Cold weather insulation and an update on the air purifiers.

Mom wants to start insulating the chicken house.While Mom was looking at some of the foam insulating panel at first. We are going to try out some reflective sort of insulation to start with on the chicken shed.  We want a bit of insulation, but what we are more interested in is eliminating any drafts. We bought a few rolls of a “radiant barrier” type product via Home depot.  The product is basically 2 layers of bubble wrap encased in a reflective cover and has about an R-6 rating on exposed walls.  We don’t expect the shed to become warm but we hope that the insulation will reflect out heat in summer and retain heat inside the shed in winter.  All of the reviews seem to think this insulated roll is great as a moisture barrier as well as a good insulator for summer and winter.  This is a small test project for on insulation, we can always add more insulation once  the basic barrier is up on the walls.

I added a new doggie door and caulked around the seams indoors and out. There is just a bit of cool air coming through if it is breezy but over all things are much better. I just bought a 4×6 throw rug with a rubberized type backing  on the back porch entry way, and I can’t believe how much difference that rug made cutting down the cold from the entry area.  I always thought it was the doggie door that caused the cold (draft) feeling, but it seems the tile floor laid almost directly on concrete acts like a huge stone radiating out the cold in winter. I don’t think the previous owners of the house spent a lot of money on insulation and making sure all those air gaps are filled or using caulk to finish up the add- on to the house.  Mom and I got the plastic up on windows but the dollar store plastic window tape sucks. I bought a roll of the Frost King tape $2.68 at Home Depot and we are going to re tape the windows. Now the dollar store window plastic seems to work very well and holds up to the heat of the hair dryer when the tape holds the plastic in place. My back up plan is to buy extras of the Frost King tape and the dollar store plastic for next year.  I really like the idea of  building interior storm windows, but that will take a bit of time as well as some trial and error, as my carpentry skills are rudimentary at best.

On how the Holmes  air purifiers and smokeless ashtrays are working out.  One of the three air purifiers seems to have a bit of rattle/noise. It is not bad I just move one of the quiet purifiers to Mom’s room and set the “noisy” air purifier in the computer room.  I don’t think even the  noisy air purifier is all that loud.  While I’m a smoker I have to say I think even my sniffer is coming back and my sinuses are starting to clear up.  A few small room air purifiers can make such a big difference in such a short time in my home that has a smoker.  Those little air purifiers seem to make a great difference  in “quality of life” for those that suffer from smoke, smog, asthma or allergies. I want to add a true HEPA filter around February or March of next year to see how well the air purifiers handle spring time allergens.

Firewood indoors: I have noticed the new firewood (fir) leaks sap when stacked close to the fireplace. The apple and elm did not leak out sap so I was not prepared for this bit about the new wood.  I bought a small log bin $19.95  from True Value that holds the logs and all sap and pitch will leak on the “bin” rather than stove’s  expensive stone pad.  I ran all of the out door grills through an oven cleaning cycle and it got a bit smokier than I anticipated.  Great news the air purifiers and the vent did a good job clearing out the smoke in the house , plus the oven and grills are all clean.


3 Responses to Cold weather insulation and an update on the air purifiers.

  1. Your chickens will peck insulation. The vapor barrier will keep the chickens’ moisture inside their home, creating a dangerous situation. Keep the drafts out below and leave a breathing space at the top where moisture can dissipate outdoors. It should be open to the outdoors, yet covered to keep raccoons and such from entering. They can keep themselves warm if there is no draft low in the coop. They do need to be protected from precipitation. So, no rain or snow should come in the coop. Chickens are not as fragile as you think. And, they do not need barriers from the summer heat other than maybe a fan or somewhere for shade and lots of water.

  2. S.Lynn says:

    Wow! That is an awesome idea-run your outside grills in the oven cleaning cycle. Thanks! And PP is right, the chickens will peck the insulation. Maybe insulate the ceiling? My stupid chickens are still roosting outside. I put up a heat lamp above their roost. They seem to be happy.

    • Jamie says:

      Practical: SW Idaho is High desert so it tends to be cold and dry in winter and hot and dry in summer. The shed has a vent for air flow and we have another sliding glass window for air flow. Mom will add some ply sheets if the birds peck at the insulation.

      You might be correct but we won’t know until we test it out.

      I’m just the worker bee Mom is the leader on the insulating of the chicken shed.

      S. Lynn: You might want to scrape some of the big stuff off the grills before running them through the oven clean cycle. That should cut down on the smoke!

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