browning barn

A couple of years ago, my folks retired. Pops ripped out the bottom of the barn on the old family farm, set up a woodshop, and got to work. Check out his stuff here. Nice, eh?

browning solar system

I’m pleased to say that Pops’s pots are now solar heated. With no urging from yours truly, he installed a radiant heat floor powered by a solar system on the south side of the barn. When the the thermostat senses a >10 ° heat differential between the outside air and the floor, it circulates ethylene glycol, in a closed loop system, through the solar collector and then through tubes embedded in the concrete floor. Now, the barn is a big space, and the roof is only insulated when there is hay in the mow above, but Pops reports that it works pretty well.

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