stuff at Oasis Montana! Last year’s garden was very successful;
at this writing, we are still eating carrots, ‘taters, garlic, and
the last of the squash. And we are also enjoying our dried apples,
plums and peaches, as well as several types of fruit wine. But what
gets us through these cold Montana winters are the hot peppers!
We’ve been seed-saving a couple of varieties for several years, and
our favorites are a Cayenne type and another we call a Portugal
pepper. They’re both hot, around 60,000 Scoville units or better.
The Cayenne is a long, slender pepper that hangs down on the plant
and the Portugal is shorter, fatter and is held upright. Both are as
easy to grow as tomatoes; I start them around the first day of
spring and set them out in mid-May (and they are pretty enough to be
grown as ornamentals). By late July, I am getting red peppers, and
right before the first hard frost I pull up the plants and hang them
in my windows. The remaining green ones will eventually turn red. We
have a grinder dedicated to the peppers, and
when we process a batch, it makes the entire house radioactive! The
coughing and sneezing is a pretty good indicator that it’s
pepper-grinding time--it’s a tearful experience….
This year we are offering to share our pepper seed; if you will send
us a self-addressed, stamped envelope, we will send you a few seeds
of either or both (please specify) of whatever pepper you would
prefer. Hot stuff is GOOD!
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We’ve had fun as well as a learning experience with
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Power strips are a common occurrence around our home and office;
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Magnum MS-AE 120/240V pure sine wave
more stacking! That’s right: someone has finally made a
battery-based inverter that can produce both 120v and 240v
interchangeably without needing to purchase and stack two separate
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are available in 4000 (24volts) and 4400 (48volt) watt
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designed for demanding mobile and off-grid applications and includes
a Power Factor Corrected (PFC) batter charger. The PFC uses 25-30%
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Of course there are additional accessories that are available for
the MS-AE. The easy-to-use Remote, allows programming the unit as
well as access to various other inverter features. The AGS (Auto
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any 2-4 wire start generator.
We like to pair up the MS-AE inverters with the simple and cost
effective Midnight E-Panel from Midnight Solar. The E-panel comes
pre-wired with inverter breakers and cables, AC input and bypass,
500amp/50mV shunt, AC terminal blocks, din rails wall mounting
brackets, charge controller bracket, and loads of extra hardware.
When using the E-panel, all that is left for the installer to do is
mount the inverter to the hinged door, install the necessary
breakers and connect a few wires. Not only does this save loads of
time, the cost of the panel is not much more than if you were to
piece and part it all together yourself. The E-panel is available
for a variety of other inverters, including the popular Outback FX
and VFX series.
MS-AE 4024/MS-AE 4448 $2499.00
MM-RC (remote) $59.00