Real Dream Workshops: Making hydro with Otto Bloemen

Are you planning to build a new farm workshop? How will you power and heat it? Do you want a crane?

In episode 3 of Real Dream Workshops, Peter Johnson visits his neighbour Otto Bloemen at Lucan, Ontario-based OJB Industries. Bloeman tells Johnson how he set out to build a cost-effective wood-frame building with high insulation value. Then inside the 24-foot-high shop he added a separate crane structure, which eliminated the need for a steel building.

Bloemen took the same innovative approach to heating the building. He generates his own hydro using a natural gas generator. It costs $1,300 a month to produce the power required to operate and heat the shop – or about 9 cents per kilowatt hour.


If you have some cool features in your workshop, let Peter Johnson know. We may visit your shop and feature you in the series. Connect with him on Twitter: @WheatPete or via email: [email protected]

Check out: Real Dream Workshops, Ep. 1 — Shawn Schill

Johnson will also be presenting a mash-up of all the great ideas and insights from the series at the SouthWest Agricultural Conference at Ridgetown College, Jan. 3 and 4, 2018. Don’t miss it.

Check out: Real Dream Workshops, Ep. 2 — Barry and Tyler McBlain

 

Bernard Tobin

Bernard Tobin is Real Agriculture's Ontario Field Editor. AgBern was raised on a dairy farm near St. John's, Newfoundland. For the past two decades, he has specialized in agricultural communications. A Ryerson University journalism grad, he kicked off his career with a seven-year stint as Managing Editor and Field Editor for Farm and Country magazine. He has received six Canadian Farm Writers' Federation awards for journalism excellence. He's also worked for two of Canada's leading agricultural communications firms, providing public relations, branding and strategic marketing. Bern also works for Guelph-based Synthesis Agri-Food Network and talks the Real Dirt on Farming.

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