I have a 15 foot intex round metal frame pool. It came with the Intex SWG/Filter/pump combo. I installed a wall skimmer / new return, and have a separate pump and cartridge filter. I just bought a Hayward propane heater - H100IDP1. As my SWG has its own pump with automatic timer, I am going to keep that on it's own circuit until it dies then add a SWG to the main circuit. So I have to plumb the wall skimmer / pump / filter / propane heater / return. I plan to keep the pump and filter next to pool, but want to keep the propane heater about 8 feet away. I will only use the heater on cold days. I currently have the intex flexible hose attached to the skimmer and the return. I like the flexible hose connection to pool itself as the kids really get the walls moving.
My question is do I need to plumb a bypass line past the heater, and how is that best accomplished? I was going to run pvc from filter to heater (7 foot run), and back to an area near pool, where the flexible tubing can connect and run into pool. Eventually I will connect my SWG after heater and use the extra pool connections as another inlet/outlet. I would like to also add a water feature (sprinkler) like many have done.
I want to do this right the first time and plan for the future. Help! Thank you.
Current set up below. I plan to install the heater in the far corner (past railway tie on cement pad), and have the Intex SWG/pump run with the two closest pool connections (currently it connects with the original intex inlet/outlet as shown). I will replace the original Intex inlet (farthest away) with a new Hayward connection and use this as my heater return. So all equipment will be concentrated in far corner. Intex SWG/pump will be at front by itself for now.