You may remember our space journey of 2009 when we used our wood fired rocket to launch our tiny cottage up into outer space, around the moon and all the way to Mars. There was a bit of a problem with refueling on Mars as the forests are not as mature there. So in the interest of saving on wood we’ve been working on improving the efficiency of our thrust burners through miniaturization. The photo above shows the latest version. With this small amount of wood we’ll be able to do what used to take millions of cords. Gal Ore should be proud!
But seriously, a visitor might ask, what are those black tubes!?! Strange they look. Mysterious yet simple. And the answer? They are passive solar powered boot driers with no moving parts! Cool, huh! I designed these years ago and have always wanted to build them but it wasn’t until this fall that we got around to it. Actually, Will is the one who built them from my plans.
Move your cursor over the photo to see how they work. In essence, the sun shines on the dark tubes warming the air inside. The air expands reducing its relative humidity causing it to dry and flow up through the boots. This removes the moisture from inside the boots. Now when we put the boots on they’re nice and dry! This is called a solar chimney. Theoretically this would work even at night, powered by the Moon. I’ve not measured how effective Lunar power is, yet.
Outdoors: 46°F/33°F First Real Snow, insignificant amount – merely annoying
Tiny Cottage: 72°F/65°F First Fire – dry out those winter work suits!
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