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Tip: Old night storage heater bricks & Greenhouses - IanPotter - 05-01-2012 04:41 PM
Not sure if this is entirely 'Concen' material, but I came across a great tip yesterday and I wanted to share it with you.
Old night storage bricks, placed in a greenhouse during the day, will help maintain the temperature at night! Simple eh?
Other bricks would work too, but night storage heater bricks are full of metal (and very heavy) so they'll work best.
For the deluxe installation, get a small solar panel and a length of ducting (from an old tumble dryer or vacuum cleaner etc) and an old 'puter fan.
Link them all up and use them to blow hot air from the top of the ghouse down onto the bricks during the day; then at night reverse the polarity to circulate the warm air surrounding the bricks around the ghouse.
Of course, you'll also need battery charging circuitry to do the night time thing, but even without that, it's still extremely smart imo.
(I actually had the full parts list lying around, including a ghouse, so you can see why I liked the idea immediately).
Hope someone finds that useful.
RE: Tip: Old night storage heater bricks & Greenhouses - ToddTraf - 05-01-2012 05:43 PM
I've been using black buckets or painted black and filled with water. Put them anywhere in your greenhouse you can find space.
Why arn't you trading seeds IanPotter?
RE: Tip: Old night storage heater bricks & Greenhouses - IanPotter - 05-01-2012 05:49 PM
Not been playing on the forums for some time Todd. Am very much up for a trade though. Is there a UK thread should I look at?
(Excellent tip for the night storage heater brick deprived BTW. I'm lucky, my house was full of the damned things when I moved in. Now it's much colder, but I'm not quite as broke!)
RE: Tip: Old night storage heater bricks & Greenhouses - ToddTraf - 05-01-2012 06:22 PM
(05-01-2012 05:49 PM)IanPotter Wrote: Am very much up for a trade though. Is there a UK thread should I look at?
No we're worldwide. I am currently awaiting a package from Europe. Tell your friends and post a list.
RE: Tip: Old night storage heater bricks & Greenhouses - IanPotter - 05-01-2012 06:43 PM
I'll check it out now. Thanks.