I just thought I'd do a update on the solar panel now I've used it for a bit.
It works GREAT!!!! When the sun is on it,,it pumps out from 85-125 degree heat @ about 3 minute intervals for around a minute, minute and a half at a time.
I have had a issue finding a quite fan that puts out about 600-700 cfm that isn't noisy and at a reasonable price. There out there,but expensive.Right now I have a thermal couple switch inside the panel attached to a bilge blower outside the case. When that frigging thing comes on ,,it will make ya jump a country mile,,
sounds like a God Damn V-1 rocket taking off next to you!!!!!
needs a quieter fan,,,,Big Time,,,,,
I don't know how to figure how many BTU's it puts out, but I've got just enough fire going in the wood stove to hold coals, and the furnace is off, and it's in the single digits outside today,,,and it's staying 68 degrees inside.
I'll have to say this has proven to be a worth while project.
I filled the oil tank for the first time in a little over a year(14 months), and it only took 158 gallons. And used a bit less than a pallet of those Bio-Bricks I'd mentioned and a cord of wood,,,all for 14 months of heat,,,Not Bad at all !!!!!
So if you guys need some cheap and portable heat for a shop or something,,defiantly build one,,,it's well worth it!!! I'm glad I did. And this one is very small, so I can only imagine what a larger one would do, like a 4'X8' size.