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Posted by News on November 21, 2012, 7:59 am
 
mike wrote:

It doesn't.  Keep up there.

Posted by Daniel who wants to know on September 8, 2012, 1:43 am
 

I wouldn't even bother with the conversion to electricity, just driving a
water pump with pedals will heat the water by friction, hence those
"fuel-less heater" scam videos on Youtube. I found this out the hard way
when I was overdriving a Maytag washing machine drain pump that had the hose
hooked to form a loop with a 1/3rd horsepower motor that had a large pulley
on it, the water got hot, expanded, blew off the hose, and gave me 2nd and
spotty 3rd degree scald burns on my lower left leg.  A couple of cups of
water tends to heat up fast when you are putting the better part of 250
watts into it.


Posted by you on September 8, 2012, 8:07 pm
 

Bullshit.... If you were Lance Armstrong, you just might get 175 watts
of energy out of a Peddle Powered System, but on average 100 watts is
about the limit, for even a good athlete....

Posted by Daniel who wants to know on September 9, 2012, 10:36 am
 
I didn't say it would heat the water very much, just that it would some.

I agree that it is kind of pointless, but it is less pointless than having
electric as an extra energy conversion. Kind of like using a gas powered
generator to run a hot plate VS just using a Coleman white gas stove.

I wonder if 100 watts would even cover the standby loss of a 40-50 gallon
electric water heater.

The part about my leg is true, but as I said that wasn't pedal power.


Posted by Mho on September 21, 2012, 2:15 am
 I add some gasoline and it heats the water faster and with less electricity
than ever before. Match and set?


"Daniel who wants to know"  wrote in message


I wouldn't even bother with the conversion to electricity, just driving a
water pump with pedals will heat the water by friction, hence those
"fuel-less heater" scam videos on Youtube. I found this out the hard way
when I was overdriving a Maytag washing machine drain pump that had the hose
hooked to form a loop with a 1/3rd horsepower motor that had a large pulley
on it, the water got hot, expanded, blew off the hose, and gave me 2nd and
spotty 3rd degree scald burns on my lower left leg.  A couple of cups of
water tends to heat up fast when you are putting the better part of 250
watts into it.


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