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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Anny, Oct 29, 2008.

  1. Anny

    Anny Songster

    Apr 24, 2008
    Detroit Michigan

  2. jbowyer01

    jbowyer01 Just Me!

    Aug 29, 2008
    Hogansville, Georgia
    Very interesting. I'd like to see if it works for my DH's shed also (so he can tinker around when its cold outside) might even work great for a small greenhouse. Thanks for the site and info.
  3. Chicabee19

    Chicabee19 Songster

    Aug 8, 2008
    I have friends who built a house into the side of a hill in the 70's.

    They used tall beer cans to make a solar water heater. It still works.
  4. cgjsmith

    cgjsmith Songster

    Mar 6, 2007
    thats just too neat. I wonder if it works. Crystal
  5. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    The link won't work [​IMG]

    Using solar power to collect heat is cheap and very effective, so much more
    so than making electricity from it. If every house had one panel just to
    make hot water we would save billions a year in fuel costs, reduce
    pollution, reduce demand for foreign oil, increase the available supply
    of natural gas(which we should be fueling our cars with), and more.

    Remember we have two opposing forces at work here. One is Opec
    and the oil lobby and the other is the environmental movement which
    promotes misinformation about alternate energies.

    Thermal solar, natural gas, man made gas, wind power, and nuclear
    plants together can solve 90% of the US's energy problems. Clean coal is
    ok too but does produce CO2 so if you buy into global warming it's
    not that great.

    Sorry, I tend to go nuts on solar posts. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2008
  6. ams3651

    ams3651 Songster

    Jan 23, 2008
    NE PA
    sounds easy enough, my boyfriend has lots of computer parts. He also has a shed he can try it on.
  7. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

    Sep 20, 2007
    Northeast Texas
    Quote:It worked for me! [​IMG]

  8. k0xxx

    k0xxx Songster

    Mar 29, 2008
    North Central Arkansas
    Quote:Yep, made one similar to that a few years ago. It produced a surprising amount of heat. The only real difference in design, was that I used a sheet of aluminum behind the cans to give it some added thermal mass.

    It was destroyed when a tornado passed near (about 100 yds away), this Feb. I'm collecting cans to build a new one for this winter. I'll try to post a picture when it's done.
  9. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

  10. ozzie

    ozzie Songster

    Nov 12, 2007
    I'm wondering if you could utilize a similar concept to keep water unfrozen in the winter? We don't have snow or have that problem where we are but I just read the other post about ideas to keep water unfrozen during winter and then came upon this one and was wondering if doing something like painting the water storage section of the watering unit black (and making it like metal) would keep the water unfrozen during the day. [​IMG]

    Just thinking outside the square.


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