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    Idea to heat pool, bad idea?

    Hey, is this bad logic: weld a coil of metal tubing to a steel plate that can be placed over a fire. Then using garden hose on inlet from pool, into unknown displacement cheapo water pump, through heated by fire coil, through another garden hose on coil outlet, back into pool. Seems like cheapest and pretty fast way to heat pool if my logic is solid. What do you think?
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    I've watched some redneck hot tub YouTube set ups that didn't even require a pump. The heated water would move itself.
    Same basic setup though with a copper coil over a wood fire.

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    Almost sounds like you're building a 30,000 gallon whiskey still.
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    I've never tasted beer let alone whiskey, lol!

    I just came across this: http://m.instructables.com/id/Wood-Burning-Pool-Heater/
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    Quote Originally Posted by mbowen89 View Post
    Hey, is this bad logic: weld a coil of metal tubing to a steel plate that can be placed over a fire. Then using garden hose on inlet from pool, into unknown displacement cheapo water pump, through heated by fire coil, through another garden hose on coil outlet, back into pool. Seems like cheapest and pretty fast way to heat pool if my logic is solid. What do you think?
    It'll work. You may have to ensure that your water pump is OK with hot water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jer View Post
    It'll work. You may have to ensure that your water pump is OK with hot water.

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    How big is your pool? I don't know what you define as "pretty fast," but I bet it would take a few hours to get it up to the temperature you want. All depends on how cold it starts at, but if you want to raise the temp 10 degrees, that's going to take a while.

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    I wonder how long it would take to get the whole pool up to sweet corn cooking temperature.
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    I just did some math. To raise 10,000 gallons (20' diameter pool) 10 degrees it will take 850,000 BTU's. Sounds like a nice bon fire. Are we all invited over?

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    I'd put the pump on the cold water side, it wouldn't see hot water.

    It looks like an enclosed burner would be a lot more efficient. Put like 50 ft of coiled 1/2in copper inside a wood stove or barrel.
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