solor heater -Homemade “Steel Can” Solar Air Heater! DIY – STEEL CAN Air Heater! (140F+) – EASY Instructions!

June 24, 2014 – 12:22 pm

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  1. 25 Responses to “solor heater -Homemade “Steel Can” Solar Air Heater! DIY – STEEL CAN Air Heater! (140F+) – EASY Instructions!”

  2. why would use use steel? that doesn’t make any sense 

    By Derek Dickerson on Jun 24, 2014

  3. Whats powering the computer fan?

    By Harley Rider on Jun 24, 2014

  4. 6:33 “cable?” Hose clamp.

    By 43527Mark on Jun 24, 2014

  5. great Idea. too bad I live in the rainy pacific northwest :( 

    By kaizer soze on Jun 24, 2014

  6. Nice job and it is something that those less confident or precise can still
    get a decent result out of. I would have like to have seen you weather
    proof it a bit more though and perhaps let us know what it can produce heat
    wise in cold but bright weather or even cold and cloudy weather. Also how
    large a room could that keep warm with that size panel?

    By presterjohn71 on Jun 24, 2014

  7. Don’t you need direct sunlight? I live north facing, so I don’t think it
    will work. Only have north windows.

    By Believe on Jun 24, 2014

  8. Awesome idea but some improvements might be to use aluminum cans as they
    transfer heat much faster than steel and to insulate your exhaust pipe to
    reduce loss of heat before it enters your home. But thanks for sharing!!!

    By Alan Lawyer on Jun 24, 2014

  9. These kinda technology should come pre installed in every house so people
    who are not as smart as you are can save money.

    By Affan Khan on Jun 24, 2014

  10. You could hook one of these up to a close dyer & cycle the drum using a
    bicycle for drying clothes or make a clothes dryer setup with an old metal
    drum, 2×4 frame & a pair of rollers hooked to a pulley system ran by a
    bicycle or small motor powered by a solar panel & battery. Awesome idea,
    only issue is it wouldn’t work well in my area as it’s cloudy about 75%+ of
    the fall/winter/spring, but still great for days when its sunny.

    By ShallNot B. Infringed on Jun 24, 2014

  11. Great video. What kind of backing did you use to replace the cardboard
    with? Also, did you say that you use calk or sealant to glue the glass to
    the frame?

    By truthbknwn on Jun 24, 2014

  12. I would fix it to where something smaller to fit through the window,instead
    of this round floor drain . Shop Vac Floor Nozzle
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/370967005640?lpid=82

    By Gen Clark on Jun 24, 2014

  13. Hi I am in the process of making one, out of soda cans. I think that
    instead of making holes in the bottoms of the cans, it is better to equip
    yourself in a can opener, and simply cut the bottoms off as well
    (surprisingly, two can openers that I have tried, worked very well on coke
    cans, too, I was able to remove tops and bottoms with a little practice).
    These holes you drill don’t seem to provide too much of an airflow,
    methinks.

    By michbushi on Jun 24, 2014

  14. I also live in the northern hemisphere, but I still want to try this..

    By Glenn Hough on Jun 24, 2014

  15. genius. thanks for sharing

    By Display Name Display Name on Jun 24, 2014

  16. I’m looking at this all fascinated but all I can think every time he talks
    is *Get in the Car Wade*

    By Kevin Antonio Smith on Jun 24, 2014

  17. These work.

    If you have the height and sun exposure, a tall column of 10 ft or more
    provides enough convection to eliminate the need for a fan…so long as the
    room you are venting it into is leaky enough to let out the cool air. Or a
    small solar panel and fan help. Obviously the fan needs to run only when
    there is sun.

    Also, 3 – 4 inch black pvc pipe cut in half length ways also works and
    makes the panel flatter. The backside of the pipe or cans is absorbing no
    radiation. Short lengths discarded from plumbing new construction sites
    will do.

    I’ve seen these work at -10 degrees C in winter and keeping an insulated
    12×14 room very comfortable at mid day in southern British Columbia Canada.
    But the short days do not allow for them to be the only heat source. The
    panel was about 3 ft x 12 ft made of halved black pvc as described above.

    There might even be some mileage in simply building a box with a black
    interior with better insulation on the back. Do the cans really add
    anything? Or maybe just a black painted metal sheet to hold a bit of heat?
    The surface area exposed to the suns radiation entering the box would be
    the same.

    By stevest1300 on Jun 24, 2014

  18. Very clever design! How much does a solar panel like that cost?

    By IAMGiftbearer on Jun 24, 2014

  19. for the frame not using glue&screws? doubles the strength of frame 

    By norchaaa on Jun 24, 2014

  20. what kind of power do u use? do u have to wire it to a power cord?

    By jean clark on Jun 24, 2014

  21. Ok got it (I expanded the description on your write up ) 1 x 4 but actually
    3/4 by 3.5. Thx

    By Shane Dunc on Jun 24, 2014

  22. This would be great for a green house in winter or those cold nights prior
    to planting… You could control the timing of the fan with a automatic
    timer that sets more then just on and off. If you had more need then that,
    you can just make it huge if you want to, and lay it on the roof. You can
    also hook it up to a solar motor. Thanks for your illustration.

    By Haleene Williams on Jun 24, 2014

  23. Nice work with the computer fan ^-^

    By Susanne Winslow on Jun 24, 2014

  24. A 120mm case fan would move roughly the same amount of air but reduce the
    noise level to almost nothing.

    By John Klein on Jun 24, 2014

  25. What voltage runs the fan? DC12?. I would imagine a dozen of these could
    heat a small 14×14 cabin?.

    By Kyle Krutsch on Jun 24, 2014

  26. wow incredible project..thanks for sharing!

    By Will Lewis on Jun 24, 2014

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