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by klondike-SD
Wed Jun 11, 2014 6:08 pm
Forum: Food & Drink
Topic: Best bbq or stove
Replies: 22
Views: 1974

Re: Best bbq or stove

I'm a big fan of the Camp Chef 2 or 3 burner stoves - Costco will usually have them this time of year for between $100-$150. http://www.campchef.com/activities/camping-outdoors/expedition-3x-three-burner-stove.html http://lghttp.16485.nexcesscdn.net/808325/mage/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/52...
by klondike-SD
Sat Jul 21, 2012 10:32 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4069
Views: 849311

Re: cooling your tent or van

I can add water from the top, but I'm trying to minimize splashing water into the fan mechanism. Not critical, but I'm a bit of a klutz sometimes and figured minimizing water getting into the fan itself was probably a good idea :-)

FIGJAM wrote:Fine job!!!
How come you're not filling from the top?
by klondike-SD
Sat Jul 21, 2012 12:18 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4069
Views: 849311

Re: cooling your tent or van

I have a working cooler! Thanks to everyone for all the tips and advice. Aside from the Velcro trick I mentioned earlier, I also decided to use bungie cords to attach the fan rather than attaching it more permanently. WIth some foam weatherstripping around the fan hole, it seems to work fine and it'...
by klondike-SD
Sat Jul 21, 2012 12:12 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4069
Views: 849311

Re: cooling your tent or van

In building my version of the large swamp cooler, I did come up with one potentially useful variation. The pad sticks to the hook side of Velcro very well, so I'm using some spare Velcro strips I had from another project to hold the pad against the inside of the vents. We'll see how well the adhesiv...
by klondike-SD
Sat Jul 21, 2012 12:08 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4069
Views: 849311

Re: cooling your tent or van

The cheap 3W pump does appear to work - using it with a cooler based on the 23 Gallon RubberMaid trashcan. Takes a few minutes to fully saturate the pad, but seems to keep up fine after that. Because it's inexpensive enough, I'm going to take a spare pump with me to Burning Man just as a backup. Wat...
by klondike-SD
Wed Jul 11, 2012 8:00 am
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4069
Views: 849311

Re: cooling your tent or van

[quote=]"kstlfido Great info! I plan to build one of these for my 6' stretch yurt this year. Will the 5-gallon cooler cool that space well enough? I believe this formula has been posted to the forum multiple times before, but just for easy reference :-) : <Cubic feet of space>/2 = <Cubic Feet ...
by klondike-SD
Mon Jul 09, 2012 5:33 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4069
Views: 849311

Re: cooling your tent or van

Thanks for the response - I'm still assembling my cooler (have the vent grilles installed, but still need to do most of the rest of the assembly). I was debating whether the side vents were really necessary but decided to go ahead and put all three vents in. I'll post some pictures when I have it al...
by klondike-SD
Fri Jun 29, 2012 11:36 am
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4069
Views: 849311

Re: cooling your tent or van

Duh! Thanks, I hadn't taken the slope of the sides into account.


FIGJAM wrote:Those "register" covers keep the water inside the cooler.

The angle of the trash can sides would create big leaking problems without them. 8)

Make sure all the air has to pass through the wet pad! (very important)
by klondike-SD
Thu Jun 28, 2012 6:09 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4069
Views: 849311

Re: cooling your tent or van

Question for HandJamMasterC: I'm attempting to build a swamp cooler along the lines of the one you built with the Rubbermaid trash can. What size grills did you use? Were the grills necessary for structural strength or was it more of an aesthetic choice or just as a way to keep the cooler pad inside...
by klondike-SD
Thu Jun 14, 2012 4:14 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4069
Views: 849311

Re: cooling your tent or van

Speaking of power . . . Costco is selling this power pack + solar panel kit for ~$250: http://www.amazon.com/Goal0-29005-Escape-150-Adventure/dp/B004OHOGW8/ref=sr_1_20?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1339715413&sr=1-20 A bit pricey, but if it doesn't work out you always have the Costco return p...
by klondike-SD
Thu Jun 14, 2012 1:50 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4069
Views: 849311

Re: cooling your tent or van

another inexpensive pump that might work: http://www.suntekstore.com/goods-14004996-dc12v_3w_submersible_water_pump_aquarium_fountain_pond_pump_.html http://iw.suntekstore.com/disimage.php?id=14004996&img=14004996_3_icon.jpg Flow rate is a little bit low, but cheap and low power consumption. Spe...
by klondike-SD
Wed Jun 13, 2012 3:43 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4069
Views: 849311

Re: cooling your tent or van

So everybody start looking for a 300ma 12 volt dc pump that moves about 80gals. per hour, to a hight of about 3 ft. for under $20. :roll: Would the 6v one work, provided the cooler was less than 4 foot tall? http://www.siliconsolar.com/6v-9v-solar-pump.html Voltage: 6v DC Amperage: 220mA Dimensions...

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