Tom - thank you for sharing! I love
stone houses, in fact Beth & I had planned to build one. The stone seems to help with the heat and cold - sort of like a flywheel, taking longer to get hot and cool off. Still it seems like with a tin roof and NO insulaion, that would get pretty danged hot in June! How did you sleep! I would think the upstairs would get like an oven, and the mass of stone in the walls would tend to keep that heat in the upper part of the house. We do have a small swamp cooler but it didn't seem to help much in a camper while we were living in the Sulphur hills. (E of Pearce, AZ) We did try out a small AC window unit once that a friend had brought over, but as we had only a battery bank and wind generator for power it would have been quite a drain on our power. It didn't seem to work well anyway, just ran continuously <drained the batteries fast> and the camper still seemed like an EZ-bake oven when we got home so I took it back to our friend.
When we were living at our mine in the Mojave, we didn't even have a fan believe it or not, but during the hot part of the day in summer we just worked in the tunnel as it was always cool inside, right around 60 day or night. Maybe we are all getting a little spoiled with our refrigeration-type air coolers?
I fear that if we do get one, I won't want to go outdoors when it is hot!
Silent Hunter wrote
Roy I to love the heat. I go out into the superstitons for a week at a time all the summer months and never overheat. My temp range is best between 80 and 125 otherwise im cold. A swamp cooler is all you need and you can have alot of fun with the money you save not using a refridge unit!!!
Wow amigo you are a better man than I am - I have never
tried hiking the Superstitions in summer. I know Gassler and some others did but I don't think I could take it. I don't mind heat much but there is a huge difference between walking on flat land and hiking the Superstitions! One thing in favor of the summer months though, there has to be fewer tourists to avoid.