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Well Dave, it didn’t feel like picking at all; don’t worry.
Perhaps the low numbers might have to do with less cuddling among “northern” people? Or they are more likely to obey new rules ? I mean, here in the Netherlands, when new rules are introduced, we tend not to say: “Agreed”. “Why?” is more likely the following question.
Perhaps the Swedisch people take their responsibility in distancing, even without new rules.
My gut feeling says the difference in numbers between countries is a cultural thing.
“while the positive tests in Netherlands (40/100k) are literally 8 times higher than they were before (5/100k).”
That is because the Netherlands did not (could not) test in the first wave. I know of many people that were ill or even died with all symptoms, but were not tested and therefore were not ill or did not die because of covid, as for the numbers.
Now in the Netherlands, everybody and his dog are tested. So it is absolutely nonsense to compare the present postitive numbers with those of the first wave.
The only accurate comparision to make is that of numbers of hospitalisation, because that are the patients who have been and are now tested.
Not even the death numbers can be compared. The first wave number of deaths is probably way higher as it already was, because of not testing. Why the death numbers are now much lower is speculation. Perhaps treatment is much better now. Perhaps the weak already died in april. Perhaps the number of (not tested) positive people in the first wave was much, much higher than it was now.
….(lost) arts and crafts.
Heating with wood for 15 years now. Cooking for 2 years. Both wood burner and range cooker have a batch rocket conversion. Results in a very clean burn. Noisy though. I have never swept both chimneys, but they do get an annual inspection. Note that I only use very dry wood.
We still have central heating for the bathroom, waterbed and domestic hot water. I hope to have the water also heated on wood next winter, so the central heating can function as a backup.
Annual wood consumption about 10 m3. Small living quarters.
A hint when building a RMH indoors: do not use the common open fire chamber. Smoke, or worse: carbonmonoxide can blow back. Better to build the so called batch rocket. On this forum it can be found: http://donkey32.proboards.com/
Got your point. Yes that is a gasifier. Somewhere in the dungeons of PP is an article I wrote on woodgasification. Or visit my website woodgas.nl when you have questions.
You wrote: "the luxury of no choice". Guess you mean: the luxury of choice. What is wrong with choosing for voluntary poverty and exploring new directions, when the alternative is contributing to consumerism?
Modern society is like a zoo. With the difference that zoo animals are not enslaved. We are all born in this golden cage and many like it. Some of us escaped and enjoy a free, new, resilient, selfsufficient life. They will never voluntary return to the cages of the zoo. So enjoy every day. Don't be a prepper, waiting for the apocalypse. Be a selfsufficient person that enjoys his of her new life, independent of a possible collapse will occur or not. Whatever direction the future will go, I'm having a hell of a good time, having chosen for voluntary poverty…. Regards, DJ
Home power fed to the grid can be taxed a lot, before break-even with an off-grid system is reached. Grid tied inverters have an efficiency around 97%. Battery systems about 50%. Partly this has to do with the very inefficient absorbtion charge part of the batteries. And when the pack is topped off, solar power is cut and wind power dumped, so lost too. Batteries do not live long enough to have them repayed, even if you baby them carefully. An off-grid system makes you independent? Independent of what? Yes, when one considers power suppliers. No, on behalf of suppliers of hardware like inverters and batteries.
In the Netherlands, a grid tied solar system has a payback time of 7-10 years. Same power, but kept indoors by means of a battery pack: no packback time, because batteries do not live long enough. Note that if you keep the grid connection intact, but do not use it, no costs are charged by the supplier. In fact you get some tax return, because you use so less….
When grid power is available, adding a battery based off-grid system can be considered as an expensive insurance. Or an expensive hobby…..
Only 0.2 Gallons/hour for 15 kWh? I doubt it. 0.2 gallon of diesel contains 0.2 times 38 kWh/gallon is 7,6 kWh energy. Say the Perkins runs at 30% efficiency, then you got 2.3 kWh shaft energy. Leaving about 2 kWh electric energy. That sounds more like idle running.
Victory Gasworks and Gekgasifier are two American woodgasifier brands. Expensive, but good, when in hands of an experienced operator and fed with the right fuel.
Every engine runs most efficient near max torque. Running it at 10% power means a great percentage of fuel is lost due to internal friction. Imagin it running at 0% power, so idle. Which genset uses most fuel: a 5 kW or a 50 kW?
You can live on 1 kW. 1 kW means 24 kWh a day. That’s 2.5 times the average household consumption in my country. You might need a battery pack and 2 or 3 kW inverter, depending on momentary power demand. I like my wind and solar system with a cheap generator as backup. It is a lazy way of power production. Only little maintenance, uses no oil and fuel, it is quiet, less complicated, half of it may break down and it still will limp on. In a TSHTF scenario you do not want to worry about fuel supply and maintenance, by having only one energy source. A genset should be the backup for your regular off-grid system. We have grid power, but I sized the off-grid system only that large that it can supply enough those few vital power users. The off-grid system runs these vital parts continously, in order to keep the batteries exercised.
I see a fossil fuel powered generator as a temporary methode. Good for a few days or weeks. So one needs to think for what timeframe he wants power backup and decide accordingly.