Phillip Stuckemeyer wrote:I am planning to build a greenhouse on the south-facing end of my house. It is a perfect solar exposure, and will feature an aquaponics system with Tilapia. The fish tanks will be in the cellar where I can control the temperature, and the growing beds will be in the greenhouse. The greenhouse will provide passive solar heating for the living space, and will be augmented with one (maybe two) rocket mass heaters for the night time and periods with minimal winter sun. I have provided a picture to show the south end of the house, which is about 35 foot wide. Notice the windows in the cellar and the windows in the living space... rising hot air will easily heat the house. I am contemplating a building plan based on the book Secret Greenhouse of Survival by author Rick Austin, but am curious if the Bioshelter Market Garden design might offer some advantages. A concern is the smells produced by the fish tanks. I am hoping that a veritable jungle in the greenhouse will ameliorate the potential smell, but am not sure. It will be an experiment. Has anyone tried this?
Phillip Stuckemeyer wrote: I can feel air entering the lower 2 vents, and cool air rising in through the three upper vents, but it seems like it take over an hour for the air to feel warm.
Phillip Stuckemeyer wrote:I am considering a foil backed, insulating blanket. By closing the shutters on the blanket it should stop the airflow for all 5 vents. I am also considering a temperature actuated damper in the bottom of the box activated by a thermo-bulb mounted in the riser duct. However, all these options seem like a waste of effort until I reduce the volume of air in the heating chamber. Week after next I will cut the box down to size and post an update with pictures of the inner workings. Traveling on business this week.
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