Matt wrote: ↑Mon Apr 19, 2021 6:08 pm
ChefDean wrote:Looking at the rendering, what was that on the back? Solar panels?
That's the evaporative cooling system.
How's that going to work in the middle of a Missouri summer at 3,754% humidity?
Matt wrote: ↑Mon Apr 19, 2021 6:08 pmWe're not installing any solar panels initially, but I do have it in the back of my mind to consider in the future. We do have a lot of open space on a south-facing hill on the farm, so there is the possibility to harness quite a bit of power from the sun. I'd love to talk with you about it when/if we're together this summer to work on the greenhouse.
We'll chat. There are benefits galore, but a lot to consider. Cost, efficiency, output, any tax advantages, power company cooperation, etc. Some states, at the behest of electric companies, are making it harder to get residential solar.
Matt wrote: ↑Mon Apr 19, 2021 6:08 pmI think the big thing to think about, more than cost of the move, is the overall weight of the plants we have. Thankfully most of them are potted in long-fiber sphagnum, which doesn't weigh all that much. But I've started expanding my Sarracenia collection again and potting some flytraps in the peat-based mix with silica sand which is heavy. I'm concerned that the overall weight of the collection might surpass what's allowed in those U-Haul (or similar) vehicles. I'll have to get a good guess as to the overall weight and check what the limitations on those trucks are. We'll also probably have to stop at weight stations along the way, I guess. Mike Wang moved his entire huge Sarracenia collection this summer, which is WAY bigger than our collection of plants, and he's been giving me some details about how he pulled it off. So I'm already thinking about it. I just need to sit down sometime soon and formulate a full plan for the move.
You're correct that weight will be a big factor, but securing "loose" cargo into a big box is another story. If I remember my figures correctly from my trucker days, as long as the vehicle is under 26,000 lbs, even towing a trailer under 10,000 lbs, doesn't have air brakes, you're transporting your own property, you don't need to worry about weigh stations as it does not qualify as a commercial vehicle. However, some states still require all big vehicles, even U-Haul rentals, to stop at weigh stations, but rarely chase them down if they bypass. But most dual axle trucks (typical U-Haul or equivalent rental) have a GVRW of 20K lbs, so they usually get ignored by ports of entry.
Another thing to consider, weather. The shortest path is across Wyoming and Nebraska, which, although early in the winter season, can get ugly quick and close the Interstate for days with temps well below freezing, especially across Wyoming, and rental trucks don't usually have reefers.
Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes the reason is that I make bad decisions.