Information about the FIRST Beartooth Ranch near Cody, WY
(Established in the late 1800's and renamed Beartooth Ranch circa 1975)
(Last update: Saturday,April 20, 2019)
We are not to be confused with the second Beartooth Ranch near Cody, Wy, established by an infamous drug dealer in the 1980's. Being a dishonest fellow, he didn't seem to care if that name was already in use nearby.
This web page was originally set up as an adjunct to a GoFundMe account, set up to try to raise funds to help us through the winter of 2018-2019, and fulfill our wish list. The account is now closed due to obsolescence.
To see a video about the project, click this link https://youtu.be/XLQVT4lyF-M
My wife and I are in our 70's and live on the edge of the grid in a remote area of Wyoming with our two house cats, two semi-feral "ranch" cats, assorted wild life and the rare stray Black Angus bull.
Generous donations allowed us to use REAL insulation (instead of the straw bales used previously), with an R-value of at about R-26, and cedar fence slats, and house wrap to build a double walled skirt to protect the insulation and block the (sometimes 100+ MPH) wind.
Currently an electric heater underneath the trailer helps prevent the plumbing from freezing - at high cost, and a continual trickle of water in the sink helps keep the water line from freezing. The plan is to replace the water hose with plastic pipe and bury it eight feet deep. However time, energy, and money are scarce.
Two more electric heaters help keep the trailer warm inside. Insulation and skirting have helped a lot and we hope to complete the insulation project before the temperatures drop to the normal twenty below zero next winter. You may imagine our electric bill with THREE 1500-Watt electric heaters running nearly 24/7!
Because propane is so expensive, and requires a 70 + mile round trip to fetch, that heat source is reserved for when it gets REALLY cold. Alarmingly, the furnace has now 'quit'! I have been unable to repair it myself, but the weather has warmed up. So, that's a "deferred" project.
As soon as time and money permit,'ll repair the home made air heating solar collector, and duct the heat under the trailer where I'll eventually have 400+ gallons of water in re-cycled beverage bottles. I may have to dig out from under the trailer to make more room, but that's possible if I make a long, narrow trench, so it drains to a lower elevation.
I've had this system working before, but it was damaged in the move to the ranch. The water under the trailer adsorbs the heat from the collector by day and warms the floor of the trailer by night. By itself, it's not enough to keep us warm, but it helps a lot.
The solar air heater I designed and built is one of the most effective solar powered home air heaters I've ever seen, and I've been a Solar Energy "nut" for over half a century! For those that are interested in building their own solar powered air heater, click here Questions? Use subject line "DIY Collector" and e-mail BTRwebManager@jameshoefer.com
I cput a PDF file here so you can build your own "Solar Furnace". (Home heating, that is, not like The solar furnace in the Pyrenees mountains of France).
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