Aussie Pot

Just wondering how the USA pot smokers view Aussie weed ??Quality/ Reputaion etc Ive been two two cannibus cups in Holland and in my opinion Aussie weed is up there .All i know is the Americans cant pull cones :) .....

Posted by orio 11 years ago


Homemade pot stirrer

Hey i want to make an automatic pot stirrer something where it attaches to glass lid, - has like a wooden stirrer at bottom has anyone made anything similar before,  like this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kWn8gBkZDA but wooden base would love to speak with someone in australia

Posted by peter.wilding.988 3 years ago


How to use an old pot

Hey there folks. I got a nice old cooking pot from a friend with a diameter and a height of about 30cm (picture related). Well, now what to do with it? I could use it as a vase for flowers or herbs (how originally :D ), or I could drill a hole in it and use it as a lamp. But what else could I do with it? I'm asking for some ideas..

Posted by fragee 8 years ago


publishing

A instructable won't publish

Posted by jdbic 3 years ago


question on clay

Recently I descovered my property has a lot of clay soil deposits, with that said how would I use that to make clay jars,pots,cruiclibles? And I have lots od sand, so exactly I know you mix the soil, sand and water but I dont know in what order or fashion so some websites might help. with this I am planning to make a clay crucible for forging, and an oven while I'm at it. Thanks

Posted by CyrusII 9 years ago


DS pot settings

Hi. Can anyone tell me the settings of the two potentiometres (pots) situated on the board close to the battery. thanks a lot

Posted by malta 10 years ago


can crock pot

I have this idea its a can crock pot you put water and other ingredients or seasoning in it then you it the meat in and boil it over a fire

Posted by minecraftpotato 4 years ago


POT ARCING , HELP !

Potentiometer ARCING inside :( Anybody know what's going on  ? I'm using a 100k to control a 50k ohm load . i smell lots of smoke . It's a LM386 with pots at the output section to a 8W power amp .

Posted by Thereyouhaveit 7 years ago


problem with pot and usb gamepad

Hi, i try to attach a pot to a analog usb gamepad  in order to build a diy steering wheel for pc when i enter to joystick propriété i get an unstable value of axis like the curseur is floating  what should i do??

Posted by lamineovich 3 years ago


Coffee pot space heater

Ok, so this is my first post. I love this site! Anyway, I have a couple of old coffee pots that still heat the water, they just dont make coffee anymore. Im wondering if maybe i could make a very small and very low energy use space heater out of the parts. any ideas on how this might be accomplished would be great.

Posted by kithso 9 years ago


LED's, Resistors, and Potentiometers

I"m having some trouble with my LED and pot. My LED is a white 2.1v / 30mA My power source is 2 AAA batteries in series at 3v my pot says 500K on the back and three leads labeled 1, 2, 3 When my pot is at the off position, my LED is lit up perfect. but when I slightly turn the dial my LED starts to burn out and turns bright orange, and if I turn the dial further (Or let it sit for a minute) my LED turns bright red. I know that's ruining the LED... But what I'm dying to figure out is how do I know what resistors I would need to use with the pot, What's the math?

Posted by surlistyc 7 years ago


in need of a cold burning flash pot

I have a live audio business and I am in need of a compound that will work in a flash pot that will burn cold, so that there are no possibilities of a fire.

Posted by bondo86 9 years ago


Zeer Pot (Pot in Pot) Air Conditioning

Here is an idea I had for a zeer Pot AC. It basically uses a zeer pot full of water to cool a coil with water flowing through it back to a fan inside the house. Do you think It'll work?

