So I have been looking at different options for heating my pool. Let me say that I am cheap. I don't like to spend money. I am thinking about getting a pond pump, running it to some black tubing, then zip tie the tubing to the frame of the pool where it will get sunlight to warm it, before it discharges back into the pool.
I can get a 185 gph pump for about $15, and 100 feet of black landscape dripline 1/2" tube for $16. or I could get 20' of black pond tubing for about $12.
For about $30 I have a hundred feed of water in the sun.
Has anyone tried this or something like it? Looking at a lot of the "green pool heaters" they all seem to use the pool pump to push water through black tubing or a black plastic maze like a reverse heat sink. I don't like the idea of using my pool pump this way, plus I have an intex, and I understand the fittings are far from standard. thus the dedicated pump. I was originally looking at a sump pump, but did not like the cost or the fact that they don't seem to be designed to run 24/7.