What’s Better Electricity or Propane?

Looking at a house in Fairbanks in Alaska, where it is 9 cents a kwatt. all appliances are 120 vac (ie: dryer,hot water tank heater, fridge, etc.) Except the oil furnace. Would it be wise to change the hot water heater and dryer to propane? Or would I be better off getting a wind mill and some solar panels? From an indoor air quality standpoint, electricity is better than unvented combustion. From an environmental standpoint, […]

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Real Stirling Engines

I wish you well with your search for the Merc industrial diesel. I have often thought that those refrigeration systems were just waiting to be re-assigned. A friend in Switzerland has a 3 cubic metre (795 US gallon) hot water storage tank, heavily insulated and built into a special room. It had several draw off points, and heat-exchanger coils so that water could be drawn for different purposes and the tank could be heated by […]

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Drain Heat Recovery System

This looks in principle to be a good idea. It often occurred to me that a whole lot of heat was going straight down the drain after bathing or during showering. The construction of this device looks so simple – it would be easy to make one cheaply using 2″ copper pipe and a coil of flexible copper tubing. For best heat conductivity it would be a good idea to solder the spiral tube to […]

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Your Portable Propane Heater Is Trying To Kill You

There are several causes of noisy operation. If you adjusted the gas input screw that may have been the wrong adjustment, but hard to tell from the written word on posts. For burner roar, the air shutter has to be adjusted for the air fuel mixture. Also the blower wheel can be out of balance, rubbing, or just loose. Low input voltage can cause excessive noisy operation if the battery is bad or needs charging. […]

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Cement Floors in living area’s?

Well i guess its now the “Green” thing to do and pretty trendy but we have had a cement floor in our house for years. Years ago we had a hot water heater blow out and our floors where ruined and we had to rip them all out, so in our kitchen and living room we have cement floor, the living room is covered with a carpet, but had no pad under it and the […]

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Dwindling water supply

I have a question i hope someone will be able to answer for me. i have well water at my home and for the past 3 months my water has been going off for as long as 30 minutes at a time. eventually it does come back on. but when it does you can hear the water gurgling through the hot water heater and the water pipes. i have no idea what the problem is. […]

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Hot water heater banging

Ever since our new propane hot water heater was installed it has banged as it heats up. I contacted the manufacture and they suggested I flush it and I did that to no avail. I have rotated the exhaust twister thing in the center flue to no avail either. Just wondering if anyone has a remedy that I am not aware of or haven’t tried? — Do you have an expansion tank above your water […]

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Advice on tankless water heater

I called a plumbing company in town to get a price on a tankless hot water heater and i was a bit shocked. They said 2,500. That was a bit more then i planned but he explained they had to install it on an outside wall to vent it outside and then run the gas and water pipes. well all that work the price makes sense but i don’t understand the hot water heater in […]

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About Hot Water Heaters

My wife and i currently got a mobile home given to us and I’ve been remodeling it. The old hot water heater was gas, hooked up with copper pipe that’s been removed, but the water heater was split open at the seam from being frozen.(mind u this trailer has been empty for 1 1/2 years). I have an opportunity to get a 30 gal. hot water heater cheap but was told its a 110 and […]

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