A friend of mine created his own solar heater of sorts with black pipe. He made a header and a few pipes, put it on top of a shed and ran some hoses to it. It was used on an above ground pool and he said it did a pretty good job of adding decent heat to his pool.
I am not sure if connecting a pool filled with chorinated water to black pipe is advisable but thinking if something similar could be done with 2" black PVC pipe. I have a 38X20 mountain lake 8' deep end pool that is going to be installed in next couple of weeks. I would use solar panels but the proper exposure is not the front of my house which is pretty far from the pool and connecting all that is not going to happen. I have a 60' fence behind where my pool is being installed and toying with the idea of running a header with 2 - 2" x60' Black PVC Pipes and Return with the same. THe sun exposure in the top of the fence is the most sunny spot in the yard. I could even use a separate pump and a thermostat to turn it on/off as opposed to using the main pump. I have an extra pump laying around from the above ground pool I took down last year that is only a couple of years old. I could even put it on a timer so it does not run at night.
I have no idea how much heat could be generated by 240' of 2" PVC or Black Pipe but thinking there is a possibility it might work okay.
Anybody have any thoughts on something like this? I am having the electrician run a 50 amp line for a heat pump but do not want to spend another 3K for a heatpump which definitely is not in this years budget.