kitchen, moisture, and insulation

This Kill A Watt thing is pretty great.  It’s fun being able to collect new kinds of data.  Making a loaf of bread with my bread-maker costs about 3 amp-hours (ah).  That’s absolutely affordable as a once-a-week endeavor.  Now I just need space for it.

For cooking implements, I’m thinking the 1 burner induction hot plate I have (set down into the countertop), the Instant Pot, the bread maker, and perhaps a small toaster oven or just a toaster.  I could drop that last, and make toast on the skillet.  (I like toast.)  I’m more worried about space than I am about the power usage, now.

I’ll also have a dual burner Coleman camp stove and a backpacker stove as backup.

The little pressure cooker is pretty great, too.  I can cook dried rice and dried beans with less water and less power, and make less steam while doing so.  I’m already sold on it, just for those uses.

Speaking of humidity, I’m thinking of running a small electric dehumidifier as needed, possibly on a humidistat.

Speaking further on this topic, I think I’ve settled on polyiso boards for my primary insulation, spray foam for the cracks, and wool for the doors and larger spaces where the closed-cell polyiso boards are impractical.  One guide I read that used basically this plan said they insulated their van for about 200$.

No moisture barrier.  The diesel heater is dry heat, and the wool releases moisture easily.  This is good.  I’ll be cooking and showering (and breathing) inside.  This is bad.  I’m thinking an active draw-down would be best.

I’m also still thinking that two ceiling fans would be best.  The forward fan, at least, will need to be reversible, able to blow in or out.  It can vent outward while I cook or shower, and blow in while the rear fan exhausts when I’m sleeping in the heat.  These fans and insulation will be my only cooling.

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