Solar Water Heater Miami Gardens

Posted on: July 3, 2015 by in Solar Water Heater
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Solar Water Heater Miami Gardens


My third attempt at a simple thermosiphon water heater using garden hose and a solar collector. Water tank is a 40 gal operational propane water heater but has not been active in burning propane. One day of solar harvest produced 135 degree water, enough hot water wash dishes and take a comfortable shower.

10 Responses

  1. H2O2FromH20 . says:

    That panel looks like a SolarHart, it was originally use with glycol in a
    passive configuration. I like your passive setup Simple is Better!

  2. HamrickCE says:

    I enjoy it. 140 degrees today, with this sort of heat I might start washing
    my clothes in hot water.

  3. Rixar13 says:

    Thank you Evergreen 210,

  4. SSparks555 says:

    Nice work 🙂

  5. HamrickCE says:

    Am I to assume antifreeze can’t be flushed out of any system?

  6. Christophe HUBERT says:

    Thanks for sharing your experiments on solar, very educative

  7. marias man says:

    Howdy. I just subscribed. I like your videos as you are doing what I’ve
    researched, and it’s good to see it in practice. Kinda scary how I’m
    thinking along your lines. I do wish to share something that may interest
    you. You may have heard of mag drive pumps (magnetic drive impellers).
    Solar water heating is popular in China, and there are very reliable and
    very inexpensive small DC mag drive pumps available. These are very
    efficient. This can make a more versatile system possible.

  8. HamrickCE says:

    I used mag drive pumps on my koi ponds… perhaps when I get my pond built
    I will have a couple to circulate the water. I would continue to follow the
    Chinese in what they do. For example, they are flocking to precious
    metals… they know all too well how paper currency fails and the US Dollar
    doesn’t have much time left.

  9. Bubba says:

    Cool idea. I was hoping you were going to tell us about the panel, not
    just show it working. Impressive results.

  10. Joshua Fausset says:

    There was a company called Day and Night, led by William Bailey, who
    patented a thermosyphoning solar hot water heater with an elevated tank
    that was really well insulated. At the turn of the last century, people
    were using a heater called the Climax that did what yours does in this
    video, but it was pretty much on demand hot water. Maybe you would be able
    to raise the heater up some ways and insulate it better for hot water day
    and night. Just a thought. I am working on something similar right now.
    There is a really great book by John Perlin called “Let It Shine” that
    goes through the history of solar energy usage by humans and you would
    probably find a lot of the information useful, as I have.

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