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December update on aquaponics system. Still harvesting veggies.

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Comment by Richard Kowalski on February 7, 2014 at 12:04pm

Thank You for your response.

Unfortunately, my greenhouse is a single sheet of plastic. It is sealed well. I would'nt know how to insulate properly. I have been monitoring the outside verses the inside temperature. At this point, with no grow beds or fish tank water, the inside and outside temps are basically the same at night. Around 1 PM, the inside temp of the greenhouse is 80 degrees. If I could only capture that heat and release it at night. Thats why I think a large body of water would do the trick to store temperature for a while. Its a learning experience.

Comment by Tom Helmers on February 7, 2014 at 11:10am

What I would change with this system is to run the exhaust of the RTMH under the raft bed to warm the water.  The 55 gallon drum gets about 800 deg. F, so with a fan, that keeps the air above freezing.  When we get to single digit temperatures, I have to use a propane stove.

Comment by Richard Kowalski on February 7, 2014 at 9:25am

Mr. Helmer,

Thanks for posting this video.

I am a new Aquapon in growing region 7A. I built my 12 X 12 greenhouse and am in the process of building the grow beds. My plan is to run the greenhouse year round. I am planning to Raise Rainbow Trout because I can get them from a local fish hatchery and they can take the cold.

It gets quite cold here in NY and I see that you are using a rocket stove for heat. I am thinking of using the same technology. How do you have the rocket stove set up? I was thinking of running the exhaust pipe through a 55 gallon drum filled with water because water will hold the heat a long time. I am still in the design faze. Any tips?

Thanks,

Rich K

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