Posted by sourcesmith 7 years ago


Potentiometer not working after connected to wires

Hi, I'm fairly new to electronics and I'm trying to learn it with my Arduino. Recently I have been working on a project that involves 4 potentiometer(pot). I'm using one 1k pot and 3 10k pot. The pot is used to send signals to the analog inputs of the arduino. To test the pots I used a simple serial.println program that sends the value of the pot from 0 - 1023. When I connect the pot through its 3 pins directly to the breadboard, all of them work perfectly fine and gives me a stable value as I turn the pot. However, when I soldered three wires to them each, 2 of them work and 2 of them didnt. The 1k and one of the 10k pot didnt work. When I connected it through its wires, the values it gave kept jumping even when I'm not turning the knob and sometimes it will just stay one value when I'm turning it or not. Why is this happening? Did I overheat the pot when soldering? I took some new pots and tested them again through the pins directly and it worked perfectly fine. But when I soldered the wires to it, this time the 10k worked fine and the 1k didnt work. It gave the same problem as the ones before. Please help me with this problem. I have attached the pictures of the pots that didn't work. Please help me check if my soldering is anything wrong. I have checked online couldn't fine anyone experiencing the same problem. TQ! 

Posted by KhayhenS 3 years ago


DIY Solder Pot

Just today, my brother offered to give me his old coffee maker that he had replaced with a newer one. He is well aware of my electronics hobby, which is why he offered to give it to me in the first place. Nothing is wrong with the coffee maker electronically - he just didn't use it for a long time in which it became moldy on the inside. He cleaned the inside properly, and as a precaution I did it a second time. Now that it is cleaned, I'm curious as to if I could turn it into a solder pot. Seeing plenty of DIY solder pots, I'm thinking I could use an empty soup can, cut to a reasonable size, and have it rest on the heating element of which the coffee pot would normally rest on. Would I be able to do just that or no? Any suggestions as to what to use for the "bath" or "pot" of which will hold the molten solder? Thanks in advance! P.S. This is a basic electric drip coffeemaker I'm wanting to salvage - just to clarify.

Posted by TXVisual 1 year ago


Help with dc motor and potentiometer! Thanks

OK so my dad has this old turntable and I got him some cool records for Christmas and I tested them out and it sounded good but now the motor isn't working, its kinda temperamental. I know the motor works because i tested it separately with a 9V, i guess the wiring is just kinda old and faulty. Any way my idea is to put the motor on its own independent circuit and adjust its speed with a potentiometer. Its one of those small DC motors 12V. I was thinking about hooking it up to a battery pack and a pot to adjust the rpm, I could mount the knob on the face of the player and adjust it until the music sounds just right. Then i could make a mark for 33 rpm and 45 rpm so he can change records with just a twist of the knob. Or slow them down and speed them up just for fun lol. How can I wire all this? I did some googling and tried with a couple pots and motors I've harvested over the years but all the pots seem to smoke and sizzle with only a 9V battery. Do I need a different pot? Please help! thanks  

Posted by sticitodaman 6 years ago


US no longer melting pot, to be politcally correct

I heard today that to be politically correct the United States are no longer considered to be "a melting pot". I don't remember what it is now or where that idea came from though... but its no longer "a melting pot".

Posted by wingman246 10 years ago


does anyone have some potting soil i can have

Does anyone have some free potting soil i can have. or a link where i can get some or free/

Posted by minecraftpotato 4 years ago


Thermal Paste

Hello, I was wondering, if you had tubs of high temperature thermal compound, would putting it on your stove-top (flat topped stoves, not the ones with the coils) before you cooked let your stove be more efficient? Other than the fact that I don't know where you would get high temperature thermal paste that could withstand your stop-top and the fact that it would probably ruin your pots, pans, and stove, is it possible? I wonder because I just saw my tubs of thermal paste sitting there and then went inside to cook something.

Posted by tinstructable 7 years ago


How do I use a pot to dim an LED strip?

I have hooked up a 5k pot to this thing http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.11304, and it dims it ok but1) how do I get a fuller range of dimming? it only dims towards the last 45 degrees. Any higher value (10k, +) gives worse results. Do I need 1k pot? Is there a way to make the 5k work better?2) even when the pot is all the down, the led is still dimly lit. Please make it go away.3) Do I need to use all three terminals on the pot?As you can tell from my questions, I am slightly above doofus level so please be kind.

Posted by darryllicht 10 years ago


fish tank decoration

In my fish tank, is it ok to put in fired clay pots as decoration and fish hiding places?

Posted by carrierpilot1357 10 years ago


Can I add a pot?

