So with the greenhouse structure built, it was time to start working on the inside. Zach and Dave have been doing a lot of research on benches, temperature control, lighting, and watering systems, while Nemo has been designing the very important manifold for the radiant heat in the floor, and anywhere else we need heat. We wanted to make the space as efficient and easy to use as possible. But first, we had to find materials.
Earlier this spring it was decided that we were going to build a greenhouse. We had originally planned to just build a hoophouse. But after deciding to try to heat the greenhouse with our wood boiler as well as doing a lot of research, we realized that a hoophouse just wasn’t going to cut it for many of the plans we had. It also would not be as strong or as efficient as a kit model greenhouse. A hoophouse would have taken care of some of our needs but not all. So as it turned out, we needed a real greenhouse. Not just any greenhouse. A really kickass greenhouse.
We’ve had a couple of bad storms these past few weeks. Wind, rain, sleet, snow, you name it. As a result, we had a few huge oak trees fall in some of our wooded areas. So we called up our friend and professional logger, John Lambert to help us take care of the fallen trees and surrounding dead trees. We’ve put together some photos and videos demonstrating how to properly select a tree for cutting, dropping the tree and cutting the tree for firewood. Dave, Nemo and Zach are pretty good at falling trees but John is a professional logger and is very good at what he does. Logging is more of an art than a science or chore. Please don’t try this at home, leave it to the professionals.
So we decided that our first project would be to install a wood boiler. This way we’ll be able to heat the house, hot water, and greenhouse with wood instead of burning oil or gas. Unlike oil or gas , wood is a renewable and cheap/free resource. We got plenty of it, and haven’t had to chop down a live tree yet, only standing dead ones. The boiler burns wood slowly and very efficiently using a natural draft system, and it doesn’t release large amounts of carbon dioxide into the environment like most heating systems do.