Solar Batch Water Heater

ChrisChris Solar Expert Posts: 135 ✭✭
I've started on a little project to be able to have more hot water at the lake without have to burn propane....so far I got a hold of a used residential water heater, after getting it stripped down I found the leak that caused it to be replaced (cracked plastic fitting) so easy fix as I'm not using any plastic in side the housing anyways.

I'm building something similar to this
http://www.instructables.com/id/Batch-Solar-Water-Heater/?ALLSTEPS

Has anyone made one of these? if so how well do they work? obviously I don't expect to use it in the winter but fall and spring would be nice.


Now for you RVers out there, just brain storming here, but could I plumb the water water into the existing under body winterizing drain hose?

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  • ChrisChris Solar Expert Posts: 135 ✭✭
    Re: DIY RV Solar Water Heater

    Got the tank all painted and leak tested today....as soon as I get the glass I'll start framing the collector box
  • ChrisChris Solar Expert Posts: 135 ✭✭
    Re: DIY RV Solar Water Heater

    Just needs a coat of paint.....but got er out in the front yard and filled for a test run tomorrow. :D

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  • PhotowhitPhotowhit Solar Expert Posts: 5,011 ✭✭✭✭
    Re: DIY RV Solar Water Heater

    Looks good! did you leave the pressure relief valve in place? ...with a drain going outside of the box?
    Home system 4000 watt (Evergreen) array standing, with 2 Midnite Classic Lites,  Midnite E-panel, Prosine 1800 and Exeltech 1100, 660 ah 24v ForkLift battery. Off grid for @16 of last 17 years. Assorted other systems, and to many panels in the closet to not do more...lol
  • ChrisChris Solar Expert Posts: 135 ✭✭
    Re: DIY RV Solar Water Heater

    I sure did

    Can't wait to see how well it works....the wife is pretty pumped about the idea.....well, not so much about helping me carry it up the bank LOL
  • westbranchwestbranch Solar Expert Posts: 5,153 ✭✭✭✭
    Re: DIY RV Solar Water Heater

    I sure like those solar flowers you planted (in the background photo 2)
     
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  • ChrisChris Solar Expert Posts: 135 ✭✭
    Re: DIY RV Solar Water Heater
    westbranch wrote: »
    I sure like those solar flowers you planted (in the background photo 2)

    LOL,
    That's not even a fraction of the amount that the wifey has.....prolly 30 or so here, and maybe 60-80 at the lake. (she has a bit of an obsession)
  • SlappySlappy Solar Expert Posts: 251 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    Re: DIY RV Solar Water Heater

    Looks like a nice job. And yes they do work well.
  • ChrisChris Solar Expert Posts: 135 ✭✭
    Re: DIY RV Solar Water Heater
    Slappy wrote: »
    Looks like a nice job. And yes they do work well.


    Thanx, Didn't get as hot as I expected today......minda ya I didn't have it pointed south. I got a first coat of flat black paint on it tonight.

    Do you have one?
  • SlappySlappy Solar Expert Posts: 251 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    Re: DIY RV Solar Water Heater

    I used one for a back up a few years back when our hot water tank lit the house up at 2 in the morning electrical short that went off like a arc welder. But now im using a closed loop system with flat plate collectors all off which is diy style. But back to the batch collector we got three showers out of it. 40 gallon tank and catching morning sun and until 1 pm in the after noon durning November to December. Location north east TN. So it get fairly cool at that time. Exuse my typing and short sentenaces, it is hard to type from this smart phone.every thing runs off the screen and cant stroll it back to proof read or make corrections.
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