12/07/2021 at 04:28 •
I find my little test camper rather chilly when it hits 20F outside. I figured I could use my induction cooktop to warm things up a bit. It happens to be the most efficient appliance I own, which is perfect for the limited power budget of about 1,800 watts. I started by trying to heat canned food as lazily as possible. I opened the can, tore off the label(fire hazard), and set the unit to 180F. I figured that would be plenty hot for a meal. Turns out the bottom of the can got far hotter than that, let's the plastic lining inside the can, ruined my food, and stunk up the place quite nicely. Experiment successful, results disappointing. I at least know what happens now.
Experiment the second has gone far better. I made tea using water heated in my stainless steel french press on the induction cook top. I once again find the setting for 180F quite alright. It added a bit of nice got steam to the camper, and made it feel a little more cozy in here. I set it to 260F and out my tower fan next to it, blowing into the sleeping loft. Turns out it warms the place up quite nicely until you trip the camper breaker. I have a trio of 400 watt electric heaters in here so I turned off an extra one, leaving a single heater and the boiling water to heat the camper. It actually seems to be working quite nicely. I suspect the reason this works is the same reason the desert gets so cold so quickly when the sun goes down: thermal mass in the atmosphere. Without the water providing thermal mass in the air, it can cool down very quickly in here, and out in the rest of the world. Adding a bunch of hot water to the air outs energy and thermal mass into the camper. Thermal mass is the key to a consistent temperature. I had planned to take a hot shower and steam the place up, but I'm lazy and this is easier.
So there ya have it: cooking food in it's can on an induction cook top is dumb, steaming up your living space in the winter is not as dumb.
11/26/2021 at 14:50 •
Most people buy something and just use whatever it comes with. Not me. Sure I still HAVE Windows in my home, I just don't use them. I use LED light bulbs instead. I find the views in the Windows to be depressing, I like my privacy, better insulation, and I can be as naked as I want all the time. The only time I use Windows is when I'm somewhere pleasant with no people around. Windows are great when you need them, but I find I just sleep and feel better when not using them. Sure, I'd get much better performance if I upgraded my Windows, but that's a very expensive proposition these days. My Windows version is very out of date right now, but it still works just fine. I'm in no hurry to upgrade something I rarely use. Anyway, just wanted to let people know they don't HAVE to use Windows, just because they're available.
11/25/2021 at 18:33 •
Today I did something that reminded me of the TV show The Red Green Show. I've only seen a few clips, and am saving the first season to watch later, but it was good stuff. His hacks made me laugh a little harder than I should have...
My hack was born out of frustration and a random thought: How can I get out of scrubbing these damn food storage containers by hand?
I don't have a dish washing machine. I do have a portable clothes washing machine in my tiny home though. They both wash things, right? I had recently washed and sanitized the machine, and I also don't care if I'm quite honest.
In the hot water went, in with the laundry detergent, and a touch of bleach for good measure. I rarely use bleach. It's pretty evil. So are the germs from my dirty socks...
I ended up washing the bulk of the crud off the plastic containers in the shower with the shower sprayer 'cause lazy. That part went very well. I'll use that in the future FOR SURE. Oh yeah, the washing machine was churning away the entire time I was rinsing, so it was ready to go.
In went a few containers. They spun hilariously and made a ton of horrid noise. It was quite pleasing. I figured I'd better throw in some dish rags to be safe. Someone has to scrub those wretched things, and it sure as Hell aint gonna be me. In wet 2 clean rags, and down went the lid.
I let it churn away while I hand washed less annoying things like forks and plates. After a while I checked on the containers to discover they weren't much cleaner at all. The damn things neatly stacked themselves and were just spinning about uselessly, like my mind much of the time.
That failed quite nicely. Onto the lids. They went a bit better, just as hilarious. I let the go a while and decided they were good enough after a rinse. They're air drying with the hand washed containers.
I HATE washing those damn containers so they pile up. This actually worked, but not because it's a GOOD solution. It worked because it's a FUNNY solution. Watching my poor laundry machine just beating the crap out of those containers was very funny. It kind of worked, and it got me motivated to get them clean. They're now clean and out of my way once again. I probably won't do that again, but I will wash things other than clothes in the machine. Maybe I'll run my phone through there next time I get face grease all over it.
I can get back to making my mini Thanksgiving Dinner here now. Stupid containers.