My 2 cents.
Looks to me like it waste heat from a cooking fire. Not a dedicated fire.
The people who could best use it have been living without it all their lives and might find the idea cumbersome. Once they got used to the idea, they might find it something they would adapt their lives to.
Vaccines on the other hand, are handeled by people who could use the help.
We tend to think in ways that would be... limiting.
My wife is from a small place in Indonesia
. Now I don't want you to think it's a village with grass skirts and all. But it's primitive in that, most of the houses don't have a refridgerator. They buy a TV first. Cell phones, got'em. But a reefer, not so high on the list. They live on fresh food
. But I gave up eating fish
there. Always smelled a little..... dead.
My mother in law got her first refrigerator
a few months ago. The house wiring
is lacking, so they plug
and unplug it as needed to allow for other things to work. I could see this being a help.
Before we married, I gave the family
a basket of food as a gift during one of the holidays there. Don't remember which holiday. I had someone from my field office call a local store and put something together and deliver it. There were canned good in the basket. I had no idea that they had never needed or owned a can opener. That's where my thinking fell short.
So I bought one for them. When I got back to the states I was sharing the story with my mother, who had even more trouble getting the picture. She said, "well, at least they got a nice new ELECTRIC
can opener out of the deal". I had to go back and explain that, no, they did not go from zero can opener to electric
can opener. They have never used the MANUAL can opener since.
I don't know if I'm getting this across or not. But we have a tendency to think too far ahead.
My wife is currently stuck in Indonesia
. Thanks State Department. Visa problems. But I have had her with me for years at a time. When she is with me, when the laundry
needs doing, she sticks it in one machine to wash it and another one to dry it. I recently spent about 5 weeks with her in Bali and Singapore
. We stayed in hotels and when we needed laundry
done, it was just convienient to wash it in the bathtub (her idea). After all the time we have been together, it NEVER occured to me that every bit of clothing
that she or anyone in her family
ever wore was HAND WASHED. I had to laugh at myself. Then I thought about the possibility of getting machines in the house. NOT. Remember the house wiring
? It's tiny gauge stuff. Not just small circut breakers or fuses
. When I spoke with her about it, she said that she prefered hand washing
for the benifit of the clothes, but liked the convienience of beating the heck out of clothes in the machine.
So, as far as this thread goes, It an interesting idea, not particularly related to making my life on the boat any better. But we do like to have go-rounds with reefer ideas every now and again.
As far as the tone of the thread (to some degree), No need to belittle the original post. We are an international community. We are are NOT third world thinkers. We try to mingle there. In my case, I can see that my thought processes have been... limiting.