collector solar -Aluminum Downspout Hot Air Solar Collector Construction

January 4, 2014 – 9:21 pm

** Detailed descriptions of the construction of two aluminum downspout hot solar collector streets. The original was built by me, Scott Davis, and works well, b … Video Rating: 4 / 5

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  1. 25 Responses to “collector solar -Aluminum Downspout Hot Air Solar Collector Construction”

  2. Who sells the vans you use?

    By Bradley Thibodeau on Jan 4, 2014

  3. That’s a brilliant way of collecting virtually free heating for your house,
    except if you live where i do, cold and almost always cloudy and rainy
    England! :) 

    By mel porter on Jan 4, 2014

  4. so your email group is simply solar@ ??

    By jonny pace on Jan 4, 2014

  5. yippee so easy for heat

    By Tim Miller on Jan 4, 2014

  6. Hello Scott, let me ask you how does it work out for you through the night?

    By Simon Gabor on Jan 4, 2014

  7. Solar is really cool! It’s nature friendly and free.

    By Solar Companies Gold Coast on Jan 5, 2014

  8. Yes, we average 22″ of snow a year here in MD. You could always come
    through your block. It’s a little more work to chisel it out for the PVC
    pipe, but you’ll likely get a better seal that way.

    By G. Scott Davis on Jan 5, 2014

  9. Awesome, enjoy!

    By G. Scott Davis on Jan 5, 2014

  10. The pumps for my hydronic system are powered by solar panels (120V AC using
    battery & inverter). With the necessary equipment, there isn’t so much
    savings on the electric as there is with space heating, but I wanted
    something in place that would continue to work in a power outage. The hot
    air systems are run on conventional AC.

    By G. Scott Davis on Jan 5, 2014

  11. The pumps for my hydronic system are powered by solar panels (120V AC using
    battery & inverter). With the necessary equipment, there isn’t so much
    savings on the electric as there is with space heating, but I wanted
    something in place that would continue to work in a power outage. The hot
    air systems are run on conventional AC.

    By G. Scott Davis on Jan 5, 2014

  12. I’ve been following these and the can heaters for years and am looking
    forward to building a hybrid system based on yours and the other you
    shared. Thanks for the informative video.

    By xtremefight on Jan 5, 2014

  13. The fans that you used as well as the other electrical components that you
    used in this projects, what are they powered by? Are they 12v DC? 110v AC?
    Are they on house power or solar power?

    By PreparedSurvival on Jan 5, 2014

  14. Excellent video, Scott–thanks! I’ve always wanted to build my own solar
    collector for the fun and the savings of it. This summer I bought a
    fair-sized quantity (maybe 100 feet) of the larger size new downspouting at
    an auction sale for $10.00 for all of it. I don’t usually buy stuff just to
    take up space, but that was too cheap to say no. It’s been sitting around
    waiting for something good to do with it, and now I know just what! Thanks
    again! :-)

    By 42lookc on Jan 5, 2014

  15. Hi! Thanks much for the great videos, really enjoying them! I have just a
    couple practical sort of questions. First, does it snow where you are? I
    live in southeast Canada, we get snow. A unit resting atop my window wells
    would disappear with the first snow! :) I assume it would be equally
    efficient mounted higher? Second, our residential code wouldn’t allow us to
    block basement windows. They’re considered important fire escape points.
    Any alternate suggestions? Thanks again!

    By Ngaire Genge on Jan 5, 2014

  16. Thanks for your kind words!

    By G. Scott Davis on Jan 5, 2014

  17. Great video, Scott! Thanks!

    By SailaSobriquet on Jan 5, 2014

  18. Hi Grezegorz. There are folks on the SimplySolar group experimenting with
    hybrid panels, attaching CPVC or copper pipe to the downspouts to heat
    fluid as well. You can use the fluid to heat your thermal storage tank and
    circulate your town water though it before it reaches your regular hot
    water heater. Please see my thermal storage tank video for details.

    By G. Scott Davis on Jan 5, 2014

  19. Sounds like a great project Norm. Please join our Simply Solar forum, share
    some pictures and tell us what develops in the Member Projects section!

    By G. Scott Davis on Jan 5, 2014

  20. Hi Grandpa Bill. Youtube won’t let me post links, but I can share if you
    join us on Simply solar. If you go to Pex Supply, you will find them there.
    They are only $6.00.

    By G. Scott Davis on Jan 5, 2014

  21. Hi Scott, TNX so much for this well done video !!! I wonder if this system
    would be good enough for a 24X 32 garage ??? TNX again Scott

    By orignalbuckaroo on Jan 5, 2014

  22. Hi Scott. Great videos thanks. I am in PA and just completed a collector
    that is mid way in size between yours and Scott Smith’s being 24×2 with
    four aluminium spouts using Scott Smith’s plenum design. I wish I had the
    entry / exits at the back panel as the collector adjusts 26 – 60 deg. What
    have you found to be the best air gap between spouts and glazing? I have
    used flex-o-pane for cost, which is really clear but either sucks in or
    out, depending on + or – fan. Spouts aren’t airtight I think.

    By huey216 on Jan 5, 2014

  23. @josephdupont I don’t recall the specs. Maybe 80 watts?

    By G. Scott Davis on Jan 5, 2014

  24. Well explained! (now we have to figure out how people not named Scott can
    build them :^) At first I was worried that you were pumping basement air
    into the living space and worried about radon gas. But just warming the
    basement and then letting the heat radiate up is a lovely, thrifty and safe
    move. Are there condensation issues? Also I’d be tempted to rotate the
    downspout materials 45 degrees (long axis) to present a corner to the sun
    (and any reflections into a neighboring downspout wall…

    By oxenpaul on Jan 5, 2014

  25. Scott, nice job on the low profile collector but if you’re worried about
    street appearance you might want to trim those weeds. Just sayin’.

    By blipco5 on Jan 5, 2014

  26. been looking at solar water heaters and your use of black down pipes really
    inspired me its so simple its almost genius. thanks for shareing.

    By fundude53 on Jan 5, 2014

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