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deadcarp    Posted 11-17-2003 at 08:53:15       [Reply]  [No Email]

for those with hot water heat who want a cheap way to get hot water for the house too, here's a gizmo that will do it. pipe sizes could be different of course, but i know these fit each other, carry about the same amount of water as each other and recover quickly :)

RayP(MI)    Posted 11-18-2003 at 10:47:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
Brother-in-law has one of these setup on his water heater, and connected to his outside-the-house wood furnace. Says he always has plenty of hot water, and the electric water heater rarely comes on. Must be it works!

Willy-N    Posted 11-18-2003 at 07:57:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
I made a Solar Water Heater in California once. I made a well insulated box the tank went in. It had two doors to close when the sun went down. When they were open they formed a reflector to direct the sun into the tank sides (looked like a W). I had two layers of clear Lascolite material to allow the sun in but keep it warm in the box. Around the tank I took black hose and formed a spirl arount the tank to stire the water. I hooked into the drain and at the top and let Thermo Sypion do the rest. In a short day the water would get to 114 degs in the tank and allowed me to take a nice hot shower up in the mountians. I had the tank angled to I think 32 or 34 degs aimed at the best direction to get the most out of the suns rays during the arch of it's travel. Mark H.

nice set up    Posted 11-17-2003 at 10:34:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Do you have any info on a saddle tanks that stradle wood stoves? right now I have coils that rest just above our flu above the stove. they preheat water before it gets to the electric water heater. i'd like to build a bigger heat collector though- thanks d.c. Mike D.

deadcarp- saddle tanks    Posted 11-17-2003 at 16:55:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
no i don't know about saddle tanks sorry - other than my buddy at the greenhouse uses a homemade saddle tank over an oversized "barrel stove" so they must work.

when you think about heat, it's good to remember we're all sorta like candles, especially in the winter time. if we didn't move around much in still air, our body heat would try to sorta form a flame shape over us. of course same applies to stoves or any heat source. so with carefully controled air flow under a saddle, you could steer and capture a good share of whatever's radiating. and it doesn't have to be fussy to help - sounds silly but wearing a stocking cap will keep your feet warmer. :)

even with a dry heating system i've seen house water heated by coils around stovepipes, copper tubing running thru a hot air duct, all kindsa ways. my buddy once heated his california pool by circulating the water thru a coil of plastic pipe laying in the sun on his garage roof. that water got hot as the water heater too. just remember to leave a stack open somewhere in case it boils over. unless you want to play with steam. everything helps :)

- good ideas all    Posted 11-17-2003 at 17:02:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
i especially like the idea of the coil around the flu. got some coiled copper here and may try that yet this winter. got to get some wood in first though. thanks dc- mike d.

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