- Dec 20, 2013
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- Austin, TX
Matt71 said:Do you have a recommendation for a low powered Microwave?
The trick is to get one that has no electronic controls or clock. Those have significant phantom power draws. Look for one that just has knobs for the timer and maybe for the power setting. Other than that, a microwave is going to use however much power is required to heat the food. If you had a 500W microwave it would take twice as long to heat food as a 1000W microwave, so you use exactly the same amount of power in the end.
If you are going to cook with electric, then a microwave is definitely the most efficient way to do that. It has very little wasted heat/energy. This is important if you are in a hot climate and you are trying to keep heat OUT of your living space. However, if you are in a cold climate and need to heat your living space anyway, then you would probably want to use propane to heat your food. The "waste" heat just goes into your space and there is then that much less other heat you have to provide to heat your space.
Even in a cold climate, you don't want to use other forms of electric appliances to heat your food because they draw way too much from your batteries. Sure, the waste heat goes to heat your space, but propane (or some other burned fuel) would be far, FAR more cost effective, and boondock appropriate for that.
As to where to find a "manual" microwave: You are just going to have to look around. I am sure RV dealers have them but they are probably expensive. I have seen them sold for use in office break-rooms because they tend to be more reliable. I found one just by going around to every department and appliance store in LA, back when I lived there. I really had to look around a lot, but that was pre-internet.