Solar Pool Heater and Diverter

Solar Pool Heater and Diverter

Watch this video to see our solar pool heater design and learn some tips and tricks when building your own. We are in the second season of using this solar pool heater to heat our pool and have been very happy with the results thus far. The heater is made of 2X4 construction and 3/4″ particle board for the box. The tubing is 500 feet of 1/2″ irrigation tubing which was purchased for less than $20. Once I get the tubing back into place I plan to cover the entire box with a piece of glass, plastic, or some other transparent material that can hold some additional heat in around the tubing.
The diverter that I made here diverts some of the flow of pool water from the pool pump for both my solar heater and the wood burning heater. I let this run continuously through the solar heater when it is sunny. I will post a separate video on the exact temperatures once I get some figures put together but the heater helps keep the pool temperature around 80 degrees with less than 8 hours of sun light on the solar heater or pool. I also use a wood burning pool heater if we have a few days of rain or clouds to boost the temp back up.
The overall cost of this project with the irrigation tubing, fittings, pvc pipe for diverter, valves, and wood for the stand was about $80. I also used some stain that I already had to seal up the untreated wood a little bit as well. Compared to the cost of the solar heaters that you can purchase this project is a fraction of the cost with more surface area of tubing that can capture more heat energy.

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M King says:

Do you think this would work for an aquaponics system?

Infiltrator2003 says:

Get some recycled glass from an old sliding door or plexi. You'll see a dramatic increase in heat

smokysantana says:

Would be really nice if you’d lose the music

Robert Damrow says:

How many feet of tubing need to heat 1 gal of water? Looking to use to heat a green house water barrel for night time to maintain above freezing temp.

SoggyBiscuits1000 says:

cover it in glass, it will be like a greenhouse in there then. would be much warmer

victor v says:

Aprender de las experiencias de otros . BUENO

Mark Hall says:

I've just made one of these and I'm having a real bad time trying to bleed it through the pump……any hints?
Great vid btw

ugtbkm ugtbkm says:

Hi, thanks for the great video. I live in Canada and was wondering what I need to do in order to store the solar panel for the winter? Do I need to keep it indoors? How would I flush the tubing to ensure that no water is left in the pipe to prevent freezing?

Cindy Smith says:

I have an above ground pool display that is only 8' diameter, the smallest they sold to the public is 12'. My $12 100' foot roll of black poly is made on a 3'X3' square, and 200' could easily fit on a 4'X4' square. My box walls were made from 3-side aluminum channel beams from old discarded hot tub covers. Once the coil is in place another beam is wedged in to hold it flat, perfect fit. Big Box stores for plexi is an expensive route to go. I went to a plastics supplier in my area called Midland Plastics, and I got a 3'X3' piece for under $20. So aside from some barb fittings, the bypass valve, etc… my major expenses were $32. And with a solar cover to trap the heat in at night and timer to run the pump daytime only… VERY EFFECTIVE!!!

Dennis Rottmann says:

You could use metal strapping across the coils, screwed into the wood to hold them down

Jonathan Clark says:

Nice shirt…GO DUCKS!!!!

Mortgage Financing says:

Is this the "Red" rated pipe? That is the one that is rated for hot water. The reason is that other pipe maybe release toxic water into your pool from the plastic.

Merlin Sport Performance says:

Great videos, thanks for sharing. Has anyone compared results using copper pipe sprayed black and black plastic pipe? Obviously quite a difference in material cost so I'm interested to know as looking to build a unit. Thank you.

Bunky’s Workshop says:

Does the PVC pipe go under the ground?

Hush Whisper says:

This is a cool video. It made me think. Why don't you just put a really large black circle in the bottom of your pool? One, that could be easily removed and cleaned, simply by sliding it out. It wouldn't have to be a thick material. A light one would do. Made out of what I'm not sure, but it sound's a whole lot easier to do. You could even make something that floated on top of your pool to heat it up. A large solid circle of black with a few holes in it, just enough so the water would flow on top of it and that it still floated on top of the water. Seems to me whether its below on the bottom or floating on the top.. it be a good idea.
Nice video buddy. Have a nice day.

Hush Whisper says:

This is a cool video. It made me think. Why don't you just put a really large black circle in the bottom of your pool? One, that could be easily removed and cleaned, simply by sliding it out. It wouldn't have to be a thick material. A light one would do. Made out of what I'm not sure, but it sound's a whole lot easier to do. You could even make something that floated on top of your pool to heat it up. A large solid circle of black with a few holes in it, just enough so the water would flow on top of it and that it still floated on top of the water. Seems to me whether its below on the bottom or floating on the top.. it be a good idea.
Nice video buddy. Have a nice day.

Hush Whisper says:

This is a cool video. It made me think. Why don't you just put a really large black circle in the bottom of your pool? One, that could be easily removed and cleaned, simply by sliding it out. It wouldn't have to be a thick material. A light one would do. Made out of what I'm not sure, but it sound's a whole lot easier to do. You could even make something that floated on top of your pool to heat it up. A large solid circle of black with a few holes in it, just enough so the water would flow on top of it and that it still floated on top of the water. Seems to me whether its below on the bottom or floating on the top.. it be a good idea.
Nice video buddy. Have a nice day.

redwood1957 says:

how has it held up? How many gallons in the pool? Thank you

ockertyron1878 says:

Really great work. I drew inspiration from this (and others) before making my pool set up at home. So thanks for the vid and if you are interested what I came up with, please see my vid, here https://youtu.be/CtfDtauk0fw

Joachim Bartsch says:

does it work or not?

Neneth Salvador says:

thanks for sharing this video..

JayJay Saabedra says:

great solar heater, thanks for sharing this video..

ann smith says:

note if you place a peace of rubber under hose it heat much faster

Arnaud Mosse says:

Good job, it looks good. Could you make measures for us? By measuring input and output temperature and water flowrate we will be able to calculate power collected from sun and put into water, and then improve it. The winding tube design is a problem because it need more power from the pump to circulate. The coropool makers are working on a collector massively parallel with better flowrate and power.

Carine Dumagete says:

Love this!!! this would be a fun project this summer!

Keepingitreal98 says:

when u first start, how long will it take the pool water in the pool to warm up?

sdp300 says:

What are your thoughts using soft copper pipe for the coils. 2 – 50ft rolls.

Gartho says:

Excellent video. Good information. Thanks for the effort you put into this.

Cookie Crumbles says:

Can any one tell me how many gals this will be in sense as to use with an parked RV for showers or doing dishes? Sounds great for a pool but I am looking as to using with a parked RV on the roof top Not worried of extra load when not moving!! as well it will be supported once parked via other means the plywood boxing and another box underneath holding the fresh cold water…. and Support in bath room directly under the placement up top… then later placed on roof of RV shed..
Just needing gal rate per the footage of tubing. Thanks

NativeColoradoBoy says:

So here we are almost 2 years later and I'd like an update as to how this is working and/or not working as we live in Montana and are looking for a pool heater. Also, if you like the wood heater over the poly wrap heater. let us know. Thanks!

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