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DIY Greenhouse Heater

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Here i wanted to share a simple greenhouse heater that i made for my terrace garden. I live in Ankara,Turkey and i have a big terrace garden. Winters are really cold and not all my plants are suitable for such freezing temperatures as low as -20 celsius so i transfer some of my plants to my small greenhouse during winter months but still some couldn't survive some harsh winters. I made a simple heating system lately and using it successfully for the last 3 years. Photos are self explanatory and here is the list of needed things:
- a suitable box. i am using a plastic kitchen enclosure box which i covered with thin polystrene plates and packaging tape.
- a cheap aquarium heater. i am using a 100w thermostatic one.
- some metres of flexible irrigation pipe.
- a small pond fountain pump.
- a timer socket. (optional)
- 5liters of windshield wiper fluid. (optional)

Just place the thermostatic heater and the pump inside the box and fill it with the heating fluid until it reaches over the pump intake. plug one end of the irrigation pipe to the exit nozzle of the pump and place the pipe as you wish, make sure it covers all the plant area. let the end of the pipe come back inside the box from an opening and let the pump circulate the fluid. I plugged both the heater and pump to a timer socket inside the house and set the timer to activate the heating system at midnight for 7hrs until dawn. I dont use the system during daytime because the sunlight is heating the greenhouse during the day. so the system is automatic. I am using the special wiper fluid instead of tap water because i found out that this fluid is conserving  the heat better than water. you can use simple tap water instead. I am also using an insulated  plastic box instead of  a metal can because this fluid interacts with metal box and the heating fluid is contaminated during long winter months... to maintain a good circulation, keep the pipe as short as possible and more or less at the same level with the container box... my little pump can circulate 5-8 liters of fluid through 10meters of pipe easily...
borsaci06 (author) 1 year ago
unfortunately you cant use solar power for this project. you may power the pump with solar energy if you can find a 12v dc water pump but its not possible to power the heater with solar energy. you have to have big solar panels and and other sophisticated electronics for that purpose. i already have solar energy at my terrace. a 20watts panel, pwm charger and 12v7amp leadacid battery powers some led lightning during night hours at my house. the panels you have seen on internet are experimental toy panels not suitable for serious jobs.
mlatch1 year ago
I found some small solar panels online
http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?partnumber=320-158&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=pla
Do you think it could be made to run off solar energy? It would have to store the energy so I can run it at night…I have a small plot at my community garden and have little space in my apartment to start seeds and was hoping to rig something to start them in the plot by building a pvc frame covered in plastic and a small solar heater as I don't think there is access to outlets.
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