Heat and Cooling, Power generation

Wood Stove Generator – Part 1

15 Oct , 2016  

The goal was to generate a few watts of power from a woodstove. It would charge a 12-volt battery or run a small circulating water pump. The project came about when I was waiting for some parts for the Cowboy Hot Tub project, I thought I would mess around with some ideas for generating power […]

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Buildings and Renovations, Heat and Cooling, Relaxing

The Cowboy Hot Tub Project – Part 2

16 Sep , 2016  

Lots of changes to the project, but the end results was a hot bath in an off-grid situation. The first was to move the tub to a better location for my family. The old tub was located down at the lake, which can be tiresome walking up and down the hill to use the washroom, […]

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Wind Turbine Projects

A Good Windy Day for VAWT Testing: Build #3 of VAWT Made from Wood Siding

5 Oct , 2014  

For the last couple of months I wanted to test out the VAWT made from wood siding. I was curious if it would generate any power. But, as always, there was always something more pressing to be finished¬†first. Finally, during a¬†weekend I was finishing up the deck project, the wind was really blowing. Thought it […]

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Power generation, Wind Turbine Projects

Update to Making Copper Coils for a Wind Turbine

22 Apr , 2014  

An update to the making copper coils for a vertical axis wind turbine. The coils will be used with the gear system from the breadmaker. (Update for that video will be coming soon) Music credit Title: Heavy, by Huma-Huma, YouTube Library http://youtube-audio-library.storage.googleapis.com/f8fd1f22533dae80,

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Wind Turbine Projects

Learn How to Make Copper Coils for a Wind Generator

28 Feb , 2014  

This is my first video of show the process of making copper coils for a wind generator. (The breadmaker VAWT) Used recycled copper wire from a UPS battery backup transformer and a homemade winding jig. In a nutshell, it’s not easy. Lots of trial and error. Thanks for watching! Music credit: Voodoo Like You Do, […]

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Solar Power Projects

How to Charge a Generator Battery with a DIY Solar Panel, MPPT Charge Controller and the Sun

13 Nov , 2013  

The project for the day was to do some firewood splitting. Off camera, there was a pile of 18 – 24 inch tree rounds. They were a freebie given to us by a city dwelling neighbour (it cost $$ to dispose of trees in the city, most people are more than happy to give it […]

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Wind Turbine Projects

A Great Source of Copper Wire for Homemade Wind Generator

9 Oct , 2013  

A short video showing where you can find a good source of copper wire to make coils for a homemade wind powered generator. The copper wire is found in regular household appliances like blenders, microwave ovens and old power tools. Try to find motors that use lots of power. For example, the blender I found […]

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