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Homemade “Steel Can” Solar Air Heater! DIY – STEEL CAN Air Heater! (140F+) – EASY Instructions!

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Homemade “Steel Can” Solar Air Heater. made with STEEL CANS. produces consistent flow of hot (140F+) air. video provides full instructions on how to build it. this thing moves a LOT of hot air. air enters through vents at the bottom of collector and is heated as it’s pulled up through all seven columns of cans. the fan also draws heated air from the airspace surrounding the cans. all the cans are either soup or vegetable cans. one 9 foot piece of wood makes the frame. remember, they call it a (1×4) but it’s actually 3/4″ thick by 3 1/2″ wide. insulation is cardboard (store-bought insulation board can be used as well). the glass is a 20″ by 32″ inch piece of plexi-glass. fan is a ‘polar typhoon’ computer cooling fan. aluminum duct is 3″ diameter. use a 5 watt solar panel (or larger) to power the fan. slightly smaller panel will work but the fan may not run at full speed with a panel smaller than 5 watts. other details: use a 2.5″ hole saw to cut hole in back of collector. use 1/4″ drill bit to drill holes in the cans. put the cans in upside down (bottoms up), use standard flat black spray paint, and remember to seal it up for permanent oudoor installation.

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24 Comments on "Homemade “Steel Can” Solar Air Heater! DIY – STEEL CAN Air Heater! (140F+) – EASY Instructions!"

  1. vincent7520 says:

    What kind of books dis you use ???
    I plan to use Mark Twain Life on the Mississippi (1903 edition) and Shakespeare's Complete works : will it do ?…
    Thanks for posting anyway.

  2. Tom Hagi says:

    Great idea! Will try it myself in the future.

    I think it might be better to use a (black) plastic tube to connect the device with the room because you'll lose less heat with it. And try to isolate it with wool or so. (Don't know if it is understandable, English isn't my native language.) ;)

  3. Fueler says:

    Your Tin Can rocket stove can work as a heater too,right?

  4. Forex says:

    I've done one exactly like that it works perfectly during the day but it always stop working at night time. I still have not been able to figure out the problem.

  5. Mohon Meh says:

    for day time use only

  6. david taylor says:

    Perfect for my out-in the- back garden home workshop, Cheers.

  7. John Kennedy says:

    if it's snowing n the sun is still shining apparently they work good in the snow cus it reflects the suns light towards them but I only read that never tried it

  8. AWESOME IDEA!! ARE YOU USING JUST REGULAR CANS THAT FOOD COMES IN ???OR DO THEY NEED TO BE STEEL?? WHERE ARE YOU GETTING YOUR CANS??? THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH !! CATHERINE MAGEE

  9. HAMM'S says:

    Will it work in the north below 0 in the day time?

  10. Clay Hewett says:

    I have tried your steel can project and had it working ,but had problems with back yard trees that will block portion of sunlight. would you have any idea to help align the solar panel to the sunlight. I thought the connections were loose and checked all wires, all in good standing. very sensitive in the angle of light to run the fan .

  11. Arthur Duda says:

    very cool man what was the ambient air temp outside that day and was it sitting on asphalt or concrete or lawn enemy you ran your test. . and how would the different surfaces effect the out put temp

  12. Karpens16 says:

    Just a thought, could you use this to cool a room by attaching it backwards?

  13. thanks we need is

  14. oh forget something my best wishes ,bye bye

  15. Nice to meet you intelligent man hey I didn't tell you that I'm a science fiction inspiror.

  16. May be you have to rearrange the cans and put them upside down ,that's ok sometimes life seemed good but irionic

  17. Hi,I guess this can be used as an underground air passage try it for 3 meters and more underground while the hose of head heater is above the surface .It can be use for shelters,tunnels ,and underground chambers.

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  19. I have not tried this, but it seems to me the design would be more efficient if each can was loosely filled with steel wool to conduct more heat from the can metal surface into the vent system….just a thought.

  20. Kevin Adams says:

    Dude, excellent tutorial! Can i ask how its worked for you? Thanks again.

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