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Solar Heating for Oudoor Wash Stall?

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  • Solar Heating for Oudoor Wash Stall?

    My spring project is going to be tricking out the outdoor wash rack. It already has a concrete base with mats and a place to tie. I am going to add shelves and some other stuff to it.

    But what I'd really like is to have hot water out there. There is no hot water in the barn so running water from the barn is not an option.

    Has anyone ever seen a solar option for something like this? Right now there is just a pump with a hose attached. It's well water so it's COLD! And my horse is a wimp who acts like cold water is acid rain.


  • #2
    I'm thinking you'll find a solar set up expensive and limited....but check out this earlier posted thread :

    "Indecision may or may not be my problem"
    --Jimmy Buffett


    • Original Poster

      Thanks. I did see that thread. That is my next option - I was just hoping I could find something that I didn't have to worry about buying propane for.

      Of course it figures it will be expensive for me to try and do something environmentally friendly!


      • #4
        You might be able to consider a way to have your hose fill a dark colored rain barrel and leave it in the sun. It would have to be elevated, I think, in order to have the water come out with any pressure, and it wouldn't be high-pressured at all, BUT it might be worth trying. You might actually find that it is too hot in the summer.

        But basically your barn hose fills an elevated rain barrel (you'll have to build a platform), and then you use another hose to take water out the bottom of the barrel. I'd definitely try it! It will be cheap and if it doesn't work you can just use the rain barrel somewhere else.


        • #5
          You might be able to warm it up some by laying copper tubing or black plastic tubing/hose in a serpentine across the roof (roof angle needs to be sun facing) with a hook up from well to roof and then from roof to hose for horse...run water fairly slowly to allow warm up time or run water into small pressure tank of some kind and then into hose for horse bathing. I know of people who pre-heat their hot water tank water doing something along this line so that the hot water tank doesn't have to work so hard to heat cold well water and of one gal years back that heated her house this way....copper tubing back and forth on roof, covered with clear sheeting of some kind and then into system that heated her floors and a heat sink for nighttime heating with warm air...complicated house to build but ran on almost nothing and kept warm in northern area winters.
          Colored Cowhorse Ranch
          Northern NV


          • #6
            The problem with any type of solar hot water system is you need some type of anti scald device. You can lay a coil of black piping on a roof and it will heat nicely on a sunny day. Unfortunately if you try to use that water directly it will be scalding hot, then luke warm and then cold. You need a storage tank like a hot water heater to store the water in. With some fairly simple controls you pump the water from the storage tank through the solar coil and back into the storage tank. After a while you will have say 50 gals of hot water ready to use.
            This is probably more cost and effort than you were originally thinking.
            Of course if you are in a cold climate there would be some work in winterizing every fall.


            • #7
              100ft long black hose laying on the pavement in the sun does it for me. of course it only works for nice days.
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