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Anybody know some?

Little bit Farm

-- Little Bit Farm (, August 04, 2003


We have lots of oak trees so our way of heating will be with a wood stove. Otherwise, I won't get to have a winter greenhouse this year. We don't get a lot of severe cold but we'd need heat. Do you know how to find a good stove especially at this time of year? Thank you, Nita

-- Nita Holstine (, August 04, 2003.

a pit greenhouse retains up to 50 % more heat passively

-- Jay Blair in N. AL (, August 04, 2003.

There are many ways to passively heat a greenhouse, with wood as a backup. Like Jay said, pit helps. Large rock masses hold a great deal of heat for nighttime and means less babysitting of the fire is needed. I have been studying permaculture and plan to keep rabbits and worm beds and some chickens in my greenhouse. Chickens generate a great deal of heat, as do rabbits. The worms will compost everything and can be kept below the rabbit hutches. There are also a great many old stainless steel dairy bulk tanks floating around and that water mass would also retain heat and catfish can be kept in them and the bottom water can be used to water the plants.

-- diane (, August 05, 2003.

I built a "pit" greenhouse above ground by building 3 foot deep SFG beds around the outside out of scrap lumber, landscape timbers and landscape plastic as a liner. I used t posts as reinforcing. this insulates the greenhouse and puts th SFG garden in close range of the seedling house, garden supplies and water. 8 by 20 pit greenhouse and 15 square SFG garden in less than 400 sq feet of yard. The woman I built it for loves it and even put a patio table in it. She also painted "Dutch theme " scenes on the exposed wood of the boxes. I am planning on putting 4 here as I get enough bricks built to make the SFGs.

-- Jay Blair in N. AL (, August 05, 2003.

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