I’m Paul Wheaton and this is my ninth kickstarter. I’m bonkers about experiments -- experiments with rocket mass heaters, experiments with replacing irrigation with permaculture, experiments with round wood timber framing, and experiments with annualized thermal inertia.
I shared an idea with my podcast listeners and it seems that a LOT of people want me to shift my priorities and do this experiment NOW! So much so that they are waving fistfuls of cash in my general direction. [. . . Wait--are those singles?]
The idea starts with how greywater systems will not work in our Montana winters. But a small greenhouse could fix that! The problem is that most greenhouses need to be heated in winter, and they need a lot of care. It would be better to have a fully passive greenhouse that uses no energy AT ALL, not even a fan, and doesn’t have any moving parts that might break or need maintenance.
Mike Oehler’s ingenious design is close - he was able to get his tomatoes to grow in December in north idaho with zero energy. I talked to mike, shortly before he died, about some improvements. And since then I’ve come up with a couple more. Rolling all of these designs together, I think we can build a truly passive year round greenhouse in Montana.
The devious plot at this time is to video the whole process (the design, the build, the greywater system, and a winter of testing) so kickstarter supporters get a movie out of it. So waddya say: do you want us to try?
paul wheaton wrote: Who here has read my book about doing a kickstarter?
paul wheaton wrote: I think we will be asking for $15,000.
paul wheaton wrote:If you are thinking of supporting the kickstarter, feel free to reply to this thread saying so. Right now it is good for me to get a clear understanding of what is working and what isn't.
Kerry Rodgers wrote: (P.S. The KS eBook draft is pretty awesome.)
Beth Johnson wrote:How much do you project the greenhouse will cost in materials (just curious to see if it would be something I could afford to do).
Bummer but I understand.
paul wheaton wrote:I think this kickstarter will be 100% digital - so nothing printed and nothing shipped.
I am hoping that we get something worked out with kyle to provide the plans.
Lif Strand wrote:Please, PLEASE offer printed (or at least text/photo PDF) versions of your videos and other info. [snip] Thanks!
Is it just me, or are you too generous at the dollar level?
it just warms me to the bone
Timothy Markus wrote:I'm in. Does streaming mean no down-loading to watch later?