The bike powered machine that I mentioned is a modern front loader. Since there is no electricity going to the machine, there was no need to disconnect the heater. A clothes line is used in the summer. In the winter, the clothes are dried on a rack which is pulleyed up in the stair area above the woodstove, or in the case of sheets are draped over the catwalk rail between the two lofts, or off the rails of the loft.
I'd suggest a FRONT LOADing machine... simply because they use a fraction of the water, clean the clothes better, and the spin cycle is so darn fast, the clothes come out almost dry anyway.
Eddie Conna wrote:Older machines with less computers are also the way to go.
Sherri Lynn wrote:While I can't claim any direct knowledge, I was just reading in my Backwoods Home magazine that Jackie Clay Atkinson uses a ringer washer, and turns on the generator just for the startup.