Testing and Using the Solar Stock Tank Swimming Pool
Holy cow, but it worked great. In about an hour, the water temperature was a cozy 80 degrees.
My tester-in-chief approved of both the design and the lovely warm water.
These days I’ll take the bucket right out if it’s getting too hot. My daughter (and friends) can splash around without kicking the bucket (!) with no problems — when the whole system’s running, there’s no super-hot water involved, it’s all within a degree of what she’s already playing in. It doesn’t heat up suddenly, it takes an hour or two. After the hoses, long run, height raised and everything are taken into account, the pump moves water right around the panel's recommended 1.5 gallons per minute. Very efficient.
But what the system’s done most of all is seriously increase the use of a kiddy pool. Even partly cloudy days generate enough solar gain to warm the thing up by noon, and on sunny, windy days when getting in and out (as kids do) is sort of rough, having the option to go up to bathtub temperatures at no significant increased cost or hassle is a neat deal. To say nothing of getting up to hot tub levels for a post-sunset grown-up soak under the stars.
Additional amenities eventually included a step stool, an umbrella (Craigslist free section), and my high-tech leaf skimming apparatus.
For my daughter’s age, the solar stock tank swimming pool is perfect. Pool parties are awesome.
My custom tomato delivery system got rave reviews locally, at least. She liked it.
On a hot day, under the umbrella, falling asleep just happens.
And, because you’ve read this far, enjoy a little unbridled cuteness. Eagle-eyed readers will spot the other solar panel and salvaged deck lumber that eventually became part of the treehouse in the background.
On to: Treehouse Build or VW Bus Bed Build