"A Prudent man sees danger and takes refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it". Proverbs 22:3
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
The iron on the stove
When you rely on the sun and a generator for your power, you have to think outside of the box when doing things other people take for granted. Take ironing for instance. I used to plug the iron in, complain that it was ironing day again, and commence ironing our piles of clothes. Now, without grid power, ironing in no simple task. Any appliance that uses resistive heating is a huge power user and we forgo their use on any but the sunniest of days. The task of ironing, which I used to view as drudgery, is now done over the wood cookstove. What's old is new again!
Getting wax out of a shirt
After trying to plug in my iron a number of times, only to hear the inverters whine loudly in complaint, I coiled the electrical cord around my iron and put it over the fire box on the wood cookstove. It worked perfectly! The iron goes over the wood box when I need a hot iron and is positioned closer to the water reservoir when I need a cooler iron. Of course, this system only works in the winter when we are not making a ton of power from our solar panels. In the summer, I can plug the iron into the wall and not blink an eye - we have plenty of power.
Little tricks make all of the difference. It just takes a dab off-grid ingenuity.