Greenhouses forum: Start Saving Your Soda/Beer Cans! Soda/Beer Can Heater for A Greenhouse

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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Jul 3, 2014 8:58 PM CST
I thought now would be a good time to post this so you can start saving cans.

Complete Steps for Building A Solar Thermal Soda/Beer Can Heater for A Greenhouse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...
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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jul 3, 2014 10:17 PM CST
Anne! This is great! I have everything to make this except for the little gray tubing. I have to dig the cans out of the Recycle bin and believe it or not, I just tossed a old vacuum cleaner hose in there! Now all I need to do is find some sunshine under my canopy of trees. At least they are deciduous.
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lovemyhouse
Jul 3, 2014 10:52 PM CST
How cool is that? Thank you for posting the link! Thumbs up
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Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Xeramtheum
Jul 4, 2014 6:35 AM CST
I ran across it looking for recycling projects .. it thought it would be a great way for augmenting greenhouse heat in the daytime in the frozen north.
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Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jul 4, 2014 12:36 PM CST
I am thinking of doing this with longer hoses, or up on the roof. I wonder what the HOA would say about tin cans on my roof?? Rolling on the floor laughing I need to reach for the sun here and it might take some doing to get it into the GH! Still, I think this idea is very doable and very economical and most of all a SAFE way of heating the GH. Thanks!
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Name: James
Fabens,TX (Zone 8a)
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Txtea
Jul 4, 2014 6:59 PM CST
Anne, thanks for posting this link. I think this will be a super project for the future.
Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Xeramtheum
Jul 4, 2014 7:09 PM CST
You all are very welcome ... I'll definitely be doing this when I get a new greenhouse.

Something occurred to me earlier. When I lived in England I had a heater that was called a 'trickle down' heater. There were something like bricks that held heat and in the daytime low voltage would be used to heat the bricks ... considering how much heat this thing can put out, it might be worth looking into a way to have all this heat get stored then released at night.
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Name: Jean
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qwilter
Jul 14, 2014 4:01 PM CST
Great video.................I'm going to find some cans & try 1 of these in the GH this winter.
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Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
Only dead fish go with the flow!
Plant and/or Seed Trader Birds Cat Lover Greenhouse Tropicals Bulbs
Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages Butterflies Bee Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Seed Starter
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Xeramtheum
Jul 16, 2014 6:39 AM CST
If anyone builds one of these things, it would make an awesome "Idea". So take pictures as you build it and write about your experience, problems and the way you solved them.
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