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Archive for July, 2011


This design was featured on dornob.com and we both liked it.

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We need real lights. I started with a simple standalone system feeding just internal lights to learn about solar panels, chargers and batteries. We can now read comfortably and do the crossword. The brighter light LEd’s are very ‘cold feeling’ so we are opting for the warmer LED’s with less output. They give a very narrow throw so I am looking for a more diffused LED light to test next.

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The stove was great but when we stayed overnight we found that there was smoke leakage when you put a new log on the fire. A trip round the shops that sell woodburning fires revealed that they ALL had 6 inch flue pipes. The pipe I had used was 4 inches. I bought stainless steel flue in 3 pieces and made a collar. Put on a roof insulator to prevent the pipe from burning the ceiling and finished it off with a chinamans hat. I added a bracket to secure the top section. It rained for almost a solid week whilst I was without a chimney and cutting the larger hole in the roof was challenging with water pouring down my arms. I spent the day in the container with the stove door open and no smoke came into the living area. Hurrah.

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