Hot air collector

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Missouri Bound
Missouri Bound Registered Users Posts: 5
Hello to all. I'm new to the forum and I was wondering if anyone has made a hot air collector? I made one last year which seems to work well, albeit undersized for my application. It's 4X8 and hangs on the south wall of my garage. I used an existing window to run the air supply and return pipes along with a control panel fitted in the window. It works well and I was wondering if anyone had experience with this type of collector.

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  • BB.
    BB. Super Moderators, Administrators Posts: 33,478 admin
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    Re: Hot air collector

    There are lots of solar heating projects out there for hot air and hot water...

    Solar Shed and other Solar Thermal Links

    And here is a thread with lots of solar project links and other information:

    Working Thread for Solar Beginner Post/FAQ

    And this site is very nice for Do It Yourself type projects:

    www.builditsolar.com

    And Home Power Magazine:

    Home Power Mag

    Solar Thermal (air and water) lend themselves to DIY projects a lot better than building your own solar PV panels and charge controllers.

    We don't talk too much DIY projects here -- but we do high recommend conservation and solar thermal as cost effective solutions to the high cost of energy. Usually a better return on your money type investments than solar PV power.

    -Bill
    Near San Francisco California: 3.5kWatt Grid Tied Solar power system+small backup genset
  • mike95490
    mike95490 Solar Expert Posts: 9,583 ✭✭✭✭✭
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    Re: Hot air collector
    Hello to all. I'm new to the forum and I was wondering if anyone has made a hot air collector? ........

    I voted last year, I think that counts. :blush:

    but seriously, check out the link for the solar shed BB listed.
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