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12-06-2010 10:56 PM
jackdale My favourite microwave story.

An acquittance was equipping his boat for a figure 8 through the Pacific. He installed a microwave with big inverter which would also run his girl friend's hair dryer. When I asked him about the microwave, he indicated that he needed to defrost the the food from his freezer. I told him that I understood and that I used my microwave at home for the same thing. I put frozen meat in the microwave in the morning and when I got home from work the meat was defrosted, and the cat did not get it. Note - I did not turn it on.

1000 watts at 12v - way too many amps. Lots of the boats I teach on have, seldom use them.
12-06-2010 10:45 PM
tsmith409
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Originally Posted by Reddirt View Post
Has anyone used a 12v microwave on their boat?
Good or bad?

Thanks,
Reddirt
Microwaves are great at the doc on shore power but a big draw on your batteries
If you have to have a microwave you might consider getting a power boat with a generator
12-06-2010 10:36 PM
Bene505 What? This thread isn't dead yet?
12-06-2010 08:57 PM
FishSticks
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Originally Posted by jackdale View Post
We would punch a hole in the can. We were also working at 60 degrees N.

Brrrr....I recall a January day in Gloucester Harbor, which is only 43N, when we had to have two cans of beer going at the same time ... one thawing out on the coal-fired cast iron Lunenburg Foundry 'Fisherman' and one in hand. It was so cold the can would freeze to your lips and turn solid before you could finish it. And I'm not exaggerating.

Reddirt, forgive me for wandering off the subject of exciting food molecules at 2450 Mhz. I have no objection to that technology when used ashore, but on my boat ......


I'll admit 2450
Is pretty nifty
It'll cook a tater
Sooner not later
But on my little schooner
Meals are later not sooner
For there's no excuse
To use all that juice
12-06-2010 12:14 AM
jackdale
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Originally Posted by MacGyverRI View Post
Exhaust manifolds can get hot enough to pop the cans...
We would punch a hole in the can. We were also working at 60 degrees N.
12-05-2010 11:25 PM
MacGyverRI
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Originally Posted by jackdale View Post
I worked on a seismic crew as a waterjack (driller's assistant and geogel loader) on a Nodwell auger in 1967. We did the same thing on the exhaust manifold.

Exhaust manifolds can get hot enough to pop the cans...
12-05-2010 11:00 PM
jackdale
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Originally Posted by MacGyverRI View Post
An old truck driver trick is to put a can of soup/beans/Dinty Moore etc. on the running engine w/ some bailing wire, drive a 1/2 hr. or so and they would grab it w/ oven mitt/pot holder etc. and it was warmed in the can. Be careful when opening it, hot stuff ready to eat..

Engines don't get hot enough to burst the can from boiling.
I worked on a seismic crew as a waterjack (driller's assistant and geogel loader) on a Nodwell auger in 1967. We did the same thing on the exhaust manifold.
12-05-2010 10:21 PM
Minnewaska
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Originally Posted by MacGyverRI View Post
An old truck driver trick is to put a can of soup/beans/Dinty Moore etc. on the running engine w/ some bailing wire, drive a 1/2 hr. or so and they would grab it w/ oven mitt/pot holder etc. and it was warmed in the can. Be careful when opening it, hot stuff ready to eat..

Engines don't get hot enough to burst the can from boiling.
Not a truck driver, I learned that in basic training. I was C ration era (left over from Vietnam which I missed). MREs are like eating at the Ritz.
12-05-2010 08:40 PM
MacGyverRI
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while running the engine at 1000 rpm. No problems.
An old truck driver trick is to put a can of soup/beans/Dinty Moore etc. on the running engine w/ some bailing wire, drive a 1/2 hr. or so and they would grab it w/ oven mitt/pot holder etc. and it was warmed in the can. Be careful when opening it, hot stuff ready to eat..

Engines don't get hot enough to burst the can from boiling.
12-04-2010 03:23 PM
jackdale I have run a 120V microwave, through the inverter, while running the engine at 1000 rpm. No problems.
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