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15 gallons of frost protection

15 gallons of frost protection


I was waiting in line today at Tractor Supply with a 50 pound bag of chick feed on my shoulder when I noticed for the first time how they sell disposable hand warmers that last 10 hours. That got me to thinking about how much heat might be captured from something like that with a 5 gallon bucket covering it?

We don't need that level of protection tonight, but it might come in handy if a sudden ice age reared its cold shoulders.

I guess the only way to know would be to test and measure the temperature, but it might work as a last ditch effort to save an outdoor plant if it got more than 10 degrees lower than freezing.



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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.



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mark, remember those k rations heat packs that is a alwsome idea thats my boy mom roseanell

Comment by roseanell Tue Apr 27 22:35:50 2010

mark, remember those k rations heat packs that is a alwsome idea thats my boy mom roseanell

Comment by roseanell Tue Apr 27 22:36:59 2010
The frost last night was quite light, so we didn't need them, and I'm hoping it's the last one of the year. I'm not counting on it, though!
Comment by anna Wed Apr 28 08:50:45 2010





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