Oasis Montana Inc.
Renewable Energy Supply and Design
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e-mail: info@oasismontana.com
Home Page: www.oasismontana.com

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And our main page at www.oasismontana.com

November 2007 Newsletter Navigation 
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BLIZZARD 18 cu.ft. Capacity Freezer

Blizzard 18 cu. ft. LP propane or natural gas freezerIf your remote home or cabin has been needing a full-sized propane freezer, check out the Blizzard FRZ18. It is factory tested and approved, made and assembled in the USA;  This model has two gas absorption systems on it to keep foods COLD.


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  • Outside Dimensions: 43.5”W x 62.5”H x 31.2”D
  • Interior Dimensions: 25.25”W x 52”H x 24”D
  • Color: White with white powdercoat interior, reversible door
  • Shelves: Five deep interior door; four, plus one basket, in freezer
  • Stainless steel burner with push button igniter
  • Rollers for easy moving; easy access front mounted controls
  • Weight: 340 lbs., 154.5 kgs.
  • Fuel Consumption: 2.5 lbs./24 hours; 3000 BTU/hr.
  • Natural gas conversion optional ($100 extra)
  • Wireless remote thermometer
  • Interior battery operated light; Euro styling
  • Warranty: one year parts & labor; three year extended warranty available.
  • CSA approval pending

Most Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: If I open the door won’t the cold inside all fall out?
A: No; if your freezer is half full or more of frozen food, that alone will preserve your cold inside the box.

Q: Doesn’t it take a lot of fuel to run two burners at a time?
A: This 18 cu.ft. model is designed where you only need one burner through most of the year; only on the hottest summer days or times when lots of room-temperature foods are added are 2 burners needed. Here we are assuming the freezer is set up in a basement or mild area.

Q: How much gas does an upright freezer like this use compared to a chest freezer?
A: Two burners in use on the 18 cu.ft. model is still more efficient per cubic foot than a small one burner 10 cu.ft. chest freezer. So running on one burner and keeping 18 cu.ft. of food frozen will use 10 - 20 gallons of LP gas per month.

Q: How much chilled food can be added at a time, without food spoilage?
A: Up to half of the freezer’s total food capacity. The 18 cu.ft. freezer holds up to 630 lbs. of frozen food.

Q: How cold should my freezer be to keep my sweets and ice cream hard?
A: A range of -3° to 5°F above is best.

Why buy a freezer?  Freezing is the healthiest way to preserve the fresh, natural flavors and nutrients of produce, meat and fish. Just ask any gardener, hunter or fisherman! Even if the only hunting you do is for bargains in the frozen food aisle of the grocery store, an upright freezer provides cost-effective storage that lets you enjoy the full value of bulk purchasing. This Blizzard freezer is the largest gas freezer made in the world, while consuming no more floor space than an 8 cu.ft. chest freezer. So, you will have ample storage capacity without taking up a lot of floor space in your garage, laundry room, hunting cabin or basement.

Two More BLIZZARD FREEZERS currently available:
Our LP line of ‘fridges and freezers are the most popular appliances we sell!

FRZ15: 15 cu.ft. capacity Upright Model
Exterior Dimensions: 40”W x 61”H x 28.5”D
Interior Dimensions: 23”W x 46”H x 23.75”D
Color: white, right hinge only
Shelves: 3 interior, 5 on the door
Stainless steel burners
Push button igniter, front-mounted controls
Weight: 324 lbs.
Fuel Consumption: 2.5 lbs./24 hours, 3000 BTU/hr.
Natural gas conversion optional - $50
Cost: $Call

FRZ10: 10 cu.ft. capacity Chest Freezer  (Sorry, the 10 cu.ft. chest freezer is no longer available.  Click http://www.lpappliances.com/Blizzard-freezer.html for our current line of Blizzard freezers.)

Warranty: one year on the cooling unit;
three year extended warranty available on the gas absorption system ($65).


