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Home made heating system form scrap
Thu 29-Mar-12
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mutley
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Hi again lol. anyway i have beed working on a wood burner project for a few weeks now due to sourcing parts for free,

It started with a 15kg old gas bottle that hade been down the woods for years so i got it back and started hacking away, now its a muilty fuel burner ( cooking oil, engine ol, wood ect.) and as i was building it i came to relize it would be good to be able to do more jobs ( all in one ) so now its a heater, an oven, a rossetier ( well close enought)  aan hot plate for bergers ect but all so a hot water heater. it looks something like an edwardian robot .big_laugh

Thu 29-Mar-12
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heath robinson comes to mindbig_laugh

does it work well?

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Thu 29-Mar-12
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Hi Mutley, welcome back! Sure sounds an interesting project.

How's Jade by the way?wave

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Welcome back, Nigel - have you any pictures of your masterpiece?

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Just make your absence felt"
Thu 29-Mar-12
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Hi, we are doing fine thanks she is growing up fast and having her more and more is great whistle big_laugh . have taken one but is not on the computer yet and cannot post up be or i would.

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wave  Hi Nigel.  Great to hear from you again.  Glad that you and Jade are well   big_hug and that you are still a ' mad inventor'.  big_laugh    big_laugh

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Hey Mutley!  Good to see you about m'dear.

I'll try that again!

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Hi back all many thanks. i could send the picture up if someone could e-mail me i could attach a picture that way and post up that is if anyone could help.

 

Just finished pluming in my 7w solar panel lol so if im out of electricity as i do often or a power cut i can still use the net lights ect so far 7 things plumed in.

 

And still looking for a nice piece of glass for my solor water heater as perspex is only about 17% efficientwave

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Crikey Mutters, in and out like a fiddler's elbow aren't you?

I'll try that again!

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Need more information on the inventions though, they inspire the rest of us trying to be self sufficient. My dream is to go off grid at least for our house. Probably couldn't do it with the Gites!

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Some info. I brought a 1 kilo watt inverter continuous and up to 2kw for short busts, that was £26, and a 7w / .58 amp panel any bigger and would have needed a controller but I was lucky there the panel was under £40 I think.

 

I have 3 car batteries at the moment that adds up to aprox 150 amps " 20% so not to flatten the battery. Leaves me about 120 amps on tap

 

The 3 batteries are joined + to +  to+ and the same for " negative this keeps the12v but adds the amps tighter if it was + to " it would double the volts and the amps would stay the same i.e. 24v system witch I don™t need.

 

An example of a fridge say @ 100w...  100w divided by the volts (12v) = 8.3 amps per hour, so if I had 100amps battery " 20% so not to fatten battery = 80amps divided by the 8.3 amps draw = 9.6 hours run time.

 

Panel is 0.58 amps times say 8 hr of sun = 4.6 amps as you can see it™s about ½ the power I need. But you could get a bigger panel if you wanted to run the fridge all day but you would need a controller.

 

But for me at the moment my computer = about 200w so I would need 17amps per hour to run but as I have 120amps available so I can run this for about 7 hours,

 

But as for lighting that is a different story  my ceiling light is 2watts my fire back light  is 7w  and bath room 7w  this = 16watts .

So 16w divided by 12v = 1.3 amps @ 100 amps from battery (" 20%) = 80 amps =

61 hours run time so I hope this gives a bit more of an idea.

 

Hope this helps a bit, if you can work out the total power used you can start to work out what size panel you may need and the more batters you have the better I want another panel 7w so I can get 1 amp per hour.

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Thank you so much, I will save this. Lots of renovation work going on at the moment which has to take priority, we have solar tubes that provide hot water via a heat exchanger and feed a couple of radiators. We often discuss going off grid and are gathering information for when we are able to give our attention to it. As the Gites will top up our miserable private pensions and allow us into the French health care they have to take priority. I admire what you are doing immensely

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Aly said:

Need more information on the inventions though, they inspire the rest of us trying to be self sufficient. My dream is to go off grid at least for our house. Probably couldn't do it with the Gites!

For off grid living try waywardspark.com  wave

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Thanks, off there now!

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Have partley welded up the wood burner but need more cutting disks.Last year got rig of the fridge/freezer and not long ago the under the counter fridge. well yesterday i sold the tv thats a saving of 200watts eeek and we dont watch it much anyway but it dose feel good not having one.

we are slowley getting there and i feel so much better without this mordern stuff.

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