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Old 03-29-2015, 08:50 AM   #121
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Still got snow here as well,-12c yesterday, startin' to warm up, yee haw!
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Old 03-29-2015, 11:44 AM   #122
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Yeah, it's not as cold here in CT/USA but we got 2" of new snow last night. One last ha-ha from Old Man Winter. Makes it hard to work outside - I don't really mind the cold that much but it's way easier to work when it's warm.
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Old 03-29-2015, 04:27 PM   #123
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Lol, thanks for looking folks.

Lighting in my shed.

At first we used my tool flashlights that produce 120 lumans each. The 12 and 20 volt Dewalt lights would last 4 to 12 hours. However they did not spread the light well due to the narrow beam reflector.

Then we switched to the small indoor oil lanterns. They gave amazing light, around 500 lumans, at a cost of $10 each at home hardware.
Expensive Paraffin based lamp oil would not clime the wick properly and resulted in low light, and a burned up wick in a short time.
So we changed to using just strait kerosine. It works vary vary well at a low cost. Under $1 a day for light, running one lamp 12 hours a day. As long as the wick height is set correctly, there is almost no smell at all.
The lamp.



However, even with my shed not being air tight, the lamp was still polluting our indoor air.

So I had the idea to use a LED MR16 12 volt household bulb, running of the 12 volt plug on my Milwaukee M18 heated jacket controller. The Jacket controller also has a USB port for charging my cell phone.

The MR16 12 volt LED bulb at 130 lumans. They are over $15 each normal cost.







The Milwaukee M18 electric jacket controller wired to run my two light bulbs.



You can see the switch on the back of the controller to turn it on and off. You can also see the USB port.



I cut one of the extension wires from my jacket, and wired it into some scrap light gauge wire.



The MR16 bulb on.



You can see the two bulbs hanging from the ceiling on the left side. My wife is reading by the light.



Camera Flash off.



Showing the light pattern on the floor. From the 6 foot ceiling, the beam on the floor is 2.5 feet in diameter.



The M18 battery's I'm using are 3 amp hours. Milwaukee now makes a 4 and a 5 amp hour battery. I get 4 hours of light per amp hour with 2 bulbs running 3 watts each.

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Old 03-29-2015, 04:41 PM   #124
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When we were using the oil lamp, it had to stay high for safety and to get the light over the bed where my wife likes to read. To help spread the light to the floor, I hung a closet door mirror I got from a job site. It worked so well, I never hung the other three.



I have many many battery powered lights. We are never without some form of light.
A few of my collection.



This rubber made tote is our end table by the bed and the chair I sit in in front of the stove. It works well.



I drag the ashes out of my stove onto the steel floor to cool before raking them down a hole in the floor. The shed is on a skid I made, sitting on wood blocks 2.5 feet in the air.



I keep all my garbage in a pile to flair or start fires in the morning.



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Old 03-29-2015, 05:24 PM   #125
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Cool info about your lights. The ash-chute is brilliant. I've only ever seen that once before. My grandparents had one in their house. It took 50 years to fill. We know this because when we finally emptied it (dozens of wheelbarrows full) We found cigarette packs and unburned newspapers with dates on them. It was like an archeological dig in layers of ash. It filled the entire chimney space in the basement - about a 3' square, floor to ceiling -the opening was in the floor of the fireplace on the main floor.

I've been meaning to ask about that electric jacket of yours. This answers the "What is the power source" question. How do you recharge the controller and how long does it take? (Ac/dc/solar/usb?) How long does the jacket stay warm on a single charge? Can you get back-up chargers for the jacket (or for camp lights as the case may be? Lol)

I have fallen in love with a warming throw I got for a gift. A warming jacket sounds marvelous, especially for freezing camping trips and these bitter winters!
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Old 03-29-2015, 06:28 PM   #126
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Don't throw those oil lamps out, tho. Around here we call them "hurricane lamps" because they're the only light available after a hurricane wipes out the power for a week. But they'll burn anything, including diesel, fry oil, whatever. Yeah, they don't smell good doing it but in an emergency they can't be beat.

I personally love the look of them (big part of my childhood) and we bring one when we travel. They're almost as good as Coleman lanterns but there's no mantle (the wick lasts a long time) and the light is yellower so it attracts fewer bugs. We use them to play Yahztee on the picnic table at night when we're traveling. Big family tradition. Throw a little Citronella in there with the rest of the oil and you don't need bug candles.
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Old 03-29-2015, 06:34 PM   #127
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looks really good. i need to get a couple of oil lamps as well
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Old 03-29-2015, 08:29 PM   #128
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My Milwaukee heated jacket runs off both the 12 volt and the 18 volt tool battery's that run all my drills, the big impact I twisted the bumper bolts off with, saws, angle grinder, ect. The 18 volt and the 12 volt both use different controllers to run the jacket.
Battery's charge using the tool battery charger. I have one that uses the cigaret lighter socket in the car and 120 volt AC. I charge battery's everyday at the job sites, and in the car on the way to work.
My charger.
Milwaukee 2710-20 M18? Lithium-Ion AC/DC Wall and Vehicle Charger - JCCayer.com

The three amp hour battery's take around 30 min to charge. The big 5 amp hour take 90 min to charge.

My heated jacket runs for 10 hours on a 3 amp hour battery. It would replace your throw.
The battery's.
Milwaukee 2702-22 M18? XC High Capacity LITHIUM-ION Battery(2 Pack) - JCCayer.com

When I lived in the old house last year before I moved, I had to wear my jacket all winter when in my room to keep the radiant cold from destroying my body. The only time I removed it was when I was going to bed. I had a 120 volt AC blanket for the bed to overcome the chill from the walls.

My jacket is now three winters old. I wear it everyday, all winter long. No matter what I'm doing.
My jacket.
Milwaukee 2394-M M12? Cordless Black Heated Jacket Only - Medium - (Jacket Only) - JCCayer.com

I got my wife a Dewalt heated hoodie, and it was broken in less than a month. Dewalt has gone to ****.

The pics show the controller and the battery together. The battery separates from the controller to charge and use in other tools.

The 12 volt battery that some places sell with the jacket is a joke. It only lasts 1 hour. It is not able to push enough voltage to make good heat. This is why I run the M18 rather than the M12 the jacket came with.
The controller I had to buy separately.
http://www.jccayer.com/Milwaukee-49-...-Source/p/5208

With my charger, I could charge my battery's using solar. It will take 12 to 20 volts on the DC input.


I won't throw my oil lamps away. I keep them for backup.

My wife and I also like the nice yellow light. Gives a nice warm feeling to the shed. She also likes it for reading.

They were hard to find here. The only place that had them was home hardware.
http://www.homehardware.ca/en/rec/in...kmx/R-I4360907

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Old 03-29-2015, 09:13 PM   #129
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I'm amazed & just want to say your very blessed to have a woman that seems to understand what your after & stays with you while your building this
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Old 03-29-2015, 09:15 PM   #130
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Oh and I just saw that now she's yor wife, when did you tie the knot??
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