Easy DIY Solar Water Heater For Free Hot Water… – Eco Snippets

Easy DIY Solar Water Heater For Free Hot Water…

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Easy DIY Solar Water Heater For Free Hot Water...

This little project might be one of the most simple DIY water heaters I have come across. With a few items from your local hardware store, you can build your own solar water heater that is portable and perfect for any outdoor adventure…

Shopping List…

  • Copper Tubing 1/4″ x 50ft
  • Flat Head Phillips Screws (4 pack) #8 x 1in  #10 x 2.5in
  • 1.5″ #16 Wire Nails
  • 1/4″ Coupling
  • 1/2″ to 3/4″ PVC Swivel
  • 3/8″ Square Dowels
  • 23.7″ x 23.7″ Sheet of Plywood
  • 20″ x 20″ Sheet of Plywood
  • 20″ x 20″ Pane of Glass
  • 2′ x 2′ Lumber Cut – (2) 23 1/8″ & (2) 20 1/8″
  • Zip Ties
  • Handle

Here is a step-by-step tutorial:

Step 1: 

Easy DIY Solar Water Heater For Free Hot Water...

Loosen the copper and divide the 20″ x 20″ into 4 equal quadrants…

Step 2:

Easy DIY Solar Water Heater For Free Hot Water...

Lay the copper on the sheet leaving 24 inches unattached at the beginning.  Start to attach the copper to the board by drilling two holes on each side of the tube and zip tie…

Step 3:

Easy DIY Solar Water Heater For Free Hot Water...

Easy DIY Solar Water Heater For Free Hot Water...

Continue drilling and zip tie-ing the tube to the board until you have 2 feet remaining.  Cut the ends off of all the zip ties…

Step 4:

Construct the frame. Pre-Drill the ends of lumber and attach the 4 pieces to make a square…

Step 5: 

Easy DIY Solar Water Heater For Free Hot Water...

Center them onto the bigger sheet of plywood and attach…

Step 6:

Easy DIY Solar Water Heater For Free Hot Water...

Lay the copper tube piece into the frame.  Drill a 1/2″ hole where the tube meets the frame…

Step 7:

Easy DIY Solar Water Heater For Free Hot Water...

Insert the cooper into the frame…

Step 8:

Easy DIY Solar Water Heater For Free Hot Water...

Nail cut dowels into frame 1/2 inch down to create a frame for the glass.  Make sure you pre-drill the holes to prevent splitting.

Step 9:

Spray paint the copper and inside of the frame black…

Step 10: 

Easy DIY Solar Water Heater For Free Hot Water...

Attach coupling and swivel to pipe…

Step 11: 

Easy DIY Solar Water Heater For Free Hot Water...

Lay glass in the frame… badda-bing-badda-boom!

This frame was able to maintain a temperature of 165 degrees…

Easy DIY Solar Water Heater For Free Hot Water...

Check out the video below for more detailed instructions (via OffGridQuest)…

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Spray paint it flat black.

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or just use polytube!

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Looks like you would get about a quart from that.

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Zumbi Steffens, eu pensava muito em usar uma versão compacta assim para chuveiros externos.

Viu que este termina com um vidro por cima da moldura? O vidro deve colaborar bastante, ele deixa a luz entrar para aquecer o tubo e prende o calor lá dentro, com certeza aumenta a eficiência

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1/4/x50ft of black poly pipe much more efficient and cheaper.

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I’m going to try this for my pool, can’t see why it wouldn’t work to help heat it, much easier than the bubble cover. Great idea!

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needs a pressure release valve.

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If all you care about is water for showering, just leave a full hose in the sun for a few hours – when we were kids, we’d fight over who got the hose first to rinse off coming back from the beach.

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    Or use one of those black plastic shower bags. Probably les $$ than the supplies for this.

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I have built a few of these over the years using black tubing like the kind used in drip irrigation systems. One I used camping for a shower system. I also used to build a hot water heater with copper tubing that I could stick into the campfire for dishes and such.

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I have built a few of these over the years using black tubing like the kind used in drip irrigation systems. One I used camping for a shower system. I also used to build a hot water heater with copper tubing that I could stick into the campfire for dishes and such.

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    Irrigation tubing, amazing idea. I just might try it.

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Glenn check this out as well!

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Lol a garden hose laying out in the yard would work just as well as this

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Ecosnippets always posts the most amazing diy !! Too bad I haven’t gathered the courage yet to try one of them

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Pipes too small, you’ll get no volume

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Cameron Carey this looks like a good project for you and the boys! Heat the pool!

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Lindsie BrunsDenis Klemencic

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I did this and worked brilliant… only issue was no heat regulator so i also had to have a cold water connection to mix the hot water and cold water…

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