Cold Storage Container -- thermostat

Cgull49(Z5a - Ottawa)September 28, 2005

I'm in the process of designing an insulated box which I can keep in my garage over the winter and in which I can place my tender bulbs, tubers,... - begonia, canna lily, gladiola,... I'm planning on placing a heating cable in the bottom of the box and installing some type of thermostat that will keep the temperature between 5 and 10 Celsius. Would any of you have any experience with this type of unit such that you could offer some advice on the type of thermostat to use. It has to be cheap and durable, ideally some type of bi-metal device. If you are aware of what might work best would you also know where I can purchase one?

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What about going to Canadian Tire and picking up some heat also could be called heat trace? It is a long warming cord that is actually wrapped around water pipes under mobile homes to keep them from freezing in the wintertime. It looks like a funny electrical cord that has a thermostat on it and actually is fairly inexpensive. When wrapped around the waterpipes it keeps the pipes just above the freezing point but still cool. We used one in the basement of our greenhouse/potting shed for years (to do just as you would like to do) until a cold storage area was built in our basement in the house.

    Bookmark   October 2, 2005 at 9:33AM
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Cgull49(Z5a - Ottawa)

Thanks for the suggestion. It sounds like it will fit my requirements to a tee.

    Bookmark   October 3, 2005 at 1:40PM
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Such an old post , let's add some value to it.

If one could run his cold water service through this insulated building he /she could pull some heat from the cold water and help to heat the building. The water would only flow when required for use in the house.

Another source of heat is the waste from refrigerators in the house. If you can put one of the freezers in the storage building you'll get some extra walking time in and you'll use the waste heat to heat the unit. Plus you might save on cooling for your frozen foods.

Think. Think think.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2009 at 12:19AM
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