posted on Nov, 13 2011 @ 09:27 PM
ok...this isn't much and might go into another thread about survival tips but i think it can apply here.
I like coffee and one of my favorite coffees is an instant coffee believe it or not although i abhor most instant coffees. it is cafe' Vienna but
general foods international coffee in the little rectangle tin. I also think the hazelnut cafe' is ok but the cappuccinos and all the other flavors
are crap to me... even the french vanilla. anyway... i mirowave a cup of water and pour the instant coffee in. it gets cold, i renuke it as needed and
i have noticed that this causes me to fire up that damn microwave maybe even a couple dozen times a day.
the start up power for many appliances is a lot of power and i'm sure it is for a microwave, but even the sustained power for a microwave is A
LOT!... wanna save power?- throw out your microwave. God only knows how much money i have spent in electricity just to drink damn instant coffee.
it's really a stupid habit... so I am breaking it.
now, i can effectively heat my coffee and keep it hot by sitting it on a simple tealight candle in a candle holder vented on the sides as well as the
top. most people have something like this around.... the problem might be finding the right cup. you want to make sure that it's safe for flame and
not so thick that your coffee takes too long to heat... i have been looking all over for a good stainless steel camping mug but haven't found one in
any store yet... i might have to order the blue enamel coated types online even though you used to be able to find these things everywhere. you see, i
tried fashioning a cup out of aluminum and it because doing strange things to my tongue at the corners. this is still a mystery to me but you don't
want to mess around with alloys that weren't made for cooking.
so anyway... bought a blue enamel coated coffee pot (all i could found in the blue enamel except stock pots) and right by it was a good old
citronella candle. have you looked at these things lately. you can sit a pot right on top of them. you might need to knock some extra vents out for
more oxygen but for just heating a small amount of water for your daily coffee or tea... it's really great in my opinion. this onewas 6.40 or
something like that and it has three wicks which is perfect for heating this thicker pot faster and they claim to burn up to 40 hours.... PLUS- serves
a dual purpose of making your camp area smell better and run off bugs.
citronella I guess could be toxic in large amounts and there is a warning on the label not to ingest it, so until i learn more about it, i will only
use it to heat cover pots.... but, some people cook with lemon grass which is what it is made from, so how toxic can it be? any answers are welcome.
now... i have seen sterno and little camping stoves and these look like great quick fixes but i am thinking the sterno would be much more expensive in
the long run and should only be used to quickly prepare food, but it is a interesting little product as well... i also want to stay away from cooking
gases because i want to not be carrying around flamable stuff like this in large amounts. of course some will be used more than likely but i would
rather find solar solutions and get into inverters and deep cycle battery knowledge before getting into a lot of fuels.
i just got it so i don't know how long it will last but i am really thinking this is a good idea because i sometimes burn candles anyway for low
light or stress relief and while i'm on the computer and having COFFEE, works out perfect.
only thing is... unless i find a little coffee cup, i will only be heating the water in the pot and using a thermos, but that also means i will get
more life out of the candle. I only make a few cups at a time for that quick caffeine fix so it might take longer than you'd like if you are wanting
to heat a full 8 cup pot... but for a little spot of coffee or tea... all i need to apply is the flame.
ok... next thing... i have been playing with little solar stake lights for your driveway... you can get them for a couple dollars a piece. they make
neat little night lights for small spaces that use no power after the initial purchase... i have no idea how long those little batteries last inside
them though. it's enough light to see to sit on a toilet... and anything is a help... more than one can produce more free light. they have sensors
that make them come on at night only. you can take these apart and connect old pc fans to them for night time running fans unless you disable the
sensor i guess... not sure how to do that and they make tiny solar fans that just run when the sun hits them but they more expensive.... but the
little battery in it.... it's being charged daily. can this battery be used in other things? that might prove handy if you have some around and have
run out of regular batteries but i need to learn more about them, they are essentially little chargers!
yes, i know they make solar chargers