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I agree that the hoses may be collapsing or restricting flow which may cause that shudder and shut down. The heater unit indicates it has an auto shut down at 30 minutes or so, I have not seen that with my unit. The hot water circulator pump is a great idea I did not know such a thing existed. I will purchasing one of those to see if it helps the system run better and prevents the pump from getting hot it tends to do. Thanks for all of the feedback and comments!
I have mad my pump overheat and cut off but that's around 45 minutes to an hour of continuous use. There was a suggestion made by another commenter to change the pump out for a hot water circulator that might take care of the pump issue as a whole. Otherwise I place my pump directly on a large stone which helps control its temperature a little bit.
That's curious, did you turn the flow all the way up on the heater unit? Did you add any hardware that may restrict the flow or did you use any smaller hoses? I have not had that issue I wonder if you have a heater unit that is not working appropriately. I have been able to turn the heater from the lowest flow to the highest and it was able to support both. I do caution you that if you keep the pump running full blast by keeping the heater flow on high it may result in the pump overheating as other folks have identified on here.
What a great idea to make it nice and portable!
Conceptually yes I do think it should work. I was looking to do the same with my pool. I have not yet tried it but had a few thoughts; I was planning on adding a three-way valve ( https://amzn.to/2MJg8ns ) to divert water to the heater and have an inline hook up. I was thinking about placing it after the filter (to protect the heater from impurities in the water) and before the chlorinator ( to reduce build up of calcium in the heater). I may tackle this in an instructable in the spring. If you do end up doing it let me know how it works :-)
You are not seeing things you are 100% correct. Thanks for noticing that :-)
Great question, it's rather hard to answer. I was using a standard 20 lb propane tank like you see on your grill. The system heated water that was between 70 and 80 degrees about 1 degree every 2-4 minutes. The 20 lb tank supported the system for over 30 uses and we started with it at half full.
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Ah sorry, you are stumped I did not clearly write out that part. I have been working to update my current set up for this unit as well to keep it from being so cobbled together at the electrical connection. Previously what I did was took a ring terminal (this is the kit I have - https://amzn.to/2OkHSlT ). I took the ring that fit snuggly and bent it over and electrical taped it in place. The negative (black wire) should be the one connected to this terminal. The exterior of the barrel is the negative charge. For the positive, I placed the wire inside the barrel and insulated so it would not be exposed to the exterior of the barrel.However, I have been updating the process. I cut the end of the barrel off and peeled back the casing on the wire. This will leave you a red and a bla...
Ah sorry, you are stumped I did not clearly write out that part. I have been working to update my current set up for this unit as well to keep it from being so cobbled together at the electrical connection. Previously what I did was took a ring terminal (this is the kit I have - https://amzn.to/2OkHSlT ). I took the ring that fit snuggly and bent it over and electrical taped it in place. The negative (black wire) should be the one connected to this terminal. The exterior of the barrel is the negative charge. For the positive, I placed the wire inside the barrel and insulated so it would not be exposed to the exterior of the barrel.However, I have been updating the process. I cut the end of the barrel off and peeled back the casing on the wire. This will leave you a red and a black wire. Strip and prep the wires. Using heat shrink - https://amzn.to/2OdugIZ insulate any exposed areas and Place an inline switch https://amzn.to/2ObBFse . This has allowed me to toggle the on and off much easier. I am working on refining pictures and updating my instructable to show it step by step. Please let me know if I can help out at all.
NICE! Yeah I really like the ability to heat using propane. It is much more efficient and cost effective then the provided electrical heater. Thanks for the feedback!
Great question. No, I do not believe this unit is able to be winterized. I pull it inside in the winter.
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