How To Have Endless Free Hot Water Forever
By: Kevin Schmidt on March 13, 2015
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This winter our water temperature was WAY too cold causing the untimely demise of some fish in our system. How to solve this issue became a looming question.
After researching pool heaters and other water heaters, we realized that none would work for us. Here’s why: Most of them have nickel or copper in the lines that kill the beneficial bacteria needed to convert ammonia into nitrates and nitrites. So that’s out.
Plus, we didn’t want to have another device on the electrical system causing higher electrical bills.
After some thinking, we began researching Permaculture rocket heaters. Since our farm has many Permaculture aspects to it, this solution was appropriate and the only one we really wanted.
We examined several types of Rocket Stoves and varied permaculture type wall heaters. Then we took a mix of those designs to create our own water heater. Now we have as much free hot water as needed… FOREVER.
As you can see below, the Rocket Hot Water Heater is almost finished. All that’s needed to finish it is to add the clay at the bottom with a limestone cap. Yet it works like a champ right now heating the water to over 155 degrees.
Soon our system will have the temps we want and we learned a valuable lesson, which is: when needing a solution to something at the farm (or at your home) always look to see if a Permaculture design will work first.
Most, if not all, Permaculture solutions provide a low cost, relative low maintenance, and environmentally friendly solutions for our work and lives.
Now as a backup in case of power outages, we are building more for our homes and guest cabins to make sure we always have hot water (and it’s free… well after you build it).
As always, here at Doodley Dee’s Farm we will share our knowledge with you… please share yours with us.
Here’s to good eating.