Note: Stocking Up 101 will return next weekend.
And, boy oh boy, is there ever a wealth of information on passive solar heaters.
In my less busy days, I bought the plans for this: Mother’s Heat Grabber. Unfortunately, though, I never got around to making it, in part because my neighbors had made me so self-conscious about doing anything. Long story, but …
… this was about the time I was planting trees out front at my old place. Mind you, I lived on pure rock, or so it seemed, and digging a hole deep enough for a tree required I use a hammer and stake. Now, just try sitting on the ground out front pounding away with a hammer and stake without attracting the attention of cowboys and bubbas and lay-abouts everywhere determined to stop you in your tracks. If it wasn’t “You shouldn’t be doing that, let me help you!,” it was the piling on of totally useless tools and advice, the worst being the post hole digger. Oh, yea, right, a 5’2″ female is going to bore right through a boulder with a post hole digger.
I swear, they about drove me crazy.
So perhaps it isn’t my lack of engineering expertise — more likely it was my fear of cowboy and bubba interference, and their determination to get me to stop doing whatever I was doing as quickly as possible because otherwise someone might expect them to do something.
But here: I have a privacy fence! Even better, I have relatively industrious neighbors!
Which means that, here, I can finally build my passive solar heater, unless, of course, I really am an engineering doofus!
In any case, there are plans for sale here. They were a mere $10 a few years ago and, hopefully, they still are reasonably priced.