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by bm_cricket
Tue Aug 22, 2017 10:40 am
Forum: Rideshares & Resource Sharing
Topic: Barbie Death Village Reno Hotel Deal 2017
Replies: 26
Views: 3684

Re: Barbie Death Village Reno Hotel Deal 2017

Thank you!

We were passing through Reno on our way home from the eclipse and used this!! Now we head home, pack up for Burning Man, and drive right back through Reno in a couple of days!
by bm_cricket
Wed Aug 02, 2017 2:11 pm
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: What did you learn this year?
Replies: 1
Views: 120

What did you learn this year?

HI EVERYONE! Oh my god! I'm so ready to unplug and head back to the playa. I've enjoyed 5 years of working a very professionally rewarding job that drained my soul. I gave notice at my job a few weeks ago and a few days before the eclipse I'm leaving it!. I learned a lot in the last year. One lesson...
by bm_cricket
Wed May 17, 2017 8:48 am
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Deep cycle batteries to run kitchen lights
Replies: 20
Views: 1135

Re: Deep cycle batteries to run kitchen lights

It is really just for lighting a kitchen. Bright and easy to use is better than pretty and colorful. It just needs to work. That said, I've never found little LED spotlights to be as energy efficient as they claim to be. They also tend to break in my experience. Am I just getting the cheapest knock-...
by bm_cricket
Tue May 16, 2017 10:10 am
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Deep cycle batteries to run kitchen lights
Replies: 20
Views: 1135

Re: Deep cycle batteries to run kitchen lights

Our camp uses about 40 gallons of gas for 7 days, running our generator about 12 hours per day. I'm tempted to bring another 20 gallons or so to push it into the evening. Most of those hours are during the Burn. I guess I knew this was the answer all along. I'm usually against battery powered stuff....
by bm_cricket
Tue May 16, 2017 9:31 am
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Deep cycle batteries to run kitchen lights
Replies: 20
Views: 1135

Re: Deep cycle batteries to run kitchen lights

Thank you! I think that running the generator an extra few hours every night, doing a few extra oil changes, etc.. won't be that bad.

Your advice is appreciated.
by bm_cricket
Tue May 16, 2017 8:39 am
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Deep cycle batteries to run kitchen lights
Replies: 20
Views: 1135

Re: Deep cycle batteries to run kitchen lights

Hi Captain Goddammit! Goddammit you are probably right. I'll just set it up with the generator running almost the whole time. We will have a lot of other electrical stuff running anyway (chest freezers and such) so I can justify it that way anyway. I may still hook them up to a single deep cycle and...
by bm_cricket
Mon May 15, 2017 4:15 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Deep cycle batteries to run kitchen lights
Replies: 20
Views: 1135

Re: Deep cycle batteries to run kitchen lights

We have been using the 5050 white LEDs for the last few years but they break and are really funky.. I'm looking into replacing them with heavy duty rope lights that may survive a few burns. The 5050 strips are so very cheap so we may just go that route again this year. Have you used the rope lights ...
by bm_cricket
Mon May 15, 2017 2:03 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Deep cycle batteries to run kitchen lights
Replies: 20
Views: 1135

Deep cycle batteries to run kitchen lights

Hi you damn dirty hippies! My camp uses a Honda EU3000is generator to charge batteries, a 12v water pump for our drums, run small gadgets around the camp, etc, but we only run it for a few hours per day. We have a camp private space in a series of Costco barns that get used as a dining room/kitchen/...
by bm_cricket
Thu Feb 16, 2017 1:03 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Everyone hates a sauna
Replies: 28
Views: 1890

Re: Everyone hates a sauna

...talk about your buzzkill... I love Burning Man and the people there, but one reason I do is that we tend not to sugar coat everything (except bacon, caramelized bacon is awesome). Sustainability is a hot topic. I just don't think it's one we can actually apply to a party in the desert. We can di...
by bm_cricket
Thu Feb 16, 2017 10:18 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Everyone hates a sauna
Replies: 28
Views: 1890

Re: Everyone hates a sauna

I don't want to be negative or make you think that I'm trolling - but - unless we don't think there is a man made climate change issue -shouldn't we be trying to work out how to do this without fossil fuels. On principal I mean. Isn't this the sort of thing we should be thinking of rather than prop...
by bm_cricket
Mon Jan 16, 2017 9:04 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Everyone hates a sauna
Replies: 28
Views: 1890

