Heat Pump Homestead

Posted on: June 28, 2015 by in Heat Pump
Heat Pump Homestead

Watch this video to learn how to heat your pool using an inexpensive wood burner! I have converted a Vogelzang wood burner into a simple pool heater and so far it has been working great! In this video I show the conversion process and how I am diverting the water using the existing pool pump. This is an excellent way to heat your pool for free! I have been using recycled paper logs as well as pallet wood for fuel and a few seasoned logs to extend the burn time. I will post actual temperatures as soon as I get a thermometer installed into the diverter.
My goal for our family is to find ways to save money, reduce our waste, and use the things that are normally thrown away or recycled. I plan to do a future video on the process for using 100% of our family’s paper waste to save us money and provide fuel for the pool heater.

You do not have to own a large homestead in order to produce your own food, live sustainably, and save money in the process!

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25 Responses

  1. SSLFamilyDad says:

    I was able to get the temperature raised about 7 degrees the first day I
    ran the heater. Today I ran it again for a few hours and bumped it up
    another 4

  2. CGLouisiana says:

    Good idea, I like it, what about wrapping the copper coil around the
    outside of the barrel or around the stove pipe; do you think that would
    work as well? Have a Blessed one…

  3. Chad Winkler says:

    Have you ever tried the flexible alum or steel conduit which is basically
    just smaller size flex exhaust pipe?? i do know that is will hold water
    without leaking but under direct heat/fire not sure.. way way cheaper
    that the copper…..

  4. Jack Riggen says:

    Very intrigued by this project. I am interested in heating our hillbilly
    hot tub (100 gallon rubbermaid stock tank) using a rocket stove with copper
    tubing coiled around the chimney. Right now we heat it with a portable
    propane water heater. It’s cheap and fast, and if we wanted we can take the
    whole kit with us camping, so long as there’s running water available.

    I checked out your blog, and you have some great stuff! I like your
    attitude about changing priorities. I am also in IT, and as much as I love
    my job working for a non-profit, I know it could go away. More
    self-sufficiency is certainly on our agenda.

  5. Craig Humphries says:

    I want to thank you for the idea of a wood burning pool heater, I watched a
    few other videos and decided to make one. I use the same kind of wood
    burner in my barn so I knew it would work and how to build it. Now having
    it and working above and beyond my expectations. Only thing I did different
    was I used a separate little pump instead of using pool pump. I’m in the
    process of planning a little bigger and more permanent wood stove for next
    year. Thanks again, it was a great savings this summer and many more to

  6. Habib el-hayek says:

    funny boy god bless him

  7. rodv69 says:

    Looking at the built video i know why your paint came off. The paint came
    off because you painted over the old paint. You need to sand it down to
    metal and the us a high temp primer then high temp paint. Hope this helps.

  8. Eli Peters says:

    Love the vid, especially the plumbing. Im thinking of doing something
    similar using convection – having copper piping running through a pressure
    cooker in the hope to get more life out of the copper pipes. Im not too
    sure about putting naked flame directly onto the pipes like that. How is it
    holding up?

  9. John Cook says:

    Seems like wrapping the inside of the barrel in copper tubing would be
    better you would get more heat soak by increasing the contact area . and
    creating a barrier that the heat would have to pass by insulating the
    outside of the barrel would also help keep you from loosing heat ; for
    example a masonry box in which the barrel would be placed inside and then
    sand added to surround the barrel which would insulate it and keep you
    from loosing as much heat . A double barrel design with a radiator would
    also help you collect more of that heat . Not knocking your build it just
    seems you are wasting lots of heat this way . 

  10. SSLFamilyDad says:

    @John Cook, I agree with what you are saying here completely. The more
    insulated it is the more heat trapped, less wood needed, etc. The only
    problem with that is time and money:) I plan to upgrade this with more
    copper tubing and also have been thinking of a way to insulate it since I
    have some winter plans for this heater as well. Thanks for watching!

  11. TheTruth427 says:

    Thanks SSLFDad, great video and great idea! I had a question about the
    flow of the water (and low temperature tubing). I plant to use almost the
    exact same copper wire set up as you but it will be for a dutch hot tub. I
    am not planning on using a pump but just relying on the thermosyphon flow
    to hopefully be adequate enough. So, my question is, I assume you used the
    water pump to run the water through the wood stove and copper pipe? It
    wasn’t 100% clear in the video….thank you! -Ted

  12. Monica Villacis Vallesteros says:

    hello,what hapen if the stuff is one metre mall tall the poll? thanks

  13. dannyjaar says:

    nice vogelzang dutch brand stove

  14. Ethan Xavier says:

    So cool could you use that to heat a cement floor

  15. SSLFamilyDad says:

    The Vogelzang single barrel kit can be purchased here –

  16. Sheridan Shaver says:

    what is the flow rate coming out of the wood stove?

  17. Glen M says:

    You are an outstanding plumber and mechanic. Like the video.

  18. marshall reagan says:

    The paint that was on the barrel was not high temp paint . you should have
    burned it before painting the stove

  19. mehotep atlas says:

    6:41 by reducing the diamer of the pipe using the ballvalve you do not
    increase the pressure in the other branch of the Y junction ..you only
    increse the volume flow rate ..the pressure still stays the same in the
    whole system since pressure equals force due to mass over area … by
    closing partly off the valve you reduce the mass and the force but at the
    same time you reduce the area ..so pressure stills is the same in a closed
    system :)

  20. Dale Reves says:

    Nice job, dude. 

  21. Roy Colley says:

    Would also be an Idea to insulate all exposed pipe ,copper and plastic .

  22. OverkilledUnderdog says:

    What kind of copper tubing did you use pls? I can only find Copper
    refrigeration coil which is only rated up to 65c…. what did you use and
    where did you buy it pls.

  23. bigsky12001 says:

    Thanks. Good Video. The darling little girl asking questions was a plus.
    That little voice won my heart. Also learning to cut costs is on top of
    anyone list, the only downside is just a little bit of work but who
    wouldn’t do anything for a little one as that. Great work awesome family.
    Thank you. 

  24. Mikes Megabits says:

    Hey bud, I got my barrel the other day, ordered the stove kit, and have
    most of the PVC and valves etc.. Just getting into the copper coil
    procurement now… Taking your advice, I wanted to get about 50-60 feet of
    coil in there. Was thinking about making it more “length” of the barrel
    instead of a round circle of coil.. Two questions. 1) Did you make your
    coil small enough to fit through the front door to install it (i suspect
    yes) and 2) Did you use a continuous 30 foot length of copper pipe? (Or a
    couple lengths and attached them together?) I would guess the joining of
    two pipes together would melt the solder at the join because of the heat so
    maybe you have found someplace to get a long 30 foot length?

  25. KristianRoberto Grodem says:

    A good idea if You have free wood… otherwise it will be to expensive to
    run.. But I like the idea. What if you connect a small sirculation pump
    into the system.. solardriven maybe?? And a shunt valve instead of thet
    ball valve You have between.. but I guess it work fine with a bigger coil
    in the barrel.. Thanks for the idea.. Kind regards Kris