Hi. I have a metal detector and it can be quite loud when it finds a target. Unfortunately, there is no volume adjustment on it. I don't have a lot of experience wiring pots into circuits so I wanted to ask before I try something and damage my detector: Can I wire a pot inline with the speaker? And if so, would I ground it to the negative side of the battery pack or would I ground it elsewhere? Thanks in advance!

Posted by fosgate3 1 year ago


any use for crock pot heating element pan, broke ceremac bowl

I broke the ceramic bowl to the crock pot.  i was wondering if their is a use for the heating portion before i toss it, anything g to salvage, or a use for the heater. i was thinking of building a box that was heated by the sun that i could throw my clothes in when i spend a day in bedbug areas, i think the temp has to be 175 to kill them., thanks for any help

Posted by escapefromyonkers 5 years ago


Smoking Pot(entiometer)

I have hooked up a 5k pot to this thing http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.11304, and it dims it ok but1) how do I get a fuller range of dimming? it only dims towards the last 45 degrees. Any higher value (10k, +) gives worse results. Do I need 1k pot? Is there a way to make the 5k work better?2) even when the pot is all the down, the led is still dimly lit. Please make it go away.3) Do I need to use all three terminals on the pot?As you can tell from my questions, I am slightly above doofus level so please be kind.

Posted by darryllicht 10 years ago


Treadmill Motor Controller

HI, I would like to make a very simple controller my treadmill's Motor. Its MoBo went bad and I dont wanna fork over $200 for a new one. The motor works fine. I just want to make a very basic DC Motor speed controller. I know just a simple Pot or other variable resistor wont do.Will it? I've been messing around with Electronics since I was 9 so I'm not afraid to solder up some circuits even if its a complicated one. Im looking to spend around $50. Thanks.

Posted by AlxMad 10 years ago


Virtual Pot Luck: You are Invited

There is a virtual pot luck here at this topic  Are you coming ? You have an hour to shop and prepare.  What, if anything will you bring, and why ? That's all you know; if you have questions, guess and act.  I will bring blanched broccoli florets because they are fast, easy, healthy taste good , can be eaten hot or cold, ,nice looking .and I don't think there will be many cooked vegies around. I will bring Big Flats beer because I like it.

Posted by Wilmette 5 years ago


USB install of a 'pot' to dim or reduce the volume on a USB speaker

Hi Folks, Might someone know how to place a 'pot' into a USB speaker circuit?   I have one speaker, every time an instructional comes on, the volume is too loud, to soft, then I have to go to control panel to increase or reduce the sound. I figured that a variable pot might work. I have the pin outs for USB, 2,3 are D-, D+, 1 vcc, 4, grnd. I would appreciate your help, Thanks jack jackhg@sonic.net

Posted by hohum 6 years ago


Best Slow Cooker Recipes

I know we all got 'em but what's your favorite slow cooker recipe? I'll show you mine if you show me yours ;) 1 4-5 pound Pork Butt Roast 1 Tablespoon seasoned salt 1 tablespoon garlic salt 1 tablespoon pepper 4 tablespoons liquid smoke 1 large sweet onion, sliced into rings 1 cup water Mix the dry seasonings together in a bowl. Rinse the roast off and then hit with the liquid smoke, rubbing in where crevices are. Sprinkle on the dry seasoning and rub into meat. Pour the 1 cup of water into crock pot and then place the meat in being carful not splash water every where. Cover in your cut onion, place the lid on, set the heat to low, and allow to cook for 7-9 hours. When you pull it out, just shred it up with a couple forks and serve on buns with some (homemade) barbecue sauce.

Posted by TomatoMustard 7 years ago


How can a 13 year old make money without aproaching a lawnmower?

I was wondering if there is any way for a 13 year old can make money without the usual things FRIGGIN READ THIS! moola is B-MUTHA-F***ING-S! dont ask for invites! (the picture is how much time i have on my hands with no job...)

Posted by Crakur 10 years ago


arduino control of digital potentiometer

Is it possible to use my new Ardy board to control a 1-wire potentiometer that will, in turn, control the pwm output for a high-power LED?The POT is here. The lights are REBELS @ 700mA.THe POT will be run in "non-parasitic" layout.

