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Thread: homemade heat exchanger to heat pool with open pit fire

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    homemade heat exchanger to heat pool with open pit fire

    Anyone ever build a homemade heat exchanger using copper pipe, transfer pump and hoses to heat a pool in the spring/fall? I have free wood and really don't want to pay to heat the pool. I've been looking for a heat exchanger design that would simply "set" in the fire. Any tips would be appreciated. I do understand that most of the heat will be given to the atmosphere.
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    May 2007
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    Re: homemade heat exchanger to heat pool with open pit fire

    Welcome to TFP!

    It takes really large amounts of heat to heat a pool, really really large. There is a fun website describing how someone made a pool heater out of a gas grill. I am sure something similar would work for a wood fire. But unless you have several cords of wood chopped and ready just sitting around and plan on tending the fire for days at a time, don't expect to get real amounts of heat out of anything along these lines.
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