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Storage tank idea

Post in 'The Boiler Room - Wood Boilers and Furnaces' started by NHFarmer, Feb 22, 2008.

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  1. NHFarmer

    NHFarmer Feeling the Heat

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    Here is my plan for my storage tank,I can buy a galvanized stock tank for $200.It measures 2ft.x3ft.x8ft. 300 gallon cap.easy to fit in my cellar.I am planning to buy three of these tanks and stack them on top of each other.insulation will be fiberglass with ridgid foam top and bottom.For heat exchangers I am planning to use 3/4 type m copper and build a hx similar to Erics.the plan is to have a separate hx for each tank.1 inch header to connect all three.use counterflow to add or remove heat as needed.I still need to figure out statification problems in the hx design.Seems to me like the simplest and most cost effective way to do it.What do you think?

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  2. Nofossil

    Nofossil Moderator Emeritus

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    Will the weight of the top two crush the bottom one?

    Evaporation control and insulation are both challenges, but solvable.
  3. NHFarmer

    NHFarmer Feeling the Heat

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    concrete blocks and 4x4s to hold top tanks.epdm rubber wrapped around the tops of the tanks???
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    Nofossil Moderator Emeritus

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    300 gallons is 2500 pounds. Seems like it would be OK as long as the 4x4s are supported as close to the tank as possible.

    Make sure your copper doesn't touch the galvanized steel.

    In addition to EPDM, I threw in a few bars of paraffin wax to make a film on top of the water to keep evaporation down.

    Your plumbing will either have to go through the tank walls or over the top edge. Tank walls present a corrosion risk, and over the edge makes it hard to get the EPDM to seal. I went through the tank walls with welded-in stainless nipples, though my tank is stainless. Brazed-in brass might work, too.
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    I used paraffin also but now I'm wondering if that will be bad for the epdm. It don't like petro. products????
    Any thoughts.
    leaddog
  6. NHFarmer

    NHFarmer Feeling the Heat

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    I had not thought about the corrosion problem but it makes sense.The wax is a great idea,with the steel I won't have to worry about the EPDM reacting.From a cost standpoint I was planning to go over the side with the pipes,still haven't figured out how to seal the tank.Rubbermaid does make a 300 gal. tank rated over 200* foam plastic but the dimensions don't work as well for me
  7. Willman

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    Where can I find the info on this tank NH ?
  8. NHFarmer

    NHFarmer Feeling the Heat

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    Any farm supply outlet,feed store.I got a price from my local Blue seal feed.I use these tubs to water my cows and I know they are tuff and will stand up to the heat.the only problem is they are only 2 feet high and rather large but they do hold 300 gal.
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    Thanks for the lead. Will stop by my local Blue Seal store to check out.
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