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Beverage can Solar heater panels

Discussion in 'Off Grid Living' started by BAT1, Mar 9, 2011.

  1. BAT1

    BAT1 Cowboys know no fear

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  2. mommyof5

    mommyof5 Monkey+

    That is the coolest invention I have seen in a while! I wonder how much it costs to make one? Would make a great small business if there isn't some stupid government regulation in the way.
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  3. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    That's actually pretty cool. It is a nice idea since it fully compliments additional solar/wind powered homes and would even be a great idea for all the other colonial energy hogs.
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  4. mommyof5

    mommyof5 Monkey+

    Here is another video about making one.
    YouTube - SOLAR HEATER
    Turns out my Dad is making one! He is about 1/2 done.
    I will have to get pictures from him (I want to see it!) And find out how much it cost him.
  5. VisuTrac

    VisuTrac Ваша мать носит военные ботинки Site Supporter+++

    I didn't watch the vid but it looks like the design for Cansolar out of canada. Advertised and discussed a lot in mother earth and other such mags.
  6. Nadja

    Nadja RIP 3-11-2013 Forum Leader

    I looked at these quite a bit. He sells them for upwards of $2,000.00 but they seem to work pretty well. I thought about making them from copper pipe, as they would be much easier to work with, and also I think much more efficient in the long run.
  7. hank2222

    hank2222 Monkey++

    I was thinking the same thing with the copper pipe set up with 12.volt fan system to move the area air around the place if it was beening used inside a building ..The only problem i see is how to get the whole thing tamper proof without alot of mods to it and the mount to keep someone from trying to steal it ..
  8. farmboyJD

    farmboyJD Monkey+

    I believe the advantage of aluminum over copper is the speed of heat transfer, aluminum being much faster
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  9. Nadja

    Nadja RIP 3-11-2013 Forum Leader

    My way of thinking ,was to first get it all soldered together, then painting it all flat black , before putting the glass over the top. Whould be a pretty warm system. I can't work with aluminum like I can copper.
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  10. BTPost

    BTPost Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    The difference in prices of basic materials, should lead most to the Aluminum Cans over ANY copper based system. Aluminum Cans can be had for free to very cheap. Copper is going thru the roof, just like most SMP and PMs. The cans do NOT have to be soldered or welded together, they just have to be sealed, end to end, in an air tight tube. This can be accomplished with a Silicone Sealer. In this configuration, each can becomes a Air Heating Chamber. A small 12 Vdc Brushless DC Fan can be used to put a small positive pressure into the Cold Side header, which will move plenty of BTUs collected into the heated area.
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