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deadcarp    Posted 02-21-2004 at 20:19:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
how much heat can one collect(and store)? What's the besy way to collect it? Well i've had time to set up a coupla "birdhouses" to tinker with and already they're acting independent. But if you always wondered how a particular roof material, wall covering or window arrangement would stack up against other ones - i have the foam boxes and curiosity to try it - give me a suggestion and let me know - see what we can do. :) I hope to start by comparing boxes and tinker til they act like twins, then leave one alone for a standard and just chop walls, change coverings, add glass and re-orient the other "building" to see how it does. Here's what i'm doing if you're interested.

Lazy Al    Posted 02-22-2004 at 05:36:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
DC the picture doesn't come up .I know there's a way of doing it . Like right click it and go to properties and do some thing with it but I don't know what to do with it after that to get it up .
I have been thinking for some time about a solar collector
the uses a dish , like one of those big dishes for TV and make it shinny so the sun would reflect off it back to a point and have water circulating at that point . It would have to follow the sun along all day to make it work . But it would be like a big magnify glass starting a fire .
What do ya think ?

deadcarp    Posted 02-22-2004 at 07:08:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
thanks for reminding me about the picture - old problem - when i built the page i used a picture from c:/My Documents instead of the http:/www.gomenahga one and sure enough, darn thing was showing me my own picture just like i told it. problem is, you guys dont have that picture in your files so you got zilch. should work now.

As to the collector, oh yeah they work and it wouldn't take a very big one either. my buddy once built something that followed the sun - it only had maybe a 2-ft long curved reflector (hyperbolic - looked like a shiny snow shovel scoop) and he hung a brass toilet tank float (vented) in the focal point to hold the water. every afternoon that thing would boil over and steam itself empty. he called it his coffeepot.
btw, the beam was too hot to hold your finger in -if you held a bookmatch on a wire in there, the match would light. :)

Salmoneye    Posted 02-22-2004 at 04:04:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
Heat storage in moist sand underground...

The site I have linked is getting pretty long, but in the journal this guy has pics and descriptions of his heat-sink under the house...

I have been following the onging construction of this place literally for years...

Pretty stinking kool...

deadcarp    Posted 02-22-2004 at 07:18:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
very interesting site - i looked at part of it and have a question: haven't the bigshots solved the power overflow issue in favor of inventors already? i understood that if you setup a system that made excess power and hooked it to the grid, they HAD TO give you retail credit for any power you provided, just like any provider. or is this guy in canada or somewhere?

Nope...    Posted 02-22-2004 at 07:31:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Not Canada and you are correct...To a point...

His 'issue' stems from some deal that his local CoOp has with 'dual fuel'...Some deal where he is getting special rates on what he uses to fire his 'boiler' specifically at an 'offpeak discretionary' time...Basically the CoOp would be running this guys boiler by remote control (radio signal) and the guy never knows when or if it is coming on during the day...

From what I understand that is the way they are getting (trying at least) around paying him the going rate of 6.8/kwh...

Should be a better update next week after he chats with them again...


bruce    Posted 02-21-2004 at 21:13:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
one of the best methods for storing heat is in the form of firewood. just light to release.

deadcarp    Posted 02-22-2004 at 07:26:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
yeah i guess - heh heh. well i do that now but i'm at the point where better walls or more insulation would make my place less cozier on less firewood and that sounds tempting to me. no, more than tempting - i want to live in a really cheap house that i can heat with a bic lighter and any more effort is a compromise. i mean this is the 21st century folks, we have hotrods crawling around mars now, is that too much to ask? :)

bruce    Posted 02-22-2004 at 11:11:20       [Reply]  [Send Email]
There is a site called earthship. homes are built from tires and cans with lots of native materials. lot of glass, with built in water ponds and planters. reminds me of a giant greenhouse with a good vent system. the one that got me looking is totally solar in western washington.

deadcarp-earthship?    Posted 02-22-2004 at 12:06:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
one of our occasional posters has an earthship - in colorado i think. oh who was that again?:)

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