From the archives

Birthday

16 September, 2008: It was my birthday today. I took the day off (sort of). Clem and Brooke baked me a cake, we picked some apples, Teasel came over to help pit a bucket of small plums and make preserves. It was a beautiful day. And I can’t express how satisfying it is to face this birthday at a time… Read More

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Homebrew

16 September, 2008: Obviously the Clover Food Lab is going to be tight and professional. I’ve got too many great people helping for it not to turn out finished, and that is what we are aiming to achieve. That doesn’t keep me from admiring simple DIY solutions for things. Check out this cool train someone made at an apple orchard.… Read More

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Wolf coach

16 September, 2008: The systems (generator, LP gas, water) need access hatches. We’ve been looking at luggage doors, but I saw these on an emergency vehicle today and think they look promising. The manufacturer of these vehicles is Wolf Coach. Has me thinking we should look at suppliers of work trucks and other emergency vehicles for these parts. Funny, my… Read More

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Breakfast sandwich

5 January, 2010: I’m going to begin this and every post this week with a plug for Friday. we’re going to have a TV crew from TLC here filming a show that features Clover. We know you’re all going to come out, we’ll make it a good time. So I’ve said in the past that you’ll never find egg sandwiches… Read More

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Work has begun

15 September, 2008: I just parked the truck in Salem, where the body work will be done. Phil Crosscup is managing this phase, and work is starting today!   Read More

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Truck is now locked

13 September, 2008: For obvious reasons I have not mentioned this here, but the truck arrived without any keys to any of the locks. This means my truck has been sitting unsecured on the road for the past few weeks. Luckily there’s nothing of value in the truck, but it’s still had me a bit uncomfortable at night. After receiving… Read More

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New rubber

13 September, 2008: The Utilimaster supply is great. On their website in addition to very helpful service manuals, they have a PDF of virtually every part of the truck. I replaced a bunch of rubber that was rotten and fixed the piston that holds the hood open so that it wont keep falling on my head. Read More

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Designing the electrical

11 September, 2008: I’ve hinted at this before, when covering grease conversions, but I’m faced with two conflicting goals: I’d love to do as many energy-smart things as I can on the truck I’ve got to keep the costs very low Today I spent some time on the electrical design. The low emission route would be to use the sun… Read More

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Pause

16 March, 2020: We all spend so much energy figuring out how to get from where we are to the next place. And at Clover that feels like such an imperative. Clover is trying each day to solve this existential challenge we face: Global warming. But now we’re facing a different more immediate challenge in COVID-19. We’re going to be… Read More

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Irish plumbers

11 September, 2008: Greg Vaughn of Vaughn Plumbing helped me install the gas system. I think he did a great job, and once I track down the right regulator, we’re ready to pop a fryer, and possibly another appliance in there. Read More

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Latest truck design

10 September, 2008: Awning (click link for movie) John and Jinhee have been working overtime to realize our ambitions for the truck in very short timeframe we’re working against. John and I met up yesterday and after having doubts about our ability to pull off the transforming awning design, I’m really excited about the latest take. Read More

From the archives

Henny Penny fryer

10 September, 2008: A friend turned me on to Henny Penny fryers. They make normal fryers, but specialize in “pressure fryers.” These were developed primarily for fried chicken, and supposedly they do wonders for that. But they have other qualities that caught my interest: 30% lower fuel consumption 10-20% less grease on food More moisture and flavor retained in the… Read More

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A solution to Home Depot runs

10 September, 2008: You’ve found yourself stuck in the trap: you’ve got some sort of little project, and you find you’re spending more time driving back and forth to Home Depot than working. Well, I’m sure some of you have a level of experience and planning that allows you to get it right the first time, I don’t. So I… Read More

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Origins of a brand

29 September, 2008: This was McDonald’s logo, until 1962. Isn’t that amazing. I’ve been having some great back-and-forths on the brand with Brian and Erik. Both have 2 clear messages: (a) Nix the flask (b) Make both logos (truck and restaurant) the same I’m thinking hard about these points, trying to decide what might be the best path forward. For… Read More

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Tent poles

8 September, 2008: I’ve been talking to John and Jinhee (Single Speed Design) about awning designs. I’ve long loved the way simple tents look (see above), and we’re looking at these as possible references. Tetsuya Ohara, who leads upĀ technicalĀ fabric and materials at Patagonia is kindly offering us advice. Tetsuya used to work for a sail maker, which is another source… Read More