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Old 12-04-2009, 06:05 PM   #131
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Icy Balls are way cool. If you investigate home-made ammonia cycle refrigerators, you might come across something similar that was done with a 20' length of 6" or 8" iron pipe surrounded by a long parabolic reflector. It works the same way as Icy Balls, but uses solar power. IIRC, it could make around 8# of ice per day, in addition to its refrigeration capabilities. My original desire was to have an ammonia refrigerator (Amish chicks dig 'em, so I thought it might be a good way to meet the ladies...) $$ constraints were the limiting factor. So I just decided to do without, and life is just as good that way.

The bus is turning out...very slowly. You'd think after 5 years I'd be done, but I party too much. Therefore, I officially changed my bus building rules last week: it is now okay to have as many unfinished projects going at one time as possible. This is a huge change from the previous rule, which said that it was not okay to have as many unfinished projects going at one time as possible. I *feel* much better about myself now.

My range (stoveTOP) is from an RV dealer's place. I stopped by one day and inquired about used stoves. They had this one (brand new) that was being changed out of a camper because it had a small ding in the enamel coating and the camper's purchaser wanted a stove with an oven. They only wanted $50 for it, so I bought it. The brand is one of the standard RV stove brands, but I don't recall the name (and I'm cooking right now, or I'd take the top off and find the manufacturer's label.

I really do miss having an oven. My neighbor, who lives in a camper, made brownies and cookies the other night, and they were very nice. I have a folding camp oven that works well over a fire, but I don't have a fire ring right now, so no baking until I move to my land. I miss baking, especially when I have to pay $3.00 for a loaf of bread here in Grundy, VA.
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Old 12-04-2009, 06:09 PM   #132
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Had 'em....Indiana winters can be brutal

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LOL... I used to live in Terre Haute, and I remember how the cold can turn things blue, although after 35 years in SC, I'm thinking that the blue discoloration may not be caused by temperature anymore!
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Old 12-04-2009, 06:24 PM   #133
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Well, today I had my first law school final exam. 40 multiple choice questions in Civil Procedure. No essays on this one, fortunately. The nice thing about law school is that you typically only have one test in each class at the end of the semester. The bad thing about law school is, you guessed it, that you only have one test in each class at the end of the semester. After talking to other students, I know I missed two questions (not that I think I got all the others right.) The other bad thing about law school: at least 15% of the people in the class are required to make a C- or below, and a C- average gets you kicked out. At the other end of that grading spectrum, the GPA for the entire class can be no higher than 2.67, which means that A grades are going to be really hard to come by here -- this ain't undergrad anymore!

So, I'm going to spend the weekend boning up for my Contracts and Torts. One advantage to being much older when you go back to school is that in one's personal life one has probably already dealt with or seen a lot of the issues that we cover, while the person fresh out of college at 23 years old has to understand everything from a purely theoretical standpoint. What are the elements of Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress? Shoot, I was married for 23 years, I have that one down pat.
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Old 12-05-2009, 08:29 PM   #134
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Nice stove! I don't recall reading where you got it from, but I'm looking for something similar for when I build my skoolie. Mind sharing where you found her?
Sorry, I missed that question. The stove is a Fisher "Baby Bear" model, I have been told. It's about 25-30 years old. It's on extended loan from a friend.

When I first got it, someone saw it and said, "Oh, you've got and old Fisher!" I don't know if they still make them or not.

Okay, they do and they don't: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/in...5081547AAcayUC

Despite it's age, it runs fine. It has had new fire brick lining within the recent past.

Here's a used one for $350. http://bloomington.craigslist.org/for/1478085348.html

And some other models: http://for-sale.yakaz.com/big-bear-wood-stove
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Old 12-05-2009, 08:52 PM   #135
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Snow today in Grundy! Prolly 3" of fluffy stuff.



The wood stove sure is nice. Hope I don't run out of wood!
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Nice stove! I don't recall reading where you got it from, but I'm looking for something similar for when I build my skoolie. Mind sharing where you found her?
Sorry, I missed that question. The stove is a Fisher "Baby Bear" model, I have been told. It's about 25-30 years old. It's on extended loan from a friend.

When I first got it, someone saw it and said, "Oh, you've got and old Fisher!" I don't know if they still make them or not.

Okay, they do and they don't: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/in...5081547AAcayUC

Despite it's age, it runs fine. It has had new fire brick lining within the recent past.

Here's a used one for $350. http://bloomington.craigslist.org/for/1478085348.html

And some other models: http://for-sale.yakaz.com/big-bear-wood-stove
Thank-you! I'll be looking for a stove for my own bus in the (hopefully) not too distance future. Let me know how Paradigm Shift fairs this winter, the snow should hopefully add some insulation.
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Old 12-07-2009, 08:41 PM   #137
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I meant to take pictures of something, and next time it snows, I will. When snow is on the roof, you can see where heat leaks through the sheet-metal/steel rib/sheet metal elements of the bus's roof. On my bus, you can tell where the interior lights are, that way, too, because they heat the ceiling directly above themselves and make a melted spot.

The phenomena of conductive heat transfer is a major issue in these bus roofs. The manufacturers do insulate the roofs, but the insulation (generally fiberglass batting) is between the contiguous elements, and does not retard the convective transfer going on there. My solution was to insulate the entire interior ceiling. I used foam-safe construction adhesive to glue 1/4" fanfold foam underlayment board to the ceiling, and put a finished ceiling (well, it's almost finished ) over that.

The foam only provides an R-1 insulation factor, but even that is a big improvement over the direct contact of internal air with those coldspots.
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Old 12-08-2009, 05:43 PM   #138
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I will be doing the top outside with an insulation mix in the paint (okay, MAYBE), then inside will be lining the ceiling with cork flooring tiles. Great flexibility, great insulation (though I can't find an R value on any of the sites), great sound insulation, easy to place and replace, anti-mold, water resistant, yadda yadda. I'm hoping that will help with the problem you mention.
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Old 12-08-2009, 07:15 PM   #139
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I don't know specifically about cork's R-value, but I think anything you can do to keep interior air from being in direct contact with cold spots in the roof will help greatly. The other benefits of cork that you mention are plusses, as well.
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Old 12-13-2009, 01:52 PM   #140
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I don't suppose anyone has a spare Jeep/Dodge Dakota 4 cylinder lying around, do they?

Mine just threw a rod Friday night. BUMMER. That's $2K out of my next semester budget that I really didn't need to spend. Oh, well, gotta deal with it!

I am out of school for break. Exams are OVER. Interesting thing about law school -- only one test at the end of the semester. Very interesting. I feel fairly confident about my efforts....fairly.... I won't even get my grades until after I start the next semester. Hmmmm....

Now I'm bored, and without a car, at a place that doesn't have net access, unless I walk down to my landlord's side yard and sit outsid in the mist, which is what I'm doing now.

Maybe instead of fixing my car I should buy a shortie...with 4WD. LOL

Life is interesting!
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