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I recently did an outdoor show this month (June) & the heat was unbearable. Luckily I took a change of clothes before the show started, but I still found myself dripping from the humidity & heat.

When I got back home I had an idea of adding a portable air conditioning unit to my tent. I have a 2000 watt portable generator that could handle an 8000 BTU unit.

I can't be the first with this idea. Has any one had any luck running a portable AC?

Thanks in advance


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Most shows don't allow generators. And the amount of electricity you're using at a show that offers electricity will cause circuits to blow if more artists use the same amount. There have been threads on using battery operated fans in your booth and you can create air flow by having an open doorway in the back.

Larry Berman

I don't either, but George, there are tons of threads on keeping cool at art fairs, what kinds of fans to use, fake ceilings, etc., on this site -- do a search and see what you can find. 

I already have approval to use a generator as I turn pens with a lathe. Having a generator for outdoor shows hasn't been a problem for me. I'm really just asking if anyone has tried using a portable air conditioner. Replies appreciated.

Be ready for lots of jealous artists. When I ran lights off my generator I use to offer lights to the booths on either side and the booth behind me.

Larry Berman

I've done the same. By sharing my generator I've made a lot of good friends.

Oh, and ask for a space near an electrical outlet! At Ann Arbor we backed up to a lamp post where we plugged in all sorts of things ... lots of fans, lights, etc.


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