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Drafty, dry winter weather makes for slow proofs

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pumpkinpapa

Drafty, dry winter weather makes for slow proofs

I currently live in an old drafty farm house which in this cold winter weather is dry enough to dry salt in :) My last house was newer and less drafty and had a humidifier.

I've seen the proofing times rise dramatically and am trying to find ways to counter this. It's also tough to keep the temperature above  the 69 F or 20 C range too.

What methods have you found to lessen this kind of impact?

In the summer we swelter in humidity so that will be a completely different experience. 

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mountaindog

I hear ya, I just posted the same complaint last week, and we had a little discussion on building proofing boxes here about halfway down the thread, don't know if you caught that. Some neat ideas, I'm going to try the seedling mat with a cardboard box lid that I'll insulate with some old newspapers, as I don't have a cooler around that would work.

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pumpkinpapa

I missed this thread altogether. Darn dialup is so slow I miss things here and there.

 Thanks for the link too!