef 10 cu. ft. fridge.
Yes. And why? Money $$$

Like most folks I started off grid with a propane fridge. Now propane fridges are great if you’re traveling because an absorption fridge works even while it’s being shaken (if not stirred).

But when you live off grid, chances are your fridge isn’t moving. So now it comes down to saving $$$.

How cool are the savings?

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Coping with mosquitoes

The dreaded mossie

Coming from Saskatchewan. Which means “land of omg that’s the most mosquitoes I’ve ever seen.” I’ve picked up a few tricks.

  • Vinegar works great on the itch, removes the bump too. If you don’t get it on right way you have to wait a bit for it to take effect.
Other tips:
  • wear light coloured clothing.
  • bug screening/nets/hats/gloves etc.
  • eliminate standing water.
  • find a friend who is attractive. Mossies always seem to prefer one person. This is a good thing as they then leave you alone. A bad thing if you turn out to be that person.
Mossie story

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The winter trail

The proper way to prepare trails in the snow

This is going to sound weird, but there actually is a best way to prepare trails through snow in the winter.

This trick is to start out shuffling. That builds winter trails that are clear and level.
This trick is to start out shuffling. That builds winter trails that are clear and level.
Shuffle for happy trails

Winter trails need to be level, clear and relatively smooth. The best way to achieve this is not to “walk” through the snow after a snow fall, but to “shuffle.”

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Solar tips: Why 1 watt to 1 amp

1 watt of solar to 1 amp of battery storage

I developed this basic rule of thumb about 5 years ago. When I did my initial solar research I noticed that off grid, either full time or RV boondocking, the folks who were happy with their systems typically had 1 watt of solar panel per 1 amp of battery capacity (measured at 12v/lead acid battery packs).

Lead acid. Yuck. But I've still got mine. 4 years and still chugging along.
Lead acid. Yuck. But I’ve still got mine. 4 years and still chugging along.

Those with less panel grumbled about “genny time” and worse. The consequence of lead acid battery packs: over discharge & under charge = dead batteries.

So let’s look at a small system

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