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Hi all,im planning my new greenhouse(site,base,size etc).
Was looking on ebay earlier and kept seeing `tube`heaters suitable for greenhouses,and were surprisingly reasonable at £14-£19.
Has anyone had any expierience with these?
Im going to be getting a 6x4 greenhouse,so wanting to keep the costs of heating it to a minimum.
Thanks guys and gals.
My Brother in Law had a 20 foot by Ten foot greenhouse and used tube heaters in winter on thermostats. As the price of electricity rose he had to lower the thermostat and wrap the house with thick bubble wrap, in the end he switched off the Tubes and used two fan heater on frost guard. As it was his part time business he had to have at least frost guard.
If you are using the green house for just a few over winter plants the best way is to make a tent of bubble wrap away from the door and put a frost guard fan heater in which is what I normally do, a heated sand bed with bubble wrap curtains takes care of early seeds, shelves above that take care of young plants, heat rises.
Heating a greenhouse by any means is costly, Paraffin and gas cause condensation, electricity is expensive hence my fan heater with frost guard, it works out cheapest of an expensive lot. It also helps to blanket individual plants.
Ive also being looking on you tube at the tea light and terracotta method.
I used to heat my greenhouses with hot water pipes from coal or oil fired boilers but that is certainly a thing of the past these days
If you have electric ( and again mindful of the cost ), a hot bed using soil warming cables can be cost effective if you want to raise seedlings early in the year.
You can construct on a bench or you can use this method on a bottom bed. To make it more effective, your g/h needs to be well insulated. Your cable also needs to be thermostatically controlled. It can be a handy alternative to electric propagators and in most instances, you would only be using it for the same period.
It really all depends on what you are going to keep in the greenhouse over winter. If it is just to provide early heat for seeds, then a heated bed with a soil warming cable is cheap to run. You can build a tent with bubble wrap over it to keep it even warmer or cover the seedings at night with fleece, If it is to over winter large tender plants, then a fan heater with a frost setting as earlier suggested, would be good.
I keep quite alot of fairly tender things overwinter in my cool greenhouse - and electric heater with 'frost' setting does the trick, and costs very little to run.
Paraffin is fine but generates as much water as it uses use fuel, i.e a gallon of paraffin makes a gallon of water to condense all over the plants, windows etc., which is why I stopped using that. Tea lights and terra cotta are fine if you are prepared to go to the greenhouse 2 or 3 times a day every day - the one night you miss will be the hard frost that bites things.
I read on you tube that you could get secondhand wax for literally pennies,and people were making there own candles by filling food tins with the secondhand wax and a wick and on average they burnt for 40 hours!