Water Heater Done…

Now all I need is the glass, which to be safe is a 2-man job.


This should exactly double the output, which basically means I can get 1.5 big buckets of hot water instead of 3/4 of one – and that’s enough for dishwashing AND a bath any time the sun’s shining. Luxury!

Right now the temperature is dependent on both the sun and the wind, so I’m very interested to see how much more dependable it gets when the cover’s on.

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5 Responses to Water Heater Done…

  1. Ben says:

    I’m anxious to see what the difference will really be. I have zero practical experience with thermal solar systems, but I’m predicting that the difference will be huge. Right now that nice collector box is doing nothing for you, except to contain the hose.

  2. Joe Wooten says:

    Get a usable water heater to use as a tank with a small 12 volt pump used to circulate the water from the tank to the collector and back.

  3. Joel says:

    Yeah, that’s the only way I’ll ever have hot water when the sun isn’t shining. But this is an incremental project.

  4. Robert says:

    Nice, Joel! Next, a spa!
    I used my sun oven once when car camping. A warm water wash was decadent. Being fuel-free was liberating.

  5. TK421a says:

    Good job Joel. I hope the solar heater works as well as planned. BTW, Joe Wooten’s idea for a small hot water tank is a good one. If you do manage to get a water heater tank, don’t forget to get some thermal wrap to insulate the tank. That will help keep the water hotter longer.

To the stake with the heretic!