Jean Pain Methods
by Michelle R.
(Abbotsford, BC, Canada)
Now first off, I have not tried this yet, but I am definitely going to try heating my future greenhouse this way, as where I'm moving to (near Edmonton in Alberta, Canada) it gets COLD in winter! I have been doing a lot of research on sustainable living & alternate energy lately & I came across the Jean Pain Method of producing heated water or air and methane bio-gas from brushwood-chip compost. Your site is my favorite permaculture site so far, I visit nearly every day & I have never seen any mention of this method on here. I thought that you may be interested in this, so here is an address to a youtube video about it.
Warning: it is not the best quality of video, but it gives the general idea. I plan to try to source my chips from the local municipality, as town/city crews do regular trimming around power lines and other such things, so I will be using a "waste" product to produce alternate energy. And apparently the finished compost is high in humus & great to use in dry areas to help retain soil moisture in the veggie gardens.
Hope you like the idea!
MEG: THANKS FOR SHARING MICHELLE. HIS BOOK IS ALSO AVAILABLE FREE TO DOWNLOAD HERE:
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