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Jose Reymondez
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Does anyone know of good sources for DIY Greenhouse designs that use wood?

I wasn't sure which forum to post this in so mods you can move this as you see fit.
 
Cris Bessette
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here is some general purpose information:

http://www.diygreenhouseplans.info/topic/greenhouse-plans-materials/wood-greenhouse-plans/


I built a wood greenhouse without a design though. I bought used windows and doors, then made the "design" fit the used parts, instead of the other way around.

 
Rion Mather
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This one has been floating around the internet for awhile. The plus is that it does give the basics of passive solar design.

http://aes.missouri.edu/bradford/education/solar-greenhouse/solar-greenhouse.php
 
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Here is one I built out of salvaged wood, doors,and windows. I dug into the side of a hill, lined it with rocks and built an a frame over the top. The whole thing was covered with that poly sheeting stuff.
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Paddy Murphy
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Jose Reymondez wrote:Does anyone know of good sources for DIY Greenhouse designs that use wood?

I wasn't sure which forum to post this in so mods you can move this as you see fit.

I have been looking at PVC greenhouse for over 2 years, could not bring myself to invest $200 in plastic. I recently saw this Gothic Style PVC greenhouse out of New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service, I have the pdf explaining the construction methods. This is what I wanted, but not quite so big. So, after thinking aboout this, I have come up with a wood prototype for my wood greenhouse. I am using 1"x 3" furring strips, an 8 foot piece is $1.52 at Home Depot. I am cutting them with a 22.5 degree cut, two pieces joined together make the 45 degree angle, just as the pdf explains. I am making wood gussets to join each joint together using luan 5 mm plywood. The arches will be light in weight, but still strong. The arches will be spaced 2 feet apart and will join the arches together with more furring strips. The furring strips tend to be strong, but also somewhat brittle in that they easily split when screwed. Pre-drilling should solve that problem. I plan to cover the arches with vinyl sheeting which should last several years. The tie downs and the end walls yet to be contemplated. I will provide more info latter on and maybe some pics. Right now, I have designed a template for the gussets and want to start putting stuff together in the near future. I am excited to have an alternative to PVC without having a major construction project. I plan my wood hoop house to be portable, but also can be maintained very easily.
 
                              
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I've been buying my greenhouse cover plastic from Northern Greenhouse for about 15 years. Their catalog (http://www.northerngreenhouse.com/ordering/files/Catalog.pdf) has great practical designs and lots of information for the home builder.

The plastic itself is fabulous. They guarantee for 3 years, but my original order is still useable after 12-14 years of continuous outside use. This in spite of a snow cavein and holes punched through by steel pipes. It is much better than the commercial tarps I have used to cover hay and equipment, which usually lasts 3 or 4 seasons at best.

If you order their free paper catalog, it comes with actual samples of all their products. Can't beat em.

 
Paddy Murphy
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Go look at Ana White's website, http://ana-white.com/2012/05/plans/barn-greenhouse. She used gussets to create the barn style roof. She also used a 2x4 across the roof at the peak. I would have used a gusset at the peak. The corrugated panels will hold water, a place for moss to grow blocking the sunlight. I would have lined the panel ridges vertical, rather than horizontal. All in all, I like the design, somewhat similar to what I was planning. The bottom of the greenhouse is metal, I would have put T1-11 called Smart Siding, it is already painted and I think could make a tighter seal than metal. Insulate the inside of the smart siding, using rigid foam insulation. Put a heater in the GH, wood stove, the stove pipe run down the length of the GH to distribute the heat. Don't forget the building permit.
 
R Nichols
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This is our wood frame greenhouse still in building mode but should be completed this spring. I got the idea from youtube and Ross at wood fire power.... a few adjustment for our needs... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCCmVzBBYWc
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Paddy Murphy
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I just read my post from 2013. My greenhouse has been up for several years now, I think this is the third winter, the greenhouse ends still need to be redone, but the roof is in good shape and functions as it should. There is no moss growing on the roof, though after a rainstorm, some water may remain in the grooves of the sun panels, but the sun quickly dries out the panels. In Maine, we have a lot of rain, but not so much as to be a problem with moss growing. The summers are not so excessively hot as to pose a problem with melting the roof panels. During the winter, if the snow on the GH roof becomes excessively deep, I use a snow rake to remove as much of the snow as I can.
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