Re: Everyone hates a sauna

What if I made a sauna that got its heat from burning 100% recycled coconut water boxes? I could use lumber from 100% fair trade, organic, gluten free hemp lumber too. Soooo, I actually like your point about fossil fuels but my goal isn't to test a new post apocalyptic Tank Girl style steam bath... ...
by bm_cricket
Sun Jan 08, 2017 7:20 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Everyone hates a sauna
Replies: 28
Views: 1890

Re: Everyone hates a sauna

I didn't mean to imply that you could use a wood stove with propane. Wood burns at about 500 to 1000 degrees while propane in air is 3500 degrees and would probably melt or rupture a wood stove. I'm thinking about getting something designed for propane from a website named after a rainforest and th...
by bm_cricket
Sun Jan 08, 2017 6:40 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Everyone hates a sauna
Replies: 28
Views: 1890

Re: Everyone hates a sauna

I thought someone else on here may want this someday so here is a great diagram I found about saunas. Also a link to the page I got it from!

http://uralica.com/sauna2.html
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by bm_cricket
Sun Jan 08, 2017 6:33 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Everyone hates a sauna
Replies: 28
Views: 1890

Re: Everyone hates a sauna

So many great ideas! I sent a message off to the Boston Hive main contact from the website... I'll see what they say. The Finnish stoves look awesome! Maybe I'll make one for home use someday. They look simple and really attractive. Now how do I make one that looks like crap but functions at Burning...
by bm_cricket
Sun Jan 08, 2017 12:47 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Everyone hates a sauna
Replies: 28
Views: 1890

Re: Everyone hates a sauna

I often joke that the Port-o-potties at around 2pm are great for couples acro bikram yoga. Not the urinal space but the actual poopers. I'm thinking of making something a little like this but with a roof and the walls to the floor: eclectic-pool.jpg The tricky part I see is the heater. Gas ones cost...
by bm_cricket
Sun Jan 08, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Everyone hates a sauna
Replies: 28
Views: 1890

Everyone hates a sauna

Everyone goes to Burning Man talking about how hot something is and describes it as a sauna. Well kids, I'm going to make a sauna. Our shower setup is always freezing cold so this year I want to make a propane powered sauna for camp. It's going to be about 5 foot by 5 foot and it needs to be propane...
by bm_cricket
Tue Jul 12, 2016 10:00 am
Forum: Food & Drink
Topic: Seeking Tips for group "cooking" on the playa
Replies: 28
Views: 2136

Re: Seeking Tips for group "cooking" on the playa

The dry ice is a great option but it has a few side effects/draw backs: It will carbonate anything you put near it including fruits, berries, and avocados. It shouldn't be stored anyplace you plan to sleep because it is kind'a deadly. It freezes things very very cold and is a little hard to work wit...
by bm_cricket
Mon May 30, 2016 9:24 am
Forum: 2016 Theme Camps & Villages
Topic: 4:30 Neighborhood Camps
Replies: 39
Views: 5844

Offering chalkboards for 4:30 neighborhood camps

Hi all, I'm looking for a small number of 4:30 neighborhood public spaces that would like to host (and keep) chalk boards for public events. I want to put them in reasonably high traffic places so anybody can put events on them. They are free standing but should be strapped to something solid to kee...
by bm_cricket
Sun May 15, 2016 9:21 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Good sound buffer for generators?
Replies: 63
Views: 4933

Re: Good sound buffer for generators?

I have had good luck with building 4 sided boxes to go all around it except the top and bottom... so it is open to the sky and the ground but enclosed on the sides. Build it about 1-foot taller than the generator and you will 1) not be able to see it from a distance and 2) reduce much of the noise. ...
by bm_cricket
Mon Mar 28, 2016 1:20 pm
Forum: Food & Drink
Topic: Seeking Tips for group "cooking" on the playa
Replies: 28
Views: 2136

Re: Seeking Tips for group "cooking" on the playa

Just a little update that these Sous-Vide bags make pretty good eggs. I did a small test batch and they tasted pretty good! If you can justify some extra plastic waste by saving on cleaning water/time then this works! Neat!
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by bm_cricket
Fri Mar 25, 2016 9:01 am
Forum: Food & Drink
Topic: Seeking Tips for group "cooking" on the playa
Replies: 28
Views: 2136

