Heating a coop w/ no electric- (make your own solar)

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Marli, May 8, 2007.

  1. Marli

    Marli New Egg

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    I'm sure there must be a lot of folks who don't have the luxury of electricity running to their coop, and therefore may worry about heating.

    I have NEVER used this, but I thought with all the construction-creative people on this board, someone might be interested in it.

    Make a solar powered heater


    If anyone does do it, let me know how it goes!
     
  2. 2mnypets

    2mnypets Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is an awesome idea Marli. Thanks for seeing it and deciding to post it here. I see another DIY project underway. Will definetely let my hubby know. Might even just do it myself. [​IMG]
     
  3. suburbanhomesteader

    suburbanhomesteader Chillin' With My Peeps

    Speaking of solar, this was my post on April 18th:

    If you have enough sunlight for solar and all you need the power for is to warm the house, you could try a couple of passive solar ideas.

    1) Windows or twin- or triple-walled greenhouse plastic on the south side

    2) A trombe wall or other collection point. I used 1 gallon milk jugs, painted black, to act as solar absorbers. The smaller absorbers will heat up faster than a large volume of water (once I used black 55 gallon drums which worked great if we had sun every other day. However, in Indiana, it wasn't uncommon to have a several day stretch of cloudy weather.

    3) Another passive collection technique is called a "heat grabber" by Mother Earth News. I built a couple of these for my house this winter, and they made a HUGE difference:

    http://www.motherearthnews.com/Green-Home-Building/1977-09-01/Mothers-Heat-Grabber.aspx

    http://www.jrwhipple.com/sr/solheater.html

    Also, remember that the chickens will generate their own heat, so if the sheltered area is tight enough and insulated enough, they will help themselves. I read that one chicken generates 1 BTU!

    A very interesting book about keeping chickens in a greenhouse-like environment is Solviva

    Hope this helps!
     
    Last edited: May 8, 2007
  4. erinm

    erinm Posting For A change

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    Marli,

    Are there more detailed directions for the solar heater? Are all of the cans connected by pipe? Thanks erinm.
     

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