Introduction: Solar Air Heating Collector for Our Stone Build Garden House

Hi,We use the place under the terrace as Stone Build Garden House.

There is no heating. In summertime the place is Ok, but in all the other seasons, there is too much moisture and because of the low temp there is mold everywere on the gardening tools

So I build this heatersolution, and it works now for 5 years.

When the outside temp is 8.7 degrees Celsius, the heated air from the panel is 22.5 degrees Celsius. At 11 degrees Celsius, nearly 29.6 degrees Celsius.

The panel is exactly turned to the south, and that's the best place.

Step 1: Woodworking

I used a wooden plate and U-profiles for metal stand walls.

A wood strip screwed around the wood plate to create the frame. Then the U-profiles are clipped around.

Step 2: Isolation

For the isolation, I use material, you normally put behind radiators. All fixed in the frame. The little wood pieces create a distance behind the back and the metal sheets.A few holes to suck fresh air cowered with fly screen

Step 3: Metalsheet

The metal plate is 0.5mm thick aluminium, painted in black and fixedon the little wood pieces.

Step 4: Ventilation

A big ventilator is fixed inside the frame. On the outside an adapter to fix the tube. A KTY10 sensor is placed in the air stream

Step 5: Plexiglas

I had this 6mm Plexiglas sheet laying around. It's not optimal, but I had this one. I think a complete transparent sheet would work better. For a nice finished, I screwed plastic strip on it.

In the middle of the panel I added an aluminum bar, so that the Plexiglas is more stable

Step 6: Difference Temperature Switch

The temperature difference circuit, I found on the internet. It works with 2 KTY10 Temp. sensors. When the temp. inside is lower than the temp on the outside, it switches the ventilator on and blows the hotter air inside.

If I'll find the schematics in my mess, I'll post them here.

Step 7: Installation

I had already two 125mm holes in the wall. One on the frontside which is exactly the south side and one on the backside. An aluminum tube connected to the solar heater goes to the inside.

I mounted the construction on the wall with 2 metal angles,

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