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Old 03-21-2015, 11:25 AM   #61
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The part I don't get is why it is not a top loader. With the door on the front, all the cool air falls out.
Nice detail I didn't think of.

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Old 03-23-2015, 01:32 PM   #62
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We've opted for a 10 cu ft Vissani refrigerator it draws 130 watts with an energy rating of $33 annual cost versus a 4 cu ft fridge that's rated at $36 annual cost. Bought it from Home Depot under $300. For hot plate going to go for an induction hot plate which can be adjusted from 100 to 900watts and heats faster than a microwave and much more compact. We have ours sitting on the counter when being used, only draw back is it doesn't work with non magnetic pans. ie aluminum,
glass, some stainless. We've hardly used the microwave since we got it.
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Old 03-23-2015, 02:06 PM   #63
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FWIW on my BB the side door has breakers, the box on the dash has the fuses. See post 41.
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Old 03-24-2015, 06:45 AM   #64
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We've opted for a 10 cu ft Vissani refrigerator it draws 130 watts with an energy rating of $33 annual cost versus a 4 cu ft fridge that's rated at $36 annual cost. Bought it from Home Depot under $300. For hot plate going to go for an induction hot plate which can be adjusted from 100 to 900watts and heats faster than a microwave and much more compact. We have ours sitting on the counter when being used, only draw back is it doesn't work with non magnetic pans. ie aluminum,
glass, some stainless. We've hardly used the microwave since we got it.
tell us which hot plate ya got. i like the idea of being adjustable and 900 watts max. gotta conserve the solar energy ya know.
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Old 03-24-2015, 07:30 AM   #65
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There are things out there to enable using any pan on an induction stove:

Amazon.com: Max Burton 6010 8-Inch Induction Interface Disk with Heat-Proof Handle: Electric Countertop Burners: Kitchen & Dining

I haven't used it but I doubt there is much risk unless you leave it on the burner and forget after cooking and removing the pan.
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Old 03-24-2015, 09:50 AM   #66
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A lot of off-gridders use deep chest freezers, and for the refrigerator side you just wire a thermostat in to kick it on and off. Huge energy savings. We were actually planning on doing this ourselves - they're cheap, too, and that helps the planning. I think realistically we're going to have power way more often than not so we'll probably go more traditional, but it's definitely a solid idea.
I'm sold on the deep chest freezers, can you elaborate bit on the comment of the refrigerator side wiring a thermostat.

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Old 03-24-2015, 08:50 PM   #67
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Lots of people have done this and posted about it online. This is the one I bookmarked as it seemed the least spammy with eHow-style sidebar ads, they'd actually DONE it, and the details are clear and easy to understand:

Convert Chest Freezer To Fridge
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Old 03-24-2015, 09:01 PM   #68
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Induction hot plate

The brand of hot plate that we bought was Mr. Induction but I
am sure there are other brands out there this was just a cheap
one we got to try. It has a digital display and you can adjust the
temp in 20 degree increments and power in 100 watt increments
and time in minutes up to 8 hour. Finer adjustments would be
handy as 120 F is warm enough to drink out of the pot but 140
will singe your lips. Like Holybus mentioned a steel plate set on
it will allow use of nonmagnetic utensils.
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Old 03-24-2015, 09:41 PM   #69
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I bought the Nuwave Pro even though I knew ahead of time that my very expensive Calphalon pots wouldn't work. I started looking on ebay but ended up buying a 12 piece set (6 pots & pans 6 lids) from Walmart on line.

I ended up getting transfered to one of their market stores,
Wayfair and bought the set for around $50.00 s&h free. It was delivered to my home within two days. I chose them because all but two have the helper handles and not the long handle so I can take it from cooktop to table.

The brand is Cook-n-home and work fabulous on my burner and also fit perfectly in my Nuwave oven too.

Before I gave up mu old set I looked into the discs and the reviews on most of the ones I checked into weren't favorable.
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The part I don't get is why it is not a top loader. With the door on the front, all the cool air falls out.
While that IS true... the effect can be mitigated to a degree by keeping the fridge (or freezer) as full as possible, even if only with old milk jugs filled with water. Warm room air can quickly trade places with the cold refrigerated air when the door is opened but room heat won't transfer so quickly into actual "stuff" like water. Depending on a person's energy budget it might be "good enough" to have a front-opening fridge/freezer, mostly filled to limit the amount of air contained inside, and accept the remaining inefficiency penalty vs the top-load in order to have the front-load convenience.
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