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Vantwat

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Question about electric heating
« on: November 09, 2015, 07:54:04 PM »
I've been reading a lot of people advocating using a log burner,personally I'd love one but is there any reason if I get solar panels why I can't just get a small electric heater and run it off the solar panels?

scottdimelow

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Re: Question about electric heating
« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2015, 03:54:06 PM »
An electric heater would drain your batteries to quickly, they are extremely power hungry.

If you had a 1000w heater, and a 250w solar panel. You'd need 4 hours worth of sunlight to run the heater for 1 hour. And that doesn't take into account losses from the efficiency of batteries, solar panel and inverter.

They're just not a viable option for solar, you could use one if you went on campsites and had a hook up.

A tiny rocket stove is what I plan to install. I'm going to make it, rocket stoves are highly efficient and can be made to be self-feeding. All I intend to use as fuel is scavenged twigs, logs etc.

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Re: Question about electric heating
« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2015, 12:56:49 PM »
Will you please post pictures of the rocket stove, when done.

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Re: Question about electric heating
« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2015, 06:51:36 PM »
Absolutely, I've scoured youtube but there's nothing how I'd like mine to be. I'm just sticking to the basic principles of a rocket stove and hoping for the best :)