Posted by Tweac-it 9 years ago


How to make a mold

Hi there! :) In a couple of weeks I'll receive my first 3D printing! I'm so excited about it! One of my first projects I would print is a Flower Pot and... I'd also like to print a mold of this Flower Pot but I have a question: > First check the image of the Flower Pot dsign< How should be the design of the mold to allow me to make a new models with concrete (cement). I don't know how to solve the holes. Look, if I do with two external parts and one internal part... how can I do the holes and after take out the mold? I will think more about it but, if you have any idea... it's going to be great read it!! Thanks a lot!! =)

Posted by Kitus87 1 year ago


Some things to do with pressure sensors

Two projects I'm thinking of will use pressure sensors. The first is a device that would sit under coffee air pots.  There have been countless times when I've gone to get coffee at a self-serve place and there are five pots, but no one tells the counter person they are running dry and I then I have to wait for them to brew.  A pressure plate under the pots would control set of red/yellow/green LEDs to indicate how full the pots are. The second is to use a pressure plate outside the door where your pet comes in and out of the house.  It would trigger a doorbell when your pet wants in before it gets a chance to start scratching up the woodwork.

Posted by PeterinVT 7 years ago


Laser

After reading this, and then this, I started thinking of how easy it would be to make a burning laser. I went to Radioshack, got some components, and started thinking. One thing that Stephanie's laser didn't have is a potentiometer, to control the power of the laser. Well, I ended up getting 12 assorted pots at Radioshack, but didn't know what one to use. I want decent control, too. What size (in ohms or k-ohms) do you think I need? I'm spotty in my electronics knowledge. PS- The size in ohms on the pot is the pot's range, right? If it says 100k, it means that it will resist from 0 to 100 kilo ohms, right?Also, in the shematic below, I don't know if the pot is connected correctly, post a comment if it's wrong.

Posted by John Smith 11 years ago


TigerBalm Lantern

Hi, I wanted to share this idea I had for using empty TigerBalm containers. Strip and clean a pot of TigerBalm. Take apart a T-light (LED candle). Drop the wiring into the pot (you might have to remake a basic battery holder - I used folded plastic and a rubber band).

Posted by horsebones 9 years ago


Noisy pot issues?

Hi, I've been experimenting with a variable output power supply. It takes 18V @ 2amps in from a wall adapter. It uses the LM2596 simple switcher as a regulator. My circuit is more or less the same as the test circuit from the datasheet (image attached). The only thing I've changed is that R1 is a 5k trimpot and R2 is a 50k 10-turn pot. The trimpot is so I can dial in the proper value for R1 and the other pot is to vary the output voltage. It works more or less as it should. The one issue I'm having is I think due to the inherent "noisiness" of potentiometers. When I turn the knob (sometimes it seems when I just touch it), the output voltage will "spike" up. It eventually falls back down to where it should be and stays steady, but it seems to spike everytime I adjust it. Does this indicate a bad pot? Or is there some additional filtering circuitry I can put to avoid these spikes or ripples? Would another L-C filter help? Thanks in advance,

Posted by deadbilly 11 years ago


Potluck at the Pier

We decided to throw together a Pot Luck today!  Everyone was busy this morning cooking up delicious dishes in the Test Kitchen!  Watch for links to the Instructables of the dishes we tried out! Salmon Pasta Salad (1st one is up!) Nectarine Salsa Sous Vide Chicken Thighs with Nectarine Salsa

Posted by Penolopy Bulnick 5 years ago


Experimental Cooking

To break in the forum - I'm thinking of making a Dorito and Onion Pot Pie. Fun? YES. Delicious? Hard to say...

Posted by jerbtown 12 years ago


HELP! device to hang pots and pans that lowers with electric???

I have very limited space in my kitchen and leave my pots and pans on the stove when i'm not using them but they get in the way.  I remember, in the old days, they had ways to hang them from the ceiling and could raise and lower them with a rope.  Since I have limited space, I was thinking about a copper pipe mounted on a system where you could push a button to raise and lower the pipe along some sort of track mounted to the wall that holds the pipe out 12-18 inches away from the wall.  (Almost like a wire rack shelf idea where the shelf would electronically move up and down.)  I could then hang S hooks from the bar and hand the pots from the hooks and raise them up along the wall, out of the way until I need them and lower them without a pulley or getting a chair.  I can usually manage to change a lightbulb all by myself but I am lost on this idea.  Any inexpensive suggestions???

