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Pyramid Greenhouses

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posted on Jul, 22 2008 @ 10:54 AM
I've found a few, small, claimed to be pyramid greenhouses, but they are more TeePee than pyramidal.
Angles are too steep, six panels instead of four etc.

A greenhouse would be a nice addition to my gardening endeavors and one of the nice parts is, we have quite a bit of 1" square steel tubing.
Lightly rusted, but that's no big deal.
Grind it clean where it will be welded, power sand the flat surfaces and either leave it as is or paint it with a rust converting paint like POR-15.

Since the sticks of square steel tubing are 20' long, cutting them in half and building a 10' x 10' base would be a doable deal.
Granted, the room at bench height - 36" or so - would leave you with an area of about 5' + and there would be enough room to run some small experiments over the winter.

Thinking is, the upper half could be sheeted in Lexan - trade name for polycarbonate plastic - which is similar to plexiglass, but considerably stronger and resistant to ultraviolet rays.

Fwiw, I have Lexan windwings on my 32 roadster and after about ten years of use they are quite clear and still look like new.

Venting the pyramid would be easily accomplished with a simple manual window opening device.

Aside fom all that, other than the novelty value and keeping in mind all the stories about what happens to things in a pyramidal structure it looks like a pyramid shaped greenhouse could be advantageous over a square or rectangular one.

A true north orientation would be easy to accomplish in my yard.

Not sure where I'd find the time to build one, but it strikes me as an interesting experiment.

posted on Jul, 22 2008 @ 11:13 AM

mind all the stories about what happens to things in a pyramidal structure

Mythical unfortunately, easy tested and found to be without basis -but they do look nice.

posted on Jul, 22 2008 @ 11:16 AM
You sure Hanslune?

Maybe it'll produce pyramidal watermelons...

posted on Jul, 22 2008 @ 11:40 AM
reply to post by merka

Yeah very sure on that one but the pyramid shaoed watermelons would be nice-.The Japanese tried or did develop ones that were kinda squarish to improve/decrease the cost of shipment.

posted on Jul, 22 2008 @ 11:48 AM
reply to post by Hanslune

Does that mean I have to toss out my pyramid hat? I do remember all the outrageous claims made on the pyramid power. You are correct as they do look cool.

posted on Jul, 22 2008 @ 11:59 AM
Yeah it was a crazy fad.

posted on Jul, 22 2008 @ 12:08 PM
Yeah Polycarbonate is the way to go for the entire structure.

I've been thinking of setting one up to test out a new method of growing strawberries that supposedly get a yield of 32 pints per square foot per year.

Domes are the ideal structure for Greenhouses btw. Pyramids limit usable cubic footage in the greenhouse. Don't think 2 dimensional. Though with PolyC. I'd just make a Box. Yeah it's boring but it works.

[edit on 22-7-2008 by sardion2000]

posted on Jul, 22 2008 @ 12:17 PM
Make a box with a pyramid on top!

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