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deadcarp    Posted 02-25-2004 at 04:53:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
i need box ideas - i made a matching pair of "birdhouse"-sized enclosures outa foam. only problem is, i intend to use them to monitor temperatures and they remind me of cheapie solar ovens. now solar ovens can boil water, if these things retain too much heat they'll probably melt and pop my thermometers. is there a handy way to vent the spare heat or should i make better boxes?

Lazy Al    Posted 02-25-2004 at 09:29:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
If you vent the spare heat don't the screw up your experiment .? I thought that's what your doing seeing how much it collects and loses

GM    Posted 02-25-2004 at 07:00:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Could you perhaps cover the boxes with reflective stuff so no heat absorbed? How about aluminum duct tape?

By the way, they stove guy said the coil stove gets about half the heat to the coils and radiates the rest, where the water jacket type gets almost all the heat to the water. The coil unit might actually be better for my basement application; if the power goes off it would insure no freezing pipes, etc. But for an outdoor stove, yeah the water jacket is the only way to go...

deadcarp    Posted 02-25-2004 at 08:49:19       [Reply]  [No Email]

"Could you perhaps cover the boxes with reflective stuff so no heat absorbed?" yeah that metal-faced foam might work - hmmmm.

"How about aluminum duct tape?" It'd take alot of it to cover the whole box but i do use duct tape to seal leaks.

"Stove?" yeah that makes sense - heat rises so ideally if you're gonna let it out, do it downstairs. btw, those units seem reasonable - they have one for about $1500 - heck mine cost $1000 and it's homemade! course that includes 2 pumps, storage tank & plumbing. I was comparing to about a $5000 store bought system. :)

Salmoneye    Posted 02-25-2004 at 04:56:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
And the 'boxes' are for monitoring temperatures of what again?

Did I miss the segue from tater-peeler to oven?...

Is your real name Rube Goldberg?

deadcarp    Posted 02-25-2004 at 08:38:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
"And the 'boxes' are for monitoring temperatures of what again?"Here's the scoop on the birdhouses

"Did I miss the segue from tater-peeler to oven?..."
Well no, the peeler is safely staying dry in the shed while i re-plan a new attack on the elusive spud. Basic design works.

"Is your real name Rube Goldberg?"
Probly should have been - my imagination just runs so much faster than my feet that i'm always thinking on future projects. Haven't even slowed down enough to recount or tally my projects but if i were a writer, the list might make me look prolific. Find i get alot more done if i just keep testing stuff.

I'll give you examples: You know those foot-long plastic hook-goodies in Home Depot that can help carry plywood? Well 30 years ago i invented some at weber aircraft and made a few from aluminum with wood grips. We used them to lug aluminum sheets around.

Over the years i've had a few projects in popular mechanics, mother earth news and those. One was a sailboat made from a single sheet of plywood. Another was hinged reflective shutter that insulated the window at nite and added reflected heat in daylite.

My next project? well probably a major improvement on an old one really - picture this: Nice sunny spring day so you open a window, slide this box into place and slam the window on it. (sorta like a window a/c) The sun warms the box, the box plugs the draft and starts circulating solar heat into the room. Free heat. What could be simpler?

Well Dang...    Posted 02-25-2004 at 08:58:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
I had no idea we were in the presence of greatness!

I am some impressed...

I hope you are making money at this good stuff! LOL


deadcarp    Posted 02-25-2004 at 09:41:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
well i did i guess. but since i'm retired i just give it away and try to help where i can. plus my marbles don't always tumble into the right slots anymore - this way i don't feel obligated to back up & chase the dam things.

Hey - wanna help me stud some golf cart tires this afternoon? then we'll fire it up and try chewing snow. :)

LOL    Posted 02-25-2004 at 10:50:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
That is my kind of fun...Wish I could come play, but I have to go sell some 'hardware' to offset some of the cost of my new pan...

Have a spin for me!


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