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Cpt. MelonBuster wrote:Tiggity-tagged, because this thread is win.
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Regulator wrote:Zebraroniancheez, Mounting is simple. You cut two 4.5 inch holes in the side of your structure. Centered on the inlet and outlet pipes of course. Stick a strip of 1” foam weather strip around the holes. Attach additional 4” round pipe (duct pipe) to the heat panel as needed to penetrate the wall into your structure. From the outside, lift panel and slide pipes through the holes until the panel is tight to the siding. Attach with standard “L” brackets top and bottom. Location would be determined by your siding/studs/backing/etc. Run a bead of caulking along the top edge to prevent rain from getting between structure and panel. Simple as that.
Roof mounting is possible as well, but would require you to fabricate up a frame. You would then just need to run round pipe through a roof flashing and into your structure. You would have to go through your attic if you have one. Once inside your inlet would need to be below your outlet for best results.
As far as turning the unit off, you can’t. It is designed to be self powered and self contained. But you can stop it from heating. In the warm months you would need to either remove the panel or preferably, cover it with a insulated white cover. Removing the battery would only prevent the fan from running and quite possibly allow the heat to build up to such a degree that the panel could be damaged. I don’t know how hot it might get, but without airflow I imagine it would be damn hot.
bugoutvehicles.net, I’m sure you could get additional solar gain with wings, mirrors, trackers, etc. I’d be interested in any experiments you come up with. As a side note, my furnace in the house and my truck both put out around 140 degree air. Obviously the volume is greater than the heat panel, but the temp is pretty close to what we’re used to in heating devices.
jcrowe wrote:To expand on this idea, here is a link to a commercial/residential version of this project.
Has some good ideas on how to use this system to heat a home rather than a shed/garage.
agelaus wrote:I live in a small house that is at most 300 square feet in central nebraska. Do you think one of these would be enough to keep my house warm during the winter days?
terminaltransco wrote:agelaus wrote:I live in a small house that is at most 300 square feet in central nebraska. Do you think one of these would be enough to keep my house warm during the winter days?
I was going to say that I have seen similar systems for heating water, both for ambient heat, and, uh, hot water. Then I say this, man, your house I would think would be perfect for these kinds of projects!
do you find 300sqft to be sufficient, and is that your normal living house?
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