• Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
permaculture forums growies critters building homesteading energy monies kitchen purity ungarbage community wilderness fiber arts art permaculture artisans regional education skip experiences global resources cider press projects digital market permies.com private forums all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
master stewards:
  • Anne Miller
  • Pearl Sutton
  • Nicole Alderman
  • Mike Haasl
  • r ranson
  • paul wheaton
master gardeners:
  • jordan barton
  • John F Dean
  • Rob Lineberger
  • Carla Burke
  • Jay Angler
  • Greg Martin
  • Ash Jackson
  • Jordan Holland

Rocket cold frame?

Posts: 104
Location: Zone 6 - Missouri
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I'm working on a way to start seeds and grow greens in the winter without building a full-blown greenhouse, and I was wondering if anyone around here has done something similar and would care to share their experiences or ideas.  Basically, I'm going to build a big insulated box, put a rocket stove in it, fill around the stove with sand and gravel, and then put a box of seeds to start on the top under a glass lid.  It's like a heated cold frame with a large thermal mass, or a rocket bench where the butts are replaced by plants.  If it works I might build a big long one and use it for growing greens and herbs through the winter.

It's kind of hard to see in the image, but there is a damper between the exhaust line and the plant box so it can be shut off.  The main exhaust runs out the side of the box.  I'm not sure it's a good idea to have the pipe running up there to the plants at all actually, but I thought it might be a good option to open it up on a super frosty night to let more of the stored heat in.

I'm hoping I can keep the plants nice and warm during our sometimes bitterly cold weather so I can get an early start on the garden this spring.  Any thoughts?

Posts: 118
Location: Hatfield, PA
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
This video came to mind right away
Diego Footer on Permaculture Based Homesteads - from the Eat Your Dirt Summit
will be released to subscribers in: soon!
    Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic