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Author Topic: Save Electricity with Solar Kettles  (Read 31052 times)
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« Reply #30 on: April 06, 2009, 12:43:04 AM »

I got my tea/coffee tube out this weekend for first time (prompted by an interested visitor) and it's producing tea already.

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« Reply #31 on: June 12, 2009, 11:56:58 AM »

If i was to use a tube from my existing install, I wonder whether it would be worth leaving the heatpipe in the manifold?
Obviously it would need supporting at the bottom but it might still provide some usable heat while you also use the tube at ground level for water.
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« Reply #32 on: June 12, 2009, 12:29:39 PM »

We've just got a nice simple Philips kettle with clear water gauge (that is more or less accurate) and this has helped us to reduce our electricity consumption for boiling to a minimum...

But it would be great if we could go solar for Tea - the problem is that the better half needs something that is as easy as filling the electric kettle. Has anyone managed to put together a no-hassle and kid safe solar water boiler?

« Reply #33 on: June 16, 2009, 12:20:36 AM »

Unfortunately, it takes a bit of practice - both filing and decanting, but it's really quite easy when you get the hang of it. Our solar tube gets used most days - for making tea and for using pre-heated water in pans to cook dinner.

It's never going to be as easy as a kettle due to its shape and size. At one point I wondered about making a pouring spout, but for safety reasons, decided that this was a bad idea.
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