Posted by fixfireleo 4 years ago


circuit troubleshooting help

Hi- First on an unrelated note, does anyone besides me see "A fatal, non-recoverable error has occurred" over on the Makezine forums when you try to sign in? I've been getting that for weeks! Anyway... I'm working on a variable power supply that uses a 317 to regulate the 18 volts coming from a laptop switching supply. There are two 5k 10-turn (for precision) pots with a switch so that you can have two "preset" voltages and switch between the two of them at will. There's a single output. There's also a little lamp (I used a micro mini 12v lamp instead of an LED because that's what I had) that goes on above the pot that's currently switched in. The circuit I built (schematic is below) seems to work more or less fine. 'cept there's two strange issues: First, although the pots are linear (not sure if that would make the difference or not), they seem to "flatten out" toward their upper range. The first six turns gets you from 1.2 to about 16.5 volts. Then the last four turns either don't change anything or they do so in _very_ fine increments so that you only get from 16.5 to just over 17 volts. That's in four whole turns of the knob. This happens for both pots. The second stange thing is that turning the non-activated pot will affect the current voltage. When you increase the resistance (turn the knob to the right), the voltage level actually drops! Conversely, turning it to the left will increase the voltage. Remember, this is the switched-off pot. The switched-on pot works as it should (barring the mentioned weirdnesses). It looks like how much the voltage changes depends on how many turns you've given the activated pot. I suspect this has to do with me using a SPDT switch instead of a DPDT and maybe some voltage / current bleeding through the lamps and into the adjust pin, or something. But I ca/n't figure out why the switched-off pot would do anything. Anyway, take a look at the schematic. Is there anything I've done wrong that I'm missing? Should I, um, switch (*cough*) to a DPDT switch (something like the second schematic)? I used the SPDT cuz that's what I had. Anyy help is appreciated, Thanks!

Posted by deadbilly 11 years ago


RGB Potentiometer help!

Hey guys and girls, I've got a question! I've got 3 voltage regulators set up in parallel, wired to output 3.27V @ an amperage that I don't know (for some reason I can't get a reading on my e-meter) Anyway, The outputs from those 3 regulators are going to 3 pots, which in turn go to a set of 3 LEDs, 9 in total (3R 3G and 3B). My problem is that those pots have a max resistance of 2k ohms, and that the LEDs aren't shutting off when the resistance is maxed out. Can you guys find a way to make the LEDs shut off, yet still go on at full blast when the Pots are open? Thanks, -Josh

Posted by T3h_Muffinator 11 years ago


Repotting flower plants

I tried repotting flowers from one pot to another but they die.  I am doing something wrong. How can I repot flower plants from one pot to another.  What soils and other items do I need and is there a certain size flower pot I have to repot them in or does it depend on how big I want the flower to grow.  I want to put these flower(s) plants on my patio.  Sometimes during the day my patio has a lot of sun and other times it does not.  What is the best flower plant(s) for this. What is the best way to take care of a repotted flower plant.

Posted by arev519 8 years ago


Send and read 2 independent serial data's

Hi there! I am working ona quad copter.. In which I want to control 4 motors by 2 pots. My problem is I can send and control 2 motors by a pot.. But how do I control other 2? Wont the serial data of the 2 pots mix up? I am attaching a sample of my code to montor the inputs and control 2 motors by a pot.. #include Servo myservo; int pos = 0; int poth = 2; void setup() { Serial.begin(9600); myservo.attach(3, 1700, 2400); while(Serial.available() <= 0) ; int incomingByte = Serial.read(); if(incomingByte == 115) { loop(); delay(1000); } } void loop() { int vert=analogRead(poth); int pos = map(vert,0,1023,0,180); myservo.write(pos); Serial.println(pos); delay(1000); } I just cant tell which is which  how can I setup a communication protocol to identify which data is which?

Posted by schandwadkar 7 years ago


How Can I Fix a Leaky Gasket on an Old Silex Vacuum Coffee Pot?

