Burning barrel in the pool

Questions for you scientific types. Would this work: I have a 3,000 gallon inground pool and no heater. If I took a barrel, stuck it in the shallow end just a half inch above being totally submerged, and lit a fire inside it it would it work to heat the water around it and eventually heat up the pool?

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Rishnai9 years ago
Your plan would work, but it's probably not the fastest way to get the job done. I like the way you think, though. Personally I'd use a heat exchanger from my barbecue, like the redneck pool heater. Maybe. I got a concept. Pipe your air in and out of the barrel, seal your barrel, and submerge it in the deep end. Then it'll heat all the water above it. Cover your pool while you do that to lose even less heat. Just plumb up your air compressor to it, stick a lotta charcoal in the barrel, light, seal, fill your pool over it/lower it in. Or maybe build a gas burner for in there. I like the concept of fire in a pool. As long as it's submerged (turn it on its side?) as deep as possible, the efficiency should go up a lot. How deep is your pool? My 3000 gallon pool is only three feet deep all around, but it's an aboveground. My pool heating solution for years was to wear a wetsuit, but when I got tired of that I built a greenhouse around it, since I take the pool down for the winter and can now grow stuff in there. And the water's nice and warm in the summer.
...like the redneck pool heater. Maybe....
You'd have to paint it green with a john deer logo underwater.
Don't knock John DeerEs.

Friends don't let friends drive red tractors.
However, friends have been known to let friends go tractor tipping. That was the weirdest thing I've ever seen, especially 'cause he was tipping his own tractors.
So is it like cow tipping only the other tractors don't charge you like the angry bull ??
I think so. Although I wouldn't be suprised if tractors charged drunk people when their friends are being tipped.
That is weird...
I would, too. Have you seen the redneck riding lawnmower? I want one of those.
=SMART=9 years ago
wouldnt it just evaporate/boil all the water which is very close to it, it would be hard keeping it stable too. if the pool is in the sunshine then maybe you could buy/borrow a large black tarpaulin and drape it over the water, harness the sun's heat that would probably heat it up. how did you end up with a pool with no heater anyway, did it break??
Rishnai =SMART=9 years ago
I've tried the black stuff on/in/around the pool trick. It doesn't actually heat the water much. I would guess that either the heater broke, or when the pool was originally installed, that was overlooked. It happens. In some climates, they build them without heaters since it doens't get "too cold"
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