best heat absorber/ releaser


by openbahr@comc
Tags: absorber or, heat, releaser
openbahr@comc
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Jan26-08, 10:47 AM
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Hi all,
I am new to the forums and I was wondering if anyone could help me with a dilemma.

I recently installed an inground pool and I did buy a gas heater. But I really dont wat $600 gas bills. so I am going to try to build a solar water heater.

I was thinking of a basic design, a box with coiled (?) to run water through.

my question to you experts is, what material to use I know copper is good at absorbsion of heat and relese of heat, but is there something better??/

any advice would be appreciated.
mike
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marcusl
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Jan26-08, 11:38 AM
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Copper is used because it's a good conductor, not because it's a good absorber (it isn't!). Black paint is a good absorber.

Based on your questions, I suggest you follow plans for this project. There are tons of plans for free and for sale on the web. Start searching "build your own solar pool heater", for instance.


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