Cariboocoot wrote: »
Nota bene: I would not have needed the $8,000 system just to run a refrigerator. It only draws about 1.6 kW/hrs per day. A smaller inverter would have saved considerable money, as would a simpler charge controller and less expensive panels. Still, the capital outlay to supply approx 2 kW/hrs per day is significant. But at some point the cost of supplying propane exceeds it over time.
Cariboocoot wrote: »
Or the difficulties of hauling around heavy propane tanks when you're getting advanced in years.
Yes indeed; you have to figure out what works best for you.
By the way, propane trucks will go just about anywhere that is safe up here in the Sierra mountains if you have a big enough tank. They want to see 500 gallon and up tanks at a residence.
solarvic wrote: »
Curious question, Do the propane company make you buy your own tank? Here in Pa. the propane co. usually furnish the tank unless they think you aren,t going to use much. I found that out the harf way. I was getting propane from a company that was way overpriced. Called them to come get thier tank and tryed to get propane from other dealers that had a much lower price. When they found out I was installing outside wood furnace they wouldn,t sell me propane unless I bought my own tank. I had to buy a tank from them and they sold me the propane about 12 cents a gallon cheaper. One thing good about having your own tank is you can call different dealers to get a better price, when you use the dealers tank you are locked into getting your fuel from him. When I was done with it I got my money back as they don,t depreciate much if you take good care of it. S:Dlarvic
icarus wrote: »
The only fire trucks we have are either Jet Rangers with a crew of MNR guys, or amphibious twin turbine powered water bomber. Scoops 1500 litres of water in 15 seconds all while skimming the lake at ~80 kts.
I have some pictures of our last encounter, but they are not digital. A very awesome experience to watch. I have been in the bush working under these guys when they come with a drop. They mix dish soap in with the water so that the liquid will cling to the trees to slow the advance of the fire. Here is from a demonstration: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFaHNO1_8nk
Other than that we are on our own. If we have a building fire, we keep pumps and hose sets ready and primed all summer. In the winter I get a bit lax, but I keep one handy.