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Posted by danny burstein on April 6, 2011, 3:05 am

Might I suggest stopping by your local Goodwill/Salvation Army/etc.
stores? Microwave ovens are a frequent dropoff.

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Posted by Trawley Trash on April 6, 2011, 10:42 pm
On Wed, 6 Apr 2011 03:05:28 +0000 (UTC)

  I have looked, and I expect I could find one eventually.  The number
  I am interested in is usually on the back by the electrical cord.  I
  have to pick up the unit and turn it around to know if it is what I

  Most micros seem to run at 12 amps or 1440 watts.  That is over a
  hundred amps on a twelve volt circuit.  The wires are huge, and the inverter
  has to be near the batteries.  Back when I bought my first micro,
  people were complaining about the longer cooking times.  I never
  found it to be a problem, but they introduced some industry standard
  (or regulation?) that says a certain size micro has to have so many watts
  of heating power.  I don't think the power supplies are as efficient as they
could be
  either.  Micros don't use much energy, but just in short bursts.  There isn't
a huge
  energy saving here, but it is frustrating not to find what I want.  
  There are other alternatives like rewiring to 24 volts.  There isn't
  enough room for it though.  The inverter and batteries are under
  the kitchen sink, and I do not like that.  Leaks happen.

  I was shopping around for another trailer, but housing prices are so
  depressed around here that a house near a hydro power station was
  cheaper.  It came with a new heat pump.  I may move the trailer off
  into the boonies for off-grid peace and quiet.
  It is hard to find low power appliances generally.  I found
  a low-power toaster oven that is perfect, but the one-pint water
  boiler died.  I have not been able to find another.

Posted by Trawley Trash on April 11, 2011, 1:17 pm
 On Wed, 6 Apr 2011 15:42:11 -0700


  I would like to add one more point in case anyone else
  wants to convert a trailer to solar power.

  The 3 m2 of solar panels were adequate for all of the
  uses I planned, but in the winter I found myself not having
  enough power, even though the panels generated the
  predicted amounts.  What I didn't think of was that the gas
  furnace uses electricity to run the fan.  With the furnace
  running at about fifty percent duty cycle, the fan used as
  much electricity as everything else together.

Posted by you on April 6, 2011, 5:50 pm

Your above answer just proves my point... Lack of Original Research...
had you do your Due Diligence, you would have KNOWN that pulling 100
Amps or MORE thru to small of connectors and wires, in the inverter you
selected, would let the MAGIC SMOKE leak out and your money would be
wasted.....  but being Dumber than a Stump, you just forged ahead with
now practical research, into the technology you purchased, and it BIT
you in the BUTT.... Like I stated above "Poor Planning".......
"Stupid is as Stupid does"..... apparently your Momma wasn't as smart as
Forest Gump's Mom....

Posted by Trawley Trash on April 6, 2011, 9:50 pm
 On Wed, 6 Apr 2011 13:25:51 +1000

  The embroidery pattern theft will never catch up to me
  unless I get the used sewing machine I bought at a garage
  sale working.  So I am safe for now.

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