I have an old Silex vacuum coffee pot, which is really a superior way to make coffee.  When you heat the pot, the expansion of the hot water and air in the bottom globe forces the water from the bottom globe up into the top globe, where the coffee grounds are.  After a couple of minutes, you turn off the heat, and the air in the bottom globe cools, it contracts, creating a vacuum which sucks the brewed coffee through a filter, back down into the bottom globe. All this depends on the integrity of the rubber gasket between the two globes.  (See second photo.)  If it leaks--no vacuum; and the coffee stays up in the top globe until gravity pulls it down, resulting in overbrewed coffee.  (A big leak will keep the water from even rising in the first place.  A little one just slows or prevents the "drawdown".) My pot has developed a little leak.  At first, I thought the gasket had hardened or cracked, since it's at least fifty years old; but that turned out not to be the case.  I inspected it, and found a little bump right under the flange of the gasket, where it sits on the glass rim of the bottom pot.  I gently sanded this irregularity, thinking I could smooth it out, but it turned out to be a bubble, which popped, leaving a dimple about the size of a caraway seed. I've tried teflon tape, filling the dimple with a tiny dab of Devcon rubber adhesive, putting a bead of the rubber adhesive around the gasket, and a couple of other things, but I only make the leak worse.  (Fortunately, everything I've tried has been reversible.)  Anybody got any ideas for repairing that gasket, short of sealing it onto the pot with silicone caulk, which I'm not willing to do? Thanks for any help! Regards, Jim Crutchfield Long Island City, NY Photos by edgarandron on Flickr.

Posted by jdcrutch 8 years ago


libby's potted meat food product?

Here is the ingrediants list: mechanically separated chicken,pork skin,partially defatted beef fatty tissue(???),partially defatted pork fatty tissue,vinigar,salt,spices,sugar,flavorings(more specific please??),sodium erythorbate,sodium nitrate eew! they sell this as f00d!? why is this stuff legal? the number on the can is18007275777 it says to call 10 am to seven pm monday through friday eeww

Posted by Zaphod Beeblebrox 8 years ago


smart window thermostat

Wanted: circuit to open window at night when it is cooler outside than in. Close it when hotter outside in morn. Probably add something to prevent it from opening and closing several times in the eve and morn with random fluctuations. Prefer 2 thermostats, 1 outside, one in, rather than a timer. I've a vague recollection of a circuit with 2 potentiometers, one on the motor, one on the control panel, such that turning the control pot will activate the motor until its pot is at the same position as ctrl pot.. Could a circuit something  like this control my window? But most thermostats are on/off, not continuous variable.   It would be simple to do a switch logic thing like:  “IF thermo ‘I’ is above 70 AND thermo ‘O’ is below 70, THEN OPEN “  but that only works at 1 temp.

Posted by Toga_Dan 2 years ago


LM3914 Battery Level Monitor

I am trying to make a Battery Level Indicator using the LM3914 IC. The problem I am facing is... where you see those 3 LED's my voltage increases on the pot, where as when the LED's are all the way on it decrease across the pot. I am using a 9V Battery where I want the red led to show depletion  of battery life around 5 or so volts  how can I achieve this. Can someone please help me with this?

