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  • Reply Vera Struck July 18, 2013 at 4:41 pm


    I love the ingenious water heater idea, the coil around the stove pipe. Such character, great view and smart energy!

  • Reply Joel July 19, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Hi Noel

    Nice little cabin you built there, with some clever ideas. I particularly like am am very interested in your stove and water heater. If I may ask: does this work as a heat exchanger or directly heats the water? Also, what’s at the bottom of the gas bottle stove? I am thinking of something similar to go on the boat I’am building and would be very interestedif you’d consider answering! Thanks.Joel

  • Reply Joey February 23, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Very clever! Have 1 quick question about your brilliant hot water setup…how does the heated water circulate? I am not familiar w any systems like this…does the heated water expand or pressurize and cause circulation some how? Thx for your time and would greatly appreciate any response!

    • Reply Wes October 28, 2014 at 2:36 pm

      Thermosiphon. Where as hot water rises and cold water sinks creating a natural flow…..the inlet and outlet of the coils appear to be swapped as in where they connect to the vessel. Apparently it still works though. Cheers…

      • Reply Nopester December 28, 2014 at 10:55 pm

        There could be 2 or more chambers inside his water tank…. but yes.. looks fishy

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  • Reply Cee Jay February 19, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    This is a very unusual design and I like it very much.

    Cee Jay/Leigh on Sea, Essex, England, Britian.

  • Reply Danny April 5, 2016 at 7:06 am

    Hello there,

    I am trying to achieve the same thing for my tiny house woodstove but I will be using the waste heat from the woodstove as a supplemental heat source that will then be piped into a tankless water heater. Is this possible or do I need a seperate tank to accomplish the thermosiphon?

    • Reply Neanj9 May 1, 2016 at 4:54 am

      Howdy Danny,
      You will need a tank. Even with a wetback setup it takes time to heat the water. This is a very common practice here in NZ. The wetback is normally inside the woodstove and plumbed into the water tank. To get the heated water to rise the tank is usually elevated and positioned higher than the heat source. And for safety a good sized tank is a good idea or just have a lot of baths when the water starts boiling. Child hood memories here of being one of the cleanest kids in town, lol.

  • Reply zam September 12, 2016 at 10:52 am

    that thing is plumbed backwards. if you are looking fo thermosiphon action, the hot and cold leads need to be switched.

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