Our back deck is receiving a makeover. 🙂 A very BIG makeover. 😀
I’ve been tossing up the idea of passive solar greenhouses for quite some time. I love the concept and how they help to keep a house warmer in winter and cooler in summer as well as creating an area to push the seasons or growing zones somewhat. Our back deck is only narrow, about 120-140cm wide but it is wide enough to be able to help keep the heat in or out… IF it was enclosed in glass.
The prospect of this was a rather expensive one but thanks to a wonderful friend Tinkerbelle, we have been able to do it on the cheap. Tink hooked us up to a friend of hers who works in demolition and who has allowed us to go in and remove windows and doors (amongst many other wonderful things – more on that later) from houses marked for demolition. We have scored 4 louvre windows, several sliding windows and a 3 panel sliding glass door set which, with a little work from a mate, will enclose our deck into a passive solar greenhouse area. The back deck faces nearly directly north so it gets the full flood of any sun and, even in winter I anticipate it should be quite a lovely warm space to enjoy. I’ll make sure it stays warm enough though as I’m building a rocket mass heater out there too. 😀
I’ll post more about the rocket stove as it comes together but here is a link that will outline an awful lot about what they are and how they work. Basically they are ultra efficient stoves that combust a lot more of their fuel. They run on twigs and kindling and for a tiny amount of fuel they run very hot. They can be used to heat hot water, to cook on, to heat benches and houses and are a wonderful way to heat small houses or spaces. I’m sure they would work well in larger spaces too. 🙂
Anyway, there will be more updates and photos to come as things come together. 🙂