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Old 05-23-2014, 12:28 AM   #43
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120W to 200W of solar, and a 1000W inverter would be enough to provide 1/2 hr of microwave time on a 700W microwave.

My son recently aquired 120W of solar for $340, controller and other accesories included. I got a 1000W, modified sine wave inverter for $35. A 700W microwave set me back $40. So, for $415, you get a microwave that is boondock frendly.
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Old 05-23-2014, 12:41 PM   #44
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120W to 200W of solar, and a 1000W inverter would be enough to provide 1/2 hr of microwave time on a 700W microwave.

My son recently aquired 120W of solar for $340, controller and other accesories included. I got a 1000W, modified sine wave inverter for $35. A 700W microwave set me back $40. So, for $415, you get a microwave that is boondock frendly.
Big words coming from someone that lives in Canada...had no idea that conditions are so perfect for solar collection up there!

Seriously, though:

Since my approach to electric power when camping is to eliminate most reasons to use it, I know very little about solar collection systems. It seems to me, though, that given variations of light intensity combined with losses across the inverter it's going to take a lot longer to "gather" enough solar power than it will be to use that 1/2 hours worth of microwave power.
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Old 05-23-2014, 01:07 PM   #45
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I could be wrong. The proof is in the pudding. I will ask him next summer how it went.
1/2 hour of 700W is 350W hrs. Assuming 8 hr of 60W, (out of a possible 120) is 480W hrs. Yes the inverter, and charging / discharging losses will eat some of that. We will see.
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Old 05-23-2014, 07:51 PM   #46
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I'd starve without my microwave.. have two in my sticks 'n bricks home and I like eating HOT food. Most folks think microwaves are only for heating left overs and making popcorn. If THEY only knew...
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Old 05-24-2014, 02:22 AM   #47
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Umm..... Conrad, I think that one is already in the Jokes section. It's good, if you are a bit of a geek, (as I am) but not that good.
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What do you cook in there Donna?
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Old 05-29-2014, 08:35 PM   #51
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microwave

I love having my small microwave and I use it. However, yes, I can manage without it when I have to. But I can also use that same space for storage. It protects breads, buns, cookies, etc. from being squashed and that door keeps anything from falling out in transit.
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I could, but wouldn't want to, go without my microwave. We still do plenty over a campfire or camp stove, but we being a fair amount of prepared food, also.

For example, we had biscuits, and the gravy/sausage already made for our Memorial Day trip. Throw it in the microwave, and 90 seconds later, breakfast.

Lunch? Start a fire or stove in the heat and wait to cook a quick lunch so you can take off again? Or, throw the shredded buffalo chicken in the microwave for a minute, and you're eating.
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We use it because we have it...but when we don't have hook-ups most of what we make can be done on the stove instead. I think the space could be put to better use but my wife likes a quick way to heat up her oatmeal in the morning so it stays.
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We do oatmeal, and other hot cereals lots. I have never tried using a microwave, even at home. Mind you, after talking to a nutritionist, we gave up all the quick stuff that lacks good in nutrition.

Easy peasy in a pot. Add in dried fruit or sliced apples while it is cooking, and a touch of cinnamon and brown sugar after it is cooked, along with a touch of milk or cream.....Heaven Baby!!!

Can you even do the larger kernelled grains in a microwave?
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I guess everyone's idea of roughing it varies
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I guess everyone's idea of roughing it varies

It sure does. Especially when we camp in an RV with a full sized bed, AC, gas stove, dinette, and water tanks! Lol
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