Posted by dominick.j.pezza 3 years ago


Potentiometer/Variable resistor with AC advice

I'm a computer store tech who knows how to solder some(but DC stuff only) and who also enjoys cooking, so my ? is: What's the best choice of pot. for use with US household current to actually control the cooking temp of my hotplate? End result is to eliminate the annoying "heat spikes" you get due to lack of a pot. in the design, IE literally everything sold these days turns on at full current/temp until it reaches X temp, basically it's just temporally defined by how far you turn the knob, and your pancakes wind up crispy black around the edges and gooey in the middle  instead of golden brown and amazing all over. I want it to turn on at X current until X temp (like electric frypans/burners did if you're old enough to remember.) All I need to do ( I think) is add a pot/VR into my burner's element  "line" the right way, it already shuts off at X temp just fine. Incidentally, that's the "click" you hear when any home electric cooking device (sold in North America, at least) hits temp or turns on, the temp. control switch thingee connecting. It's NOT a VR/pot, just a pair of electrodes JUST barely touching strapped very tightly to some ceramic discs. It uses thermal expansion of the discs/electrodes to make things just a tiny bit bigger and separate the tiny little electrode spoons  But all that boring geekspeek affects in this configuration as basically just temporal heating, IE no reduction of the amount of heat in my frypan, just the cooking time. Science says if I reduce the amount of electrons flowing thru it just slightly as well,  it'll be colder but still hot and still shut off when it's hot enough. A pot/VR wired in the right way will do exactly that, won't it? After some research I'm thinking something like a 30-50K "B"-taper pot. wired with 2 of 3 traces (https://www.instructables.com/id/Wire-a-Potentiometer-as-a-Variable-Resistor/), I'm looking for a "broad" response range while turning with a tight  "pinch" effect at low end for amazing banana-brown-sugar-pinch-of-nutmeg pancakes with coffee on the tiny balcony/fire escape in the morning but I have no idea how the numbers work for AC currents. Does 120vAC mean a different pot or a diff config/approach altogether? Or should I be looking into AC variable resistors, instead? I know an awful lot about "base" science, enough to get me this far, right, but AC throws me for a loop a lot, and there's a gap in my knowledge/experience, between the basic stuff and how it applies to stuff like my application, I don't get a lot of the numbers/formulas and how to use them.  A VR would the ideal tool here, but they are hard to get in the right form with the electrical qualities I need, whereas pots are usually "turning switches", right?

Posted by MattH68 2 years ago


Kyoto trough 2 wing concept. Try it in a panel cooker?

Panel cookers are simple solar cookers that are made by folding cardboard. When folded, sunlight shines on the panels and gets reflected to the cooking pot. (Normally the cooking pot is painted black and it is often covered in an oven bag to keep heat in better). But, I have never seen a picture of a panel cooker with the side folds in towards the cooking pot instead of out away from the pot. My tests indicate that it will cook for a longer time if you face the side panels in. Anyone want to try it? Also, the tests in software show that a normal panel cooker might give better if it was made with a long tail in line with the path of the sun. Would you like to make small ones and compare this to a normal panel cooker? Small ones heating pint jars of water might be very good for comparison. I have too much cloudy weather to do this. Also, do not worry too much about parabolic. A part circle is just as good for solar cooking and the important thing is to have the axises of curve (Perhaps there is a correct word?) of the troughs or panels at right angles to each other. Brian

Posted by gaiatechnician 9 years ago


Question about airbrush

I have an airbrush, which works very well. I was wondering if I put some very fine sand in the pot, would this work as a sandblaster, for etching designs into glass? Thanks, Tom

Posted by tomc3uk 11 years ago


Kombucha or sprout heater from a potpourri pot or other appliance?

I need something to heat a bucket of kombucha tea to 70 degrees Fahrenheit when the heat is off in the kitchen where I will be keeping it. The temperature dips below 50 degrees Fahrenheit in there. I also need something to warm sprouting jars, which I'll be keeping on a shelf that I plan to enclose with a window blind or something else to keep the heat in, but allow ventilation. I don't think I need a thermostat for either of these. The temperature doesn't have to be exact. For the kombucha, I could buy a heating pad for $60 or a heat belt for $20 and pay to have them shipped or I could go to the local aquarium store and buy some fish tank heaters, but I'd prefer to spend less, make something myself out of something old and not support an aquarium store. I'm not a big fan of fish prisons. The thrift stores around here have lots of old appliances for $2-$5 each. I thought I could make heaters using the heating element of one of the small potpourri pots I've seen at Goodwill. I saw online that these pots are heated with a wire wrapped around the (irremovable) pot. Any thoughts on how I could make heaters with this heating element that are safe and not too hot? Any ideas using other appliances? Another option would be to find a cheap heating pad (for heating people) without auto shutoff and use that on the Kombucha at least. I'm not sure that that would be warm enough though, but maybe it's a more worthwhile option that trying to make a heater. What do you think? Should I forget making something for the Kombucha and look for a heating pad instead? Thanks for your help.

Posted by vegagitator 9 years ago