https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/paulwheaton/greenhouse-1?ref=bmh8c0 I’m Paul Wheaton and this is my ninth kickstarter. I’m bonkers about experiments — experiments with rocket mass heaters, experiments with replacing irrigation with permaculture, experiments with round wood timber framing, and experiments with annualized thermal inertia.
I shared an idea with my podcast listeners and it seems that a LOT of people want me to shift my priorities and do this experiment NOW! So much so that they are waving fistfuls of cash in my general direction.
The idea starts with how greywater systems will not work in our Montana winters. But a small greenhouse could fix that! The problem is that most greenhouses need to be heated in winter, and they need a lot of care. It would be better to have a fully passive greenhouse that uses no energy AT ALL, not even a fan, and doesn’t have any moving parts that might break or need maintenance.
Mike Oehler’s ingenious design is close – he was able to get his tomatoes to grow in December in north idaho with zero energy. I talked to mike, shortly before he died, about some improvements. And since then I’ve come up with a couple more. Rolling all of these designs together, I think we can build a truly passive year round greenhouse in Montana.
The devious plot at this time is to video the whole process (the design, the build, the greywater system, and a winter of testing) so kickstarter supporters get a movie out of it. So waddya say: do you want us to try?
Thanks to my patreon peeps for pushing me into making videos again https://www.patreon.com/pwvids
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