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Posted by dirtpoorglenn on May 7, 2004, 12:05 am
Hi Guys & Gals;

I had a crazy thought (and a way to help promote solar). could someone
out there design (and tell me how to simply build) a solar powered
coffee pot. Is it possable? Can it be done easily and cheeply? Maybe
using one of those trough solar concentraters?  This would be an
interesting project, could someone help get me started (or do it
themself as I am very lazy Ha Ha).

Keeping the pot in the focal point of a solar concentrater would be
easy enough (whith a small holder), but getting it brewed is what I
can't figure out.

Happy thinking

I guess I could build a coffee warmer, that way energy would be saved
by not having to keep the coffee pot pluged in all day (I drink alot
of coffee).

Posted by Ecnerwal on May 7, 2004, 1:11 am

Look at the recent postigs and websites mentioned in postings about
parabolic dish cookers, or just google on solar cooking and look for
parabolic dish designs.

Chemex, stovetop percolator. Must be a youngster if you've never met
these basic coffee appliances. A camping store should have something if
your local department store does not. Any well-stocked general store
will, too, but those are a scarce breed tese days.

Mind you, coffee is even more important on a gray, rainy morning.

Cats, Coffee, Chocolate...vices to live by

Posted by Duane C. Johnson on May 7, 2004, 3:54 am
 Hi Glenn;

dirtpoorglenn@shaw.ca wrote:

Tracking is easy.
Don't track at all.
Just aim the dish at the coffee percolator.
It will only take a few minutes.
The sun doesn't move that fast %^)

Here is an old PrimeStar dish I use for demonstrations.
Boiling water is a cinch with it. See:

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Posted by =?iso-8859-1?Q?Roland_M=F6sl?= on May 7, 2004, 9:43 am
Why so complicate?

This would be a part of a 12 V DC solar power system

Photovoltaic, charge regulator, 12 V Buffer battery
and a car coffee maker on the other side.

Nothing special, You could put any 12V equipment on the other
side including a car adapter to operate a notebook

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Posted by Anthony Matonak on May 7, 2004, 3:30 pm
 Roland Msl wrote:

See: "Can it be done easily and cheaply?"
Compared to the cost of a sheet of foil covered plastic (or cardboard)
the 12V system is very expensive.


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