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Clod    Posted 11-22-2003 at 18:16:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Look in pictures galler for water heater by Clod from Tx..This guy who made my floppy of the drawing did someting right,It is there..Now for more improved drawings..But that one works if you try it.


Bob/Ont    Posted 11-22-2003 at 18:35:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Clod, if you have to use a Genset to power your house there are lots of ways to scavenge the waste heat and make it a total energy system. One way would be to mount the radiator in an air duct and blow heating air through it instead of a furnace. The exhaust could be sent through a heatexchanger to heat water too. You could cool the engine with a heatexchanger heating water instead of a radiator heating air for the house but you need a big tank in case you aren't using the hotwater fast enough.
Later Bob


deadcarp    Posted 11-23-2003 at 08:20:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
ya kinda lost me with that heat-exchanger part. "The exhaust could be sent through a heatexchanger to heat water too. You could cool the engine with a heatexchanger heating water instead of a radiator heating air for the house but you need a big tank in case you aren't using the hotwater fast enough." huh? sorry, i'm kinda dense today :)


one thing i wanted to mention though - if there's any chance that the water in a pipe will get hotter than boiling, be careful using copper pipe. my cousin heats his potable water from a tank right by the stove in his hot-air furnace. well, after it boiled over a couple times, (the popoff valve released the steam pressure) the copper pipe he used is now annealed and sags quite a bit. it's still holding water but needs
a few more pipe straps. or better yet, get that thin stuff away from the heat source. :)



Bob/Ont    Posted 11-23-2003 at 17:43:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
DC, a heat exchanger is a real efficient device that works like the pipe in a pipe I believe you posted recently. They are usually used to cool oil with coolant in the engine. Engine oil and transmission oil. They are a big housing oil goes through and have a bunch of small tubes inside the water goes through. They are known as oil coolers too. You can use then to heat or cool any liquid with another. My grandfather had a "water front" in the kitchen cook stove years ago. The day my uncle was going into the army a neighbour came in to get a ride up there too. Grandfather said to him, go sit by the stove and warm up a bit, he had walked a mile or more in the cold. He said no I'm okay over here. The next thing they knew the stove exploded, he would have had a time explaining that to the army on his first day.
Later Bob


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