batch solar water heater -SOLAR BATCH WATER HEATER “PART THREE”

March 23, 2013 – 12:24 am

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  1. 28 Responses to “batch solar water heater -SOLAR BATCH WATER HEATER “PART THREE””

  2. You were my inspiration. I would like you to look at my video and tell me what you think.

    By Bob Vance on Mar 23, 2013

  3. I am a plumber and like that you got rid of the pvc and went with brass, very wise. You need check valves though to prevent back feed. Love your vids:-)

    By soupofdefish on Mar 23, 2013

  4. @WeTheGRLs……I ended up not’ using the sliding glass door….I went and had a piece of glass cut for the unit. I put two brackets on the front of the box to hold the glass in place….Thanks for the comment.

    By BACKYARDSOLAR on Mar 23, 2013

  5. Excellent! How did you install/attach the sliding glass door on top?

    By WeTheGRLs on Mar 23, 2013

  6. These videos are great. I am definetly considering this doing this.

    By Donald Donavan on Mar 23, 2013

  7. I totally love what you have done here.
    I want to have one built. Will you please work with my husband to get me one done?

    By frugalnanny on Mar 23, 2013

  8. Nice video. Two quick questions if I may. One, why is the drain outlet on the tank at the same end as the water in and outlet? The tank I came up with has the drain at the opposite end. I have a “gas” model tank to use, should I just put plugs in these holes? Thanks. (

    By nighttrainskull on Mar 23, 2013

  9. This is my next project after i finish my big can heater!!! great videos!

    By nx2overide on Mar 23, 2013

  10. nice set up just an idea to reuse chest type of frizers that dont work would be a easy way to get a insulated box for free and add a glass and tank and vula a cheap and easy solar hot water just an idea

    the cheap guy

    By iwantosavemoney on Mar 23, 2013

  11. Yea, If I were you I would bypass the solar heater in your type of winters, and make sure you drain the unit well for winter. Here in Florida we don’t get harsh winters, and the unit works well in the winter. Of course, it doesn’t work as well as the summer time but every little bit helps. During winter I get an average temp of 90-100 degrees, and in summer I’m getting 140+. This is just the temp inside the box. I have no way of measuring the real water temp. Thanks for the comment.

    By BACKYARDSOLAR on Mar 23, 2013

  12. I have thought about painting the inside black, but the water already get’s 140+ degrees. I can’t see needing it to get any hotter. Although that might be a great idea during winter. This summer I have been able to leave the power to household water heater shut off. The only time I have turned the power on, was when we had a couple of days in a row of rain. Other than that, this solar water heater works very well.

    By BACKYARDSOLAR on Mar 23, 2013

  13. Great videos and good innovation. Thanks for sharing. I have to think that you are losing more from reflectivity in your box than you are gaining from heating the back of the tank. I would pain everything in the box flat black. The heat gain would be significant and the reflective loss less. Just like the old Rolling Stones song, man, “Pain it black!!!”

    By landslave on Mar 23, 2013

  14. Love your videos! I live in Ohio, and was thinking about building one of these for myself. We have extremely cold winters here, and was wondering how I could prevent the pipes from freezing during the winter weather. Perhaps I could bypass the solar water heater altogether during the really cold spells. Any ideas? Thanks.

    By OhioBuckeye611 on Mar 23, 2013

  15. kool

    By dmacosta1 on Mar 23, 2013

  16. That’s what I did. See my part 1 video.
    Thanks for the e-mail.

    By BACKYARDSOLAR on Mar 23, 2013

  17. when you first started did you just get a water heater and take the outer case off? so the remains are basically the guts of a normal water heater. thanks for all the info you can give

    By Eric OBrien on Mar 23, 2013

  18. I did not put an extra drain on the tank for measuring temp, because before I hooked the unit to the house I tested the unit a few days and drew off water that was between 130-150 degrees. (during summer) That would be a good idea though, that way temp could be checked year round.

    By BACKYARDSOLAR on Mar 23, 2013

  19. no drain on the tank so you can measure temp?

    By paullie6719 on Mar 23, 2013

  20. Cool videos… great idea with insulating the water heater! I live further North so I am not sure if this solar heater would work year round here. (The insulation will though!) Great tip!

    By armanflint on Mar 23, 2013

  21. that is so awesome

    By reivaj077 on Mar 23, 2013

  22. Tnx. I’ve decided to install a second window in the front, especially for winter use. The sun here is so low in the south during winter, I’m only get readings of 100 degrees. I know I can get better with more of the tank exposed.

    By KasinH on Mar 23, 2013

  23. Yes, that way would be the correct way to hook it up. I hope you’re have fun building yours’. I’ve watched a few of your videos and it looks like your doing a fine job. “good luck”

    By BACKYARDSOLAR on Mar 23, 2013

  24. When I get my conventional water heater, I think I’ll plumb the Bread Box hot out directly into the Cold Intake into the conventional water heater.  That way any water going into the conventional tank is already preheated (on sunny days, that is) from the Bread Box action.

    By KasinH on Mar 23, 2013

  25. Yes, I’m only using the regular water pressure coming into the house….no kind of pumps at all.

    By BACKYARDSOLAR on Mar 23, 2013

  26. Great Information, do you just use the pressure of the incoming water to push out the Hot water from the Solar tank to t he Inside Tank and then into the House for use?….I am getting parts together to make one using 140 ft of 3/8″ staniless tubing, just can’t seem to find a good solar circulator pump at a good price.
    thanks, you gave me some ideas.

    By Kevin Chedivillie on Mar 23, 2013

  27. Hope you update a report on the final product. We would love to see a video of it!

    By onecrazywheel on Mar 23, 2013

  28. Have you had any rust issues?

    By rowdybolen on Mar 23, 2013

  29. Great job.keep it up.

    By aguadajose on Mar 23, 2013

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