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I saw this video a few months ago. Awesome. There are a few other videos on that site that are worth checking out. Any video dealing with problems in the developing nations would also apply to a TEOTWAWKI situation. One video in particular talked about different ways to make charcoal out of crop residuals instead of trees.
 

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An old RV reefer works pretty good, uses very little propane (about as much as a pilot light on a stove...a 20# can will run one a long, long time) and could probably be rigged to work over a wood fire, if a fellow was careful and knew what he was doing.

The idea those people came up with is great, though, if they get it into production.
 

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An entertaining and innovative approach to this problem of making ice from fire was dealt with in the 1982 book by my favourite author Paul Theroux: THE MOSQUITO COAST.

The main character grew disillusioned with modern American live with all of its materalism, moved his family to South America and used his technical knowhow and Yankee frugality to create a higher-tech Swiss Family Robinson lifestyle. This included a massive device that made ice without electricity or fossil fuels.

http://www.nytimes.com/books/00/06/18/specials/theroux-mosquito.html

A movie based on the book starred Harrison Ford and showed that ice maker in all it's steaming, clanking glory.

Movie trailer:'

http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi82903321/

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091557/

He's my kind of survivalist! :)

"We eat when we're not hungry, drink when we're not thirsty. We buy what we don't need and throw away everything that's useful. Why sell a man what he wants? Sell him what he doesn't need. Pretend he's got eight legs and two stomachs and money to burn. It's wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong."

Allie Fox: "The Mosquito Coast"
 

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An entertaining and innovative approach to this problem of making ice from fire was dealt with in the 1982 book by my favourite author Paul Theroux: THE MOSQUITO COAST.

The main character grew disillusioned with modern American live with all of its materalism, moved his family to South America and used his technical knowhow and Yankee frugality to create a higher-tech Swiss Family Robinson lifestyle. This included a massive device that made ice without electricity or fossil fuels.

http://www.nytimes.com/books/00/06/18/specials/theroux-mosquito.html

A movie based on the book starred Harrison Ford and showed that ice maker in all it's steaming, clanking glory.

Movie trailer:'

http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi82903321/

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091557/

He's my kind of survivalist! :)

"We eat when we're not hungry, drink when we're not thirsty. We buy what we don't need and throw away everything that's useful. Why sell a man what he wants? Sell him what he doesn't need. Pretend he's got eight legs and two stomachs and money to burn. It's wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong."

Allie Fox: "The Mosquito Coast"
It was a great movie, if a little strange, and an unusual part for Harrison Ford.
 

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Man what I wouldn't give for a working version of this!

http://www.ted.org/index.php/talks/adam_grosser_and_his_sustainable_fridge.html

Would be great for up at the cabin, BOL, hell, even at home.
I suppose this video isn't available elsewhere? I can't get this one to work and I would like to see what he has. My fridge is free as I have a spring house up on the hill. It is a concrete block house that is buried into the side of the hill where there is a spring. The spring comes out and flows through a concrete trough before it flows out to the river. I keeps everything about 40- 45 degrees no matter how hot or cold it gets. The only draw back is that it is up the hill. I have to walk up the hill to get a cold beer. I use to have a propane fridge on the porch but I hated paying for the propane so I got rid of that. I would like to see if this would make a good replacement for that so I could be lazy again and just walk onto the front porch for a cold drink.:)
 

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Lone squirrel, I dont know if you can watch the video elsewhere, but what it is is basically a heat-powered device that creates refridgeration using evaporation. It is the size of a medium gatorade container, about 2x the size of a water bottle.
 

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Hmmm
All that seems to be available is the video clip, the link to his bio is bad. i wonder if some big company bought him out. :confused:
 
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