Joshua Myrvaagnes wrote:Yes, those are good. What I had in mind was a plain old resistance wire without any bulb around it...I guess a resistor but a bit larger than most resistors and not too insulated? I don't know how hot a regular resistor gets.
I'm thinking I could probably get a TV that's thrown out on the street and take parts out of it.
Joshua Myrvaagnes wrote:re: candle heater
I LOVE that candle idea! I was thinking there has to be a way to trap that heat--using a candle to start a rocket mass heater had produced more heat than I expected. I was picturing showing up at services with a 55 gallon metal drum...oops, no carrying on Shabbas anyway. A ceramic thingy is more viable--will a mug work? I might try that. (For folks who don't know, on Shabbat (Saturday) observant Jews do not light candles or build a fire of any kind, including turning on an electric appliance, but you are supposed to light 2 candles right _before_ Shabbat begins and then let them burn for the whole day. So, along with the wattage of our bodies
Joshua Myrvaagnes wrote:
Don't hate me Paul, but I am prepared to switch to CFL. Why? the heat is still plenty (13 watts), and it is less likely to burn me in the middle of the night. The mercury is a sunk cost, the manufacture, the light is not affecting me as it's under my blanket...so may as well use it for what it wasn't designed for: heat. I hope we all appreciate the irony here. (Wouldn't it be nice if there were mini resistance heat elements that could be got cheap/free? I'm thinking of pipe heating tape that's for preventing pipes from freezing...or Christmas lights) I had thought Paul was stretching the numbers to make his point with the original article--now I think he was being actually very conservative, we can easily go much further.
Joshua Myrvaagnes wrote:OK, so I think you're saying that the microwave is not very efficient, within the terms "efficiency" being somewhat vague in its application.
Let's put it this way--if you could heat a rock on a resistance heating element (direct contact) and then stick that rock into the middle of the corn bag, so you again get conductive heat transfer, would that end up with more heat in the corn bag or less than the micowave, for the same amount of watt-hours?
Personally I've never had a problem with popcorn, but rice does seem like a good alternative.
We also moisten the bags before putting them in the microwave, try to keep it not too dried out and help the microwaves have some water to heat.
Joshua Myrvaagnes wrote:we microwave corn bags here in the city. by any chance do you know the efficiency of microwaving?
Tyler Ludens wrote:
Creighton Samuiels wrote:there's no 'greener' burial than one at sea
That may be the case if one lives near the coast, otherwise the body must be transported (on ice if the trip is long). Burial at sea would be expensive and a hardship for my family.
Joshua Myrvaagnes wrote:Thanks! Looks comfy, what is the wattage?
I don't see specs on the Amazon page.
Jay Angler wrote:Creighton Samuiels wrote:
there is way more useful ocean space available within a reasonable boat trip of any American port city
Please don't take this wrong, but with the number of people I know who like to take "cruises", if better facilities were available for cold storage of bodies would a "death cruise" that involved ceremony, counselling, and burial have potential?