  • 8 cu.ft. capacity Servel Refrigerator/Freezer $Call
  • 11 cu.ft. Crystal Cold Refrigerator/Freezer, $Call
  • 15 cu.ft. Crystal Cold Refrigerator/Freezer $Call
  • 18 cu.ft. Crystal Cold Refrigerator/Freezer $Call (bisque or white color)
  • 19 cu.ft. textured black w/Stainless Doors $Call
  • NEW 17 cu.ft. refrigerator-only model, $Call
  • NEW 21 cu.ft. refrigerator-only Model,$Call

Call for your freight costs at (877-627-4768)
or visit www.LPappliances.com for specifications.

Kill-a-watt meter to determain how much energy your appliances useKill A Watt Meter: The Electricity Detector and Monitor can educate you about your monthly electric bill and help you save a lot of money. You can now be a ’detective’ and ascertain what appliances are actually worth keeping plugged in. Simply plug in the Kill A Watt meter, connect your appliances to it and Kill a Watt will assess how efficient it really is, showing you the instantaneous power used, and also cumulative energy or kilowatt-hours used. Kill a Watt, with large LCD display, will count consumption by the kilowatt-hour, same as your local utility. With the help of Kill a Watt you can figure out your electrical expenses by the day, week, month or year on a given device. Kill a Watt can check the quality of your power by monitoring Voltage, Line Frequency, and Power Factor.  Now you'll know if it is time to install a power strip on your entertainment center instead of feeding those ghosts loads while you are sleeping or away from home. Or, is that desktop PC really a cheaper total cost of ownership than a laptop when you consider the difference in energy usage?
Operating Voltage: 115VAC Max Voltage: 125VAC
Max Current: 15A Max Power: 1875W
Dimensions: 5 1/8” x 1 5/8” x 2 3/8”


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Now in autumn, we are enjoying cool and wet (even snowy) conditions, but it was one hot and smoky summer and fall for many parts of the western U.S., and Montana was no exception. We were smug with our good snowpack, back in spring. Then our summer started with a week of 100+ degree weather, and continued to stay hot. We were blanketed in smoke from the horrific fires (1.3 million acres burned) until the middle of September, and unfortunately, many homes and a few lives have been lost. We have been able to help some people with water pumping to protect their properties, but our drought conditions and warm temps made for a very dry western tinderbox. If only those folks in Texas could’ve share perhaps 1/20th of their deluge from their state…

Even so, the garden and fruit trees kept us busy, and despite the smoke we still enjoyed camping, fishing, and canoeing in our local river (even though the water was quite low). We hope our legislators will work on commonsense future measures to mitigate the effects of warming temperatures and prolonged drought. One thought we have had (since we were less than a mile from our local small airport, a helibase that launched many helicopters and other aircraft for fighting fires) is that actual planning for these events would be a good idea (seeing as they are now part of our new normal)—how about reservoirs near these airports to make hauling the big buckets faster and more affordable? Here in Stevensville, we have several large irrigation ditches in close proximity to our airfield…. Well, it’s just my 2 cents worth!



PICOCELL controller inverter for array-direct water pumping

 for your 240VAC pump.
In this issue we have some new products to share; one is an exciting new AC soft start pump controller/inverter that can run your 240VAC (or 120V, or 3 phase, or 230VAC 50 hz) 1/3 to 2 horsepower pump directly off of a solar array – click here for more information on the PICOCELL controller/inverter (cost: $1220 plus shipping). This exciting new technology is designed for off-grid use, or emergency back-up. We have installation manuals, spec sheets, and pump kit information on our water pumping site.  Call or e-mail for more information.



New, small Energy Efficient AC refrigerator

We also have a new, small AC refrigerator, 7.1 cu.ft. for your home or cabin, the CP972SS. It’s a great size for space-limited kitchens, only 22”W x 22”D x 57”H and will sell at the great price of $459 plus shipping. With its lean size, the CP972SS is the ideal refrigerator for studio apartments, yachts, offices, and other settings in need of reliable cooling in a slim-fitting footprint. Visit here for more information on this and other (larger) refrigerators.



