solar air heaters -DIY Pop Can Solar Air Heater – 170 Degrees and Mobile

February 1, 2013 – 3:24 am

DIY Solar Air Heater Can Pop ** – 170 degrees and Mobile. Indoor 60 may battery of solar heating, designed to heat a 10 ‘x 12′ room. For an update on how to build a manifold better without milk (which I use) please look at: His website – – is highly recommended. Video Rating: 4 / 5

NMSU ** Professor Thomas Jenkins shows a simple solar air heater, which fits in a space window. Natural circulation occurs when cold air enters the room device and heated air flows into the room. Video Rating: 4 / 5

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  1. 21 Responses to “solar air heaters -DIY Pop Can Solar Air Heater – 170 Degrees and Mobile”

  2. Was using earphones and when that music came on I about passed out.

    By Bill Deitrick on Feb 1, 2013

  3. Indoor unit absorb sun light that has entered the room already. Isn’t it the case that much of the sunlight that enters a room absorbed by the room? It may be that an indoor unit slightly increases how much is absorbed.

    It it up to you to determine if it is worth the extra effort.

    By dtvgmedia on Feb 1, 2013

  4. @davehq1-another idea would be to run sand-filled copper tubing through the cans, then cover the glass with window film that allows heat to enter but not escape. This will make the unit take longer to cool down.

    By MyBestSiteEver on Feb 1, 2013

  5. Nice looking solar heater. hope it works good for you . If you have good sun threw the windows put some flat black or just dark objects in the sun light it wil help to heat the house more , its free heat !

    Again nice Video
    David at solarcells101 dot com

    By SOLARCELLS101 on Feb 1, 2013

  6. Thanks for the kind words Renee! You can also refer to the comment above about avoiding pop cans all together (as I do now). Aluminum screening material is safer and just as effective. Thanks again for your intesest. Dave

    By davehq1 on Feb 1, 2013

  7. I saw a guy in another video use a beer cozier to steady the can and add a little bit of safety when he drilled the bottoms out.
    Thanks so much for the video. It is an inspiration. Excellent job in explaining your process. I saved it as a favorite. I appreciate the time you took to teach us all. Thank you.

    By Renee Rosensteel on Feb 1, 2013

  8. Unfortunately, they do not. They will also not work if the sun’s not out. There will be some early evening residual heat from these units , but it quickly disappears. At night, I wear Artic Shield insulated cold weather clothing, burn wood in a Winter Warm fireplace insert, and/or use a low wattage Optimus space heater (400 watts at the low setting – and I keep it close). That said, I’m always looking for new ideas.

    By davehq1 on Feb 1, 2013

  9. I have a question on these type of heaters and I’m sorry if it’s already been covered. Do these type of heaters still work at night? I wouldn’t think so but that thought prevented me from getting some supplies until I got it answered. Thanks…

    By MrRandal505 on Feb 1, 2013

  10. You do get quite a bit of heat through south facing windows alone, but with the collector’s fan recirculating warm air, I think you’ll get more. It’s not an exact science (IMHO). Each application will have individual results.

    By davehq1 on Feb 1, 2013

  11. Dave I have one question. You say indoor use. Don’t you get the same amount of energy through the window whether or not you use this collector? I mean doesn’t the room heat the same if you use this or not?

    By farmrdave on Feb 1, 2013

  12. Thanks for your interest! It doesn’t matter which way the cans face. However, I now build heaters without cans using aluminum screening material (not fiberglass – it melts) stapled to a wood frame. Easier to build and at least as effective. Cans do not produce more heat! Please watch the video mentioned in my updated video description above for building instructions. I also switched to Suntuff with the compatible wavy wood strips instead of glass or plexiglass for the front covering.

    By davehq1 on Feb 1, 2013

  13. which way should the cans be facing? big hole up or little hole up? or does it matter?

    By reptillian03 on Feb 1, 2013

  14. Nice video

    By Animeabe on Feb 1, 2013

  15. Two things I like about this :
    - It proves it can be done horizontaly without too much heat loss (in fact, 170f seems to be the average)
    - It’s indoor; NO CLEANING and no snow removal! –> This is an issue for us in Canada ;)

    Thank you so much!

    By Louis Horvath on Feb 1, 2013

  16. california might not be good for this idea, but freezing cans filled with water would make for easy safe and fast drill press work, allowing you to drill both ends quickly

    By zohanthecat on Feb 1, 2013

  17. Well done mate ! Love the music too, I started marching around the lounge room.

    By TheBrendanxyz on Feb 1, 2013

  18. Nice Job!!

    By watcherjohnny on Feb 1, 2013

  19. Thanks for the kind words Ken! I just watched all your heater videos, and I certainly learned alot! You got fantastic results from your excellent big outdoor unit!! I’m going to build one soon using your ideas: angling toward the sun (I also found this out) ,fiberglass foil backed insulation, round duct insulation, compression fitting the cans, the window box hook-up (no wall holes) and a 3″ space between the plexi and the cans (no warping) Great idea! Thanks Again! Dave

    By davehq1 on Feb 1, 2013


    By DON351W on Feb 1, 2013

  21. I just came across this video…. I was wondering if the glass thickness mattered at all? Thanks for sharing!

    By Paul Haase on Feb 1, 2013

  22. Excellent, I love ur work.

    By Chirag Ahjolia on Feb 1, 2013

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