Joan M. Wood


Modern day agricultural methods have made todays farmers dependent upon fossil fuels to maintain their productivity. This paper addresses one aspect of the problem -- the heating of animal shelters. In particular, the solar heating of a broiler grow-out house, where temperatures of up to 95°F must be maintained, is discussed.

A detailed analysis of a solar heated broiler grow-out house that has been operating for over a year will be presented. The solar system provided 47% of the heat required to grow 22,000 chickens. The system utilizes a 3,200 ft.2 integrated rock absorption and storage collector. An economic analysis of the solar system which cost $6,600 shows that it has a payback period of 5 years. Another circulating hot air collector has been designed and its design, construction and operation will be discussed.

Meeting Name

4th Annual UMR-DNR Conference on Energy (1977: Oct. 11-13, Rolla, MO)

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings


Solar & Wind

Document Version

Final Version

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© 1977 University of Missouri--Rolla, All rights reserved.

Publication Date

13 Oct 1977