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Forum: Solar Heating 11-13-10, 09:11 PM
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Posted By bennelson
Not really any updates. This was more of a...

Not really any updates. This was more of a learning/practice/experience sort of thing.

The news is that I got a FREE SOLAR HEAT EXCHANGER TANK!

I'm sure I put up a thread about it here...
Forum: Solar Heating 04-14-10, 04:42 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 12,066
Posted By bennelson
In other recent experimenting... For a few...

In other recent experimenting...

For a few days, I ran a stainless steel 12V bilge pump to circulate water through the system. It was nice in that it was powerful enough to self-prime, but the...
Forum: Solar Heating 04-06-10, 12:43 PM
Replies: 20
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Posted By bennelson
http://ecoprojecteer.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/0...

http://ecoprojecteer.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/DSC_3632.jpg

Yesterday, I installed coiled-up copper pipe inside the steel water tank, and rigged it up to the solar hot water panel. After...
Forum: Solar Heating 04-05-10, 10:38 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 12,066
Posted By bennelson
Plasma Cutter sez: "Ha! Take that you steel water...

Plasma Cutter sez: "Ha! Take that you steel water tank!"
YouTube - Tank vs Plasma Cutter! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zuSpITCIRM)

After wresting with 60 feet of copper pipe, I managed to...
Forum: Solar Heating 04-04-10, 10:34 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 12,066
Posted By bennelson
The odd day or two that I have had decent sun, I...

The odd day or two that I have had decent sun, I got pretty good temperatures in the 55 gallon drum.

I also pulled a pump out of a junk pile and hooked it up. It's a much higher gallon-per-minute...
Forum: Solar Heating 03-23-10, 10:01 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 12,066
Posted By bennelson
Today, my solar hot water experimentation got a...

Today, my solar hot water experimentation got a 55 gallon upgrade. I know a guy who works for a company that uses plenty of 55 gallon drums, and he had a few from work. I zipped over to his house on...
Forum: Solar Heating 03-22-10, 08:02 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 12,066
Posted By bennelson
New video showing "box-of-water" heat exchanger! ...

New video showing "box-of-water" heat exchanger!

YouTube - Tub of Water Solar Heat Exchanger Experiment: Mar. 22, 2010 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRvxHA4AQbc)
Forum: Solar Heating 03-22-10, 11:12 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 12,066
Posted By bennelson
Decided on a solar tank.

Yesterday, some of the guys came over to help on my Diesel S10 conversion project. While they were here, I also showed them what I was doing in my solar experiments, what I had to work with, and what...
Forum: Solar Heating 03-19-10, 03:55 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 12,066
Posted By bennelson
I moved on to test the "box of water approach". ...

I moved on to test the "box of water approach".

I was able to get some really high temperatures going through the water panel with the copper pipe wrapped around the steel tank, but that actually...
Forum: Solar Heating 03-16-10, 06:07 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 12,066
Posted By bennelson
I got a chance to work on this project at little...

I got a chance to work on this project at little more.

Last night, I stopped at the store on the way home, and picked up a 60 foot roll of 3/8" soft copper pipe.
...
Forum: Solar Heating 03-16-10, 11:18 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 12,066
Posted By bennelson
A while ago, a neighbor had several item on the...

A while ago, a neighbor had several item on the curb, with a sign marked “Free”. Most of it was typical large junk, a projection TV, an old fridge, but was WAS appealing was a steel pressure tank in...
Forum: Solar Heating 02-24-10, 12:44 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 12,066
Posted By bennelson
If you have any specific recommendations for...

If you have any specific recommendations for parts, please let me know.

I already have a 4'x10' flat plate collector.

I have concerns about mineral build-up in flat-plate heat exchangers. (I...
Forum: Solar Heating 02-23-10, 10:02 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 12,066
Posted By bennelson
Ben's Heat Exchanger #2

Hi everyone,

Last summer I got to play around just a little bit with some solar hot water. I managed to build a tube-in-a-tube single-wall heat exchanger....
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