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  •  Nifty! I've a solar cooker (1+ / 0-)
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    jamess

    that is similar looking (made from a one-time DishNetwork antenna we had to buy). Are these going straight to electrons without boiling water? Just took a quick look, but if it's direct then that's sure as shootin' something I could easily put to use on the 'stead!

    •  Aha! It's a Stirling! (1+ / 0-)
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      jamess

      Which is a nice little powerhouse. Rather larger an application than I need here on the 'stead, but surely scalar to a certain extent. Have been investigating a stirling set-up for pumping water from the spring up to the house (250 feet vertical, ~700 feet on the grade). As alternative to a ram, for which I'd need to tap a different spring more than 50 feet uphill. There probably is one we could dig out that might be able to supply 300 gallons a day if need be, but I sure don't know where... and I've lived here for 20 years.

      Never thought of a solar application, but it makes perfect sense. Hmmm...

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