Yes Doug I agree foil is much too thin to transfer much heat BUT flashing material works fine for the price. Tar when mixed with kerosene makes a great paintcanivanj
Charlie- Foil is too thin to conduct much heat. John, Do you see any melting, movement, smell, or other problems using tar? Doug I use 3/8" copper tubingdoug_kalmer
I use 3/8" copper tubing bonded to aluminum flashing covered with tar mixed with kerosene for a serpentine collector.canivanj
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