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Thread: buy or build solar heater?

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    Jun 2008
    Bruce Peninsula - Ontario

    buy or build solar heater?

    Does anyone have good plans for building a solar collector or should i buy a ready made one. Is the sungrabber any good? or any other recommendations?

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    May 2007
    Silver Spring, MD

    Re: buy or build solar heater?

    I would buy the standard 4x20 panels and then install them yourself. Standard solar panels are very efficient and quite inexpensive. It isn't practical to make anything with as good efficiency unless you use materials that cost more.
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    Mar 2007
    Virginia Beach

    Re: buy or build solar heater?

    I have the sungrabbers and they work fine and are relatively inexpensive. I believe that they are approx 100ish per panel.
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