Articles in Heating / Cooling

The Kachelofen - Efficient and Beautiful European Home Heaters Have Been Made For Centuries
The kachelofen (German, meaning tile stove) has been in use for centuries and some very ornate examples can be seen in museums and castles. In Sweden, Finland, Russia and other countries of northern Europe, similar masonry or tile stoves were called by different names. The kachelofen heater has th...
25 Ways To Keep Warm Without Turning Up The Heat
Keeping warm without heating can be a tricky challenge. As colder weather begins to make itself felt in various parts of the world, it’s important to find ways to keep warm without heating. Many of the methods in this helpful tutorial will walk you through tactics that can keep you toasty...
3 DIY Rocket Stove Videos - Try Your Hand At Making One
Design 1 Build a Rocket Stove Step-by-Step. Building a rocket stove is quick and easy. You will need one #10 can and four small cans (soup, corn, beans, etc.). Seeing how to build a rocket stove is much easier then explaining the process in writing. I recommend watching the video and commenting if y...
7 Ways Homes Kept Cool Before The Age Of Air Conditioning
Image: Green Connections via CC  The modern air conditioner was invented only in the 1920s, and it didn’t become a common home feature until the latter half of the 20th century. But, while some of us might wonder how our grandparents survived hot and steamy summers, the fact is thos...
A New Brunswick man says his heating bills are decreasing thanks to a solar furnace that cost him $300 to build.
A Fredericton-area man (New Brunswick Canada) says his heating bills are decreasing thanks to a solar furnace that cost him $300 to build.   Randy Buchanan, of Lower St. Mary's, modified plans he found online to build the heating unit from soda cans, aluminum eavestrough downspouts and a...
Ben's Natural Building - A Rocket Mass Sauna
Saturday, February 16, 2013 Building a Rocket Stove Sauna: Earth Sky Time Farm   See u there guys!     Earth Sky Time is a community-based organic farm in the beautiful, wooded foothills of the Taconic mountains, just outside of Manchest...
Build Awesome Rocket Heater Using A Can, Some Sawdust, And Some Mud!
Make one of these great heaters, then get back to me and tell me how long yours lasts!   Click the Tell Your Story Button Top Right!...
Curvaceous Brick House uses passive cooling and local materials in India
Mumbai-based iStudio Architecture completed Brick House, a curvaceous and organic structure that looks like the picture-perfect yoga retreat. Located in rural Wada near Mumbai, India, the 2,500-square-foot house was constructed from locally sourced materials like brick, stone, wood, bamboo, and ferr...
DIY Air Conditioner To Keep Cool In Summertime
Homemade Air Conditioner that costs almost nothing to make, cools excellently and costs a fraction to run (costs the same as to run a fan)! **Just brought to my attention by Jerry Czarski .. Dry Ice evaporates as carbon dioxide and can suffocate a person. DO NOT TRY DRY ICE! OR DO AT YOUR OWN RISK!!...
Earth Tube Natural Heating And Cooling Process
Author:  Simon Pereira, www.homeintheearth.com Earth Tubes are basically tubes or ducts buried in the earth for the purpose of exchanging heat between the air in the tubes and the earth.  They are often referred to as “Earth Air Heat Exchangers” (EAHX) or “Air-G...
Earth Tubes: Low Tech, Super Low Energy
Brian Jonas at Greenline, the great sustainability blog from Ziger/Snead Architects, shows a great picture of an earth tube being installed at the Aldo Leopold Legacy Center. Earth tubes are the dead-simple way of bringing fresh air into a building at a reasonable temperature- just ru...
I Dream Of A Rocket Mass Heater This Winter.....41 Fantastic Views
There's nothing better in the winter than knowing you can heat your home for two or three days of residual heat off nothing more than a handfull of twigs.   This first fantastic design by Jon Santiago  http://jonalejandro.com , builder in collaboration with Julian Irust...
In-ground refrigeration - no electricity required
Dutch designer Floris Schoonderbeek, has created the Ground Fridge, an underground cool storage solution, for Dutch brand Weltevree. Watch a video of the designer talking about the Ground Fridge – here The designer’s description Modern houses are often built without a basement wh...
It's Cold Outside! How Well Does A Clay Pot Heater Work?
We have all seen this clay pot heater idea cycling around for about a year or two, and it has been tried by many.  This is a great video that shows a decent setup, and gives a great idea of just how effective it can be without actually sitting in front of one to feel the heat coming off of it.&...
Rocket Mass Heater by Radek Stastnyā€ˇ
It is an18cm batch box rocket /7.2m2 ISA/ So I've been asked about the materials list for this stove and about the performance of this particular heater. Today, after the stove has been completely dried out, we filled the stove full and now I have some numbers to share. List of the ...
Setting Up A Portable Wood Stove For Cabin Use
In the past, I found myself buying a metal 55 gallon drum barrel, and making a wood burning stove from it.  You can spend about $45 on a door and leg conversion kit, plus a bunch of money on the pipe.  It looks like an off-season blowout on Amazon on these things for about $70 bucks with s...
This Is One Of The Most Efficient Ways To Heat Your Home Ever Designed! Come Learn How And Save Money....
(Page 1 of 2) I grew up in the mountains of California, and had two fireplaces in the home.  Both were stone with a heatilator in the top.  They were supposed to be more efficient that way.  One day Dad installed a wood burning stove that protruded out onto the base in order to bring ...
Under The Floors: Wisdom Of The Ancients
When along comes old man winter, we think about how good our gloves are, and whether they will be wet after going out in the snow.  On a 28 degree day outside, it's not so bad, but if you're freezing in a Minnesota -30 Farenheight, a little bit of moisture makes all the difference in whether or...