Off Grid Heating Prototype- Copper Coil Water Heater / Heat Exchanger / Radiant Heater

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  • Published on:  Saturday, August 31, 2019
  • With an ammo box, mason jar, and copper coil, I constructed an off grid water heater / heat exchanger / space heater.

    Important to note:
    - Notice that this is an "open" system. Meaning that I made sure to leave a vent hole to prevent any pressure buildup.
    - This system is not for drinking or cooking, as the ammo can and other components are definitely not food grade rated. I designed this as an experimental heater only.
    - Once the water became hot enough, I made sure to remove the copper coil from the fire, to ensure that the temperature tolerances of the hoses and fittings would not be exceeded.
    - And of course this is a prototype, meaning that it's not perfect, but something I've been working to develop further.
    - The copper obviously isn't designed to be set directly in fire, but I simply wanted to see if the concept of heating with copper was possible. Now my goal is find a way to shield the copper from the flames in order to protect it from degradation.

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    Here's a list of materials I used for the project:
    Copper Coil- https://amzn.to/2NJsEFZ
    Tall Ammo Box- https://amzn.to/2ZHn35A
    Metal Braided Flexy Hose- https://amzn.to/2zC1Lf4
    Rain Barrel Spigot- https://amzn.to/2LcdQy7
    Copper Pipe Connector- https://amzn.to/2Le1iq9
    Candy Thermometer- https://amzn.to/2MMFiEC
    Digital Aquarium Thermometer- https://amzn.to/2LcmAV9

    Snowmobile Camper Series:
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  • Source: https://youtu.be/zwqPiZ4Wgys

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  • The Outsider

    The Outsider

     2 months ago +39

    Hey guys, I had a lot of fun working on this heater concept. If you have any ideas to develop it further, I welcome your input in the comments. In the meantime, here are a couple important points about the system:
    - Notice that this is an "open" system. Meaning that I made sure to leave a vent hole to prevent any pressure buildup.
    - This system is not for drinking or cooking, as the ammo can and other components are definitely not food grade rated. I designed this as an experimental heater only.
    - Once the water became hot enough, I made sure to remove the copper coil from the fire, to ensure that the temperature tolerances of the hoses and fittings would not be exceeded.
    - And of course this is a prototype, meaning that it's not perfect, but something I've been working to develop further.
    - The copper obviously isn't designed to be set directly in fire, but I simply wanted to see if the concept of heating with copper was possible. Now my goal is find a way to shield the copper from the flames in order to protect it from degradation.

  • CommunistMemes

    CommunistMemes

     an hour ago

    Looks like a MoonShine Camp Lol

  • Patrik Einarsson

    Patrik Einarsson

     yesterday

    About 4% of the people who watched this video, are engineers.

  • Zack Woodhurst

    Zack Woodhurst

     yesterday

    If you could dedicate another solar panel and battery you could possibly get a tankless water heater and use that with your ammo box so you could fine tune your heating supply without needing fire but by that point you might as well get a space heater

  • Mike Cull

    Mike Cull

     3 days ago

    steel would work better as the hot metal in the flame as copper will degrade over time,if you took short pieces and connected them with pipe fittings you could make a grate to put over the fire then run copper back to the can. Once heated circulating the hot water thru a radiator would increase the efficiency in releasing heat to the area your trying to heat. On your outlet where you get steam, you could run a hose off it and pass it through ambient temperature water where it will condense back into hot water mix with it and create lukewarm water. Or use the steam to drive a small steam engine and generate some off grid power charge some batteries and have light at night as well. Just always vent the steam to atmosphere or use a pressure release valve. Steam is 1700 times the volume of water, definitely dont want an explosion. Nice build
    i like your setup

  • Burken Productions

    Burken Productions

     3 days ago

    1:00 "check out serious?" It's "check out seriously" you need to use adverbs in the correct place. It sounds so weird when you dont

  • Andy Werling

    Andy Werling

     3 days ago

    A wilderness Japanese capsule hotel.

  • Dr.FragensteinM.D.

    Dr.FragensteinM.D.

     6 days ago

    As a plumber, I died a little inside when I saw a shark bite fitting 😁

  • ynfuentes1

    ynfuentes1

     7 days ago

    You have to add another valve on the coil to release the air on the coil so can stop make noises

  • Shane

    Shane

     7 days ago

    Great idea , good job on the video !

  • Tom Davies

    Tom Davies

     7 days ago

    Pretty clever dude. But your are very knowledgeable with tech too my friend.

  • Mr starwynd

    Mr starwynd

     7 days ago

    I may be wrong here but I feel like adding some kind of legs to raise it off the ground and keep the ground from sapping heat, and maybe some kind of rotating deflector

  • Alfred Rocco

    Alfred Rocco

     7 days ago

    Just put the tank onto the fire you genious -_-

  • muniba

    muniba

     7 days ago

    i want to construct it

  • Stephen van den Berg

    Stephen van den Berg

     7 days ago

    A "small fire" lol. Those flames are tearing!!

  • BRAZILIANCRAFT

    BRAZILIANCRAFT

     7 days ago

    Only took me 5 seconds to hit that subscribe button 👍

  • Zhongrui Sun

    Zhongrui Sun

     7 days ago

    这样还是很危险,水温继续升高,体积膨胀,会从箱子顶端的孔涌出,应该使水箱封闭,在管子上安装泄压阀

  • Perry Gossman

    Perry Gossman

     7 days ago

    Stupid Muhak

  • HiddenChambers!

    HiddenChambers!

     7 days ago

    Amazing!! Thank you for sharing!!

  • The jukebox

    The jukebox

     7 days ago

    Or you could just stick the ammo box in the fire. 😁