It's been a while it seems since I have posted - sorry, been focused on the podcasts and thank you to all who are listening and hopefully sharing! I hope to soon start doing interviews to make them more interesting than just all about me:)
While thinking about how to do my little garden I thought I would try using tires for potatoes - there's just no way the ground will break well enough here to grow them. In researching this I learned that tires warm the soil an additional 12-13 degrees. So I stuck my hand in one of them with the sun out and huh, the air was warmer!
Tires are free and plentiful in the rural areas - you can find plenty just driving around....
And with the wind a solar oven in a box would not be a good choice! So, in what I later learned was not an original thought I wondered if I could build a solar oven with tires? Yes, you can!
Here is what happened on my first try:
It's been a while since I've made this kind of video so sorry for the "gonzo" feel to it! They will get better but not being much of a perfectionist, I just went with what I got this time.
What I left out was I used a styrofoam square - one of my roof tiles actually that I've been driving around with me - to make the circle out of. It sealed pretty well from the indentation on the actual tire I used. Not all tires have it though.
I also used a deeper tire to try and capture more heat. Some people stack two tires to get that same effect. I didn't do any type of insulation, but will next time to see if I can raise the heat factor.
My purpose is to hopefully bake bread this summer because the trailer gets HOT and no way I want to add more heat to it - but the bread locally is "bleck" and it's also way cheaper, plus better, to make my own.
Next on the menu is to talk about solar showers and don't fear - I won't be showing you me taking a shower! But I will tell you why the people who design the shower systems are not women with long hair...
See you next time here from the center of New Mexico!
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I'm inviting you to join me on my journey as I seek to find a new way of being in an old set of systems. It's hard, but worth it!