G. Scott Davis: Hi Simon, for some reason I know longer have a reply link. Anyway, for
night time heating with solar you'll need some thermal storage. Please see
my thermal storage video for more details.
Saeid Momtahan: Hi Scott. Thanks for the great videos. WHen you provide a link on your
video, you can click the box' open in new window'. That way your viewers
won't be diverted from the video they are watching and can finish it b4
watching your other video.
william warren: Where do you get the fans & snap switches & Temp probes for the water
storage tank on your other vedio?
omar ramadan: Why do you need hot air in the summer; and in the winter, the sun might not
Ronnie Pace: I cannot tell you how much I truly enjoyed your ingenuity and sharing of
this knowledge. Thank you SO much! I have one question. How would I
figure out the angle I would need for my panels if i live in New Mexico at
Andy Fetisov: It would move more air if you have it blow into the intake.
mel porter: That's a brilliant way of collecting virtually free heating for your house,
except if you live where i do, cold and almost always cloudy and rainy
SOLARCELLS101: Nice Video , and great looking solar hot air heater
I'm looking to build one in the next year or two,
Richard Sims: Getting ready to build my first solar collector. Getting excited to start
experimenting and glad for all your input.
I am considering combining water and air collecting within same panel. I am
sure someone has tried it already. Any input for combining the two ? good
Also planning on pouring concrete panels to connect hot water pipes for
thermal mass storage. Big enough to be of thermal value and still be
jonny pace: so your email group is simply solar@ ??
manwithgills: I wonder if you could get more heat retention if you rolled up the aluminum
screen and placed it inside the downspout (like baffles inside a muffler).
Thom Westergren: Have you collected any data on actual amount of savings you've achieved?
Tim Miller: yippee so easy for heat
Ngaire Genge: Hi! Thanks much for the great videos, really enjoying them! I have just a
couple practical sort of questions. First, does it snow where you are? I
live in southeast Canada, we get snow. A unit resting atop my window wells
would disappear with the first snow! :) I assume it would be equally
efficient mounted higher? Second, our residential code wouldn't allow us to
block basement windows. They're considered important fire escape points.
Any alternate suggestions? Thanks again!
SailaSobriquet: Great video, Scott! Thanks!
G. Scott Davis: Hi Grezegorz. There are folks on the SimplySolar group experimenting with
hybrid panels, attaching CPVC or copper pipe to the downspouts to heat
fluid as well. You can use the fluid to heat your thermal storage tank and
circulate your town water though it before it reaches your regular hot
water heater. Please see my thermal storage tank video for details.
david wilson: Thanks Scott for all the great ideas. Is that a radon fan. Thanks again for
all your vid's. David
G. Scott Davis: @hootiemcgrudy2 Hi, that is a Snap Switch. They are only about $6.00, which
I got separately. Youtube won't let me post links here, but if you join
SimplySolar I'll tell you where to find them. The fan is powered by
conventional house current. Fans draw very little power. To size your fan,
you want about 3 CFM of air per square foot of collector.
G. Scott Davis: @justinmy300z Hi, I didn't see this idea anywhere before my son Brad and I
came up with it a few years ago and built ours. I certainly would have
given credit otherwise, as I credited Gary with the pex collector design
that I built and as I credited Mike for the coroplast collector I'm
considering. In this case, great minds think alike! Congratulations on a
jakhammers world: i saw this first on Build it Solar. Nice video to go with the write up from
G. Scott Davis: Sounds like a great project Norm. Please join our Simply Solar forum, share
some pictures and tell us what develops in the Member Projects section!
G. Scott Davis: Hi Grandpa Bill. Youtube won't let me post links, but I can share if you
join us on Simply solar. If you go to Pex Supply, you will find them there.
They are only $6.00.
orignalbuckaroo: Hi Scott, TNX so much for this well done video !!! I wonder if this system
would be good enough for a 24X 32 garage ??? TNX again Scott
huey216: Hi Scott. Great videos thanks. I am in PA and just completed a collector
that is mid way in size between yours and Scott Smith's being 24x2 with
four aluminium spouts using Scott Smith's plenum design. I wish I had the
entry / exits at the back panel as the collector adjusts 26 - 60 deg. What
have you found to be the best air gap between spouts and glazing? I have
used flex-o-pane for cost, which is really clear but either sucks in or
out, depending on + or - fan. Spouts aren't airtight I think.
G. Scott Davis: @josephdupont I don't recall the specs. Maybe 80 watts?
oxenpaul: Well explained! (now we have to figure out how people not named Scott can
build them :^) At first I was worried that you were pumping basement air
into the living space and worried about radon gas. But just warming the
basement and then letting the heat radiate up is a lovely, thrifty and safe
move. Are there condensation issues? Also I'd be tempted to rotate the
downspout materials 45 degrees (long axis) to present a corner to the sun
(and any reflections into a neighboring downspout wall...
blipco5: Scott, nice job on the low profile collector but if you're worried about
street appearance you might want to trim those weeds. Just sayin'.
fundude53: been looking at solar water heaters and your use of black down pipes really
inspired me its so simple its almost genius. thanks for shareing.
