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  1. Paula
    Paula says:

    To elaborate on the Indian hot water geyser system: I have lived in Canada since 1975, but when I went to India as a little girl, I noticed my relatives would heat water on their stoves for bathing. When I went back in the 1990s, I noticed that in homes in the big cities and in hotels they had what is known as a geyser. It is a water heating unit that hangs on the bathroom wall. It looks like a little tank and you need to push a button to get the unit to start heating the water. After 5-10 minutes the water is hot and can flow through the faucet. By 2010 even good budget hotels had the geyser system, but in the more expensive hotels hot water was piped in from outside the bathroom, as it is in North America.

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  2. Stefania
    Stefania says:

    Hi Robin, thanks for this website- there is a lot of great info here!
    I have wanted a cold room at home for quite a while now, mainly to store veggies over the winter. Our wood stove is in the basement, which makes a cold room there an unlikely prospect, not to mention I have read about mold problems in basement cold rooms in modern, well-insulated homes. So I have been considering building a cold room in the garage, and I’m wondering if you have any thoughts or experience in this area. I read your article about putting a freezer in an enclosed slightly warmer section of the garage – could you combine a cold storage room with that idea, using the waste heat from the freezer to keep the rest of the sectioned off area a bit warmer? The goal would be to have an area that keeps veggies just above freezing for long storage. Thanks!

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    • Robin
      Robin says:

      Is there a way to separate the woodstove area of the basement from the coldroom area?
      My parents have a fully insulated (and very large) cottage with a woodstove in the main area of the basement. One room is separated – the workroom – and they routinely store excess food in that room in insulated picnic coolers, including lettuce, other vegetables and fruits, milk and eggs, and so on. The room has a thermostat set to 5C (41F) so it’s just marginally warmer than a refrigerator, as long as the outdoor temperature stays below that.
      The problem with combining a freezer with a cold room in the garage, using the waste heat from the freezer, is that when it is hot the freezer works hard to pump heat out, which will warm your cold room, but when it’s really cold the freezer has little or no work to do, which means your cold room will get colder. I don’t know of a way to jig things up so that you get the right temperature in both the freezer and the coldroom regardless of outdoor temperature, using that kind of setup.

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