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Michael Vormwald
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This mini hoop uses 6' water pipe inside a 3'x8' 2x4 frame to start plants for the garden. The back has several 1gal jugs of water to moderate, store and release heat. There is a small inexpensive ceramic heater to guard against freezing. I use a wireless remote thermometer to monitor the temperature from inside. The front rolls up on a 1" pvc pipe. I repurposed an old sofa cover and an old blanket for cold nights. It sits on my south facing concrete front porch.
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Tim Malacarne
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Nice work!
 
Michael Vormwald
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Tim Malacarne wrote:Nice work!


Thanks - poor man's greenhouse.
 
Herdis Vals
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how effective are the water jugs in moderating the heat?
 
Tim Malacarne
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I was wondering if you've laid down an insulating board or panel?

Might be a good idea......

We built a similar thing once. The little pots can dry out pretty quickly. For our purposes, a bed works well too.

Good luck to you! Best, TM
 
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