Re: Seeking Tips for group "cooking" on the playa

You have all given such great tips!! If we had more room in our storage unit we would have an oven or two. The freezer/fridge ideas really sound great. We switched to using a chest freezer 2 years ago and it made a huge difference. I hope to get a chest freezer again this year and run it at fridge t...
by bm_cricket
Thu Mar 24, 2016 11:56 am
Forum: Food & Drink
Topic: Seeking Tips for group "cooking" on the playa
Replies: 28
Views: 2136

Re: Seeking Tips for group "cooking" on the playa

Spray bottle works great! We've used something similar for years now. We will probably continue using something like that for cleaning. :-) I should also mention that everything needs to be clean per health code standards. We will be implementing 3-compartment soap, bleach, rinse basins for our dish...
by bm_cricket
Thu Mar 24, 2016 10:24 am
Forum: Food & Drink
Topic: Seeking Tips for group "cooking" on the playa
Replies: 28
Views: 2136

Seeking Tips for group "cooking" on the playa

Hi all, I've got a 30-40 person camp that does communal meals. We usually have 2-4 people cooking each meal and everyone takes turns. Who else does something like this? Can you share your tips for making everything easier? We have 2 large camp-chef stoves and plenty of electricity to go around. Spec...
by bm_cricket
Wed Feb 17, 2016 8:40 am
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: 2016 One Item A Day For BM List....
Replies: 555
Views: 24793

Re: 2016 One Item A Day For BM List....

Speaking of freeze, I remembered that after last year's weather I should probably add thermal underwear to my playawear arsenal. Agreed! already added to the bin. Should be a mandatory packing item on everyone's list. After last year's freeze I should sew an electric heating blanket into pants so I...
by bm_cricket
Fri Jan 22, 2016 12:14 pm
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: 2016 One Item A Day For BM List....
Replies: 555
Views: 24793

Re: 2016 One Item A Day For BM List....

Today I checked my email for anything from BORG regarding tickets. Nothing yet so I checked it again. I didn't see any email about tickets yet so I checked it again. I also browsed all of the local online venues for things I don't need to buy but want to anyway. I didn't buy anything. I day dreamed ...
by bm_cricket
Fri Jan 22, 2016 11:31 am
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Limits of rope lights?
Replies: 24
Views: 1947

Re: Limits of rope lights?

Sometimes simple is okay. A few years ago I attached 30 feet of LEDs in 3 strips (90 feet total) the length of 30 feet of PVC pipe and stuck it on top of our scaffolding tower. They were, at the time, pretty new modern technology LEDs and were bright by the standards of the time. (BRC keeps raising ...
by bm_cricket
Tue Jan 12, 2016 9:16 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Bike and Camp Battery Options
Replies: 29
Views: 1424

Re: Bike and Camp Battery Options

Forget the electric bike unless you have real electricity to charge it from. This is really the key.... And your options are: 1) gas or diesel powered generator. Don't get the Walmart special. Please. Really. If you can't talk over the noise comfortably when you are standing right next to it then i...
by bm_cricket
Tue Jan 12, 2016 3:02 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Bike and Camp Battery Options
Replies: 29
Views: 1424

Re: Bike and Camp Battery Options

We were talking about coffee makers, that's the direction of the thread drift. For me at home, the K-cup isn't about quality or economy. I start work really early and it's ALL about the speed and convenience. You should visit my camp this year. My camp uses my commercial espresso machine. It lives ...
by bm_cricket
Tue Jan 12, 2016 2:57 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Bike and Camp Battery Options
Replies: 29
Views: 1424

Re: Bike and Camp Battery Options

For electric bicycle/tricycle I suggest checking out a few online electric bicycle stores and get their advice. PM me if you want a name for an online store that can advise you on the right battery, motor, controller combo. You can also buy kits online. Don't get a really cheap ebay e-bike kit. The ...
by bm_cricket
Thu Dec 03, 2015 3:56 pm
Forum: Food & Drink
Topic: Food/Drink: What worked - what didnt
Replies: 203
Views: 19267

Re: Food/Drink: What worked - what didnt

I just heat water for ramen from the hot water tap on my camp's commercial espresso machine. Excessive you say? Not at all!!

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