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RockyG666 63M
1746 posts
12/10/2013 7:49 am

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12/13/2013 2:49 pm

heat your house with pop cans, styrafoam & duct tape

ok. i have made some modifications to the standard outdoor popcan solar furnace. i have brought them indoors, which means they don't have to endure the weather. styrofoam is perfect. it is strong enough to take anything inside, and lightweight and easy to work with. additionally, it can be securely fastened into needed configurations with just glue and duct tape. additionally, the foam serves as extra insulation and cuts WAY down on window drafts. it even completely insulates the window glass itself it covers.

the larger one is for the transom over the frong door. that window is a HUGE continuous cold draft, and just covering it up for the fit made a major difference in the church. i have one of these already up in one window, and the smaller one is for another. i only have so many windows in direct sunlight on the building, and i am putting these little furnaces on most of them.

the hope is that it will keep everything much warmer on sunny days so that the church starts out warmer at night and is easier to heat then. also, i sometimes jam on the church stage during the day, or conduct other necessary functions inside it. it helps me to want to get into church stuff more often if it isn't freezing in there.

the coolest thing about this heat, is that it is essentially free. i have been collecting pieces of styrafoam i find in the alleys when i walk calvin. the pop isn't free, but i saved all the cans that i drink and would have just thrown them out. recycling alluminum in chicago is not worthwhile financially. duct tape isn't free, but it is really cheap. i am also using cheap electrical tape to stick the cans together. it works better than glue or caulk and it is more or less air tight if you put it on tightly.

it is cold here today. it is snowing again

RockyG666 63M
1357 posts
12/10/2013 2:22 pm

i finished these 2 furnaces today. the final spray paint black is drying and they will be up in the windows for tomorrow.

Sojourner06 60M
1768 posts
12/11/2013 3:08 pm



Styrofoam contain toxic substances released by fire.



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RockyG666 63M
1357 posts
12/13/2013 2:49 pm

i am hoping not to set a fire