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10-04-2012 01:51 PM
bwalker42
Re: Solar cooking

Definitely Island Time way of cooking.

Cinnamon rolls, 35min, not done, still cooking. But cooking.
10-03-2012 11:03 AM
bwalker42
Re: Solar cooking

Quote:
Originally Posted by snaxbox View Post
Nice! Please keep us updated. I'm interested how your project will sail smooth too!
Will prolly depend upon the materials you choose. Mine is intended for shorter trips and is not collapsible, but can be used for storing stuff while not in use.
I'm almost finished with it but need to test it for quality.

If it works, I will show you.
I made the glass out of 3 layers of 5/16 strata glass. Strata glass is a more scratch resistant glass. The best they make I think. I used 3 layers for the weight. Prolly two if it's 3/8ths.
Then I trimmed the glass with that foil tape. Next I'm going to put thin black rubbery foam to help it seal.
Painting the inside of the cooler black this am, and applying the foil tape to the inside of the cooler lid.

Then comes the test. Does it work? how well? will it boil water? Bake bread? How long will it take? etc...
09-20-2012 10:51 AM
snaxbox
Re: Solar cooking

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Originally Posted by bwalker42 View Post
Consider it done!
Nice! Please keep us updated. I'm interested how your project will sail smooth too!
09-08-2012 10:17 AM
bwalker42
Re: Solar cooking

Consider it done!
09-07-2012 01:11 PM
ccriders
Re: Solar cooking

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Originally Posted by bwalker42 View Post
I am going to make a solar over out of a cooler.
I think it is going to be a neat project.
I believe it will be sturdy, and boat savvy.
Instead of foil I am using duct tape from a/c man. It is just as shiney as foil and it's like thick foil with sticky on the back.
It will double as storage for cooking stuff.
Strata glass instead of breakable.
This sounds like a pretty cool project. Hope you plan to photograph and document it for us to see how it goes.
Thanks
09-07-2012 12:41 PM
skygazer
Re: Solar cooking

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Originally Posted by travlineasy View Post
..... When the tank is completely filled, I add a cup of chlorine bleach, pump water through the lines until I can smell the bleach, then it's clean enough to wash dishes and vegetables.

I used to routinely test the water for bacteria, but after two years of testing and no bugs I stopped doing that. Besides, it was getting expensive. Somewhere on the Internet there is a formula for how much chlorine bleach to use per gallon when treating water. If I recall, it was about 16 drops per gallon, but I could be wrong on the formula. If you don't smell chlorine after 16 drops, add another 16 drops and wait 30 minutes. If you still don't smell chlorine, discard the water and find another source.

If you're worried about the chlorine bleach causing health problems, believe me, if you contract C-diff from contaminated foods and water it's a lot worse than anything you will experience from the chlorine bleach. Without proper medical treatment, C-diff can kill a healthy person in a matter of a few days.

Good Luck,

Gary
Your cleanliness is admirable. Bleach works well. You could safely use much less. 1 cup of bleach for 70 gallons of water is way too much.

I used to be in charge of a strictly controlled public water supply. We had an instrument to measure the ppm of the chlorine. Yes it depends on how dirty the water is, but you would not use water so dirty you needed that much bleach. On clean water I would use IIRC about a cup of bleach to 3000 (three thousand) gallons of water. This would keep any green growth from forming on the inner surface of translucent plastic tanks in sunshine. For known contaminated water I would double that or more, but not 40 times as much.

It is important to realize that bleach loses strength as it ages. Sometimes I received bleach that would not show up in the measuring tubes, or just flash and disappear. This could explain not smelling the bleach. Try to buy your bleach at a busy store with a good turnover, not some dusty bottle that has been sitting around.

Even for pretty bad water you could cut your 16 drops per gallon to 8 drops per gallon.

I'm surprised your water was tested as is. I had to test regularly, and extremely minor amounts of bleach in the test water would cause the test to be voided.
09-07-2012 10:36 AM
CapnBones
Re: Solar cooking

I have no idea where I read this, I think it was on here somewhere, but it has been a year or two since I found it. Someone was using a crockpot, just the inside with the lid on and it was sufficing as a solar oven, they would use it to make bread by leaving it on deck for the majority of the day. Not sure what temps you can achieve simply with that, but it would be worth investigating I think.
09-07-2012 08:40 AM
bwalker42
Re: Solar cooking

I am going to make a solar over out of a cooler.
I think it is going to be a neat project.
I believe it will be sturdy, and boat savvy.
Instead of foil I am using duct tape from a/c man. It is just as shiney as foil and it's like thick foil with sticky on the back.
It will double as storage for cooking stuff.
Strata glass instead of breakable.
06-29-2012 12:08 PM
Capt.aaron
Re: Solar cooking

I know, My Grand Dad was retired Army, Tang and Spam man, Breakfast lunch and dinner. Since I took over the boat I've been on a quest to find good food that keeps, and way's to prepare that is efficiant, Hence the sprouts and solar projects.
06-29-2012 11:56 AM
travlineasy
Re: Solar cooking

Haven't had a Spam sandwich since I got out of the Navy. They tasted pretty good back then, though. We had fried spam with fried eggs for breakfast, fried spam sandwiches with a slab of American cheese for lunch, fried spam and potatoes, etc... Spam was considered a basic food group back then. After four years in the Navy I couldn't look at a can of Spam. Might be pretty good on Sprout bread, though.

Cheers,

Gary
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