thomas rubino wrote:Ha Ha; I should have waited a day! Last night our 3-5" storm was a 10-12" storm...
And the panels looked like this today...
Of course tonight another 5-7" is coming...
Ahh Winter You love it or move south !
Mike Homest wrote:
frank li wrote:Peoples cost and values are generally different. Like a 400$ wood fired boiler. I would estimate 4k$ to start unless you are speaking dhw only, and or diy, even then... unless you are talking about a heat exchanger and controlled circulation, id still be at a loss to buy that for 400 dollars.
The Boiler (brand new) was about 300 US$, it has (iirc) 1200W electrical heating, which I haven't connected, an extra heat exchanger (8 kW), which I haven't used so far. you could attach a solar system to it or some radiator, while the last makes little sense, since the boiler is not really thought to be fired permanently. About 100 US$ for the missing tubes, water/exhaust and so on which I had not onsite already.
I have everything setup on my own. Yes it is not expensive and working like a charm, though it might not be that great in terms of efficiency, it doesn't matter to me. From calculating you get about 50% efficiency in the summer and maybe 75% in the winter, due to room heating. I like that it is very simple, what is not there can simply not break.
+++In addition it needs zero electricity and even without power, I can still take a shower and alike.+++
frank li wrote:
Eric Hammond wrote:
Double check the shunts mV rating!!! You need a specific mV rating for your battery monitor! The shunt should be stamped. Double check that it's right with the battery monitor literature. Otherwise I would suspect a bad battery monitor
I think this is more likely than a defective shunt or a defective monitor. The shunts are one of the highest quality and most stable and trouble free parts in the system. True it takes creativity to test a shunt without lab equipment set up to do so or a swap check..... didnt think about that until you said it, never had to test one!
Mike Homest wrote:
Mike Jay wrote:Sorry about that. It's pretty standard to have hot and cold water going to cloths washing machines around here. I didn't even think to mention it.
OK, got it. Here those machines are pretty rare and according to tests some are not even that efficient. Of course you need something cheaper then electricity to heat up the water. Solar fluid tubes systems should be in the summer times optimum, but if you want thermosiphon (w/o pumps/etc) a bit tricky to setup, as the panels need to be below the boiler.