Just a reminder, we offer a line of non-electric propane refrigerators, freezers, cooktops and ranges at www.LPappliances.com, and a line of efficient AC or DC refrigerators and freezers at www.eco-fridge.com.


The best nuclear generating station is 93 million miles away, and is available for pretty much everyone!
Thomas Edison quote on Solar Energy

Iron Edison Batteries
We also have a new line of batteries to offer, manufactured by Iron Edison;

Iron Edison BatteriesOver a century ago, Thomas Edison found a battery design that he considered to be nearly perfect. Today, Iron Edison is proud to offer an updated version of this incredible design that is specifically manufactured for renewable energy systems. Iron Edison carries a variety of nickel iron batteries: 12 volt, 24 volt, and 48 volt configurations, each configuration with amp-hour capacities of 100 Ah through 1000 Ah.

visit our information on this exciting new product line.


The International Trade Commission (ITC) is responding to a lawsuit brought about by SolarWorld and Suniva (U.S. module manufacturers) that low cost imported (i.e. Chinese) solar modules have hurt their competitiveness, so they are asking for a tariff on imported solar panels to ‘level the playing field’. Many pro-solar groups are opposing these tariffs, as they will increase the dollar-per-watt cost of installed solar power systems, and very negatively impact job growth in the solar sector – which had been bourgeoning in the past few years. In fact, it is estimated that 1 out of 50 new jobs is in the renewable energy sector. The ITC has approved tariffs, but it will be up the President Trump to set the rate; those of us in the industry are waiting to see what will happen, and many jobs are on hold pending the decision. It sounds like costs may go up 10% to as much as 40%. For more information visit:  https://pv-magazine-usa.com/2017/10/31/breaking-usitc-recommends-quotas-tariffs-on-crystalline-silicon-solar-imports/  and https://pv-magazine-usa.com/2017/11/13/the-clock-ticks-itc-turns-section-201-over-to-president-trump/

Renewable Energy (and related) news bites

             1912 Warning on coal cuasing climate change


  • When autumn darkness falls, what we will remember are the small acts of kindness: a cake, a hug, an invitation to talk, and every single rose. These are all expressions of a nation coming together and caring about its people.
    --Jens Stoltenberg
  • Designers want me to dress like Spring, in billowing things. I don't feel like Spring. I feel like a warm red Autumn.
    --Marilyn Monroe
  • The cost of solar energy has not been opened up because the oil industry does not own the sun.
    –Ralph Nader
  • The spring, summer, is quite a hectic time for people in their lives, but then it comes to autumn, and to winter, and you can't but help think back to the year that was, and then hopefully looking forward to the year that is approaching.
  • A kestrel can and does hover in the dead calm of summer days, when there is not the faintest breath of wind. He will, and does, hover in the still, soft atmosphere of early autumn, when the gossamer falls in showers, coming straight down as if it were raining silk.
    --Richard Jefferies
  • I love nuclear energy! It's just that I prefer fusion to fission. And it just so happens that there's an enormous fusion reactor safely banked a few million miles from us. It delivers more than we could ever use in just about 8 minutes. And it's wireless!
  • I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape - the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn't show.
    -- Andrew Wyeth
  • There has been a systematic repression of solar energy. It seems pretty funny to me that the government, if it is completely neutral--why wouldn't they pursue this far safer alternative of solar energy with the same intent that they pursue nuclear energy? Solar power is the last energy resource that isn't owned yet--nobody taxes the sun yet.
    --Bonnie Raitt
  • The problem with winter sports is that--follow me closely here--they generally take place in winter.
    --Dave Barry
  • If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.
    --Anne Bradstreet

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Visit us on the web for product and project information!
For grid-tied power systems, www.grid-tie.com
Solar water pumping:  www.PVsolarpumps.com
Non-electric gas appliances, www.LPappliances.com
Efficient and DC appliances, www.eco-fridge.com
And our main page at www.oasismontana.com