A few days ago, a friend of mine posted on Facebook asking if anyone was an electrician. Her water heater had broken weeks before, and after waiting two weeks for the landlord to fix it, she thought her troubles were over. It turns out that the water still would not get hot, only warm enough to not be considered freezing. I sent her this video the very moment I saw it.
In this insanely useful video, an engineer describes how to heat a large amount of water without using any electricity at all. It may sound too good to be true, but the setup is actually not too difficult. There are so many scenarios when this great information could come in handy.
You can heat as much shower water as you need using only a stove, some sticks, and a routing system. The process does take longer than warming water with electricity – but hey, sometimes we don’t have a choice. And other times we want to conserve energy or cut down on our power bills. This life hack is the solution that meets all of those needs.
This process, known as a thermosyphoning process, can be thought of as a natural heat exchange. Almost no energy is wasted when heating your water, which is good news for the earth.
The heating process works when you place a large coil inside a stove pipe. Light kindling inside the stove, and nurture a little fire. Both ends of the coil should come out through holes drilled in the stove pipe. Water rises through the hot coil, gathering heat as it makes its way to the water heater. Copper tubing connects the coil and the container.
This ingenious contraption takes water from the water heater, warms it up, and sends it right back. The best part of this project is that you don’t need to spend a crazy amount of money on all sorts of specific parts. The whole thing can be made from scraps – actually, the engineer in this video used scarp parts himself.
Life doesn’t always go according to plan. Sometimes our water heating systems break, sometimes we need to save some extra cash, and sometimes we just want an adventure free from our electricity-powered society. Whatever your water-heating needs may be, this comprehensive video will tell you everything you need to know.
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