Thursday, February 17, 2011

Pipe cover fabricated from aluminium

16 Feb '11: With summer on the horizon I want to add more weather protection for the exposed external pipes connecting to the sunboxes. This one will go over the central supply pipe between the boxes.
   I should have done this before the Winter, as there is also a chance to stuff some insulation around the pipes as a tiny contribution to reducing system losses.  In Summer, there would be heat gains through an uninsulated pipe, but I am also considering ultraviolet degradation.
  This is knocked up using 1.6mm aluminium alloy, same as I used for the mirrors. Many thanks again to Mr Makita, and the maker of my Angle grinder and pop riveter. Will try get it up there at the weekend.

I ought later to do ones for the return pipe at either end.... I have enough spare alloy for the job.
 The cover is for this tee junction, on the right, the photo was taken when the polycarbonate still had its protective plastic skin.


  1. There are lots of options available when it comes to installing the underground pipe for your outdoor wood furnace. Sectional or seamless, foam or foil wrapped, the right underground piping can make a huge difference in how effective your outdoor wood furnace operates.

  2. I am now designing pipe covers for the Return pipes too... so that the whole system gets weather and sunlight protection.

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