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kcoppkcopp Member Posts: 2,776
any thoughts? anyone ever done some and or have instructions on how to do a set...personal use.


  • crazy907akcrazy907ak Member Posts: 34

    They have lots of home made design plans plus a ton of other solar projects
  • kcoppkcopp Member Posts: 2,776
    edited March 2013

    They have some interesting stuff there. Do you think they are worth the effort? Have you ever worked on any?

    Has anyone just installed a system that was seasonal... no glycol, blown out during the winter months? How about a direct loop system... no HX?
  • psb75psb75 Member Posts: 39
    Seasonal solar systems

    I have done all the above except have not had any systems "blow out" in the winter.
  • kcoppkcopp Member Posts: 2,776
    by blow out...

    I meant to not use during the winter months.
  • psb75psb75 Member Posts: 39
    got it

    I understand now. No need to blow out a seasonal system if you set it up right. Just open some valves and drain it down. My systems do solar DHW in spring, summer, fall and wood heat does DHW in winter. These are open loops with potable water. No glycol.

    Homeowner must sign off on being vigilent about WHEN to switch over the systems.
  • kcoppkcopp Member Posts: 2,776
    This is for me....

    I don't think I would do this for a customer yet.... kcopp
  • hot rodhot rod Member Posts: 7,095
    Use it year 'round

    Solar for Dhw pre-heat works well in winter months. We have plenty systems in the upper Midwest and Nathan in Alaska who hangs out on the wall has some experience with cold climate conditions solar. Consider a plain water drain back system, freeze and overheat protection are the benefits.
    Bob "hot rod" Rohr
    trainer for Caleffi NA
    The magic is in hydronics, and hydronics is in me
  • kcoppkcopp Member Posts: 2,776
    Thanks HR...

    as this point I would like to do a drainback set up but I can't swing a drainback tank. I am going to run the system at street pressure to a standard water htr and a bronze circ that I have. If the set up works well and business gets better I may do the drainback yr round.
  • kcoppkcopp Member Posts: 2,776
    edited May 2013

    About a week behind but...Online! 50 gallon Electric as a storage tank. Bronze006 through a Homemade collector out of 2x4, poly-iso foam, 1/2 copper and thermofin plates. Covered w/ SunTuff. Running from 2pm to 5.30 is I got 100F water to preheat my 60 gallon Superstor.
  • kcoppkcopp Member Posts: 2,776
    edited May 2013
    Basement looks like...

  • kcoppkcopp Member Posts: 2,776
    Got home today at.....

    5.30 pm. I had a 50 gallon storage tank filled w/ 135*f water. Wow. I wonder if I should have installed a bigger tank......
  • SWEISWEI Member Posts: 7,356
    How many square feet

    of aperture?
  • kcoppkcopp Member Posts: 2,776
    edited May 2013
    The collector....

    is around 36 sq ft..... I am starting to wonder if I should have found a bigger tank. The plus side of having the collector at ground level is that  I can cover part of it up.
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