If we had sun every day in the winter we could probably get away without any heat source whatsoever. I don't think its possible for the main living area to get below 55F...unless a door were left open of course. We easily keep the main room in the mid-upper 60s with the wood-fired oven. We just got done with -25F wind chills and the greenhouse stayed in the 40s at night. The radiant floor heat setup coming off of the oven works well too. After a few hours, the back hallway floor heats up to the mid 70s and sometimes into the low 80s - warming the East end of the Ship.
Our tomato plant is about 2 months away from becoming a "perennial tomato plant."
|Our banana tree finally flowered and began growing bananas!|
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We use the oven as much as possible....toasting, boiling, baking, frying, dehydrating, etc. We had a $200 propane bill our first year and this should help lower that.
In other related news, Courtney is pregnant! This is how we finished our last bedroom for a future nursery, with a raised-plaster sun, pallet-wood wall, and yellow, orange, and red bottles on the hallway wall:
|And the Starry Night room, plastered and painted|