Daniel Reis: Really good project mate! I'm planning on doing something similar. Could
you please tell me where did you bought the fan? A reference number or an
ebay link would be great! Thank you :)
42lookc: Excellent video, Scott--thanks! I've always wanted to build my own solar
collector for the fun and the savings of it. This summer I bought a
fair-sized quantity (maybe 100 feet) of the larger size new downspouting at
an auction sale for $10.00 for all of it. I don't usually buy stuff just to
take up space, but that was too cheap to say no. It's been sitting around
waiting for something good to do with it, and now I know just what! Thanks
marz3335: How do you deal with snow on a collector right on the ground like that? You
videos are excellent -- very instructive.
Charles Sargent: Hi Scott, Could you give info on how and where you purchased your blowers
in Aluminum Downspout Hot Air Solar Collectors?
G. Scott Davis: Thanks for your kind words!
Mico M: Hi I really like your set up. I live in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. I would
like to build a system like yours, but I don't know if it will work well
here. We sometimes get down to -30 deg. Celsius. What kind of insulation
should I use and should I put it in the box, the. Cover it with Masonite to
protect the insulation from heat within the box. What do I do with it in
the summer months when I don't need the heat. If I turn the fan off for the
summer months will it ruin the box. Where did you get
fuzzyBoy1000: Hi scott, my name is Rob, i live in Sandy City UT. thats part of the Salt
Lake Valley. We don't get as cold as you do in the winter but it still
takes a toll on the utility bills. I have a question. How hot can wood and
insulation get before melt down and fire? I am designing my own heater that
i think will get much hotter than most i see on u tube but i don't need a
fire or burn my blowers up.
Walt Donaldson: I am in the process of building a small cabin in Maine, off grid, and am
considering this type of system to keep a room for water storage above
freezing during the winter months. The room will be attached to the cabin,
but not within. What are your thoughts about combining this with a small
solar system that will power the fans with 12v battery? Also, is there a
way to have it start and stop automatically based on the temp like a
John Evans: One comment - I just joined the simplysolar group but haven't searched
there to see if anyone commented on this. Great project and I don't mean to
take away a thing from that. The only concern I have has to do with local
code. I suspect that laying the collector over the basement window access
wells may block egress, assuming that the local code requires it. I suppose
it all depends upon whether those window wells were counted as exit points
for fire exits. Keep up the great work.
Grandpa Bill: Scott do you have the brand and part numbers for the fan and snap switch?
LOVE IT! Grandpa Bill
009kronos: Nope - I did not like your video - I loved it. Educational, very well
explained and at a pace that’s easy to follow. It’s fantastic to see folks
like yourself that are successfully using solar heat and encouraging others
to follow your ideas. Awesome!
G. Scott Davis: @johnn0hj Thanks for your thoughts. i'm not sure I could fit through those
small windows anyway, but if I ever had to, I could push the collector out
of the way. It is just sitting on top by its own weight.
Norm Howes: Being in central NY with a 1840 farm house I puttered with the 3"x4"
downspout design. Mine is 7' x 4' outside measurements. Still need to make
a thru window adaptor. Last weekend placed it in a sunny spot at 1:30 pm,
by 2:15pm inner temp rose from 50 to about 130 w/o fan attached. Fan setup
I hope works is a 3" computer unit powered by a 15 watt solar panel in
series with a 110 on / 90 off snap switch from Grangeirs. I plan on pushing
room air into unit hopefully extending fan service life.
Jeff Denton: Scott, thanks for the video, where do you purchase the snap switches,the
small solar panel and dc fans ?
G. Scott Davis: Thanks for your kind words!
G. Scott Davis: @solarguyable Yes, we have tried an empty black box. YouTube won't let me
post links in my reply, but if you will join our e-mail group on
SimplySolar, I can tell you all about the experiments we have been doing
and give you links to some side by side test results. it is a lot of fun
and very interesting stuff!
Jon Larsen: Ever consider running water tubing in the gutters to get hot water from
system in summer? , also how about installing gutters tipped at 45 degree
angle and installing reflective material between them to get more heat out
of them. in Minnesota we have a bit colder winter and maybe shorter days
then in Maryland, So it would be good to get a higher temp out of the
gutters if possable.
G. Scott Davis: Hi Huey, I don't think the air gap spacing between the downspouts and
glazing is critical. Extra depth won't hurt as air is transparent and has
minimal thermal mass. Thanks for your kind words on the videos!
Brian B: Hello Scott, Thank you for your great ideas, really appreciate them. I plan
on using many of these ideas to make some more panels myself.
Solar Companies Gold Coast: Solar is really cool! It's nature friendly and free.
orignalbuckaroo: Fantastic, how helpfull you are Scott !! I've just finished checking for
those fan(fanteck) Monday , one of them will be ordered, it's a 4 inch
inline delivering 170 cfm which should do a perfect job considering the
resistance you provided earlier...August, the collector will be built and
tested... I will keep you in touch for sure...TNX again Scott for your
precious help, it's greatly appreciated :) :)
G. Scott Davis: @Snailmailtrucker Absolutely, this is a GREAT family activity. It is
genuinely exciting to feel the free hot air blowing out a collector you've
built yourself. My boys share that exhilaration too, so it is super easy to
get the family together, spend time in a shared activity and have a lot of
fun. Brad, who is 17 now, just mentioned yesterday he is eager to work on
some more solar projects together!