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Old 08-08-2014, 01:13 AM   #196
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And the final picture of the exterior.
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WOW! Very, very impressive!
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That is really nice, that was a lot of hard work and it shows, very impressive.
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And a few lovely orchids enjoying the new digs.
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Absolutely beautiful, they must be enjoying their new home.
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Old 08-14-2014, 12:00 PM   #201
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As promised, here is the breakdown of our costs. We did extensive customization to our GH for the orchids. The planned budget was ~$2500 and we went slightly over at $2924.24 (partially because we had to purchase some specialized tools).

Large Items:
HFGH 10'x12' kit with super coupon on sale - $603.05
Evaporative Cooler - $370.36
Exhaust Fan/Var Speed control/30% shade cloth - $290
50% shade cloth - $123.67
Firebrick - $127.55
Brick - $100
Safetylite concrete load - $70
Weather stripping - $60
Canlet lights - $34.65
Pea Gravel load - $30
Barrels - $30
Sink base - $30
Rocket Mass Book - $26.50
Rocket Mass plans - $20

Tools we had to purchase - $224.64 (metal shears, welder, grinder, hand tools for digging)
Tool Rental - $49.27 (Roto Hammer Drill)

Construction/plumbing/electrical materials - $734.55

Items we already had or scored for free
Refractory Cement 5 gallon bucket - free (if you had to purchase $75)
Romex Wire 200' - already had
Orbit Mister timer and system - already had
Various hoses - already had
Bread Tray shelves - already had
2 wire shelves - already had
1 x 4' T5 light - already had
1 x 4' T8 light - already had
Outlets and switch - already had
2 wire racks - free
curb alert brick urbanite - free

Considering that pro greenhouses start at $2K excluding labor/electrical/plumbing/heating/cooling, I think we did very well.

Edit to add: $3 for Schlage door handles from the Habitat Re-Store. Hubby had some nice oak that he custom cut with his router table, then polyurethane for waterproofing.

Then he found some screen in the attic and cut some custom drain screens for the watering system (after I clogged it with bark).

Total: $2927.24
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And some pics of orchids enjoying the GH.
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Considering what you have there Melissa, that's a real bargain.

Love those orchids!
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Hi Everyone! Been awhile since I posted. We have been enjoying the GH so much this summer. Now the fall weather is upon us and tonight is going to 33F.

So time to fire up the RMH! We scored some free wood that a neighborhood had stacked for city removal. Fired up the rocket mass heater today and it is happily burning away.

Right now it is 44F outside and the GH is 58F with humidity at 75%. We are running it pretty low so that we don't cook anything at night. We have a 12QT pot on the barrel filled 3/4 with water and it is steaming away.

The top of the RMH barrel is 300F. Hoping that the thermal mass is storing the heat. Going to set the alarm clock to check it every 2 hours tonight just to make sure since it is dropping to 33F.

Looking forward to a LOT lower utility bills this winter.

Also, here are a few photos of the nice orchids that have been blooming lately!
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A few more blooms to enjoy!
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Wow, absolutely beautiful, hope the heater works great for y'all, it is a light snow on this end of the state.
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There's always something just so very special about orchids, and yours are really gorgeous.

I have my fingers crossed for you that your RMH will do the trick. It's going to take a little time for the mass part to heat up anyway, so I doubt that you will need to do much except wait until tomorrow.

But please let us know how it managed on it's first night of operation.
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Hubby had to get up 3 times to restock the fire with wood, and it is running as well as expected with some of the green wood. We didn't have a lot of time to be picky and we got as much dry wood as possible. Today we will split some of the larger logs to find the cured wood.

I got up at 5:45 this am and went out to check it. Embers were still burning and the mass was about 65F (not too bad for a cold night on the first run). The backup heater had kicked on and the GH temp was 55F. I stoked the fire and put some 2x4 pine in it to really kick it on. Temps are up to 57F already.

The main chore today is to go back to that neighborhood stack and score a bunch of kindling. That is what really starts it fast. Newspaper is good, but the best starter is dried kindling. I would give this first "real world" test a B. The mass really needed to be warmer so that the RMH will draw faster. But that can only come with burning and priming and we can't burn it when it is warm outside.
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I can't remember if you have the bible by Ianto Evans, I seem to think you have.

The RMH burns best on very tiny kindling, dried red cedar being about the best. I think once you get the mass up to some kind of decent temperature that a short firing once a day should do the trick. By short, I mean maybe 2 - 3 hours.
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Hubby had to get up 3 times to restock the fire with wood, and it is running as well as expected with some of the green wood. We didn't have a lot of time to be picky and we got as much dry wood as possible. Today we will split some of the larger logs to find the cured wood.

I got up at 5:45 this am and went out to check it. Embers were still burning and the mass was about 65F (not too bad for a cold night on the first run). The backup heater had kicked on and the GH temp was 55F. I stoked the fire and put some 2x4 pine in it to really kick it on. Temps are up to 57F already.

The main chore today is to go back to that neighborhood stack and score a bunch of kindling. That is what really starts it fast. Newspaper is good, but the best starter is dried kindling. I would give this first "real world" test a B. The mass really needed to be warmer so that the RMH will draw faster. But that can only come with burning and priming and we can't burn it when it is warm outside.
Rip some small strips 4 or 5 foot long and let them self feed, might have to make a wire rack to keep them straight up. Might not work but it is a thought.

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