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    DIY Heater Reusing A Broken Heater?

    Hey folks,

    I've got access to a friend's Heat Pump that's not working. I was thinking...would it be possible to steal some of the internals for a DIY heater? I'm assuming there's a stainless steel heat exchanger or stainless steel coils inside that thing that's would be $$$ to build or buy. If I can take that and use it in either an outdoor wood stove or in a grill or on top of burners (as seen in http://www.redneckpoolheater.com/ ) it would bring me 90% of the way toward a DIY pool heater.

    Now...I know that this type of heater design is ineffecient. But, I'd only probably use it a few times a year, just to give the water a jolt. And it's better than nothing and much cheaper than other options (other than solar). Long term I might not save money, but I'm ok with that.

    But...back to the main question...what's inside these heat pumps? If I open it up, will I find a reusable stainless steel heat exchanger (or coils) that I could use for this type of plan?

    Thanks!
    18 X 36 In-Ground Vinyl Pool, Hayward 1 HP SuperPump, Hayward SP270T 350lb Sand Filter, CompuPool CPSC48 Salt Chlorine Generator, Hayward H400FDN 400 BTU Natural Gas Heater, 2 returns, 1 skimmer, No Main Drain

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    Re: DIY Heater Reusing A Broken Heater?

    I doubt you'll find what you want. The tubes inside the heat pump are for the refrigerant, not the water. Probably too small for what you want.

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    Re: DIY Heater Reusing A Broken Heater?

    You come up with some funny stuff, Richard! Crazy part is, some folks probably really do that

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    Re: DIY Heater Reusing A Broken Heater?

    lol That's hilarious!

    Ok...thanks for the tip on what's inside the heater.
    18 X 36 In-Ground Vinyl Pool, Hayward 1 HP SuperPump, Hayward SP270T 350lb Sand Filter, CompuPool CPSC48 Salt Chlorine Generator, Hayward H400FDN 400 BTU Natural Gas Heater, 2 returns, 1 skimmer, No Main Drain

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