Creating Sugaring Paths

Sugaring season is around the corner and so I’m giving us paths through the woods. No sledding 35 gallons of sap, no stuck ATVs. One hard lesson after another, we now know what to do and when. We also know how: I didn’t even get the tractor stuck and made quick work of it all. It’s so nice for these things to have become evident.

Scary Math

Our lives just took an enormous leap in comfort as we now have running water. It isn’t fully installed yet, and I’ll post more about the pump when it is.

I estimate that in the past 5 and a half years, We pumped and carried 248,930 liters (65,760 gallons) of water from the well 100ft away. I’d love to know how many joules this represents, and how much ingested Ben & Jerry’s this translates to, but I don’t need to go down this rabbit hole right now :).

It isn’t yet perfect, I’m still figuring out a few things around priming and proper plumbing. But it’s still an enormous improvement. Running water, which we took for granted most of our lives, is the culmination of not only all the projects surrounding it (well work, frost lines, piping, et cetera), but also all the projects surrounding electricity. No wonder it took 5.5 years to get here with our starting point being zero understanding of any of these things. We often run into the people we once were, who have no concept of the fact water can move outside of pipes, in buckets for example. It seems evident when you read it, but I can guarantee we were met with confused looks more than once.

Compromises, Getting 70 Amps on Demand

We barely used our Champion generator these past 5 years, but it did come in handy on rare occasions. It sat for 2 years unused at one point and needed some TLC to get back going again, a fact we didn’t want another way. Working from home in the time of Covid, having upgraded our solar setup, and still not making enough power through very cloudy days, we had to compromise our values a bit more and get decent fossil based 🙁 regenerating capabilities.

I’m still gathering information on water and wind turbines to diversify down the road, but today we are not ready to pull that trigger and we need to work.

So we acquired a very nice Honda EU2200i, and a wonderful little device that plugs into it and produces 70A at 12VDC on demand.

The Honda generator is really nice and very quiet.

The AIMS Power CON120AC1224DC is very impressive, is can truly put out 70A on demand, it can be tuned to charge several battery types, and it decouples the load. I don’t need to switch the load to the generator, which means it’s always on the nice clean pure sine inverter.

The Honda generator comes with Bluetooth, a fact I was not happy about as it’s gimmicky, but I have to say it is nice to not have to go back outside to turn off the generator. The AIMS converter is definitely working it hard.

 

The results on the solar graph are, well, a bit absurd to look at :).