A Tutorial On How To Heating With Water: An inexpensive and low tech solution

Heater with pot of water above itIt’s snowy outside and the temperature is 0ºC and falling.  We are living in an insulated room, in our barn, for the winter.  This summer we will build a cabin in the forest and install a wood stove but for now we manage to heat with a small, flameless, catalytic heater used normally in RVs.  It is good but costly to use.  We don’t want to risk the fire hazard of installing a wood stove in our 100 year old barn, so we do what we can to improve our heating system without spending too much money or going on the grid. Heating air is very inefficient.   Heating masses such as water is far better.  The warmed masses retain heat for a far longer period of time than air and emit a healthy, radiant heat. In order to capture and store as much as possible from the heater, we built a stand to hold a pot of about three gallons of water over the heater.  Heat rises and we realized that a lot of the heat is trapped over our heads near the ceiling.  In order to capture the “lost heat” near the ceiling and store it, we placed gallons of water no further than 10 feet away from our heat source on the upper shelves around the room.  It seems to work. It’s now easier to warm up the room and it stays warm longer.

BBQ grill on heater to support pot


Recycled containers near ceiling filled with water


About thegreenlifefarm

The Green Life Farm welcomes people who are on a path toward sustainability, increased environmental consciousness and mindfulness. We are 80% food self sufficient, off the grid for lighting, have reduced our wastes by 90% and have become more and more producers instead of consumers. The Green Life Farm is a place to meet kindred spirits and experience how it could be to reconnect with people and nature. Our farm is always open to visitors interested in alternative energy, living, thinking, building, husbandry, forestry, cooking and farming. In summer, our place is open to campers. Our names are: Bonnie and Sylvain. Calling 902-665-2084 is best because we are not online, thegreenlifefarm@gmail.com, every day. You are welcome to bring your pet. Be ready to use an outhouse! All visits include harvesting (even in winter), preparing and sharing a meal…and good discussions
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