Did you find that 112 degrees blowing into the container did or did not warm it up?
I think it should, but from the way you wrote it, I thought it did not, so I am asking the question again.
Another note on that pop can solar heater.
degrees. So in 4 hours the solar panel raised the room temp 10 degrees on its own. 10 degrees warmer then it started and 23 degrees warmer then the outside. I say it is worth it.
Len, I had never gave much thought to the windows as far as contributing to any heat, but after your comment it made me think it very well could. So today I checked to see when the sun came into the window and when it left. The sun only shinned through the window from just before 3:00 pm and then down and out of view by just after 5:00 pm, so I have to say that it did not contribute to the earlier rise in the room temp. And with snow still on the roof, I know I wasn't getting any benefit from it there either.
Well, almost on it's own.... I noticed a couple of other solar collectors (AKA windows) on the front. Still, it was all free heat. Gotta love that.
Yor welcome jenna.
Thank you for those details, Larry.
Also thank you for doing that experiment!
It is exactly what I need to prove that this is very significant.
10 degrees warmer is excellent, and 23 degrees warmer than the outside is even more telling.
I do not want to even know how to figure this but since the insulation was at the former temperature, it took some time warming up the insulation before it could start raising the room temperature.
Wow it was really cold there!
So recently I decided to do just that. We had eight inches of snow the other day so I decided to take some measurements. My common since said it's pointless but curiosity got the best of me. So here are the results. The first measurements are with eight inches of snow on the roof.
as soon as you cut the wall you lose the 'strong' part if you have snow load you will find out . take a measurement and under load check again.
Put enough weight on anything and something is going to give sooner or latter. And while I would agree that you can not bury one of these without giving a great deal of consideration to the walls to insure they do not fail. I think in my situation, the structural integrity has not been compromised. There are 2X4 rafters ever 24" across the width of each container running the entire length of the ceiling and braced by 2X4 stud walls at a spacing of 16" each. The center portion of the ceiling has 2X4 running the length of each container and held into place by self tapping screws going into the box beam, again adding more support to the original frame. The back wall where the dirt is also has the 2X4 stud walls anchored to the floor and the ceiling and 1/2 t&g walls. Then there are three supporting cross walls to add even more support to any outside pressure, then where the dirt is piled at the most which is the pantry area, there are 5 shelf's, each having three 2X4 and 1/2 boards. These shelf's are anchored to the floor and braced against outer walls and one inner wall.
Larry, the concern is that containers are built to bear the loads at the corners, not over their tops. It's the same reason why you don't try to bury a container without building some kind of wall to keep the weight of the dirt from coming through the sides of the container.
In NE OK, you probably don't get a lot of 8" snowfalls. If that should start becoming the norm, then you may have some problems five or six years down the road.
Dang Larry, I don't know what field you are in, but you sure could be a class A interior decorator or even a photographer -
pics look amazing..
What is the pump on the left of the sink connected to and where do i get a pump like that?
OOOOOOOOPS! I fixed it. Thanks
Larry, don't know what it is, but all the photos you posted yesterday are showing on my computer as "moved or deleted". All the other pictures you've posted are showing up fine.
ok..I want to do this too! ...
....But...do you think the heat from welding could melt or burn away the expanding spray foam/
and the mansion interior was hella funny!
Thank you. We collected all of our cans for the heater in the road ditches. We collected all we found over a couple days, and had enough left over to crush and cash in for $11.30.
Peter K. wrote:
Okay I am going to have to research that can heater a bit. Of course the problem for me may be getting cans because with what you can get selling them to recycle centers folks are rather posessive about them and it's rare I have a canned or bottled drink because we usually make tea.
BTW nice job on turning the containers into a house. While I have my home and land here. The wife has mentioned she wanted to get a place in the mountians as a vacation spot. If (and it's a big if) we ever do this is exactly the type of thing I am going to do because it appears to be low maintainence and once built something you could leave for a bit and then come back to and everything would be ready to go.