Hello from Western Washington! I have been lurking since last year. We've enjoyed two summers with an Intex EZ set 12'x30" pool and this year I want to move up to an Intex Ultra 18' x 48" pool. I really like the idea of using a salt water chlorine generator, but I'm also wanting to make the pool warmer than what we've experienced in the last two years.
I was just about committed to getting a Natural Gas fired heater for the new pool but then realized that most are not compatible with the salinity in a pool using SWCG for chlorine management. So what to do? Am I facing a salt vs. heater situation? Or are there heaters (not at 3 times the price) that have the necessary metallurgy in the heat exchanger to handle the low salt ppm of the salt water pool?
I could try solar heaters, but I'm not sure they'll give me the boost I'm looking for.
Thoughts, advice, experience with this situation? I'm all ears.
Jason (near) Seattle