from Off Grid Survival:
When I was much younger I didn’t need a sleeping bag, mat, or even a tent when camping. We would take off for the wilderness with only an Indian blanket, a canteen of water, a Zippo lighter, or box of matches and have a great time. Since I’ve grown older I’ve learned to appreciate the things I didn’t need back then.
Temperatures in northwest Louisiana routinely reach the upper 90°’s and low 100°’s during the sunny days of summer. I’ve long been a fan of using solar energy to cook and power some of our phones and radios so I decided to research and build a small evaporation cooler for camping, work, and around the house that will also run off solar power.
There are a lot of great articles and videos on the Internet showing several different styles of “bucket coolers.” After reading many articles and watching numerous videos on “Swamp Coolers” or “Bucket Coolers,” I settled on a design and began developing a parts list. It should be noted that I took advantage of the works others have done previously by using the same fan and pump observed because they have been proven effective in some of the videos and articles.
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