Nice one Aus hadn't thought of that one. Not sure of the diameter of the pipework or how the network of drainage pipe covers the ground. I would have thought this winter was an opporunity for budding inventors to come up with a simple cost efective way to maintain an above freezing pitch temperature. See you on Dragons Den then Aussie!
Hi Pete, I had the idea of pushing warm water up the outlet of the drainage system and suggested it to Rob Stanley( stadium manager ), he told me it couldn`t work because of the gauge of the outlet and you`d never get a pump big enough, I disgussed it with various others as well and they said that the pipes under the soil, not being high pressure or joined well enough to handle that kind of pressure, would just burst anyway. When I read the earlier post about anyone having any ideas I had a re-think and came up with the tunnel heater idea, this wouldn`t require high pressure pipes and joins and we could make a cone to adapt the tunnel heater to the outlet pipe thus shoving some warmth up it. I will speak to Rob about this latest idea soon and see what he thinks. The pipes under the soil run across the pitch and are about a foot and a half to two feet down so they would act as warm air radiators warming the soil as the heat rose, as it does! I wouldn`t have thought it was Dragons Den material but it might help the club and it would be a lot cheaper than having undersoil heating installed, a local company called Right Air that Mr.Birchell of Birchell Marine used to own( he might still do but I don`t know) makes these heaters for massive greenhouses to grow crops out of season, I used to work there and build them, one of these natural gas powered devices would be plenty warm enough and cheap enough to run, if they can justify the price in the flower growing industry then I can`t see it being a huge cost. Hope that helps!
I have arranged to go with some friends of the green variety (plus a Wolves supporter) to see Argyle v Notts County on Tuesday.
I can vouch for Stefano’s attendance yesterday at the Theatre of Greens (now don’t you leave them on the side of your plate, will you?) after he tapped me on the shoulder as I was on my way to the gents. It was a pleasure to chat briefly and I hope Stefano enjoyed what was a decent mid-table League One game. Evenly-contested in the first-half and just a shame – in my biased opinion – that Notts weren’t quite strong enough to finish them off in the second-half. Mind you, as Argyle headed nowhere during much of the second-half, it was still sufficient to produce some pretty witless comments from those around us. There must be an extra Janner chromosome in the genetic make-up of a fair percentage of the local populace and its’ product, I must confess, rarely fails to bring a smile to my face (bless ‘em!).
Indeed, it was a roundabout route to Home Park yesterday as I was offered a lift by someone who wanted to run part of the coast path on the way. I declined the offer of doing likewise and contented myself with a cup of coffee at Bigbury waiting for the Burgh Island tide. I just about made it over-and-back before we headed in thickening fog towards Plymouth. It would have been a pisser had the match been fogged off and I fear – given the conditions on the A38 – there probably wasn’t much golf at Wrangaton yesterday.