solar heater -Solar Heaters

September 30, 2013 – 3:22 pm

** This is my attempt to lower my heating bill for the winter months. On a sunny winter day my oven will not turn on because these panels produce a lot of … Video Rating: 5 / 5

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  1. 25 Responses to “solar heater -Solar Heaters”

  2. use another form of heating this is just to supplement heating in the day time

    By StrangeMushroomMagic on Sep 30, 2013

  3. but what do you do at night in the winter?

    By Steve Martin on Sep 30, 2013

  4. I’ve been thinking the same thing. It would be very easy to install copper or pex pipe into these heaters to heat air and water at the same time!

    By sc3re on Sep 30, 2013

  5. When the heaters kick on they will hold the temp in the room at around 69 degrees. I used aluminum trim to cover the wood box exteriors. Thanks for the comment!

    By sc3re on Sep 30, 2013

  6. I used 1/4″ plexy glass for my heaters. Some people cover there heaters in the summer time but I haven’t and they’ve been just fine. Thanks for the comment!

    By sc3re on Sep 30, 2013

  7. Two questions: 1) Is that double pane glass, single pane glass or some sort of acrylic that is exposed to the outside?

    2) If you simply turn off the fan that blows air into the house, how do you keep the heat from building up so fast that it doesn’t crack the glass? I’m considering using old patio doors for mine but a friend made one and when his fan went out the heat buildup cracked the double pane glass.

    By ThatEnergyGuy on Sep 30, 2013

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    By Frissen alistar on Sep 30, 2013

  10. Hi Jim,
    The fans have louvers that close when the fan turns off.
    This stops the air flow.
    In the summer time I have a switch that turns off the fans.
    Thanks for the comment!

    By sc3re on Sep 30, 2013

  11. Hey man,

    I am seriously planning to make one of these solar heaters asap and would love to know your basic building plan for constructing yours…looks great.

    I hear 1 X 8 stock and downspouts. My main question is, how do the gutters connect inside? Any help will be greatly appreciated.

    Also, do you have a source for the mini solar panel and fan?

    By Aaron Oberst on Sep 30, 2013

  12. I am from Northern MI ( near Mac bridge) will this work in the northern parts? also what was the cost of these? can you also list everything ( ok, i am a girl) its just eaiser for me to go buy it all and get final goal is to live off grid and have no monthly costs on most things… thanks

    By TheFrugalArtist1 on Sep 30, 2013

  13. What has been done to address:

    Closing up at night to prevent entrance of cold air from the outside via the in and out ducts in the south facing walls?

    Closing up during summer to prevent entrance of hot air into the house via the in and out ducts in the south facing walls?

    By Jim Crawford on Sep 30, 2013

  14. I love how you made it so clean looking to fit the outside of your house. Nice job on the quality work. So much better looking then soda cans.

    By Nielubie on Sep 30, 2013

  15. I’m building my heater on the weekends and finally switched to the down spout because the cans kept pissing me off. My paint is very glossy, I’m thinking I need to grab some flat black and re-paint the spouts this weekend. Hope I can finish before it starts warming up and the heater stops kicking in. Ah well, it will be ready for next year.

    By Gilbs2211 on Sep 30, 2013

  16. looks great! whats the average temp in the rooms with vents installed in the winter given a couple hours of good sun? also your heater looks nice and tidy , what did you use to encase and finish off the out side of the heaters??

    By troyanddave1177 on Sep 30, 2013

  17. Very nice , I built 2 of them and they work great ! I will be also adding a third one on the roof.

    By Pierre Coutu on Sep 30, 2013

  18. Thanks for posting this. Nice work!

    By ksnax on Sep 30, 2013

  19. Yes, the air can flow freely from the bottom to the top.
    Thanks for the comment !

    By sc3re on Oct 1, 2013

  20. great work !! i was wondering how you connect your downsputs at each end??? is your air zigzagging throuogh ech pipe or is air random through all from bottom to top?????

    By angel4usu2 on Oct 1, 2013

  21. I have had the same thoughts myself. There is no reason why you couldn’t build two systems in one.Heating air is great, but when the sun goes down your heat is gone. When you heat water, you have thermal mass in the water. That thermal mass will hold the heat well into the night.

    By sc3re on Oct 1, 2013

  22. I wouldn’t change a thing. One of the fans stopped working. With natural convection the heat still comes in as if the fan still worked. I love the sun !

    By sc3re on Oct 1, 2013

  23. Sounds great. Post a video when you get them done.

    By sc3re on Oct 1, 2013

  24. Thanks, I think I want to build a combo unit to heat water too. If I ever get to it I’ll post a video

    By DJMovit on Oct 1, 2013

  25. On the little heater I used 6 inch pipe to go inside the house. So I made the headers 6 inches to match. I noticed most people use 4 inch pipe when building these units. I like the extra air flow. On the larger units the downspouts come in 10 foot lengths. So I just cut them in half. That’s why the header and footer are so large. It doesn’t seem to affect the way the heater works. Thanks for the comment !

    By sc3re on Oct 1, 2013

  26. Why is the header and footer so large? Just wondering??? Your’s seems to be the first I have seen that big. Looks great by the way, impressive

    By DJMovit on Oct 1, 2013

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