Scott Weinberg wrote:Just a quick update from the time of last suggestion- 12-24-16 By Travis J. The suggestion is certainly on the right track. And the local big box store had the items listed, but of course NO ONE that had any idea on how to set up. So some reading/research is in order to go this route. That never hurt anyone.
It also got me to do a "search" for PLC's with temp sensors- and got a huge feedback. This may prove the best yet, for the money, but doubtful for the least work as there seems to be companies that have done this for you. So the classic "one hand vs the other" Again I will post if I come up the solution that worked for me.
Back to the collection part- even before the controller is figured out. I wrapped 60' of 1/2 copper fairly tightly around my horizontal flue piping- this filled with water and pumped at slowest volume possible- while I would say the flue temp before the wrapping was hotter than post wrapping, the temp gain in the water was discouraging. But the cost was minimal to try...and much was learned. Basically the volume of heated air (flue gas) was zipping by faster than what I could collect... But what was learned was that I could inter-connect 2- 55 gal barrels, even 10 with great ease and low cost.