- Hello fellow Solar Enthusiasts,I'm obviously new here and want to introduce myself a bit. I've been dabbling in solar, mostly PV, stuff for a few years now. I've built my own solar panel from a bunch of broken pv cells I bought from ebay a few years back and bought a charge controller and batter to accompany it so i could learn. Over the years I did many little projects like that.Now I'm ready for the big time!I've managed to collect enough cash and build a house of my own on some property that I have. My wife and I are committed to an off-the-grid lifestyle once this house it completely built.We want:1) solar domestic water heating2) solar electricity3) solar radiant heat built into the concrete slab.4) Compressed Earth Block (CEB) exterior/interior wall construction5) Greenhouse for our fruits and veggies (we are pretty much completely vegetarians)6) Composting for excellent recyclingIf you have any thing to add I welcome the comments and the criticisms. Some people think I'm a bit extreme but I think that is what our planet needs, a change!-Ryan
- Something that is nice is to leave a small light bulb (in a trouble light) on in the bottom drawer of your tool cabinet. Warm tools on a cold morning are like dying and going straight to workman-heaven.
Older tools were made differently and from different cast iron. New cast iron is often more like steel when it comes to quality. I think a lot of present day cast iron is made from not very well sorted scrap - rather than from just high quality ore.
A convection or low powered wall collector seems like it would serve you well. If you want some instant-enthusiasm just make your self a small cheap prototype - paint a long box black inside and tape some clear plastic to one open long side.
On Jan 14, 2016, at 10:40 PM, mranum@... [SimplySolar] <SimplySolar@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
Thanks the input guys, you've given me some things to think about. Building a collector or two on the outside of my shop may be what I will end up doing, seems like its the most viable option. This isn't intended to be my sole source of heat but rather a suppliment.
I heat my shop now with a high efficient LP direct vent furnace. I do not typically heat it at night, generally daylight hours 80% of the time. I use 100# cylinders(my own) for gas. I've had people tell me I can't do that without developing rust issues on my tools because of the temperature swings. But I can say that after 20 years I have never had any issues with rust. I use a lot of old hand tools(early 1900's) with lots of cast iron but no rust.
I neglected to give my location earlier but I am in central Wisconsin.